By William Rudolph
"Barefoot sun walking" isn`t a term you`ll find on Wikipedia. But it is a way to simultaneously tap into two of nature`s most powerful healing forces. The term relates to the intersection of the sun and the earth and how they can combine to provide you with a wealth of health benefits. Quite simply, it is the act of walking barefoot on the earth while the sun is shining down and touching your skin directly.
Walking barefoot on the ground on a sunny day allows you to initiate a multi-directional cascade of healing effects that have the potential to prevent and reverse disease. This easy activity allows you to get both vitamin D from the sun and negative ions (electrons) from the earth. In fact, if Mother Nature had a sign, it might read: no shirt, no shoes, no disease.
Vitamin D is produced by your skin when it is exposed to sunlight. Considering the major health challenges facing a large percentage of the population today, and the fact that 40% of the U.S. population is deficient in vitamin D, the connection between vitamin D deficiency and a poor state of health seems pretty clear. Some of the benefits of maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D include the potential to alleviate depression and prevent ovarian, prostate, breast, and colon cancers, as well as osteoporosis. This is only a small sampling of the incredible benefits of this magical nutrient.
According to David Wolfe, who has done a considerable analysis of the research on the health implications of grounding your body to the earth, it is a lack of direct connection to the earth that may be the cause of most advanced chronic inflammation. Being grounded allows the electrical connection to be made and for the body to synchronize with the circadian rhythms of the earth. It can lead to improved heart and pulse rates, a normal pH balance and cortisol levels, and resistance to oxidation, which helps to slow the aging process.
With the ubiquitous nature of cell phones, cell phone towers, power lines, and computers, people today are constantly being bombarded with positive ions from these dangerous electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs). Being grounded allows for these EMFs to leave your body and enter the ground, as the earth is an infinite reservoir of EMF fields. The earth is also a limitless source of free electrons that pour into the body when it is grounded. This infusion of negative ions from the earth into your body, and the discharge of damaging positive ions, is critical for good health. Excess positive ions in the body are associated with disease and degenerative conditions. Negative ions are associated with health and healing. The more time you spend grounded, the less inflammation you are likely to have, resulting in better overall health and increased longevity.
Summertime is an excellent opportunity to kick off your shoes and leverage these two free resources -the sun and the earth- in order to double your healing potential and positively impact your health.