How to Stay Grounded to the Earth (Even When You’re Wearing Shoes)

by Chrystal Johnson on August 20, 2013

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juil-shoesI have recently started to read more about Earthing. About how many of the chronic health problems in our country are exacerbated by the fact that our bodies are no longer connected to the Earth.

We sleep in insulated houses and put on shoes with thick rubber soles to walk to our cars. We drive to work and walk into our offices with those same shoes. And then we do all of that in reverse on the way home.

Very few of us walk barefooted anymore. We don’t wiggle our toes in the sand. Our skin seldom comes into contact with the Earth at all anymore.

The principle of Earthing theorizes that the surface of the Earth contains limitless healing energy. According to the science behind Earthing, the ground delivers a subtle electric signal that helps maintain health and govern the intricate mechanisms that make our bodies work – similar to how plugging a lamp in to a electrical socket makes it illuminate.

Since our modern-day lifestyles no longer have us coming into contact with the Earth, we are disconnected from its energy. Earthing is a method of reconnecting to the Earth’s energy to restore health by helping to balance free radicals in the body. Earthing  is said to help alleviate symptoms from conditions such as pain, inflammation, stress, fatigue and poor sleep.

If you want to learn more about Earthing, the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? is supposed to be the ultimate resource. It’s on my reading list and I’m looking forward to reading it after I finish the GAPS book.

Since learning the basics of Earthing, I have been taking my shoes off at the park and walking on the grass and digging my toes in the sand.

However, I can’t walk around our yard barefooted – between all of the rocks and the chicken poop, it’s just not feasible. So I started looking into how to stay grounded to the Earth while wearing shoes and I discovered Juil, a company that makes Earthing sandals.

Juil sandals allow you to stay grounded to the Earth. Each sandal has a copper alloy plug just below each of your toes and your heels to allow energy to flow freely between your body and the Earth.

juil-shoes-copperI have on a few occasions, felt what seemed to be a spark of energy at each of those points – allow I don’t have the testing equipment to tell you exactly what that is.

What I do know is that I have been wearing the Hera earthing sandals regularly for the last several weeks. They were comfortable the first time I put them on, but they are getting more comfortable each time that I wear them.

One of the first times I wore them was actually on my trip to New Orleans, and I didn’t get blisters walking around the city – which is rare for a pair of sandals that hasn’t been properly broken in.

I also love knowing that I’m more grounded to the Earth, more often. I hope over time to add more facets of grounding to my life but, for now, I’m grateful for my Juil grounding sandals.

If you’re interested in becoming more grounded to the Earth, be sure to check out Juil. They have several styles of sandals and clogs – I’m sure you’ll find a style you love!



About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Suzanne August 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Hi Chrystal,
I have just bought the book on Earthing. I have been walking barefoot more as well. I do think I feel better on days that I am out in the yard working with the dirt and in nature. There is something nurturing about it all. I did not know about the shoes, I will check them out. Thanks for sharing about them in your post.


2 Chrystal Johnson August 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Thanks for sharing your story! I love having an option like these shoes as an alternative to being barefoot all the time!


3 Kristen Jeffery August 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Those shoes look so comfy!! Welcome to Social Fabric!!!


4 Jonathan (EcoDad) August 25, 2013 at 4:33 am

Interesting concept. I do love walking around barefoot.


5 Good Girl Gone Green August 26, 2013 at 6:24 am

Interesting. Those sandals look awesome! :)
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