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There has been a cultural practice of not wearing shoes in the house since shoes were invented. I see it often from friends and associates of Asian descent however most cultures around the world practice not wearing shoes in the house with the exception of the United States and Canada.
When I visit a home and notice all the shoes lined up by the door my heart smiles. I totally love it, respect it and practice it. Shoes were actually created to help you function and benefit outside the house not inside the house. Here are a few definite reasons for the need of shoes outside the house.
- Shoes protect you from germs.
- Shoes protect you foot injury.
- Shoes help you maintain your gate.
- Shoes are required by Health codes and OSHA.
- Shoes are required in most business settings for health and safety reasons.
- Shoes help posture in many ways outside the home.
- Shoes help you drive by providing a better grip on the driving pedal.
Now on the other hand there are even more benefits of not wearing shoes in the house which were clearly outlined in studies by The University of Houston and The University of Arizona. These studies were very informative, eye opening and alarming at the same time. The studies and testing presented some real life eye opening facts. Let us stop and consider the following:
Comfort Facts of Going Barefoot
- The feet actually need to be barefoot other than when you are sleeping to develop properly,maintain good foot health and constantly improve angel strength of the foot.
- There is proof of barefootedness offering less deformed toes, improving blood flow to the legs and good energy being absorbed through the heels. Check out Reflexology.
Sanitary Facts of Going Barefoot
- Shoes are pretty germy.
- Thirty nine percent of shoes contain some form of bad bacteria from the ground you walk on.
- Imagine in a given day your shoes can come in contact with spit, blood infections, E Coli, germs, chemicals, pesticides and more. Alarmed yet? This is very alarming and I would not want to bring any of that energy inside my house because that is home base and my sanctuary so to speak.
Recommendation and Solutions
In the words of author M. Jahangir Alam, Ph.D. “Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes”. Seriously considering this I would recommend that shoes be taken off outside the home and placed in a bind that closes and then be brought inside. Not I am germaphobic I just practice and enjoy good health.