One simple health enhancing action has been nearly erased from todays modern western society.
Something reachable to all classes, all races and all genders at zero cost, one thing any human can do to benefit their overall health, guaranteed and proven to enhance body physiology…
Walking around barefoot. Commonly called Grounding or Earthing.
It is estimated there are 1000 to 2000 thunderstorms alive on the Earth at any one moment. The lightning strikes produced by these storms are actively charging the surface of Mother Earth with a negative charge creating an abundant source of free electrons.
Negatively charged free electrons are good for us and free for the taking but only if our skin is in direct contact with the ground or a body of water.
Who does not feel better after going to the beach, swimming, surfing, camping etc? That post nature euphoria is not only caused by physical activity and Vitamin D producing sunshine, but also by our physical connection to the negative electrical charge emanating from the planet.
Our modern rubber sole shoes insulate us from and break our needed electrical connection to the earth.
Barefoot is best.
There are numerous scientific studies online documenting the positive effects of grounding or earthing (see the links below this article).
Here are some interesting highlights taken from these studies:
“Grounding increases the surface charge on RBCs (red blood cells) and thereby reduces blood viscosity and clumping. Grounding appears to be one of the simplest and yet most profound interventions for helping reduce cardiovascular risk and cardiovascular events.”
Grounding helps the heart and cardiovascular system.
“Grounding is the most desirable and suitable intervention for both reducing blood viscosity and reducing inflammation simultaneously.
A pilot study on delayed-onset muscle soreness demonstrated a remarkable reduction of inflammatory mediators (swelling), including a reduction in white blood cell count. (lymphocytes, neutrophils, and eosinophils).
…grounding an organism produces measurable differences in the concentrations of white blood cells, cytokines, and other molecules involved in the inflammatory response.
Grounding reduces pain and alters the numbers of circulating neutrophils and lymphocytes, and also affects various circulating chemical factors related to inflammation."
Grounding reduces swelling and inflammation.
"Grounding reduces or even prevents the cardinal signs of inflammation following injury: redness, heat, swelling, pain, and loss of function.”
Grounding helps the body heal faster.
"...connecting the human body to the earth during sleep normalizes circadian cortisol profiles and reduces or eliminates various subjectively reported symptoms, including sleep dysfunction, pain and stress.”
Earthing helps us sleep better.
Available online are many convenient affordable systems which allow grounding/earthing while sleeping in the comfort of a bed, working in the office or wearing normal shoes, no need to actually sleep outside on the ground or go barefoot everywhere.
Below is an excellent professional documentary which beautifully displays the wonderful impact of grounding upon health. Take off your shoes and take the time to watch it.
No excuses, it’s easy and it’s Epic, get grounded.
Sources for this article:
Chevalier G, Mori K, Oschman, JL. “The effect of earthing (grounding) on human physiology.” European Biology and Bioelectromagnetics Jan 31, 2006; 600 -621