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Should people be allowed to go barefoot anywhere they want?

By Dareale Sykes and Isabel Acosta
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Dareale Sykes

on 4 June 2013

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Transcript of Should people be allowed to go barefoot anywhere they want?

Should people be allowed to go barefoot anywhere they want? Benefits of Barefeet Calming Physical Health Wearing no shoes can result in more natural running and walking. Wearing shoes causes damage to the toes and unatural foot structure. (Left) plaster cast of an adult foot that has never worn shoes displaying natural splayed toes (Right) cast of boy showing damage and inward-turned toes after wearing shoes for only a few week Walking barefoot results in a more natural gait. People who are used to walking barefoot tend to land with the forefoot or mid-foot, eliminating the hard heel strike and generating much less collision force in the foot and lower leg A study also shows that wearing shoes may cause stress on knee and ankle A study also shows that wearing shoes may cause stress on knee and ankle Not only does walking barefoot benefit your physical health but also your mental health Walking barefoot strengthens and stretches the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your feet, ankles and calves. This helps prevent injury, knee strain and back problems. Not only that, but because it works muscles not used when you’re wearing shoes, it strengthens and stretches your core, helping keep your posture upright, and your balance spot on

It’s hard not to pay attention to every step when you’re walking barefoot. You have to be on the look out for sharp rocks and thorns. Awareness of what’s in front of you in this moment quiets your inner chatter and clears your mind and helps you focus on the here and now.

Walking barefoot in the grass can help decrease anxiety and depression by 62 percent, and increases the levels of those feel good endorphins. This helps take mind off the bad things and focus on the good.
Being barefoot can also be very calming. Our bodies are made up of about 60 percent water, which is great for conducting electricity. The earth has a negative ionic charge. Going barefoot grounds our bodies to that charge. Negative Ions have been proven to detoxify, calm, reduce inflammation, synchronise your internal clocks, hormonal cycles and physiological rhythms. The best places to get some negative ions through your feet are by the water. Everyone knows how good it feels to be barefoot on the beach and now we know why. To be barefoot outside doesn’t just involve your feet – the rest of you has to be outside too. You get to connect with Mother Nature all around. Feel the sunshine on your face; hear the wind in the trees. It’s easier to connect to a higher power when you’re in touch with Nature; it’s easier to put things into perspective.

There are reflex points to every part of your body in your feet. Every little bump and rock in the road helps to stimulate all these little reflex points. If it hurts at first – especially in specific areas, this means your feet need the stimulation they’re getting by being barefoot. Over time, these sensitivities will go away, and the areas the tenderness corresponds to will be rejuvenated, helping decrease the symptoms of whatever it is that ails you Who knew something as simple as being barefoot could be so good for you. In the end, why shouldn't you be able to be barefoot everywhere if its so good for you! Not letting someone be barefoot is restricting them from physical and mental health.
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