Free radicals, oxidation, DNA mutation through virus, Inflammation and acidity are running rampant throughout our body’s, more than ever before in the history of human existence. We’re evolving, but we’re not keeping pace with it. Life is being extended but in a recent global study of 30-40 year old people across a broad spectrum of social economics, we’re not benefiting from the technological advances of our time in terms of quality of life.
Diabetes, depression, obesity, alcohol abuse and domestic violence are on the rise and one would think those would decrease with awareness and technological advances. One reason for this counter trend is that we’re becoming less and less grounded to the earth from which we derive life.
Foods are denatured and roads are paved in asphalt. Shoes are better than ever, more cushioned and better made but in the process less conductive from the earth. Maybe one huge solution to a lot of social struggles and life quality for the emerging generations is simply taking our shoes off and walking barefoot on the grass for a few minutes a day?
Another simple lifestyle strategy that can help prevent chronic inflammation is grounding or earthing. Stated in the simplest terms possible, earthing is simply walking barefoot; grounding your body to the Earth. Your skin in general is a very good conductor, so you can connect any part of your skin to the Earth, but if you compare various parts there is one that is especially potent, and that’s right in the middle of the ball of your foot; a point known to acupuncturists as Kidney 1 (K1). It’s a well-known point that conductively connects to all of the acupuncture meridians and essentially connects to every nook and cranny of your body. By looking at what happens during grounding, the answer to why chronic inflammation is so prevalent, and what is needed to prevent it, is becoming better understood.
When you’re grounded there’s a transfer of free electrons from the Earth into your body. And these free electrons are probably the most potent antioxidants known to man. These antioxidants are responsible for the clinical observations from grounding experiments, such as beneficial changes in heart rate, decreased skin resistance, and decreased levels of inflammation.
Furthermore, researchers have also discovered that grounding thins your blood, making it less viscous. This discovery can have a profound impact on cardiovascular disease, which is now the number one killer in the world. Virtually every aspect of cardiovascular disease has been correlated with elevated blood viscosity. It turns out that when you ground to the earth, your zeta potential quickly rises, which means your red blood cells have more charge on their surface, which forces them apart from each other.
This action causes your blood to thin and flow easier. It also causes your blood pressure to drop. By repelling each other, your red blood cells are also less inclined to stick together and form a clot. Additionally, if your zeta potential is high, which grounding can facilitate, you not only decrease your heart disease risk but also your risk of multi-infarct dementias, where you start losing brain tissue due to micro-clotting in your brain.
The origin of Yoga, the history of sport, the dynamics of martial arts and even the roots of body building all derived from being outdoors in nature. As commercial interests took hold, the vulnerability of weather send people searching for spaces immune from weather variables and with that, we lost something.
Running on a beach, playing in a park, even walking in the rain are spectacular forms of health giving, life preserving, body sculpting exercise. Add skipping, handstands and a few pushups and sure, our hands get dirty but we connect to the earth, and that, it seems is one of the most important elements, long ignored in gyms and health programs – Grounding.
Free radicals build up in our body and grounding our body to the earth discharges them. Oxidation builds up in our body, grounding to the earth discharges it. Tiredness accumulates in the cells of our body, grounding to the earth regenerates us.
So, what’s needed for grounding ourselves to the earth? No shoes, walking on grass (damp is best), sand (walking or running where ocean meets sand is the absolute ideal) and now there’s a whole other culture of providing devices to put beneath your feet at the office or at home, even under the bed, and the feedback is amazing.