by Yoga Digest | June 19, 2014 11:07 am
Earthing is becoming a very popular theme, and for good reasons. The theory of earthing also known as “grounding” is simply walking barefoot or grounding your body to the Earth’s surface. This models hypothesis is based on the healing energy of nature and our ancestors way of life.
The Earth’s energy carries an tremendous negative charge. It’s always electron-rich and can serve as an abundant supply of antioxidant and free-radical-busting electrons. Your body is finely tuned to “work” with the Earth in the sense that there’s a constant flow of energy between your body and the Earth. When you put your feet on the ground, you absorb large amounts of negative electrons through the bottoms of your feet…its effect is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of.
Earthing has been shown to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, boost overall well-being, and so much more. Grounding’s potent antioxidant abilities help reduce inflammation throughout your body, a potentially life-saving benefit since inflammation is at the root of the most commonly studied diseases, including heart disease.
According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a renowned cardiologist, inflammation thrives when your blood is thick, you have a lot of free radical stress, and a lot of positive charges in your body. Grounding effectively alleviates inflammation because it thins your blood and infuses you with negatively charged ions through the soles of your feet.
If you are like most Americans, you spend most of your day wearing shoes with rubber or plastic soles. These materials are very effective insulators, which is precisely why they’re used to insulate electrical wires. Yet, they also effectively disconnect you from the Earth’s natural electron flow. Wearing leather-soled shoes will allow you to stay grounded with the Earth, as will walking barefoot, but you’ll need to do so on the proper surface. Good grounding surfaces include:
Like eating right, exercising, and sleeping, grounding can be described as yet another lifestyle habit that supports optimal health by supporting your body’s “electrical” connection with the Earth. It’s supported and backed by prominent medical doctors, scientists including Dr. David Suzuki, NASA astronauts, and was used by ancient civilizations who were very well connected to our planet.
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