Now there is scientific evidence that walking barefoot can not only reduce inflammation but also increase sleep. “Earthing” as it is called is most effective when done on a natural surface such as sand, grass or wood. Only 20% of the world’s population actually spends most of their days wearing shoes. It is believed that we are able to make direct contact with the electrons in the earth by being barefoot. Our bodies are 60% water which makes us a great conduit agent. Two studies published in both The Journal of Environmental and Public Health and the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine show how drawing electrons from the earth may improve health. There seems to be a direct correlation between stimulating the nerves at the bottom of our feet with relieving depression, anxiety, inflammation, reducing muscle tension, increasing circulation and getting a good night’s sleep. Activities such as yoga, martial arts, running barefoot on a beach or simply staying barefoot in the home all encourage the skin’s conductivity with the electrons in the earth. Whether you believe in the scientific explanation or not, you cannot deny the wonderful, comforting feeling of being barefoot and feeling sand, water and grass beneath your feet.