Have you ever walked barefoot on the warm sand of the beach? Or have you kicked off your shoes in the morning and run your toes in the dew-covered grass? There is something inherently rewarding about feeling your skin in direct contact with the soil - for example, putting your bare hands in the soil while gardening.
This satisfying feeling is not just a fluke; Rather, it is the result of your body's contact with the Earth's surface, through which electricity is conducted - a phenomenon known as grounding or earthing.
The Earth carries a huge negative charge. It is always rich in electrons and can be useful as a powerful and abundant source of antioxidant electrons that scavenge free radicals. Your body is delicately tuned to "work" with the earth, in the sense that there is a constant flow of energy between the two.
When you put your feet on the ground, you absorb large amounts of negative electrons through the soles of your feet. The effect is enough to keep your body at the same negative electrical potential as Earth.
The simple process of grounding is one of the most powerful antioxidants we know of. Grounding has been shown to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, increase well-being, and much, much more. Unfortunately, many of the people who live in developed countries rarely connect with the earth today.
Dr. James Oschman, an expert in the field of energy medicine with a BA in biophysics and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Pittsburgh, stated:
“In the publications and practices of various cultures around the world, subjective reports can be found indicating that walking barefoot on the Earth improves health and provides a sense of well-being. For a variety of reasons, many people are reluctant to walk barefoot outside unless they are on a beach vacation. "
More than a dozen studies confirm the psychological effects of Grounding
Dr. Oschman, in conjunction with a dozen other researchers, has conducted research on the psychological effects of grounding. More than a dozen studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals showing its benefits for inflammation, immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases.
According to an analysis published inJournal of Inflammation Research:
“Grounding reduces or even prevents the cardinal signs of inflammation caused by injuries: redness, heat, swelling, pain and loss of function… Rapid resolution of painful chronic inflammation was confirmed in 20 case studies, in which infrared scanning was used ...
Our main hypothesis is that connecting the body to the Earth allows the free electrons on its surface to enter and distribute in the body, where they can have antioxidant effects.
Specifically, we suggest that the mobile electrons generate an antioxidant microenvironment around the wound repair field, which prevents reactive oxygen species (ROS), generated in the oxidative burst, from causing 'collateral damage' to healthy tissue, and prevents or it reduces the formation of the so-called "inflammatory response".
We also assume that electrons from Earth can prevent or resolve so-called "silent" or "latent" inflammation.
Interestingly, grounding research has found that if you place your feet on the ground after an injury (or on a sheet that has grounded or if you place grounding patches on the metatarsals), electrons will migrate into your body and will be distributed in your tissues.
Any free radicals that seep into healthy tissue will immediately be electrically neutralized. This happens because electrons are negative, while free radicals are positive, so they cancel each other out.
Grounding May Improve Sleep, Reduce Pain, Support Heart Health, and More
In a summary of the discoveries made to date, Dr. Oschman and his colleagues state that grounding appears to have a variety of beneficial health effects, including:
Improve sleep Normalize the night-day rhythm of cortisol Reduce pain Reduce stress Shift the autonomic nervous system from sympathetic to parasympathetic activation Increase heart rate variability Accelerate wound healing Reduce the viscosity of the blood
The grounding concept was initially developed by Clint Ober. In a study Ober conducted in 2000, some people with chronic muscle and joint pain and sleep disorders were randomly divided into sleeping grounded or "falsely" grounded.
Most of the connected sleepers reported symptomatic improvement in sleep and pain, and some also reported significant relief from their asthmatic and respiratory conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, sleep apnea, and hypertension. According toJournal of Environmental and Public Health: "These results indicated that the effects of earthing go beyond reducing pain and improving sleep."
Even another study found that making contact with the ground during a single night of sleep caused significant changes in the concentration of minerals and electrolytes in the participants' blood, and connecting for 72 hours caused a decrease in fasting glucose in people with diabetes
In addition, making contact while sleeping was also determined to be the first known intervention to accelerate recovery from late-onset muscle pain (DMAT), that is, pain and stiffness that appear hours or days after strenuous exercise.7 Reduction of inflammation and stress as a result of grounding has also been documented.
According to prominent cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, inflammation develops when blood is thick and under high stress due to free radicals and many positive charges in the body. Making contact with the ground effectively relieves inflammation as this thins the blood and fills your body with negatively charged ions through the soles of your feet.
