The Bare Truth of Earthing
The Many Happy Benefits of Going Barefoot
We all know it feels good. But is going barefoot beneficial to the whole body? Yes! A new phenomenon – actually an ancient tradition – called “earthing” or “grounding,” transfers the electromagnetic energy of the earth into your body. And that means your time on the ground will ripple through your cardiovascular system – and beyond – for better health.
We’ll show you exactly how doffing your shoes, and walking barefoot outside, can increase
your circulation, reduce your inflammation, and even reduce the effects of aging.
What is Earthing?
“The concept of earthing, also known as grounding, was initially developed by Clint Ober. Stated in the simplest terms possible, ‘earthing’ is simply walking barefoot; grounding your body to the Earth.” writes Dr. Joseph Mercola in his article, “Caution: Wearing These Can Sabotage Your Health.”
(Does this sound a little too woo-woo for you? Dr. Mercola, trained in both traditional and alternative medicine, is a board certified family practitioner, served as the chairman of the family medicine department at St. Alexius Medical Center, and was named the Top Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post.)
How Does Earthing Work?
“Basically, the theory is that our bodies are meant to come into contact with the Earth (a ‘grounding’ force) on a regular basis. Positive electrons in the form of free radicals can build up in our bodies and direct contact with the ground balances this out, as it is a negative grounding charge,” reports Katie, The Wellness Mama.
“It looks to me, from my study of biophysics and cell biology, like the body is designed with a semi-conductive fabric that connects everything in the body, including inside of every cell,” says Dr. Oschman in, “An interview with Biophysicist James Oschman PhD on the benefits of Earthing,” from Quantum Health.[quote]In short: We are naturally wired to be helped and healed by the Earth’s electromagnetic energy. All that is asked of us is our willingness, that we trust enough to try “earthing” and let the energy flow into us, right down to the cellular level.[/quote] Click to Tweet
The Benefits of Going Barefoot
“Your skin in general is a very good conductor, reports Dr. Mercola. “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. Interestingly, grounding—or rather the lack thereof—has a lot to do with the rise of modern diseases.
“Chronic inflammation is a primary cause of virtually all disease, from diabetes to cancer… 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
- Decreased levels of inflammation
And there’s more …
Go Bare, Be Younger
“One of dominant theories on aging is the free radical theory,” reports Dr. Mercola. “Which is that aging occurs because of accumulative damage to your body caused by free radicals. You get free radicals when you have an injury or chronic inflammation, from breathing, and from the food you eat, among other things. While you don’t want to completely eliminate ALL free radicals, you do want to maintain a healthy balance of antioxidant electrons in your body to ensure the damage from free radicals doesn’t’ get out of hand.”
Earthing can help accomplish this delicate balance. There are three kinds of sub-models of the aging process caused by free radicals.
- DNA damage and mutation due to free radical damage
- The mitochondrial theory. Mitochondria in every cell in your body carry out oxidative metabolism and a byproduct is free radicals. Eventually the mitochondria wear out or self-destruct due to excess free radicals
- The protein cross linking theory, which explains why you get wrinkles in your skin. The proteins stick to each other, reducing the efficiency of enzymes
The Effects of Earthing on the Blood
Scientific research demonstrates startling proof that profound changes occur in your blood cells after grounding barefoot with the earth, according to the Groundology website. Microscopic images of blood taken from three individuals just before – and forty minutes after – grounding, clearly show a dramatic thinning and decoupling of the blood cells. So what? This result dramatically reduces blood viscosity—a major factor in cardiovascular disease.
Where to Go Earthing?
The #1 best place to ground yourself to the earth, and reap the many health benefits of this simple process, is the ocean, as close to the energy-conducting salt water as possible. The next best place is in the grass, in the morning dew.
Research shows that a person should ground/earth for 30-60 minutes to reap the most benefits. Which means, if you’re walking barefoot in the cold morning hours you will find it difficult to maintain the length of time necessary to truly and extensively benefit from earthing. You will find it easier to make healing contact if you ground yourself to the earth when it’s relatively temperate out (70 degrees +).
It’s important to note, though, that you will still receive benefits from earthing for a short amount of time, but you won’t reap the long lasting and game changing benefits that 90 min – two hours will give you.
Can Anything Be Easier?
Feel better, hurt less, live longer and look younger. Just take off your shoes, walk on the earth’s healing surface, and feel the sweet force of gravity doing its work.
• Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever, Clinton Ober
• “Caution: Wearing These Can Sabotage Your Health,” Dr. Dean Merola
• Groundology: Earthing for Health and EMF Protection, Seb Francis
• Wellness Mama, Katie, The Wellness Mama
• “An interview with Biophysicist James Oschman PhD on the benefits of Earthing,” Dr. Oschman, Quantum Health:
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