No doubt, there’s something special about being in nature. But, are you really in touch with it? Running along the beach or wandering through a park can be an invigorating daily refresher. But, what if you could heighten that experience and take a hold of the benefits even more? We spend a large portion of our lives in shoes and it may be having hidden adverse effects. Making a conscious effort to kick the boots off and connect our ‘footsies’ to the earth is better for both our soles and our souls.
Walking barefoot directly on the natural ground draws electrons from the earth improving our well-being. Studies, published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, on the health benefits in absorbing the natural charge from earth highlight the power of roaming with your toes in the sand/grass; including benefiting skin conductivity, moderated heart rate variability, improved glucose regulation, reduced stress and boosted immunity. ‘Earthing’ (the term given to barefoot walking) also strengthens and stretches the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your feet, ankles and calves – a great injury prevention technique.
However, in the 21st century we are at threat of not having clean, natural spaces to indulge our ‘tootsies’ in. We are lucky here in Australia to have a large amount of natural environment to tap into, but it is up to us to preserve and care for it. Keep Australia Beautiful Week (21st – 27th August) is a call to action for all Aussie’s to focus on picking up litter wherever they go throughout the week. Planting trees and other community green projects also take place during the week to develop a happier, healthier environment.
Personally, I also like to encourage the use of eco-friendly, re-usable water bottles rather than buying bottled water. You’d be surprised at how happy cafés and restaurants are for you to pop in and ask them to fill it up. Not only is it better for the environment, it is better for you too because the majority of plastic water bottles contain BPA, a harmful chemical linked to cancer, reduced fertility and birth defects. If you need more convincing maybe the fact that we use 17 million barrels of oil each year just to produce plastic water bottles might turn you off? Alarmingly, it also takes three times the volume of water to manufacture one bottle of water than it does to fill it, and because of the chemical production of plastics that water is mostly unusable.
A second way you can make a positive change is by using re-usable, eco-friendly shopping bags for your groceries. Now, I know that it is very easy to forget something like this when we are racing from one thing to the next and trying to fit in the weekly food shop. So, get a decent number of eco-friendly bags and put them in the car for good. To start the cycle put a little reminder on the fridge to put them back in the car once you have unpacked the groceries. This little extra effort will help save the world, especially our oceans wildlife, a whole lot of grief. I certainly wouldn’t like to die from suffocation of a plastic bag, and this fate occurs to all too many turtles out there.
At Family Clean we use eco-friendly product to ensure healthier crew members, healthier clients and a healthier environment.