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In its latest newsletter, goop published a piece about the benefits of "earthing therapy" where one walks around barefoot in order to be one with the planet.
"Earthing therapy rests on the intuitive assumption that connecting to the energy of the planet is healthy for our souls and bodies. And while there's a definite, if New-Age, appeal to the concept of energetically connecting with Mother Earth, there's also a more scientific angle to the practice, which posits that access to the abundant supply of free electrons in the (subtly negatively charged) ground can help neutralize free radicals—if only we would take off our shoes and access them."
The Royal Tenenbaums actress apparently "swears by" the treatment, which can reportedly cure insomnia, arthritis, and depression.
Earthing-movement leader Clint Ober recommends you kick off your shoes and enjoy Earth's bare surface for at least thirty minutes a day.
"The simplest and most natural method of grounding is to go outdoors and place your bare feet and hands directly on the earth—many people choose to go for a barefoot walk in the park or on the beach…. It takes at least a half an hour of exposure to access significant health benefits, so I recommend a minimum of thirty minutes of barefoot time outdoors daily, if possible."
Sadly, walking around the house sans footwear will NOT do the trick!
"Walking barefoot in your home, where minimally conductive or nonconductive materials like concrete foundations and hardwood floors insulate us from the earth's electric potential, will not have the same effect."
The method — also called "grounding" — can also do wonders for one's emotional well-being as well!
"Grounding also affects emotional health through pain reduction—if you have pain, you're going to be emotionally stressed. If you reduce inflammation, the pain stops, you feel better, and the energy comes back. There have also been studies that indicate that grounding improves mood, reduces stress, and has a calming effect."
You heard it from GP herself… SHOES SUCK!!!
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