Category Archives: Mind Body Medicine

It’s Time To Kick Off The Shoes And Go Barefoot

These days walking Barefoot is a foreign concept. Most of us wear shoes everywhere we go; around the house, in the car and outside.

Did You know that by constantly wearing shoes you are missing out on some pretty great health benefits?

Next time you are outside remove your shoes and walk barefoot on the ground in particular on the grass if there is some close by. There is a name for this, It’s the action of feeling the soles of your feet connect with the surface of the Earth. It’s called Grounding and has a “feel good” effect similar to that feeling of the warmth of the sun on your skin.

Humans are electrical beings and we produce positive charges on a regular basis. If these charges are at an excess, they have the potential to oxidise and become harmful to our health.

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published results that showed within the surface of the Earth there is a limitless and renewed amount of free electrons due to the global atmospheric electron circuit. So the Science behind the positive effects of grounding are that when we walk barefoot on the ground, our feet are able to absorb the Earths negative electrons.

Over time technology and introduction of modern lifestyle essentials have “removed” us from mother nature and as result disconnected us from the electrical potential of the Earths surface. We continually sleep off the ground, we wear shoes with rubber or plastic soles and in turn are removing ourselves from the electrical environment stabilisation of cells, tissues and organs.

Specialising in Stress and Sleep Issues, this is where barefoot walking really excites me. Evidence from research supports the theory that the negative potential from the Earth can support a “stable internal bioelectrical environment which means the body as a whole will be functioning better. In particular the effects may enable regulating of the natural body clock via secretion of Cortisol.

Research suggests that walking barefoot outdoors will encourage free radicals to be neutralised within the body helping inflammation to be reduced both at an acute and chronic level. Results published in the Journal of Environment and Public Health showed that Grounding had positive improvements on the following health issues;

  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Sleep Apnoea
  • Chronic Muscle Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Respiratory Conditions Such As Asthma.
  • Stress
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Stress
  • Energy
  • Immune System Acitivity
  • Fasting Glucose Levels In Diabetics

The Journal of Environmental and Public Health states that grounding may be a simple, natural, and yet profoundly effective environmental strategy against chronic stress, ANS [autonomic nervous system] dysfunction, inflammation, pain, poor sleep, disturbed HRV [heart rate variability], hypercoagulable blood, and many common health disorders, including cardiovascular disease’’.

So how do we reap these benefits from this barefoot task?

Researchers suggest that if you are aiming to reduce pain and stress you may see results walking barefoot for 30 to 80 minutes daily. So next time you are outside please, take off your shoes and absorb Mother Natures negative electrons.

References
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2007 Nov;13(9):955-67
Journal of Environmental and Public Health. 2012; 2012: 291541

Mind Body Health

In order to have a healthy mind, you need a healthy body and in order to have a healthy body you need to have a healthy mind.

Mind Body Health is vital for wellness and this concept was re-iterated through a podcast. The guest speakers on this particular podcast were talking about a wide variety of health issues but the one topic that really resonated with me was their perspective on cancer.

One of the guest speakers was talking about her own personal experience with cancer and how she saw the illness as a positive impact on her life. This perspective on cancer is not heard regularly. Yes, we hear cancer survivors speak of their journey and how the illness impacted their life but I have never heard someone speak of being diagnosed with cancer as a blessing.

This lady was diagnosed in her early twenties and she explained that she was enjoying her life in a very unhealthy way. She was partying a lot, drinking a lot of alcohol, dabbling in illicit drugs and was not eating well. She said her health was not a priority and despite being shown small alarms of illness developing before the cancer developed she continued to ignore all symptoms because she “Was having too much fun”.

Hearing this made me think of all the young adults out there, even into their 30s and 40s possibly living this kind of life not considering their health as a priority.

The way she spoke about Cancer was so inspiring, how it was a wake up call for her to make changes and begin to live a healthy life.  Cancer is not some mysterious illness that just develops overnight. How you live your life and what you put into your body every single day will determine your risk for preventing or encouraging illness. You have the power to choose how your body is going to function and in result how healthy you are.

The podcast continued on to a conversation around the power of thought and how much impact our thoughts and attitude have on our life. There are so many individuals out there living with such a negative outlook on life hating where they are, what they do for work, what they look like etc.

One piece of advice I took away from the pod cast was how much we can change just by changing the way we think about things.

Fall back in love with you, your life and think about what you want to achieve in your years spent on this planet.

Stop hating yourself and start accepting yourself and if you want to change something about your life set goals and do whatever you possibly can to achieve them.

One simple thing you can start now is writing an affirmation for yourself to look at every day for the next week.

“I fully approve of who I am, even as I get better.”

Stick this affirmation where ever you will see it regularly for the next week (on the bathroom mirror, back of the toilet door, in your car or on your fridge etc.) Say it out loud every day as many times as you like (Even if you feel silly doing it).

Once you start to believe the words you are saying, you will be amazed at the positive changes that can happen.