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Will Grounding Heal What Ails You?
What is Grounding?
Grounding is a natural way to reduce stress and relieve pain.
The earth sends antioxidants--the same kind you get from healthy foods and dietary supplements--up through your feet and throughout your body. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals that cause disease.
Chances are you've already experienced the benefits of grounding: Imagine walking along the shore, the water licking your ankles as the sand massages your feet.
You go home feeling relaxed, invigorated, and healthier.
This is a result of grounding, also known as earthing.
Human beings used to enjoy a constant flow of earth's antioxidants. Before rubber-soled shoes were invented, we were grounding all the time. Flooring in buildings and homes and elevated mattresses also interrupt the flow of electrons radiating from the earth, entering directly into your body.
This constant separation of the earth from your skin can allow free radicals to get out of control, leading to pain and disease.
Grounding Allows Calming Free Electrons to Enter Your Body
The earth is like a battery that is always giving off energy. It is recharged by solar radiation, lightning, and core heat.
Free electrons are some of the most powerful antioxidants in existence. They pour out from the earth's surface constantly.
Walking barefoot on the ground allows these free electrons to enter into your body. Water is an excellent conductor of electrons, so walking in the dewy grass or on wet sand at the beach helps your body to soak up even more of these disease-fighting antioxidants.
The electrons reach free radicals that cause inflammation, chronic pain, and disease.
The benefits of grounding (also called earthing) are tested in controlled environments. Researchers find that grounding lowers stress hormone levels and slows down elevated heart rates. Those who participate in these studies are measurably more relaxed after grounding.
What About You?
Do you enjoy a walk in your bare feet now and then?
Earthing: A Guide to Grounding and Its Benefits
If you want to know more about grounding and its benefits, Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? lays out the facts so that it's easy to understand. Learn how the idea of grounding was developed, and stories of people who have benefitted from the earth's free electrons. It even helped a man who was bed-ridden and unable to walk to get back on his feet again!
How Does Grounding Work?
Whenever you sustain any level of injury, your immune system sends white blood cells to repair the damage. These blood cells release an oxidative burst that creates free radicals.
Free radicals are uncharged molecules that have unpaired electrons. That's pretty scientific and I'm not sure exactly how it works. But the important thing to know is that free radicals damage healthy tissue and cause inflammation and disease.
When free radical damage gets out of hand, the result is chronic pain and disease.
As you walk barefoot or use a grounding device, free electrons from the earth enter into your body.
These electrons work as antioxidants. They find free radicals throughout your body to neutralize so they can't cause pain or disease. Antioxidant activity also stops free radicals from damaging healthy cells.
Free radicals are produced not only as a result of injury, but also from simply eating and breathing. Certain lifestyle factors also contribute to the production of free radicals. Since they're a natural fact of life, the more antioxidant activity you have going on in your body, the better.
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Grounding Helps You Get to Sleep and Reduces Your Pain
High stress hormone levels can keep you from getting a good night's sleep.
Stress hormones keep your body in a state of "fight or flight". Go back in time 1,000 years: If you climbed up a tree to get away from a hungry bear, you wouldn't able to lie down and get a good night's sleep five minutes later.
It takes a while for you to relax as your body brings stress hormones back into balance.
Fast forward to today: your mind is racing about tomorrow's activities, you didn't get much sleep the night before, maybe you exercised hard and didn't eat enough. Your stress hormones are going crazy and your adrenal glands are shot.
Walking barefoot is an effective way to lower your stress hormone levels.
Grounding can also help if pain keeps you from getting enough sleep. Grounding helps alleviate pain by cooling inflammation that causes it.
The authors of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? include thermographic images showing how grounding alleviates inflammation. Thermographic images are those pictures that look like silhouettes with red spots over areas that generate the most heat.
In the before-and-after shots, you can see spots of intense inflammation before grounding. After grounding, the inflammation has cooled dramatically.
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Get Your Grounding On Every Day--It's Easy!
Walking barefoot in the dewy grass each morning is an excellent way to enjoy lower stress levels and feelings of well-being.
Thirty minutes each day is all it takes to strengthen your body's immune system and reduce inflammation. Your body stores excess free electrons to use when they're needed.
Staying hydrated is crucial and promotes the conductivity of electrons throughout your body.
It may be difficult to believe, but taking advantage of the earth's free electrons promotes healing, relieves stress, and can even help give you a good night's sleep.
Grounding is a free and easy way to heal and relax, so take off your shoes and get outside!
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© Liz Davis 2012 What is Grounding?