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Time With Mother Nature
Over the last century, or more, we have lost a major connection with the earth. We moved from an agrarian society to an industrialized one and while we gained many conveniences we lost much of the healing benefits of being connected with the earth.
And yet many of us see nature as something outside of us. Not really surprising since we hide ourselves from the earth. Most people spend much of their time indoors and when we go outside we clad our feet with rubber soled shoes, completely disconnecting us from the primordial flow of abundant earth electrons.
We are first and foremost electrical beings. We are susceptible to ions such as free radicals or “uncharged molecules” which damage our immune system and cause premature aging.
Knowing how to tap into this primordial flow is vital to overall health.
The Science Behind Earthing
In the holistic community the concept of earthing or grounding has become a buzz word in the last few years, but the practice has been growing in different parts of the world since the late 19th century.
But maybe it was slow to grow since most people back then still wore leather soled shoes. These soles allow for electrical flow from the earth to connect with us. However, since the 1960s rubber soled shoes grew in popularity and now have become the standard, cutting us off from the energies of the earth.
Now I know this sounds a little “weird” for some and “too simple” for others. But sometimes we overthink our health. According to recent studies improving your health may be as easy as taking a stroll in pesticide free grass, walking on the beach, soaking your feet in a cool stream and feeling the stones beneath your feet.
The Journal of Environmental and Public Health had this to say about earthing and its effects on free radicals (ROS).
“The National Library of Medicine’s online resource PubMed lists 7021 studies and 522 review articles from a search of “antioxidant + electron + free radical” . It is assumed that the influx of free electrons absorbed into the body through direct contact with the Earth likely neutralize ROS and thereby reduce acute and chronic inflammation. Throughout history, humans mostly walked barefoot or with footwear made of animal skins. They slept on the ground or on skins. Through direct contact or through perspiration-moistened animal skins used as footwear or sleeping mats, the ground’s abundant free electrons were able to enter the body, which is electrically conductive. Through this mechanism, every part of the body could equilibrate with the electrical potential of the Earth, thereby stabilizing the electrical environment of all organs, tissues, and cells. “
“…thereby stabilizing the electrical environment of all organs, tissues and cells.” This has got to be one of the coolest statements I’ve ever read in a scientific journal.
Remember that disease is a body not at ease. Just break down the word dis-ease, so naturally an unstable electrical environment can add to this dis-ease.
For those scientifically minded peeps I highly recommend reading all of the above articles. It is definitely eye opening.
6 benefits of Earthing
As mentioned above, there are scientific benefits to earthing or grounding. I for one want to know how those benefits work and what I can do to implement them in my life.
Reduced Stress Hormones
There are many things that can kill your quality of life and chronic stress is one of them. It contributes to fatigue, irritability, a weakened immune system, poor sleep, pain, and a myriad of other problems.
One double blind study conducted an earthing experiment on a group of 58 healthy adults. In this study conductive patches were placed on the souls of the participants’ feet to read their electrical signals. They had 28 minutes of ungrounded time and 28 minutes of grounding. The control group had 56 minutes of ungrounded time.
After the 28 minutes of grounding time about half of the participants showed a degree in stress reactions. 19 out of 22 grounding participants also had a decreased blood volume pulses (BVP).
2. Reduces Inflammation In The Body
A study done in 2007 looked at the effects of electrons on the body and asked if they can act as antioxidants.
Now there’s another popular buzzword. Every new superfood is always rich in antioxidants, but what exactly are they?
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health “Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. “
The antioxidants neutralize the free radicals in the body. This reduction of free radicals has been linked to a decrease in inflammation and pain in the body.
As one who has chronic pain this is a very encouraging statement.
The article abstract concluded:
3. Reduces Pain The Body
For many people inflammation means pain. This can be from a chronic illness such as rheumatoid arthritis, or muscle soreness from over exercising.
One study looking at delayed onset muscle soreness found that grounding the body to the earth alters measures of immune system activity and pain.
This is great news for anyone living with chronic pain or even for those trying to build muscles but want to reduce the amount of soreness thus increasing their activity and potential fitness gains.
Either way it looks like a win to me.
By reducing stress, inflammation, and pain it is only natural that this same technique is used to improve sleep.
Now ,I’m not suggesting that you start sleeping on a leather mat outside. That would be impractical for the vast majority of people.
Thankfully there are many grounding products such as mats, and mattress covers that can connect you to the earth while keeping you in your own soft bed.
But until you get a mat or a grounding cover for your mattress, you can still reap the sleep benefits by spending around 30 minutes a day eating in your backyard or nearby park.
This time outside, especially when done in the early to mid morning, can also help regulate the circadian rhythm thus improving quality as well as quantity of sleep.
5. Speeds Healing and Recovery
The Earthing Institute advocates the principles of earthing and its benefits to help patients recover faster from injuries and surgeries.
Health professionals who integrate the earthing or grounding principles into their therapies have been impressed with the overall results.
So if you’re recovering get outside if you can, or a grounding item it you can’t, but it’s becoming apparent that we need the earths electrons.
6. Can Help Increase Energy
If you had reduced inflammation, reduced physical pain, and improved sleep do you think that would affect your overall energy level?
For me it’s a resounding YES!
Inflammation, chronic pain, and compromised sleep are definitely factors affecting my energy levels, if not my overall health.
And by improving overall physical health and energy, there is a noted improvement in mental and emotional health. And for me it definitely affects my spiritual health.
Okay So What’s The Catch
There really isn’t any.
Now if you are going barefoot outside you need to be mindful of where you step so as to avoid any hazardous material such as sharp rocks or glass. Also you want to avoid areas that are sprayed with pesticides as these can soak in through your skin.
And if using grounding mats or sheets be sure to follow all instructions and safety precautions when attaching to grounding lines.
Other than that there’s really more benefits than disadvantages.
Take Your Shoes Off
There are a wide variety of earthing products available, such as”
Another option to do some earthing indoors is to fill a container with natural stones, some fresh water (filtered is best) and a touch of hymalaian salt. This was recommended to me by a natural energy healer. The theory being rocks are from the earth, in fact they technically are earth, and the water helps with conductivity. Remember we are electrical beings.
I find having an earthing foot soak super relaxing, and it’s cost effective.
Now the products above do cost money but they also help bring earthing into your home. However there is no replacing connecting with nature by being outside, feeling the sun on your body, the wind gently blowing, and hearing the sounds of life all around. And it’s free.
You just can’t get that value anywhere else!