As we move through our very fast paced lives and become more aware of the negative impact of stress and other lifestyle factors on our body, we have created a multitude of industries, therapies and supplements to counter-act the damage we do to ourselves and each other each day.
What if we knew there was a simple medicine we could take each day that almost instantly reduces stress and inflammation, slows down aging, eliminates chronic pain and balances our adrenals and hormones – all while improving blood flow and infusing our bodies with more anti-oxidants than a truck full of blueberries? On top of that, the only known side effects are positive feelings of calm coupled with increased energy! What if we also knew that this medicine is totally free and accessible to all… right beneath our feet?
Earthing (noun): The process of absorbing the earth’s free flowing electrons through the soles of ones feet.
Free medicine right beneath our feet
Losing Connection with the Source of Our Wellbeing
Throughout history, we’ve always had direct contact with the Earth as part of our day-to-day lives – walking and running barefoot, sitting in the grass, dirt and sand, planting, growing and building with elements of earth. At night the only thing separating our entire body from the earth was usually an animal skin.
In our modern western world we spend less and less time outdoors and when we do we’re often more concerned with protecting ourselves from the elements than making direct contact with them. We have literally created a shield between us and the earth and, with our rubber/plastic soled shoes, elevated buildings and beds and paved footpaths between each life activity, many of us have almost zero direct skin connection with the Earth’s surface on a daily basis.
What researchers and proponents of grounding are now revealing is that by living this way, we have severed our connection to many life-giving resources and restricted our exposure to the greatest antioxidant source in the world. Is it possible that many of our modern health problems are being perpetuated and accelerated by our separation from the Earth?
The Negative Side of Positive Electrons
Among the many things that challenge our health and wellbeing is that in our modern world we are being constantly bombarded with electromagnetic energy.
With the high prevalence of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), Wi-Fi and mobile phone waves, many of us have an excess of unpaired, positive electrons (a.k.a free radicals) building up in our bodies on a each day. Free radicals take electrons from healthy cells in order to stabilize themselves, and in the process, create more free radicals in the body. When we are continually exposed to environments that perpetuate this state, we end up unleashing a whole chain of events in our body that can ultimately lead to deterioration of our cells, accelerated aging, inflammation and “dis-ease” with complex symptoms on multiple levels in our body.
When you are in direct contact with the ground (walking, sitting, or laying down on the earth’s surface) the earth’s electrons are conducted to your body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the earth. – Dr. Mercola
In their book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra M.D. and Martin Zuckerthe discuss in detail the importance of drawing negative energies from the earth (free electrons) in order to neutralize the impact of positively charged forces on the body (free radicals and electromagnetic fields).
The good news is that the surface of the Earth has a virtually unlimited storehouse of accessible negatively-charged electrons, and when we connect directly to the Earth with our skin, our bodies become suffused with these electrons, which go where they are needed to neutralize free radical propagation. When we consider that one of the primary root causes of most chronic diseases is inflammation, it is beyond exciting to discover that the very ground we stand on can be one of our greatest allies and sources for healing, simply by bringing our bodies back into balance with the Earth.