Stop Forcing Kids To Keep Their Shoes On, And Take Yours Off Too

May 6, 2021 at 1:03 am

Rubber-soled shoes are separating us from Earth’s healing “vibes,” literally. Plus, they deform kids’ feet and hinder brain development.

I always cringe whenever I take my daughter to the park and hear parents yelling at children for taking off their shoes.

“Get your shoes back on now, or we are going home,” I heard a mother tell her young daughter who was imitating mine by being barefoot in the sand box.

The temptation was unbearable for her, watching my daughter sift the sand between her toes.

I always feel awkward in those situations, as I can tell the other parent thinks I’m a bad influence… But I can’t let my child suffer knowing what I now know:

Having bare feet on the bare earth is one of the most beneficial things we can do for our kids’ health, as well as ours.

Not only do most shoes damage the bone structure of developing feet, their rubber soles block the Earth’s healing vibrations from getting through to our bodies.

Walking, sitting or laying “skin to skin” with Mother Earth is called “earthing” or “grounding.”

It’s basically the way we recharge our batteries (bodies) with natural electricity and discharge all the “dirty” electricity we accumulate from manmade EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies).

This may sound like a bunch of New Age gobblety goop, but there is a growing body of suppressed scientific research about the health benefits of “earthing.”

You can start with the documentary The Earthing Movie.

Underneath many modern illnesses is chronic inflammation, argues Dr.  Stephen Sinatra, cardiologist and founder of Heart MD Institute, in the film.

“Mother Earth is endowed with electrons, which are literally absorbed through your feet … it’s like taking handfuls of antioxidants,” he says.

There are 21 peer-reviewed studies published on earthing and grounding. Here are some key findings from a handful of them:

A 2007 study used infrared medical imaging to show inflammation virtually eliminated throughout the body after just two minutes of earthing.

“Antioxidants are electron donors, and the best electron donor, we strongly believe, is right under our feet,” the authors write.

Another 2007 study demonstrates that grounding essentially eliminates the ambient voltage induced on the body from common electricity sources.

A 2010 study found that grounding the human body neutralized bio-electrical stress from static electricity and EMFs.

60 subjects who suffered from sleep disturbances and chronic muscle and joint pain slept on conductive carbon fiber mattress pads. Half the pads were connected to the ground outside partcipants’ bedroom windows, while the other half were “sham” grounded—not connected to the earth.

Grounded subjects reported significant relief from asthma, respiratory conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, sleep apnea, and hypertension, while the placebo group did not.

Another 2010 study found earthing significantly shortened recovery from muscle soreness after exercise and improved white blood cell counts.

A 2011 Polish study found earthing may be the primary factor regulating our endocrine and nervous systems.

Another 2011 study showed earthing can significantly reduce stress as demonstrated by rapid shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic nervous system, improvement in heart-rate variability, and relaxation of muscle tension.

A 2013 study found that earthing significantly reduces blood viscosity, a major factor in cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and circulation in general.

A 2015 study demonstrates the impressive restorative effects of earthing, or grounding, on patients with autoimmune disease.

“Put your feet and hands on the earth, sit on the earth, and you will instantly notice the pain and inflammation begin to drain from your body,” says Clint Ober, father of the grounding movement and author of Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?

RELATED: Being Barefoot Benefits Brain Development

While being completely barefoot is always best, we find the following shoes the be close seconds:

1. Earth Runners Sandals. Of all the “barefoot” brands we’ve tried, this is our favorite, simply for the fact that their sandals are “grounded” by a copper plug that brings the electrons from the earth through the rubber sole into your shoe.

They also make barefoot kids’ sandals, which are super hard to find.

They also sell copper grounding kits you can pop through the soles of any of your other favorite barefoot shoe brands.

2. Shamma Sandals. These were our favorite barefoot sandals until we found Earth Runners. Comfortable and durable.

3. Vivobarefoot. Best running shoes. Also lots of great sneaker and boot options for kids.

4. Lems. Best hiking boots. I wear these every day during the fall and winter.

5. Xero shoes. Also great, super minimalist shoe, sandal and boot options. Nothing for kids though.