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On Grounding or Earthing

Sometimes we are fortunate to have the most healing benefits from the simplest of things right in front of us.

Just by standing on the ground, we have the ability to heal our bodies and it also feels good.

The reason for this sense of well-being is due to the fact that you’re receiving a surge of potent healing electrons from the ground.

The earth has a slightly negative charge, so when you stand barefoot on that sand, electrons from the earth flow into your body, giving you a  transfusion of healing power.

Health Benefits of Earthing can be:

Reducing inflammation
Reducing chronic pain
Improving Sleep
Increasing Energy
Lowering stress and promoting calmness by reducing stress hormones.
Normalizing biological rhythms including circadian rhythm
Improving blood pressure and blood flow
Relieving muscle tension and headache
Lessens menstrual and female hormone symptoms
Can eliminate jet lag
Protecting the body from EMFs
Shortens recovery time from injury or athletic activity
Helping support adrenal health

Antioxidant Properties in Grounding

Grounding is defined as placing one’s bare feet on the ground whether it be dirt, grass, sand, or concrete (especially when humid or wet). When you ground to the electron-enriched earth, an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system occurs.

The earth is a natural source of electrons and subtle electrical fields, which are essential for proper functioning of immune systems, circulation, and may actually be the most effective, essential, least expensive, and easiest to attain antioxidant.

There’s been extensive research through modern science documenting on the benefits of grounding to reduce inflammation, and chronic diseases associated with aging.

It is important to understand that grounding can heal our bodies from inflammation just the way our ancestors have done for hundreds or thousands of generations.

Free radical stress from exposure to mercury pollution, cigarettes, insecticides, pesticides, trans fats, radiation, and many others, continually deplete your body of electrons.

This is one of the primary reasons why antioxidants are used, which actually donate electrons back into your body, to help ward off free radical damage to your tissues.

You can also get these electrons by going outside, barefoot. Touching the earth helps neutralize the damaging positive charges of free radicals in your body.

Research showed that grounding could improve heart rate variability, which could lead to cardiovascular benefits, and also reduced stress and decreased anxiety and depression. Lowered stress levels could mean fewer headaches and even recovery from adrenal fatigue.

 

Understanding The Health Effects of Grounding

Grounding effectively helps alleviate inflammation in your body. It also helps thin your blood, by providing your red blood cells with a surplus of electrons so they can effectively repel each other and avoid being sticky, which can lead to blood clots that can cause a heart attack or stroke. Research has demonstrated it takes about 80 minutes for the free electrons from the earth to reach your bloodstream and transform your blood cells.

Grounding also helps calm your sympathetic nervous system, which supports your heart rate variability, which plays an important role in balancing, in your autonomic nervous system. Pain relief, improved sleep, and a generally enhanced sense of well-being are but a few of the health benefits reported by people who try grounding.

Grounding as an Essential for Optimal Life

It’s important to understand that grounding is not a “treatment” or a “cure” for any disease or disorder. Rather, it is one of the key mechanisms by which your body maintains equilibrium and health. The human body evolved in constant contact with the earth, and your body needs this continuous interchange of energy in order to function properly.

Walking barefoot outdoors is one of the most wonderful, inexpensive and powerful ways of incorporating grounding into your daily life. You can also simply take off your shoes as much as you can when you’re outdoors to take advantage of these natural grounding opportunities.

How to Ground

Walking barefoot is one of the easiest and best ways to get and stay grounded, but you’ll need to do so on the proper surface.

Sand (beach)
Grass (preferably moist)
Bare soil
Concrete and brick (as long as it’s not painted or sealed)
Ceramic tile

You can also ground indoors.

There are  grounding pads or grounding sheets you can use to sleep or sit on, which can be particularly beneficial if you live in a high-rise building.

A wise idea to prevent effects of EMF’s is to place a grounding mat under your feet while working on the computer.

Photo by Erik Borzi

 

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