Is going barefoot healthy?

In the previous post we concluded that going barefoot is not dangerous as long as you take certain precautions. The next question is whether it's healthy. Just because something is safe doesn't necessarily mean it's good for your health, right? In the case of barefooting though, the answer is a resounding yes! So, why/how is going barefoot healthy?

Well, let's start with the obvious. As I've mentioned before, the inside of your shoes is where bacteria, fungi, and other germs multiply, causing foot odor and infections like athlete's foot. You can avoid all that by going barefoot as much as possible. Yeah, I know, people keep saying you step on a lot of dirty stuff full of germs. Well, the good thing is, you can wash your feet as often as you like. When was the last time you washed your shoes, especially the inside part?

The next obvious reason is that most foot deformities are caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes. Again, going barefoot as much as possible can help prevent this.

You also get a natural reflexology treatment by walking barefoot outdoors as the uneven surfaces and stuff you step on (like rocks, etc.) stimulate all the reflex points in your feet which in turn rejuvenate the various organs and areas of your body.

Another health benefit of going barefoot worth mentioning is grounding. This is when the energy field of your body as well as your chakra get balanced. The effect is that your body becomes healthier overall, and you feel more calm and relaxed.

To experience the greatest benefit, you should walk barefoot outdoors, especially on natural surfaces such as sand, soil or grass. Walking barefoot on concrete surfaces or indoors may not be as beneficial, but it's still better than wearing footwear!

This book also explores the health benefits of going barefoot. Just click on the image to check it out!

Further reading:

7 Healthy reasons to go barefoot outside

Surprising reasons why you should walk barefoot

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV :) What I wrote above is based on my personal experience and knowledge. I'm not giving you any medical advice.