Kicking off your shoes and sinking our toes into fresh spring grass is more than just a mood lifter. When we touch the earth with our skin, we absorb “free electrons,” which neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. Free radicals that go unchecked trigger body-wide inflammation and pain. But in one study, being in contact with the earth for 30 minutes a day reduced pain by 50% in six days. Still too cold to go barefoot? Just wear leather-soled shoes, which conduct free electrons nearly as well as skin.
Of all the superfoods, tea has some of the highest levels of polyphenols, which are critical for immune function, as well as antioxidants and catechins, which help the body fight off viruses and bacteria.