In recent decades, the incidence of chronic pain and diseases, allergies, insomnia and auto-immune conditions has skyrocketed in modern societies. One overlooked reason is the immune system began functioning less efficiently as humans increasingly separated themselves from the earth’s energy.
The human immune system evolved over millions of years. All that time, we were in virtually constant barefoot contact with the earth. In our modern society, humans no longer walk barefoot. We wear shoes and live in buildings that insulate us from the earth’s energy.
What Exactly Is Earthing?
Earthing is among the most natural and safest forms of prevention and anti-aging you can do. It is extremely low tech, and it works. Earthing (grounding) refers to the process of establishing conductive contact between the surface of the earth and the surface of the human body. This allows electrons to flow from the earth and maintain the body at earth potential.
A ground is defined as a conductive object that makes a direct electrical connection to earth and has the ability to absorb or dissipate an electrical charge. In effect, an electrical ground drains away any unwanted buildup of electrical charge.
We know earthing allows a transfer of electrons (the earth’s energy, natural and subtle) into the body. We know inflammation is caused by free radicals, and free radicals are neutralized with electrons from any source. Electrons are the source of the neutralizing power of antioxidants.
Inflammation, sickness and chronic pain, at least in some part, result from an electron deficiency. The ground may represent the biggest and best natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that exists.
Earthing refers to the process of connecting by walking barefoot outside, as humans have done throughout history, or sitting, working or sleeping grounded indoors. Modern lifestyles, in addition to separating us from the earth, have also provided us with a simple way to stay grounded, even as you sleep, with very basic grounding devices.
For more than a decade, thousands of people around the world — men, women, children and athletes — have incorporated earthing into their daily routines and report that earthing:
- Reduces inflammation (the underlying cause of more than 80 chronic illnesses)
- Thins blood
- Improves blood pressure
- Lets you sleep better
- Relieves chronic pain, muscle tension, headaches and stress
- Gives you faster recovery from trauma and intense physical activity
- Reduces or eliminates jet lag
- Energizes you
- Lessens hormonal and menstrual symptoms
- Protects your body against electro magnetic fields (EMFs)
- Helps circulation
- Promotes normal cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and immune systems
Earthing is natural, simple and it affects every aspect of human physiology. When you ground yourself, your entire body readjusts to a new level of functioning and energy. That level, in fact, seems to have been designed throughout evolution.
Anyone can try this. If you don’t feel well, for whatever reason, just make barefoot contact with the earth, or swim or wade in the ocean and see what happens. Of course, if you have a medical problem, you should also see a doctor.
Everybody seems to benefit in some way, but we are all different. The results can come quickly and dramatically, such as less chronic pain and better sleep, or subtly and gradually over time. Often people who are very ill feel the difference most profoundly.
Some part of your body needs to be in direct contact with the earth in order for you to get the full benefit. The easy way to do this is to get a special earthing pad or bed sheet that plugs into the ground (3rd hole) in one of your electrical outlets. I use the pad. Visit Amazon for more information on the Earthing Universal Mat and Cover.
Maybe while on vacation and walking barefoot on a sandy beach, have you felt some tingling or some warmth in your feet, or a sense of well-being?
David Kekich (Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs) is President/CEO of Maximum Life Foundation that focuses on aging research, a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to curing aging-related diseases. For more information, visit: www.MaxLife.org. David contributes to our column Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs. MaxLife is helping to make the anti-aging dream a reality with cutting edge Bio-Engineering research and products.