Before we start talking about earthing, we invite you to reflect on the following: Have you noticed that we never walk barefoot, as children love to? Have we lost our connection to the earth?
Our daily activities require that we wear shoes all day: during the day we wear formal shoes, if we go to the gym, to walk to the dog or to the park, we put our trainers on.
If it’s winter we wear boots, and in summer, sandals. When we get home we opt for mules, flip flops, slippers, crocs, house shoes…
We decorate the floors of our homes with rugs, or we put carpets on them or use insulating floors.
Together with this we spend much of this modern life connected to laptops, computers, television, mobile phones – all electricity or power conductors.
All this and more will be answered, now!
What is Earthing?
A little bit of background…
It all started in the U.S.A. in the 90’s, when Clint Ober, who had dedicated himself to cable TV and was already retired, wrote the book: Earthing: The most Important Health Discovery ever!
Ober, C., thanks to his experience, raised the question that if by making a nexus with the TV cables and the ground, the interruption can be suppressed and the signal is restored, then how can the human body, which is full of electricity, energy and emanates a number of signals, be grounded?
Thereafter, through his collaboration with Sinatra S., a psychotherapy and cardiologist, and Zuker M., creator of alternative therapies and homeopathic medicine, he conducted a series of studies.
These studies supported the fact that the negative capacity of the earth produces a biological and electrical environment within our body, which stabilises it and helps with the proper functioning of all its systems.
For example: the central nervous system, functions such as respiratory, digestive, circulatory, among others.
Here is the result of the investigation: “Earthing: barefoot”.
Earthing or Walking Barefoot
With earthing we seek to rescue the healthy habit of walking barefoot, as we did before the invention of footwear.
We DO NOT mean by this that the use of shoes, in their different models, is a bad thing. On the contrary, they protect our lower limbs from environmental pollution, diseases and both high and low temperatures.
We just want to emphasise, that it is healthy to include the practice of earthing into your daily routine and later we will discuss why we recommend this.
So earthing, or grounding, invites you to re-establish your bond with nature, the earth element.
Because thanks to this contact you remove the static energy that you have accumulated in your body during the day.
What does Earthing consist of?
In physics, the atom is considered the smallest part of matter and they are grouped together to form molecules. Atoms are made up of electrons.
If an external force is applied to these atoms, the electrons on their surface are released, and once this happens, they are renamed as free electrons.
This positive weight or charge is produced, amongst others, by the free radicals, which are unstable chemical substances, caused by the metabolism of our body.
Once processed, these substances or radicals appropriate, steal or subtract atomic particles, coming from organic molecules, which causes premature ageing, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, increase in ‘bad’ cholesterol, and even cancer.
What are the benefits of practicing Earthing?
When grounded, the free electrons found in the ground counteract the effects of free radicals in our body.
In addition to the cell damage caused by these chemicals, inflammation such as asthma, allergy, or any activity affecting the immune system are found, even when you experience the symptoms of jet lag.
Electrons as antioxidants?
In the face of stress and fear (anxiety), the body reacts by producing over-the-top free radicals that end up damaging healthy tissues, resulting in not only inflammation but also pain.
By walking barefoot, the negatively charged electrons, which are found on the ground, cling to those free radicals of our body, generating stability and well-being in the body, as this “grounding” drives or reactivates self-healing and self-regulation.
Connecting through the feet
We can connect any part of our body to the earth, but the most “sensitive” parts to this contact are our feet.
The exact point is in the middle of these extremities, where what has been colloquially called the “bridge” of the foot begins, under the three “balls” that form after the middle digits.
You may not know how to refer to your toes. To illustrate this, and because of the importance of the explanation of this point, we use podology and find the following:
- The first toe, the widest or biggest is called the hallux;
- The second toe is called the digitus secundus pedis;
- The following ones are known as the third, fourth and fifth (small) toe.
So, under the digitus secundus pedis, the third and fourth toes of the feet form a structure of natural lumps, exactly after them what is known as Kidney 1 in acupuncture, and it is this zone that allows the exchange of negative electrons from the earth for the free radicals which originate in our body.
In short, the benefits of Earthing include:
- Reduces both chronic and acute inflammations.
- Minimises chronic pain.
- Increases energy.
- Improves the quality and deepness of sleep.
- Decreases stress hormones (cortisol), which reduces tension and brings peace.
- Improves blood flow.
- Controls blood pressure, muscle tension, and headache.
How to practice Earthing?
On the market, you can find many items designed in order to connect to the ground, such as quilts, bed covers, sheets, mats.
The beach is an ideal place for this practice, but if we live in the city, we must make use of what we have nearby.
Grass or fields in the morning, when they are still covered in dew, fulfil the same function. The same thing with mountains.
If you have a garden, walk on it, and if you don’t have any of these options, walk on the floor of your house.
Spend only thirty (30) minutes doing the activity outdoors or inside your home and without shoes of any kind, you can do exercises sitting on the floor of your home, hiking in a park, or lie down for a while directly on the ground and you’ll see how changing your style improves your health and quality of life.
- “Earthing, the most important health Discovery ever?” Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D, Martin Zucker. Editorial: Basic Health
- “Eathing con los pies descalzos” Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D, Martin Zucker.
- “El alma de la salud” Ricardo Eiriz. Editorial Sirio
- “Energía tu poder” Gaby Vargas. Editorial: Aguilar
- “Belleza radical. Los seis pilares para la salud integral” Deepak Chopra, Kimberly Snyder
- Running on the beach has many benefits… keep reading.
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