There has always been a flow of energy between our bodies and the Earth, to support the various systems in our body and scavenge free radicals that promote inflammation. There is a flow of electrons through direct skin contact with the Earth’s surface. Our planet has a negative electrical potential that is generated by solar winds, our ionosphere and lightning storms. When our skin is in direct contact with the earth we maintain the same electrical potential as our planet.
What has happened to interfere with this natural process? For 99% of us, we wear shoes made of a synthetic insulating sole that blocks this natural flow of electrons. When we are barefoot, we’re typically indoors, which again blocks this natural flow of electrons. We rarely make direct skin contact with the Earth.
Separation or insulation could be a significant factor in fuelling inflammation and physiologic dysfunction in our bodies. We know that inflammation is behind most diseases and illnesses in our society.
This concept is referred to as Earthing (or grounding) and there is research on the effect of being insulated from the earth’s flow of electrons, and the benefits of reconnecting. These studies have demonstrated improvements in various biomarkers after Earthing, which include improved cortisol cycles, reduced pain, better sleep, improved balance in the autonomic nervous system and a blood-thinning effect.
Earthing is as simple as spending 20-30 minutes barefoot in the lawn (walking or sitting), or taking a barefoot walk along the beach or in the park. If this is not an option for you based on where you live or other limitations, there are indoor devices such as bed pads, mattresses and grounding electrodes that you can use.
Need more information? Visit www.EarthingOz.com.au or call 02 8005 7433.