In order to attain good health, people go for exercise, diet, alternative therapies like herbs and spices, acupuncture, etc. But another way of achieving good health that’s gaining popularity now is grounding.
Have you ever noticed how good it feels to walk barefoot on a sandy beach, or in a forest? There is a reason for that—it’s called the grounding effect. 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 virtual “transfusion” of healing power.
The Ultimate Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory
Grounding, also called Earthing, is setting one’s place to the ground either dirt, sand, grass or concrete, bare footed. When you ground, a balance in electrons among sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system occurs.
Electrons and electrical fields are naturally found on the earth. These are crucial for the right functioning of immune systems, circulation, harmony of biorhythms and other bodily processes. Grounding could be most effective, important, inexpensive and tranquil way to attain antioxidants.
Science has comprehensively noted the link between inflammation and all chronic diseases, including those of aging. Understand that inflammation
Modern science has thoroughly documented the connection between inflammation and all of the chronic diseases, including the diseases of aging and the aging process itself. It is important to understand that inflammation is a situation that can be lessened or prevented by grounding your body to the Earth. This was how practically all of your ancestors have done for hundreds if not thousands of years.
How the Modern Running Shoe May Be Destroying Your Health
Materials such as metals are good conductors of electricity. They consists of free or mobile electrons that can pass on electrical charges from place to place.
Your body is somewhat conductive because it contains a large number of charged ions (called electrolytes) dissolved in water. Your blood and other body fluids are therefore good conductors. Free or mobile electrons can also move about within your body
Insulators, on the other hand, have little to no free electrons. Rubber and plastic are good insulators are mostly used to cover electrical wires to keep you from being electrocuted.
Traditionally, shoes were made of leather, which actually conducts electrons and therefore maintains a conductive contact between the earth and your feet. However, modern day rubber and plastics are electrical insulators and therefore block the beneficial flow of electrons from the Earth to your body.
Grounding Is a Foundational Aspect for Optimal Health
There are many ways to drain your body of electrons. These include: stress from exposure to mercury pollution, cigarettes, insecticides, pesticides, trans fats, radiation, and many others.
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.
According to Clint Ober, this lack of grounding appears to be an underlying thread in most chronic disease—a phenomenon he calls “electron deficiency syndrome.”
The Health Effects of Grounding
When the body is subjected to a lot of free radical stress, the blood thickens, and positive charges mount up in the body. The result is chronic inflammation, which is a symbol of most chronic and wasting diseases.
As inflammation is unpreventable, grounding will help lessen it and its effects. Grounding is also beneficial by thinning the blood and prevent them from sticking to each other which can result to blood clots and in turn cause heart attack or stroke. Studies show that all it takes 80 minutes for the mobile electrons from the ground to reach the blood stream.
For example, early (and even some current) birth control pills were notorious for causing heart attacks in women. One of the mechanisms responsible for this increased risk is that synthetic estrogens and progesterones increase blood viscosity. Other biochemical alterations caused by grounding include changes in:
- Calcium metabolism
- Fibroid metabolism
- White blood cells
Another benefit of grounding is that it serenates your sympathetic nervous system, which maintains your heart rate variability, which is vital in balancing, in your autonomic nervous system. People who did grounding reports pain relief, improved sleep, and an enhanced sense of well-being.
Last but not least, the electrons you get by grounding increase the construction of the water in your cells – just as water rises in structure when a negative charge is presented by an electrode.
As explained by Gerald Pollack, PhD, author of The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor, living water is negatively charged water. This water can hold energy, much like a battery, and can deliver energy too. In essence, when you ground, you are charging every single cell in your body with energy your body can use for self-healing.
How to Ground, Both Indoors and Outdoors
Walking barefoot or just keeping your feet on the ground is one thing. The choice of what kind of ground is another. Today’s walking surfaces that will not allow transfer of electrons include: asphalt, wood, rubber, plastic, vinyl, tar, and tarmac.
Surfaces that will allow your body to ground include:
- Sand (beach)
- Grass (preferably moist)
- Bare soil
- Concrete and brick (as long as it's not painted or sealed)
- Ceramic tile
Even indoors, and while flying, there are ways to help you stay grounded. As noted in the film, touching the faucet with one hand while shaving with the other helps you ground. And when flying, you can take off your shoes and place your feet (bare or with socks) on the steel struts of the chair in front of you, as this too will help you stay grounded. There are also grounding pads you can use to sleep or sit on, which can be particularly beneficial if you live in a high-rise building.
Grounding May Be Essential for Life and Health
Let it be understood that grounding does not cure any disease or disorder and it doesn’t even treat them. But somehow it is one of the
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 main method by which your body maintains equilibrium and health. The human body is always in contact with the earth and so the contact with the ground is important to have that constant exchange of energy so as to have a proper functioning of the body.
Barefoot exercises outdoors is one of the most amazing, economical and potent ways of adding in grounding into your daily life. It’s as simple as taking off your footwear when you’re outdoors to make the most of these natural grounding chances.
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