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The Best Anti-Oxidant You Can Consume…..The Earth

The Best Anti-Oxidant You Can Consume…..The Earth

Every once in a while, I will take a look at unusual research.  Part of this is that these theories are fun while another part is that it keeps me thinking outside of the box as a physician.  Here is some interesting research that I found in my studies.  I thought I would pass it along.  Maybe the hippies are onto something here…..

The technique of grounding, also known as earthing, is simple: you walk barefoot to “ground” with the Earth. The scientific theory behind the health benefits seen from this simple practice is that your body absorbs negative electrons from the Earth through the soles of your feet. The Earth is negatively charged, so when you ground, you’re connecting your body to a negatively charged supply of energy. And since the Earth has a greater negative charge than your body, you end up absorbing electrons from it.

The grounding effect is, in my understanding, one of the most potent antioxidants we know of and may have an anti-inflammatory effect on your body. As written in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: “It is well established, though not widely known, that the surface of the earth possesses a limitless and continuously renewed supply of free or mobile electrons as a consequence of a global atmospheric electron circuit. Wearing shoes with insulating soles and/or sleeping in beds that are isolated from the electrical ground plane of the earth have disconnected most people from the earth’s electrical rhythms and free electrons.

A previous study demonstrated that connecting the human body to the earth during sleep (earthing) normalizes the daily cortisol rhythm and improves sleep. A variety of other benefits were reported, including reductions in pain and inflammation. Subsequent studies have confirmed these earlier findings and documented virtually immediate physiologic and clinical effects of grounding or earthing the body.” Unfortunately, few people ever walk barefoot anymore to experience the benefits of grounding. I don’t know why this is? We are born barefoot, we ran around as children in our bare feet, we played all the time in bare feet, but then all of a sudden we start wearing shoes and never look back.

Do youself a favor, and go outside, kick off your shoes, and enjoy the earth on your feet. Not only does it feel good, it is also good for you!

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