If you’re familiar with the benefits of earthing, you may wonder if it’s possible to stay grounded during the winter–because unless you’re Wim Hof, you probably don’t want to go barefoot in freezing weather!
The transition to the colder part of the year is the perfect time to break out winter earthing shoes. In fact, winter is perhaps the most important time of the year to make an effort to enhance your body-earth connection, which is made easier with the help of winter earthing shoes.
While outdoor spring and summer pursuits are plentiful, the colder part of the year tends to be dominated by indoor activities: baking, reading, knitting, drinking hot chocolate by the fireplace (or under your fuzzy blanket and laptop). Our tendency to curl up and stay warm indoors during the winter leads to both a lack of time spent outdoors and lack of exposure to natural light, which can affect our circadian rhythm. Because of reduced nature time in the winter, it’s extra important to make the most of any time spent outside!
In addition to less time spent outside in the winter, the holiday season is one of gluttony. Starting with Halloween and continuing into the New Year, for many the winter is three months of candy, alcohol, baked goods, and other sugary treats. A lack of natural light and a surplus of sugar can impair immune system function, which can account for the rise of colds during the winter. Not to mention stress, which generally peaks during this time. An easy way to help boost the immune system, decrease stress, and regulate circadian rhythm is wearing winter earthing shoes for a health boost from the earth.
While beneficial year round, it takes a more conscious effort to stay grounded during the winter. We are a lot less likely to be walking outside barefoot or having a picnic on the grass in icy temperatures! Winter earthing shoes are one of the best ways to maintain an earth connection during the cold part of the year.
It’s important to consider the material of your winter earthing shoes for the best grounding capability. Low impedance is what allows a material to conduct ions; this is measured in resistivity (ohms Ω). Some materials are completely insulating, some are very conductive, and there is a whole spectrum in between. Materials which fall in the middle portion, with moderate resistivity, may allow either static discharge or electron through conductivity, enabling the material the capacity to shield electromagnetic interference–a technology used to preserve the quality of data transmission.
|Carbon Filled Rubber||10^3||
|Carbon Filled Silicone||10^1||
|Nickel-Coated Graphite-Filled Silicone||10^-1||Low Shielding||Medium-Low|
|Silver Filled Silicone||10^-3||Shielding & Through Conductivity||Medium|
When you think “winter footwear,” sandals probably aren’t the first thing that come to mind. However, depending on your lifestyle and the climate where you live, there may be a place for both winter earthing sandals and winter earthing shoes.
Benefits of Earthing Sandals:
While snow is natural, it is not a surface conducive to grounding. The mobile ions needed to conduct electricity are not mobile in frozen snow, making it a poor conductor. You must be on earth (dirt, grass, etc)–better yet, moist earth–for the benefits of earthing.
We took matters into our own hands and decided to investigate this ourselves! By running voltmeter tests on shoes grounded with our earthing shoe DIY Kit, with vs without socks, here is what we discovered: