I already like running around in my Vibram Five Finger shoes, so when my mom told me about new research suggesting that walking around barefoot gives you some awesome electrical connection to the earth, I suspended my usual skepticism. According to Dr. Mercola, whose ideas I find to be occasionally sketchy (he thinks free range egg yolks taste like vanilla),
When you are in direct contact with the ground (walking, sitting, or laying down on the earth’s surface) the earth’s electrons are conducted to your body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the earth. Living in direct contact with the earth grounds your body, inducing favorable physiological and electrophysiological changes that promote optimum health….
There is an emerging science documenting how conductive contact with the Earth, which has is also known as Earthing or grounding, is highly beneficial to your health and completely safe. Some of the recent evidence supporting this approach involves multiple studies documenting Earthing’s improvement in blood viscosity, heart rate variability, inflammation, cortisol dynamics, sleep, autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance, and reduced effects of stress.
Here’s what else it gets you: a cluster of blisters and a bee sting.
The other day I wanted to sprint at the local track, so I thought it would be a lovely idea to take off my shoes and experience the electrical magic. Well it was a hot day, and I guess that track was loaded with an extra burst of electricity, which burned the ball of my left foot into a cluster of blisters.
No matter. The green grass was cool and inviting. I barely noticed the pain midway through my set of 10 100 yard sprints. Then on the walk back from #5, I stepped on a bee with my other foot, who left me with a little souvenir.
Thoroughly grounded and somewhat crippled from my connection to the planet, I hobbled home to heal.