Grounding or Earthing is one of the most essential and powerful things you can do for your health. As we’ve come into the modern age, we have become more and more disconnected from the environment and earth and research is now showing that it has very negative consequences on our health. The earth is a powerful electrically charged energy source as is true with our own bodies. When we don’t connect to the earth, we are going against our body’s natural physiology and robbing our bodies of the energy and electrons needed to keep ourselves healthy mentally and physically. Grounding is one of the simplest practices you can partake in and will produce immediate results.
Have you ever wondered why you feel so relaxed and good in your body when you take a beach vacation? One of the key reasons is that you are walking barefoot in the sand and ocean, which is an ideal way to receive free negative electrons from the earth and balance out the body’s biological rhythms in order to self-regulate or heal itself.
There are two types of electrical charges, positive and negative, which attract one another to form a whole. As we live in an age when we are exposed to high levels of electromagnetic radiation from all of our high tech appliances, devices and electrical wiring, our blood has become positively charged. This wouldn’t be so bad if we were in the habit of pulling negative electrons from the earth in order to equalize our internal systems, but instead we live our lives insulated form the earth (beds, floors, synthetic shoes, carpets, high rise buildings, etc.) in which our bodies cannot make direct contact with the ground to receive these electrons. A body with an excessive positive charge leads to inflammation and physiological dysfunction contributing to the many diseases we find ourselves faced with.
The good news is that with awareness, this issue can be remedied almost immediately by regaining contact with the earth and the results that have been studied and reported are astounding. Research studies that have been led by Dr. Stephen Sinatra M.D., Integrative Cardiologist, have shown the dramatic changes in the blood when one gets grounded. Within 40 minutes, microscopic images have displayed immediate thinning and decoupling of the red blood cells. This was also the case in a live experiment presented by David Wolfe at the 2010 Longevity Now Conference.
Grounding not only helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, but also may be the primary factor in regulating the endocrine and nervous system by increasing catabolic processes. This impacts our brain health, thyroid, blood sugar regulation, skeletal system, bone health, metabolic processes and much more. Grounding also has a profound effect on stress, which many experts believe is the first imbalance that leads to illness. Studies have shown that cortisol levels drop and resynchronize to match the natural 24-hour circadian rhythm profile when sleeping while grounded. Health problems associated with high cortisol levels include sleep disorders, hypertension, decreased bone density, decreased immune response, mood disturbances and autoimmune disease. Chronic inflammation and related pain are also dramatically and instantaneously decreased with grounding, which has a wide spectrum of healing benefits. Inflammation is at the root of a vast amount of health conditions and disease including rheumatoid arthritis, MS, aging, diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma, bowel disorders, cancer, depression, digestion, skin problems and many more.
So how do you get grounded? The fastest and simplest way is to take off your shoes and walk around on the ground barefoot. The soles of the feet and the palms of the hands are the most conductive areas of the body for absorbing negative electrons. And, as with the beach example above, when there is moisture on the earth this conductivity increases even more so. For this reason it is also important to be properly hydrated to get the maximum benefits of grounding. Although not as strong as touching the earth directly via the grass or dirt/sand, concrete, brick and ceramic tiled floors (not wood), are also conductive.
The next step is to throw away your synthetic soled shoes and replace them with leather soles or shoes specifically designed for grounding. You’ll also want to make sure that your bed is grounded as this provides a lengthy exposure to the health benefits while you sleep. There are some inexpensive grounding kits on the market that include sheets or a strip of cloth made up of conductive silver fibers woven throughout the fabric. The sheets are then connected to the earth through the main electrical outlet or a grounding rod. A socket tester can be used to ensure that you are correctly grounded to the earth’s energy. Grounding pads can also be purchased to use while working on the computer, sitting in front of the television, at a desk, etc. And there are even grounding patches available that can be applied directly to the area of pain or inflammation.
Grounding is a revolutionary discovery that can have life saving effects. As more people become aware of the fact that we are electrical beings by nature (not chemical) and must connect to the earth for optimal health and longevity, I believe that we will witness more attention being given to the materials our homes and buildings are made of, the shoes we wear on our feet, and our overall lifestyle habits. Until then, you can begin to witness the results yourself by getting grounded in 2013!
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