You have probably felt the health benefits of earthing at some time in your life without ever realizing it. Think about the last time you took off your shoes and walked barefoot in soft grass or on a wet sandy beach. Can you recall how good it felt — how it made you feel more alive, refreshed and relaxed? Did you ever stop and wonder why walking barefoot in nature has this effect?
Recent studies conducted by experts in geophysics, biophysics, electrical engineering, electrophysiology, and medicine have uncovered the scientific explanation for this phenomenon. When you make direct contact with the Earth, there is an flow of free electrons from the ground into your body that floods it with healing energy — energy that wipes out any type of inflammation, anywhere in your body. This phenomenon has been given the name "Earthing," by its discoverer, Clint Ober.
Just like the Earth, your body is mostly water and minerals. This means that both are excellent conductors of electricity. In fact, all of your body's movements and metabolic functions are energized and controlled by electrical impulses. Your heart, brain, nervous system, muscles and immune system are all essentially electrical subsystems operating within your "bioelectrical" body.
The Earth is a highly electrically-charged object. The surface of the Earth is a huge storehouse of free electrons, which are constantly being replenished by natural phenomenon such as solar radiation, lightning strikes and energy generated from the inner core of the planet. This natural energy emanating from the surface of the Earth keeps the biological machinery of all life running in rhythm and balance.
When your skin makes contact with the Earth, negative electrons will flow from the place they're abundant (the Earth) to the place where they're in short supply (your body). The electrical potential of the two objects will then equalize. These free electrons are transferred into your body as long as you maintain direct skin contact with the ground.
The free negative electrons you get from the Earth neutralize your body's excess positive electrons in much the same way as antioxidant nutrients do. So, in effect…
Scientists have compared how connecting with the Earth's electrical energy maintains the order of your body's own electrical frequencies to a symphony conductor controlling his orchestra.
The bottom of your feet have more nerve endings than any other part of the body of that size. You also sweat more from the soles of your feet than anywhere else. These two characteristics make your feet ideally suited to absorb electrical energy from the earth — the research on Earthing certainly seems to indicate that this is the case.
Every living thing on Earth — humans, animals, plants, bugs, even bacteria — has always lived in contact with the Earth. It's only been in the last couple hundred years that man has incrementally lost this connection. The advent of the modern shoe, with its non-conductive rubber or synthetic sole, has made the disconnect almost complete.
Think for a moment when you go to bed tonight — how much of the day did you spend touching the Earth with your skin? For most people, the answer is not at all.
Studies indicate that people who are grounded function better than they do ungrounded. They are, in fact, physiologically different when grounded. Earthing restores and maintains your body's most natural electrical state, which in turn promotes optimum health. The benefits of Earthing may soon be proven to be as important and critical to your health as air, water, sunlight and nutrients. As more research is done, we may realize that truly optimal health may not even be possible without the regular use of this practice.
The health benefits of Earthing have been found to be so powerful that many top professional athletes — including swimmers, football players, bicycle racers and triathletes — routinely use this technology to recover after their events.
Chronic inflammation is now believed to be the underlying cause of more than eighty distinct illnesses, and more than half of all Americans suffer from at least one of them. Inflammation has been linked to nearly every degenerative disease you can think of — cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, glaucoma, autoimmune disorders, cancer and many more.
As Time magazine reported in a 2004 cover story,
"Hardly a week goes by without the publication of yet another study uncovering a new way that chronic inflammation does harm to the body… chronic inflammation may be the engine that drives many of the most feared illnesses of old age."
Earthing remedies an electron deficiency in your body which results in a dramatic reduction of inflammation. By grounding yourself to the Earth, your body returns to its normal electrical state from which it can self-regulate and self-heal itself optimally.
Conditions such as degenerative and autoimmune diseases, allergies, asthma and diabetes are all growing at an alarming rate. Studies indicate that "modern living" is the primary cause for this because these increases have largely occurred in highly-developed countries in Europe and North America. The most common suspects include an increased consumption of processed foods, environmental toxic exposure, and a lack of physical activity.
With what is now known about the health benefits of Earthing, we should add that to the list — it makes complete sense. The dramatic increase of chronic degenerative disease has occurred during a period in which more and more people have become increasingly disconnected from the Earth. In developed nations, this has grown to the point where it's virtually non-existent.
The human immune system evolved over thousands of years. During this time span, man lived mostly in direct contact with the Earth. Scientists for the most part haven't noticed that modern living involves a disconnect with the Earth's stabilizing electrical energy and a loss of the body's natural grounded state, and that this loss may set up the immune system to malfunction.
The important question now is: did the immune system — along with the nervous system and other systems in the body — stop functioning properly when we began wearing shoes with insulated soles, and living inside houses that insulate us from the natural frequencies of the environment? Continuing research on the health benefits of Earthing are pointing exactly to that conclusion.
Metabolic syndrome in humans is a widespread — and rapidly growing — precursor to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome is characterized by health factors that include the following:
Preliminary results from animal studies reveal that Earthing provides significant improvement in several biochemical factors associated with metabolic syndrome.
The human body constantly picks up electrical charges from its environment; this is a normal process. The most familiar example of this is when you walk across a carpeted room in rubber soled shoes and then get an electrical shock when you touch a metal object. What happened is that your body built up an electrical charge from its environment (the friction of walking across the carpet, in this case) before it was able to discharge it.
In today's modern world, this phenomenon has increased significantly, due to the fact that we wear non-conductive shoes and are surrounded by electronic equipment. Do any of your outlets resemble the one shown here?
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from computers, electric lights and appliances — any electrical device in your home, office or automobile — cause your body to pick up excessive electrical charges. Without discharging this buildup by connecting to the Earth, your body’s own natural electrical balance is dramatically altered, for the worse.
The Earth’s electric field is a continuous direct current (DC). Over thousands of years of evolution, the human body has tuned its biology to this subtle energy field. Electrical wiring systems use a different technology — alternating current (AC). Alternating current turns on and off sixty times per second, creating an oscillation of the electrons in your body when you are near any electrical device.
Although the research on the benefits of Earthing is in its infancy, here's what people who have used it regularly are reporting:
At least a dozen scientific papers have been published on the health benefits of Earthing. You can find a review of some of these studies in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health.
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