How to Heal Your Body with Your Bare Feet


When was the last time you walked around barefoot outside?  Is it something you do regularly?

I can honestly say that until a few year ago, my answer to those questions would have probably been I don’t know, and no.

I came across a blog post a few years back touting the benefits of connecting our bodies to the earth, known as “earthing” or “grounding.”  It claimed that it helped people eliminate insomnia, lessen anxiety, reduce or eliminate pain, and generally improve their health.

The concept was very simple and made sense to me: For most of human history and still today in many parts of the world, humans were connected to the earth.  They walked around all day barefoot, lived in mud floored buildings, and often even slept directly on the earth. They may have worn shoes, but likely leather ones which are somewhat conductive.  But in our modern societies, most people wear rubber or plastic soled shoes all day-especially outside, sleep on elevated beds, and almost never physically touch the earth.

The problem is, our bodies are made up of energy.  We are basically electrical entities, which are affected by all the electro-magnetic fields (EMFs) that surround us.  Our homes are full of countless electronics and wiring and everywhere we go there are Wi-Fi and cell phone waves as well.  The only way to stabilize our fields is to get GROUNDED.

Just like your cable TV, in order to get clear reception/good health and not have all these EMFs affecting you, you need to be connected to the earth. 

So the big question: What happens when EMFs are affecting us?

  • Pain

  • Fatigue

  • Disease

  • Stress

  • Poor Sleep

  • And unfortunately it looks like cancer as well, based on recent studies

The good news?  We can get cheap, easy and natural relief by grounding.   I’m not claiming it will cure every disease (although it has done some pretty remarkable things in the trials they have done.)  What it does seem to be able to do consistently is help people feel more energetic, sleep better, and relieve pain- even chronic pain from really challenging diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.  It also helps to balance your nervous system and stress hormones like cortisol.  And there’s nothing harmful about it, nor any bad side effects.

So how does grounding work?  (I’ll keep this really simple because science was never my favorite subject, but I’m sure you can find more detailed explanations if you google around.)  Our bodies are made up of primarily water, which makes us good conductors of energy.  All these EMFs in our environment are causing us to be positively charged- which is what causes the oxidation (aka rusting) of our body. This leads to disease.  That’s why we want to eat “Anti-oxidants”  like blueberries to get healthy and prevent disease.  Well nature’s BEST antioxidant is the earth.  It’s negatively charged with electrons, so connecting to it allows our bodies to become balanced and stable- aka:grounded.

How do you get grounded? Here’s some of my favorite ways to ground and protect yourself from EMFs:

  1. Go outside barefoot and walk around in the grass. How easy and free is that?? 

  2. Walk barefoot at the beach and swim in the ocean. The water is a great conductor of electricity and full of those wonderful negatively charged electrons.  Plus its fun 🙂

  3. When you can’t be outside because of work or weather: Try a grounding mat or sheet. I use this universal mat when sitting at the computer, watching TV, reading books, etc.  It can be GREAT to sleep on as well.  It works by plugging in to the bottom hole of your electrical outlet (the grounded one), then the wire is connected to a mat that you put on or under your body. 

My experience with grounding so far:

I decided to ask for a grounding mat for Christmas a few years back when I heard how much they help insomnia.  I remember my little black mat being passed around at our family Christmas, everyone wanted to feel “the tingling feeling” and even the family dog kept making her way over and laying down on it. I used it regularly but for some reason I have a different result from it than most people.

Most people lie down on these mats and almost instantly fall asleep, waking up feeling rested.  My body on the other hand finds these things super energizing so it did not work to sleep on it. However- I’ve been dealing with adrenal fatigue for years now and tend to wake up tired even when I do sleep 8 hours.  But when I spend even 15 minutes on my grounding mat, I begin to feel so energetic!  Not in a wired- I had too much coffee kind of way- but in a calm, focused, pleasant sort of way.  It makes a massive difference when I am feeling drained in the afternoon if I can just lay down with my mat for 20 minutes and read a book or meditate.  I try to get an hour or more in each day and with summer coming I have already started my barefoot walks around the park.

***And if you are wondering about adrenal fatigue, I am beginning a new type of treatment next week so I may be writing more about that soon!  I’m so ready to have normal energy levels again.***

Have you ever noticed now good you feel after a barefoot walk?  I challenge you to try a barefoot walk this weekend and really notice how it makes you feel.  You can also sit outside and read a book with your feet in the grass.  How lovely does that sound?  Birds singing, sun shining…. What are you waiting for??

Comment below: Do you go barefoot often? Are you going to try it this weekend?

4 thoughts on “How to Heal Your Body with Your Bare Feet

  1. Stephanie says:

    Great post, Kirstin – very informative. We walk around barefoot most of the time, but I discourage it too much in our yard because of nails/glass and other things that we find in the dirt from years past. But nothing feels better than walking on the beach barefoot and floating around in the ocean (although there is a lot of glass on the beaches too unfortunately). We will definitely make a point to kick off the shoes in grassy areas a bit more often now though 😉

    • Kirstin says:

      I know what you mean Stephanie, I wish we could find perfectly soft, clean grass more often to walk in. It’s good to be careful so you don’t get cut. I like to walk barefoot when we play golf (even though I am sure there are chemicals on the grass) because the grass is SO perfectly soft, green and clean. There’s nothing better. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  2. Eva says:

    Dear Kirstin,

    great post about issues I am also dealing with. I would like to add a point on grounding.
    I started gardening, planting and growing 2 years ago. I am lucky to share a big backyard with my granny, but even if you are not having one… it is as well possible to grow some plants – even tomatoes, capsicum, herbs or whatever you feel like on your balcony our even in you appartment. To work with earth, to see/feel the cycle of planting, watering, growing and harvesting of course is always a miracle to me. Also the removing of everything in autumn or preparing the garden for the winter is a part of the cycle. I feel a massive joy watching my plants grow every day and I feel soooo grateful to be able to witness this journey of life. Love and light <3

    • Kirstin says:

      That is such a good point Eva. I love gardening but would like to do more of it, especially growing my own food. Thank you for the great reminder 🙂

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