by Danielle Renee Lee
Sometimes you just need to ground yourself. What does it mean to be grounded? Am I talking about being less stressed? It is important to relax, but that’s not what I mean. When I mention grounding yourself, it means to be barefoot on the ground outside. Why? To be one with the Earth? Well you can look at it like that and as being electrically connected to the Earth.
Also known as ‘Earthing’, the concept for grounding is the following, “The Earth’s surface contains a limitless number of free electrons that are continually replenished through solar radiation and lightning strikes, your body naturally absorbs these particles when you make physical contact with the ground. In the body, these electrons have an anti-inflammatory effect, reducing the free radical activity that causes inflammation and chronic pain.” Grass, sand, dirt and concrete are all conductive surfaces (wood and vinyl are not). In the cold weather, a concrete basement floor would work (if you can stand it).
Excess positive charges (yes, we have taken this whole ‘be positive’ notion too far *wink*) is associated with many health conditions because it causes too much oxidation. The electrons that you receive from the Earth – which is negatively charged- will help rid your body of free radicals. Substantial research in grounding also proves improvements in your Ph balance and protection from excess EMF (electromagnetic field) exposure.
Check out the video below with great information from Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist who prefers to treat heart disease by using the best of both conventional and alternative medicine.
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Are you down to Earth? Grounding Yourself, electrically | A Cup of Green
There are claims to do this for at least 40 minutes a day. However, according to David Wolfe (a health/nutrition expert), it takes about 80 minutes for the free electrons from the earth to reach your blood stream and transform your blood. This is something anyone can do! Go outside, put your bare feet on the ground and read a book or do a puzzle.
“The more that you can be connected directly, skin to skin, with the Earth the longer you will live…” David Wolfe