What Walking Barefoot Does to Your Body

You don’t have to buy a new pair of shoes to feel good. In fact, I suggest you take your shoes off and walk barefoot. Walking barefoot or “earthing” offers many benefits, but keep in mind that walking barefoot in your house doesn’t count as earthing. You have to walk on a natural surface, such as sand, soil or grass.

Benefits of Walking Barefoot

Below are some of the changes that occur in your body when you walk barefoot.

What Walking Barefoot Does to Your Body

1. Improve Facial Blood Flow

According to this study, walking on a natural surface can improve blood flow to your face. The results of the study showed that participants who had direct contact with the earth had increased blood flow to the face and enhanced skin tissue repair.

2. Fight Free Radicals

Free radicals are molecules that wreak havoc in your body. They accelerate aging and increase the risk of diseases such as cancer. Walking barefoot offers antioxidants and electrons that help neutralize free radicals, research shows.

3. Restore Your Natural Walking Pattern

Shoes offer excessive cushioning and support that prevent us from engaging certain muscle groups when walking. This can lead to a lack of balance and control while walking.

When you walk barefoot, you activate the muscles and end up strengthening your body. It’s for this reason parents are encouraged to let kids learn how to walk without shoes.

4. Boost Your Nervous System

You probably know that your nervous system plays a vital role in maintaining internal order within your body. Well, walking barefoot can improve the health of your nervous system by activating acupressure points on your feet, which consequently stimulates your veins and nerves, according to research.

5. Fight Insomnia

You may want to try walking barefoot if you can’t seem to sleep well at night. As you may know, high cortisol levels cause insomnia. Well, earthing can lower your cortisol levels and consequently allow you to sleep like a baby.

In this study, participants were grounded to earth during sleep for eight weeks. The results showed they had lower cortisol levels at night, slept better and experienced less pain.

6. Reduce Blood Viscosity

Blood viscosity is the thickness and stickiness of your blood. Many studies have linked elevated blood viscosity to cardiovascular diseases. Luckily, you can reduce blood viscosity and clotting through earthing, according to research.

7. Ease Your Stress

We already know that walking with shoes helps ease stress. We’ve also seen that earthing lowers cortisol levels. So go walk barefoot in nature or at the beach to keep your stress levels low.

Do you know other benefits of walking barefoot?

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D2 months ago

I've been doing something really good for me without even realizing it??!! Well, good for me. LOL!!! Hope everyone is doing something good for themselves.

Jeanne M
Jeanne M2 months ago

I go barefoot all summer. But only indoors.

Leo C
Leo C2 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

Ben O
Ben O2 months ago

Well, I never walk barefoot in the snow...know-what-I-mean...?

Hannah A
Hannah A2 months ago

Thank you for sharing

Ruth S
Ruth S2 months ago


David C
David C2 months ago

it just feels good...why doe we have to "know" the scientific basis.....

Lorraine A
Lorraine Andersen2 months ago

wow, who would have thought all of that from just walking with no shoes on. Thanks for sharing.

Leo C
Leo C2 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

Mike R
Mike R2 months ago