Earthing

Con­nect­ing to Mother Earth

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SCI­EN­TISTS HAVE been re­search­ing the health ben­e­fits of di­rectly con­nect­ing the hu­man body to the Earth, a prac­tice called Earthing or ground­ing. This sim­ply in­volves be­ing in con­tact with the Earth’s sur­face by walk­ing out­doors bare­foot. Con­duc­tive de­vices have even been de­vel­oped to cre­ate a sim­i­lar ef­fect when in­doors.

Re­search has shown that a vast blan­ket of elec­trons cov­ers the Earth’s sur­face. Elec­trons are neg­a­tively charged par­ti­cles,, found in all atoms that are the pri­mary car­ri­ers of elec­tri­cal en­ergy. These elec­trons can, on con­tact, be trans­mit­ted into the hu­man body, where they act as pow­er­ful neu­tralis­ers of free rad­i­cals, the agents re­spon­si­ble for many dis­ease pro­cesses.

ELEC­TRI­CAL STA­BIL­ITY

Man-made elec­tri­cal sys­tems world­wide are con­nected to the Earth’s sur­face and its neg­a­tive charge to pro­vide sta­bil­ity and safety. These sys­tems, from large grids and power sta­tions to homes, build­ings, and fac­to­ries, elec­tri­cal ma­chin­ery and ap­pli­ances are thus said to be “grounded” or “earthed.”

Earthing re­search sug­gests that this same elec­tri­cal charge on the earth’s sur­face nur­tures all liv­ing things. Con­sider it as ‘elec­tri­cal nutri­tion’ with the abil­ity to re­store, bal­ance, and sta­bilise the hu­man body’s count­less elec­tri­cal sys­tems that run the func­tions of or­gans, cells, and bio­rhythms.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­veal that when the body is grounded, its elec­tri­cal po­ten­tial equalises with the Earth’s elec­tri­cal po­ten­tial through a trans­fer of elec­trons from the Earth to the body. When the body’s po­ten­tial is the same as the Earth’s elec­tric po­ten­tial, it be­comes an ex­ten­sion of the en­tire elec­tri­cal sys­tem of the Earth. This neu­tralises, re­duces, or re­pels un­healthy elec­tri­cal fields from the body.

Through­out his­tory, hu­mans ei­ther walked bare­foot or used semi-con­duc­tive nat­u­ral an­i­mal hides for footwear and bed­ding. We lived in in­ti­mate con­tact with the Earth at all times. But to­day, we live and work mostly in­doors, some­times high above the ground in multi-storey build­ings and wear shoes with syn­thetic soles made of non-con­duc­tive plas­tic and rub­ber com­pounds. Many of us rarely go bare­foot out­side and have dis­con­nected from mother Earth. Our bod­ies have be­come Earth-starved, a state that leaves us more vul­ner­a­ble to com­mon dis­eases.

In ad­di­tion, we are now con­stantly ex­posed to harm­ful elec­tro­mag­netic ra­di­a­tion from the var­i­ous elec­tri­cal gad­gets in our homes and work places. This com­mon re­al­ity of mod­ern life is re­ferred to as an ‘elec­tron de­fi­ciency’ and sci­en­tists think it is an over­looked cause of not only chronic in­flam­ma­tion, but per­haps the rav­ages of age­ing it­self.

Earthing can in­duce many bod­ily changes of great im­por­tance to your health. The list in­cludes re­duced pain and in­flam­ma­tion, bet­ter sleep, and a blood-thin­ning ef­fect that ri­vals that of as­pirin and other po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous blood-thin­ning drugs. Earthing also pro­motes a sta­ble heart rate, de­creases mus­cle ten­sion, im­proves high blood pres­sure, as well as au­toim­mune con­di­tions like lu­pus, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, and rheuma­toid arthri­tis.

BLOOD SUGAR CON­TROL

Earthing may help to con­trol the blood sugar lev­els. Pol­ish doc­tors have been ac­tively re­search­ing the var­i­ous ef­fects of ground­ing on hun­dreds of peo­ple with dif­fer­ent con­di­tions, in­clud­ing di­a­betes, and doc­u­mented their find­ings in a 2011 study.

They re­ported: “We have been able to with­draw in­sulin from some peo­ple be­cause they achieved a re­duc­tion in their blood sugar just from walk­ing bare­foot. With oral med­i­ca­tion, we ob­served that some peo­ple with di­a­betes could walk bare­foot and not need anti-di­a­betic drugs like Met­formin. We found that in some cases the com­bi­na­tion of med­i­ca­tion and ground­ing could even push the glu­cose level too low.”

They con­cluded that fur­ther re­search with more peo­ple would be needed to see at what point sus­tained ground­ing could achieve a de­crease in glu­cose enough to rec­om­mend that a doc­tor re­duce the med­i­ca­tion dosage.

If you are di­a­betic, you may con­sider see­ing what ef­fect go­ing with­out shoes for an hour or so a day may have on your blood sugar. But be care­ful to take good care of your feet and not in­jure them.

CALM­ING THE NER­VOUS SYS­TEM

Earthing helps defuse stress. Stress is re­ally a re­ac­tion. It is how we re­spond in­ter­nally to cir­cum­stances and sit­u­a­tions around us (stres­sors). Earthing bal­ances that re­ac­tion and calms down the ac­tiv­ity of the sym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem.

By its calm­ing ef­fect on the ner­vous sys­tem, func­tions such as heart beat, res­pi­ra­tion, and di­ges­tion are bal­anced.

Stud­ies have shown that af­ter earthing, blood pres­sure, heart rate, breath­ing pat­tern, and mus­cle ten­sion all im­prove pos­i­tively. In ef­fect, earthing in­duces the re­lax­ation re­sponse.

Earthing stud­ies and feed­back in­di­cate that in­flam­ma­tion de­creases sub­stan­tially, and some­times dra­mat­i­cally, af­ter earthing. In­flam­ma­tion is com­monly as­so­ci­ated with an in­creased pro­duc­tion in the body of po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous el­e­ments called free rad­i­cals. The trans­fer of elec­trons into the body dur­ing earthing al­lows the free rad­i­cals to be neu­tralised and ren­dered harm­less. This is very im­por­tant as many com­mon health prob­lems, in­clud­ing heart dis­ease, can­cer, and chronic pain are as­so­ci­ated with in­flam­ma­tion. Con­tact with the Earth ap­pears to dy­nam­i­cally boost the body’s own self-re­pair and heal­ing mech­a­nisms.

Many of these ben­e­fits have been ob­served by sim­ply go­ing bare­foot for as lit­tle as 30 or 40 min­utes daily. The take-home mes­sage is sim­ple: life­style ac­tiv­i­ties like earthing (ground­ing) the hu­man body, along with sun­shine, clean air and wa­ter, nu­tri­tious food, and phys­i­cal ex­er­cise are very ef­fec­tive nat­u­ral ways to a health­ier life.

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