How Grounding Yourself Leads to Better Health and Healing
One of the simplest healthy habits we all can do is right under our feet and we don’t even realize it! Research has shown that just 15 minutes of daily contact between our bare feet/skin and the ground restores the electrical balance of energy in our bodies, thus neutralizing the effects of stress and restoring our health and vitality.
The concept of EARTHING (making an electrical connection with the ground) rose to prominence when it was employed by team chiropractor Dr. Jeff Spencer and the Tour de France U.S. Cycling Team led by Lance Armstrong. Dr. Jeff made use of earthing technology to help the athletes recover from the grueling intensity of the race, and it worked. Earthing helped to reduce the accumulative racing stress on their bodies; sprains and strains seemed to heal overnight.
What is Earthing? From the Earthing Institute website:
Throughout time, we humans have sat, stood, strolled, and slept on the ground – the skin of our bodies touching the skin of the Earth.
And throughout time, such ordinary contact served as a conduit for transferring the Earth’s natural, gentle negative charge underfoot into the body. You see, we are bioelectrical beings living on an electrical planet.
Modern lifestyle has disconnected us from this primordial charge.
Earthing is the landmark discovery that the disconnect may make us more vulnerable to stress and illness. Contact with the Earth appears to uphold the electrical stability of our bodies and serve as a foundation for vitality and health. In an age of rampant chronic inflammation and disease, “grounding” ourselves by reconnecting with the Earth beneath our very feet provides a way back to better health.
As we make barefoot contact with the Earth, DC current full of negatively charged electrons flood into our body and neutralize free radicals, the nasty atomic particles responsible for inflammation and irritation of our tissues. Taking antioxidants or eating antioxidant rich food has a similar effect, but the Earth’s energy is free and readily available.
I’ve been recommending earthing for years as part of my program in the office and I make it a point to use it myself. I walk or stand barefoot on my grassy lawn daily, particularly when I’m gardening and watering the flowers. It’s important that there is some moisture involved to create the electrical connection – dry rock, sand or sidewalk won’t do. Connection can occur while in lakes, rivers and especially the ocean. Leather mocassins that get damp from grass or persperation would also work. Modern shoes with rubber soles are electrically insulated, thus they disconnect us from the Earth.
You can also purchase Earthing pads and bed linings that connect to an electrical outlet and recreate the flow of electrons from the ground. This is what they used in the Tour de France. I’ve had quite a few patients who utilized this technology and they reported that it worked great.
When you do earthing, you may feel some tingling in your legs and an increase in energy and good feelings. Many times mild to moderate aches and pains will quickly disappear. Earthing also neutralizes the effects of all the other electrical gadgets and electromagnetic fields that we are bombarded with daily.
Here’s links to a few websites that delve more deeply into the details of earthing if you’re interested, but for most of you, just get out there and go barefoot! Let me know how it’s affected your health and vitality!
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