"Earthing" is the practice of physically connecting your body to the Earth and its abundant supply of electrical energy.
It's a healing tool that primitive cultures have known about, and utilized, for centuries. However, it has only been very recently that anyone thought to examine this concept scientifically to determine how it works — and how important it might be.
As it turns out, research is showing that something as simple as walking barefoot can have an amazing beneficial effect on your health. When you make contact with the Earth, your body is, in fact, physiologically different.
The Earth is essentially a giant battery that is continually being replenished by solar radiation, lightning strikes, and heat from its molten core. The surface of the Earth is a massive storehouse of free electrons. This natural energy is designed to keep the biological machinery of all living things — humans, animals, plants and insects — operating in rhythm and balance.
Science tells us that the human body is a dynamic conductor of electrical impulses — every part, from your head down to your to toes. Within this incredibly complex system, trillions of cells constantly transmit and receive the energy necessary to carry out their programmed biochemical reactions using electrical signals.
Your heart, brain, nervous system, muscles and immune system are examples of electrical subsystems operating within your bioelectric body. All your movements and actions — every function your body performs — are energized by your body's electrical energy.
When you make direct contact with the Earth, free electrons are transferred up into your body. This energy restores your body's natural electrical stability and rhythms, which in turn, promotes normal functioning of all your body's systems. This process essentially shifts your nervous system from a stress-dominated mode to one of calmness, and promotes optimum health.
Understanding the health benefits of Earthing starts with the free radical theory of aging and disease. Free radicals are positively-charged molecules created by your metabolism that are at the root of inflammation, tissue destruction and degenerative diseases. These unstable molecules eat away at your cells and tissues in the same way as rust eats away at a tin can. An excess of free radicals is generally believed to be the primary cause of disease and aging.
When you're not connected to the earth, free radical attacks increase due to the electrical imbalance in your body. This leads to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, asthma, arthritis, and other inflammation-based disorders. Researchers are speculating that these disorders are increasing significantly because humans have become so disconnected from the Earth.
The image below illustrates the effect of Earthing on inflammation as seen through infrared imaging, or thermography. (The red end of the spectrum indicates higher levels of inflammation). The photos shown here were taken only thirty minutes apart — before (left) and after grounding (right). They show a rapid decrease of inflammation and demonstrate the impact of Earthing on chronic pain and stiffness.
Before Earthing After 30 minutes of Earthing
Your body has a natural, built-in antioxidant defense system, set up to protect you from free radical damage. If this system is functioning properly, your body will be able to neutralize any excessive free radicals. However, the escalating rates of degenerative diseases indicate that this system is not functioning well in much of the population.
The antidote for an excess of free radicals is an abundance of antioxidants; they neutralize excess free radicals and are an important part of any anti-aging diet. Fruits and vegetables are the primary sources of antioxidants; your body can also manufacture certain antioxidant enzymes.
The Earth has an endless supply of the negatively-charged free electrons that you need to reduce inflammation and neutralize free radical attacks, in much the same way as antioxidant nutrients do.
Every living thing on the planet — plants, animals, insects, even bacteria — is naturally connected to the Earth, all the time. It's the way that life was meant to be. The natural energy emanating from the surface of the Earth is responsible for keeping the biological machinery of all life running in perfect rhythm and balance.
Let's take a look at the human foot. The sole of the foot contains about 1,300 nerve endings per square inch. That's more than you'll find on any other part of the body of comparable size. The paws of all other mammals are equally rich in nerve endings. Why do you suppose that would be? It's because your feet are the vital link between you and the Earth, and the portal where the Earth's electrical energy enters your body. Every living thing, including humans, draws energy from this electrical field through its feet, paws or roots.
For the early part of their history, humans also spent most of their lives this way. Eventually, though, we began to live in dwellings with floors made of wood, and sleep in beds raised up off the ground. These "improvements" meant that man spent much less time connected to the Earth.
The final blow to man's connection to the Earth came shortly after World War II, with the development of synthetic shoe materials. Rubber, plastic and petroleum-based materials — all non-conductive — have come to replace leather as the material of choice for the soles of shoes.
From what we have discovered in the last 10 years, this may be one of the most significant developments in the decline of human health that we know of. As it looks now, in spite of all the modern developments in shoe design, the original soft-soled leather moccasin is possibly the the closest we've ever come to the ideal shoe.
Fortunately, it's very easy to remedy this situation. There are simple ways to reconnect yourself to Earth's healing energy that take no effort at all. See my page on earthing products to discover how easy it is.
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