Earthing And Grounding
Remember these terms because they may soon replace “Spinning” and “Yoga” in your fitness vocabulary. OK, maybe not exactly replace, but they may become a key part of your health and fitness program.
And there’s good reason why. Either word means making contact with the earth in a low-tech practice that can reduce inflammation, improve your immune system, lower blood pressure, and provide terrific anti-aging benefits. Care to give it a try? It’s as easy as a barefoot walk in the park.
In recent decades, the incidence of chronic diseases, allergies, auto-immune conditions and insomnia has skyrocketed in modern societies. One overlooked reason is the immune system began functioning less efficiently as humans increasingly separated themselves from the earth’s energy.
The human immune system evolved over millions of years. All that time, we were virtually in constant barefoot contact with the earth. In our modern society, humans no longer walk barefoot. We wear shoes and live in buildings that insulate us from the earth’s energy.
Earthing is among the most natural and safest forms of prevention and anti-aging you can do. It’s extremely low tech, and it works. Earthing (grounding) refers to the process of establishing conductive contact between the surface of the earth and the surface of the human body. This allows electrons to flow from the earth and maintain the body at earth potential.
A ground is defined as a conductive object that makes a direct electrical connection to earth and has the ability to absorb or dissipate an electrical charge. In effect, an electrical ground drains away any unwanted buildup of electrical charge.
The research, which is only about ten years old, has demonstrated that earthing the human body plays a substantial role in reducing inflammation and the functioning of many negative physiologic processes. It generates a powerful and positive shift in the electrical state of the body and restores natural self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms.
We know earthing allows a transfer of electrons (the earth’s natural, subtle energy) into the body. We know inflammation is caused by free radicals, and free radicals are neutralized with electrons from any source. Electrons are the source of the neutralizing power of antioxidants.
Inflammation, sickness and pain, at least in some part, result from an electron deficiency. The ground may represent the biggest and best natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that exists.
Earthing refers to the process of connecting by walking barefoot outside, as humans have done throughout history, or sitting, working or sleeping grounded indoors. Modern lifestyles, in addition to separating us from the earth, have also provided us with a simple way to stay grounded, even as you sleep.
For more than a decade, thousands of people around the world—men, women, children and athletes—have incorporated earthing into their daily routines and report that earthing:
· Reduces inflammation (the underlying cause of more than 80 chronic illnesses)
· Thins blood
· Improves blood pressure
· Lets you sleep better
· Relieves pain, muscle tension, headaches and stress
· Gives you faster recovery from trauma and intense physical activity
· Reduces or eliminates jet lag
· Energizes you
· Lessens hormonal and menstrual symptoms
· Protects your body against electro magnetic fields (EMFs)
· Helps circulation
· Promotes normal cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and immune systems
Earthing is natural and simple, and it affects every aspect of human physiology. When you ground yourself, your entire body readjusts to a new level of functioning. That level, in fact, seems to have been designed throughout evolution.
Anyone can try this. If you don’t feel well, for whatever reason, just make barefoot contact with the earth, and see what happens. Of course, if you have a medical problem, you should also see a doctor.
Everybody seems to benefit in some way, but we are all different. The results can come quickly and dramatically, such as less pain and better sleep, or subtly and gradually over time. Often people who are very ill feel the difference most profoundly.
Some part of your body needs to be in direct contact with the earth in order for you to get the full benefit. The simple way to do this is to get a special earthing pad or bed sheet that plugs into the ground (3rdhole) in one of your electrical outlets. I use the pad. Go to www.earthing.com for more information.
Note: Special thanks to David Kekich (www.maxlife.org) for this information.by