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Walking Barefoot May Do More Than Air Out Your Feet

By Tom Herrin

When most of us were kids, we probably did lots of things "just because."  We usually didn't give too much thought to whether or not it served any kind or purpose for our health and caused any problems.  As we got older, we may have become a little more concerned.  One of those things we likely did was walk barefoot.  It was simple.  Some of us may have gone long periods of time without putting on a pair.  What we didn't know was that we may have been doing something that had some benefits to our health.  The good news is that we may still be able to do that today with some good results.

Walking Barefoot May Be Good for the Heart

As we age, a lot of us tend to have more issues with our cardiovascular system.  It seems to be part of human nature.  Some of this may be caused by a thickening of the blood.  It is common and can cause greater pressure to be placed on the entire system.  This can lead to high blood pressure and/or strokes.  Walking barefoot is believed to increase the surface charge of red blood cells.  This may be able to help prevent the clumping that happens with the thickening of the blood.  This means better blood flow.

Walking Barefoot May Help Biorhythms

All of us depend on internal clocks to regulate our activities.  These clocks, our biorhythms, play a big role in when we sleep, when we are active, and when we eat.  When they are functioning at their best, we will likely have more energy and be able to manage our daily lives more effectively.  It is thought that coming in contact with the earth may help to keep our biorhythms working in better order.

It Never Hurts to Have Fun

Even though we may think differently, we are really never too old to take off our shoes and walk around outdoors.  There is something about it that can make us feel young again.  Some feel that walking barefoot may provide more energy.  If this is the case, we may have a greater feeling of our ability to do anything.  I know when I try it, it seems to work for me.  Since there is no cost, you may want to consider it as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga.

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