Grounding for anti-aging
One of the dominant theories about aging is that of free radicals, which indicates that aging occurs due to cumulative damage to the body caused by free radicals. Free radicals are obtained through wounds or chronic inflammation, breathing, and the food you eat, among other things.
While the ideal is not to eliminate ALL free radicals, the healthy balance of antioxidant electrons in the body should be maintained to ensure that the damage caused by free radicals does not get out of control.
Earthing can achieve this delicate balance, as its effects on inflammation are evidenced. Infrared medical scan shows that inflammation begins to subside within 30 minutes of being grounded. At the same time, metabolic activity increases, as well as oxygen consumption, pulse rate and respiration, and oxygenation of the blood decreases after 40 minutes.
The researchers refer to this as "filling" the negative charge reservoirs, which, once saturated, can distribute antioxidant electrons to injured areas. According toJournal of Inflammation Research:
“These considerations also imply anti-aging effects of earthing or grounding, since the dominant theory on aging emphasizes the cumulative damage caused by ROS produced during normal metabolism or in response to pollutants, poisons or injuries.
We assume that there is an anti-aging effect of grounding that is based on a living matrix that reaches every part of the body and that is capable of carrying antioxidant electrons to the parts where the integrity of the tissue could be compromised, due to reactive oxidants from any source. ”.
‘An Essential Element in the Formula of Health’
Simply by going outside, being barefoot, touching the ground, and allowing your body's excess load to release onto the ground, you can alleviate some of the stress that continually hits your system.
Walking barefoot can help you recover from the constant assault of electromagnetic fields and other radiation from cell phones, computers, and Wi-Fi. Grounding is also believed to help facilitate the formation of structured water in the body.
Additionally, grounding also calms the sympathetic nervous system, which supports cardiac index variability. When cardiac index variability is maintained, homeostasis, balance, in the autonomic nervous system is promoted. This is important, because when the variability of the cardiac index improves, the entire organism and all its functions improve. If you want to know more, watch the documentaryGrounded (in which I appear).
You'll hear first-hand reports from Haines, Alaska residents who have overcome chronic pain, sleep apnea, and more, simply by connecting to the ground. According toJournal of Environmental and Public Health, grounding is truly an essential element for human health:
“Research, observations, and related theories about earthing raise an intriguing possibility about electrons on the Earth's surface as an unused health resource - Earth as a 'global bed' for therapy.
Emerging evidence shows that contact with the Earth - whether by walking barefoot outside or by connecting indoors to conductive grounding systems - can be a simple, natural, and deeply effective environmental strategy against chronic stress, ANS dysfunction. , inflammation, pain, poor quality sleep, HRV disturbances, hypercoagulable blood, and many health disorders, such as cardiovascular disease.
Research to date supports the concept that connecting the human body to the earth can be an essential element in the formula for health, in conjunction with sunlight, clean air and water, nutritious food and activity. physical".
Simple ways to connect to Earth
Many people in the United States spend most of their waking time wearing shoes with rubber or plastic soles. These materials are very effective insulators, precisely for which they are used to insulate electrical cables. However, they also effectively disconnect it from Earth's natural flow of electrons. Wearing shoes with leather soles will allow you to stay grounded, just as you will walk barefoot, although you will need to do so on the proper surface. The surfaces where it can be grounded are:
- Sand beach)
- Grass (preferably wet)
- Concrete and brick (as long as it is not painted or sealed)
- Ceramic tile
The following surfaces will NOT ground you:
- Rubber or plastic
- Tar or pavement
As I mentioned, simply taking your shoes off as much as possible when outside will help you take advantage of natural grounding opportunities. When you're indoors, using a grounding pad or sheet is a great way to stay grounded while working or sleeping.
For people who travel frequently, I even generally bring a pad with me to make contact with the ground when I fly, although Dr. Sinatra claims that just taking off your shoes and placing your feet (barefoot or with socks) on the metal strut will achieve the effect. According toJournal of Environmental and Public Health:
“From a practical point of view, doctors could recommend to patients 'shoeless sessions' outside, when weather and conditions allow. In general, it has been observed that just going barefoot for 30 to 40 minutes a day can significantly reduce pain and stress… Obviously, connecting barefoot to Earth is free. However, the use of conductive systems when sleeping, working or relaxing indoors provides a more convenient strategy that makes it easier for you to continue with your routine ”.
By Dr. Mercola
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