Dating back thousands of years, humans went about their lives in a much more minimalistic, basic way. A large part of this lifestyle was the common practice of living in touch with the earth – homes existed in rural landscapes and occupations were much more agrarian in nature. It’s not surprising that, throughout these times, it was the norm for people to walk and live a barefoot lifestyle.
As years passed and the advent of technology surfaced, footwear emerged in the lifestyle of some. Before becoming more main stream, the use of footwear was seen as the sign of one’s elevated status within society. Its development was seen as both highly esteemed (adding to the foot ornaments worn by some in ancient times), as well as health promoting, in an effort to quell the fears of disease and foot injury.
Footwear became more prevalent especially within Renaissance Europe, where people donned shoes for both health and mobility.
Today’s society, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. You would be hard pressed to find people who live without shoes. While many certainly tend to agree regarding the functional benefits of footwear in everyday life, most have forgotten the benefits associated with living a barefoot lifestyle.
In 2010, a book was written allowing for the health benefits of being barefoot to reemerge and be considered by everyday people, like you and me, as well as medical professionals.
“Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever” introduced the world to a giant, natural source of healing and antioxidants – the earth beneath our feet. Today, the term earthing is much more recognized than in years past. Put simply, earthing means walking barefoot on any natural surface such as grass, sand, dirt, etc.
The book, written by Clint Ober, Stephen Sinatra, and Martin Zucker, promotes and discusses the study and research done in respect to the countless benefits related to how our bodies react when in touch (directly and physically) with the earth’s surface. Studies suggest that, as electrical beings, our bodies require the earth’s natural source of electrons to maintain optimal and healthy internal frequencies. When it does go barefoot, the human body absorbs these naturally-occurring electrons. By doing so, studies show that our bodies can experience decreased inflammation, healthier circadian rhythms, and many more benefits.
Just this year, the authors released a Second Edition of their book.
In this second edition, the authors dedicate an entire section to the discussion of earthing shoes – something we’re quite familiar with here at Juil!
The authors explain that, “Grounded footwear is designed with conductive soles or inserts so that walkers can receive the Earth’s energy without concern for stepping on barefoot hazards like glass and animal waste.” Juil actually uses copper dots in the toes of our shoes, allowing for a direct connection between the body and the earth’s surface. If only they had earthing shoes in the Renaissance Era!
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, is an American nutritionist and author who is also a strong proponent of Earthing and reducing the harm of electromagnetic frequencies in our lives. Regarding Earthing, Gittleman explains that, “Earthing ranks right up there with the discovery of penicillin. This book is probably the most important health read of the twenty-first century.”
Gittleman’s thoughts on this subject are also documented in her own book, “Zapped.” Check out our review of this book as it relates to earthing.
We strongly encourage all interested in earthing to check out this book and learn more about how this sort of lifestyle change can immensely benefit your overall wellbeing.To learn more about Juil and the concept behind our earthing shoes, check out our EXPLORE page.