Do you ever remember as a kid, running around barefoot (whenever my parents weren’t paying attention) and it was the best time of your life? I can. Running through the grass, playing hide and seek, was the MOST fun I ever had. I can remember like yesterday the fun, exhilarating, exhaustion I felt when the day was done. Best sleep I can remember. To this day a nice barefoot walk in my grass brings me back to those days. An evening at the beach with my littles is the most calming outing, and that’s three children and one mama! Some think it’s gross to walk in grass or actually get down and dirty in the garden or lawn. Here in South Florida it is the mini concrete jungle of America. Sadly, this has changed drastically in the almost 29 years I have lived on this earth, and in this county. My children love the fresh air and getting dirty too. This past weekend we spent the entire Saturday outside, picking weeds, planting foliage that would welcome bees and butterflies (also SO essential to the eco system), digging into Mother Earth. It was awesome. It ended in sprinklers, naked 2 year old and lots and lots of mud. And some earth worms. The earth worms were a highlight.
So what is earthing? Earthing, also known as grounding, is when you walk barefoot on the ground, grounding or neutralizing your body promoting optimal health. Sand, mud, dirt…. It can all be beneficial to your entire body. According to Dr. Mercola’s website, grounding improves your health by reducing inflammation, reducing the effects of stress and aiding with sleep. The earth is filled with electrons that balance our central nervous system. I personally have felt the positive benefits of grounding before I ever knew there was a term for it. Over at Wellness Mama, she explains it so well as to why the importance of getting out and getting dirty is imperative to our health. The woman has done her research and she could not be more spot on!
For as long as humans have existed we have always had a relationship with nature. Until technology became popular and accessible, it was all children ever did. Disease was known but not prevalent, allergies were heard of but not as common as they are today and our parent’s immune systems were a lot stronger than our future generations with the direction our technology is heading. With all the cellular waves, and microwaves and the Wi-Fi (EVERYWHERE), a reset is much needed!
So take a walk on the wild side and get your feet dirty!
The Naturalist Mama
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