Summertime Barefoot Cure

July 16, 2013
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

Earthing barefootLower stress and promote calmness by taking off your shoes.

It’s the strangest thing I ever heard, but could our shoes be killing us? Synthetically-soled shoes, unlike the leather soles of decades ago, insulate the body from the natural healing energies of the earth—which is as basic to health as water, air, and food. The earth is an endless source of negative electrons which can quickly neutralize free radical-induced inflammation—the cause behind pain, tension, swelling, and stress.

That’s why the Earthing technique and technology is becoming so popular among everyday people who are suffering from a lack of energy, poor sleep, hormonal and menstrual symptoms, and weight gain. Earthing has also been shown to promote better and deeper sleep, increased energy, aid with stiffness and chronic inflammation, accelerated wound healing (especially diabetic ulcers), improved blood circulation and thinner blood, faster recovery from trauma, and normalized melatonin (sleep hormone), and cortisol (stress hormone) levels.

There are a slew of peer-reviewed scientific studies that prove how our disconnection from the earth is endangering our health. One study, due this fall, shows that being “grounded” can effortlessly help with weight loss and prevention of metabolic syndrome. But that’s another story.

Here’s how it works
When we make direct barefoot contact with grass, dirt, sand, and unpainted concrete we are “grounded.” Keep in mind that these are the only “true grounds” that will “ground” you. This allows the natural flow of healing energies into your body within a split second. The earth’s electromagnetic field is based on a consistent direct current (DC), which is harmonious with our own biology. Our homes, however, operate on the 60-cycle alternating current (AC), which is completely foreign to our body’s natural electrical systems and induces stress-related conditions that are relieved when the body is grounded.

Summertime is an ideal time to easily sneak in grounding techniques that will give you an instant pickup and cool down your nervous system in the hot summer months ahead:

Take off your shoes…it’s that simple!
Simply go barefoot on your lawn or on the beach for at least 15 minutes a day can help your body get grounded. We are surrounded by invisible electromagnetic pollution day in and day out: microwave ovens, cordless phones, computers, cell phone towers, high-tension wires, and airplanes. When you are grounded, you discharge these chaotic electromagnetic energies and absorb healing electrons from the earth through your body. These healing electrons can slow down the aging process and speed healing.

Making the time to place your bare feet on the ground—whether grass, sand, or even out in the dirt with your kids—can restore a sense of calm and balance via the Earth’s healing energy flowing freely into your body.

Prefer to stay indoors?
Rest assured, you can ground yourself there, too. Earthing technology acts as “barefoot substitutes,” allowing you to conveniently ground yourself with conductive Earthing sheets, wristbands, and mats—you remain comfortably grounded as you sleep, work, or sit.

You can visit to learn more information about Earthing.

It’s wonderful to hear stories of how Earthing has drastically improved the lives of so many.

Here are a few inspiring stories:

“We have been using the Earthing Body Bands and Universal Mat, and what a difference! We feel wonderful, are sleeping better, are pain-free, and have reduced stress. The results have been amazing!!”
–Josephine S.

“I am a massage therapist and I can see a real difference in the therapy I use when using Earthing products. My customers feel better! I’ve been able to reach deeper into the muscle tissue for my treatment with a particular client—much more beneficial! I have recommended this to many of my clients.”
–Ruth S.

“After using the Earthing pad for one day – that evening I experienced the best sleep I’ve had in awhile – previously I woke up with pain in the deltoids muscle – but not after using the pad for just one day!  After several days of usage the best word I can use to describe the feeling throughout my body is “fluidity” of movement.  I have arthritis in my spine, hands, neck and also fibromyalgia.  I just ordered the bed pad and can’t wait to continue my Earthing experience during sleep.”
–Diane L.

“When I first learned about these products I was a bit of a skeptic.  Now that we own and have used them for awhile, I would never be without them.  We have the half sheet on our bed, and take it with us when we travel.  We have the bands at our recliners, and use them whenever we sit down.  We have the mats at our computers both at home and at work.  We are seniors with the usual collection of aging symptoms.  We now sleep better, ache less, and have more energy I even healed from a crushed knee at record speed according to my doctor.  He was amazed, and started using the products himself.  Everyone needs these products.”

“I have radiation burns on the back of my hands and since using the Earthing Mat they are healing. I am such a believer in these products that I am sending information to all my friends. I’m a believer now!!
– James S.

In the hustle and bustle of day to day life, integrating Earthing as much as you can into your life will generate amazing healing effects and provide instantaneous relief for the side effects of stress.

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Marina

    For those of us who are avid walkers, does anyone know of a manufacturer that makes natural sole footwear? Thank you.

  2. Jessica

    Juil Footwear – they offer a line of sandals in which are placed little copper discs that “ground” you to the earth. They are my favorite shoe.

  3. Marina

    Thank you, Jessica, I am very grateful to learn about Juil!

  4. Marie Leonard

    I am very impressed with the effects of earthing and as an alternative health professional am actively promoting the benefits to many of my clients.


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