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7 odd, natural ways to boost your health

By: Sidney Stevens on March 1, 2012, 5:32 p.m.
soles of dirty feet

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Barefoot walking/running

Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” That may be true in the modern world, but for most of history, humans did their conquering and everything else sans shoes. Which, according to some scientists, makes for healthier feet. In fact, more and more walkers and runners are kicking off their structured, cushioned athletic shoes and going barefoot to take better advantage of the foot’s natural physiology and put less stress on their lower extremities and the rest of their bodies.