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The Dangers of Flip-Flops

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  • The unstructured nature of flip-flops can cause a host of physical problems, such as athlete’s foot, bone stress and fallen arches
  • Wearing flip-flops can expose your feet to bacterial, viral and fungal infections, especially when your feet get particularly dirty, not to mention problems like tripping, bad posture and slipping when they get wet
  • Studies show walking barefoot offers many health benefits, as the inflow of free electrons from the Earth's surface may help neutralize free radicals, resulting in a wide number of physical improvements

By Dr. Mercola

Especially in colder climates, summertime means the bliss of putting away coats and boots and hauling out shorts and flip-flops. It's great to step outside, wriggle your toes and literally cool your heels without restriction. Best of all, you can just slip them on and go — no lacing, zipping or buckling required. But are flip-flops your best bet for foot health? You probably already know the answer is not so much.

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