Grounding Your Body for Optimal Health:
Walking barefoot on the earth has been a staple part of human and animal life since the beginning of time. In the past couple of generations, humans have made shoes, sandals and boots that insulate us from the natural energies of the Earth. The electromagnetic energy from the Earth is has profound healing effects on the body.
Although these shoes protect our feet they also deprive us of the free electrons present in the ground. Grounding our bodies with barefoot exposure has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect that is a genetic requirement for optimal health. I affectionately call grounding, vitamin G, as it is nearly as essential as any other nutrient for optimal health.
Nature is a Healing Source:
Our world has more medical technology than ever before. Much of this is good, however, there is no substitute for the healing forces found naturally on Earth. Nature itself is a powerful healing source.
The sun produces vitamin D3, the plants and vegetation give us anti-oxidants, trace minerals and chlorophyll among other things. The Earth itself provides a powerful form of free electrons that are available to everyone by merely exposing our bodies to these natural energies present on the ground.
Our bodies are a living matrix of energetically charged biochemical circuits that are charged and coordinated through the activity of the central nervous system. The Earth itself is regulated by subtle, but dynamic electrical circuits. The electrical crosstalk between the Earth and our central nervous system helps to program trillions of biochemical reactions.
Earth’s Electrical Rhythms
The Earth’s electrical rhythms play a significant role in the natural circadian rhythms that govern our sleep/wake cycle, hormones, mood and energy production. Studies taken on people fully disconnected from this natural electrical rhythm have shown abnormal circulating cortisol levels, indicating abnormal stress responses (1).
Human have always connected with the Earth’s electrical energy through our feet. This is evidenced by the 1300 nerve endings per square inch on the sole of the foot. Compared to other parts of the body, that is an incredibly high density of nerve enrichment. This is necessary for balance, stability and coordination of the foot, but also to absorb the electrical energy present on the Earth (4).
The Problem with Modern Shoes
Modern shoe soles have separated man from the electrical energy of the ground with insulating covers. Most people go weeks to months without ever having direct skin to ground contact with the Earth for longer than a minute. These people live completely disconnected from the planet which leads to a dysrhythmic function within the mind & body.
The human body has a very similar makeup to the Earth, being they are both a combination of water and minerals. This combination is what conducts electrical currents. Our bodies were made to be connected with the Earth and this subtle electrical energy has extremely powerful effects on our health and well-being (5).
If you wear shoes everywhere you go the whole Earth will feel like leather! Take your shoes off and begin to truly experience the benefits of the Earth!
1) Take Off Your Shoes: Avoid wearing shoes whenever possible
2) Sit Down Barefoot: Sit outside barefoot with your feet on grass or soil.
3) Walk Barefoot: Walk or run barefoot outside on grass, sand or soil. Moist ground or grass is the perfect electrical conductor.
4) Let Your Body Touch the Earth: Expose any part of the body to the Earth, ground or any natural waters like lakes, streams or oceans. Walking in salt water is one of the best grounding techniques due to the combination of earth, water and electrolytes.
5) Sit on a Tree: Sit or lean on the trunk or limb of a tree to share some of its natural electricity.
The benefits of earthing include reduced inflammation and better internal stress management. This results in better sleep, enhanced immunity, less pain and better state of mind and quality of mind (6). Many individuals report significantly better memory, creativity, innovativeness and spiritual direction after spending time connecting with the Earth.