Now whenever I hear the words “improve your brain function”, or anything remotely related, I sit up and pay attention. I sure can use all the help I can get in this area! I heard this mentioned in passing in an NPR story. I can’t find the original studies or research, but the summary is this…..
Going barefoot somehow stimulates your brain to grow additional, very efficient neuron connections. The person being interviewed was an expert on brain injury and recovery. When asked what they themselves do to maintain a healthy brain as they age, the answers were the normal ones like, eat lots of fruits and vegetable, get lots of the healthy omega-3 fats, plenty of sleep, exercise, and challenging intellectual activities. Then they stated that they also go barefoot as often as possible and this has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the health of your brain.
I do often garden barefoot in the summer just because I like the feel of the soil, but other than that I usually have on shoes or sandals. I wonder if the benefits outweigh the risks of stubbed toes or sharp objects? I do wish I could find the original research or study, but it appears not to have been widely publicized. Or maybe it is just so new it has not yet been picked up. I think it was the areas of the brain referenced in this article that were positively enhanced. Sounds too good to be true. Maybe it is?