Grounding, another ancient healing practice
Did you know that walking barefoot is excellent for our health?
Like all other beings on the planet, we need to be connected to the energetic fields of the Earth. For this, there is no need to travel to a certain point, something as simple as walking barefoot can increase vitality and prevent many diseases.
The pleasure of walking barefoot along the shore of the beach, stepping on the grass or dirt, is more than just a fun moment or an anecdote. Our organism is really revitalized, it relaxes and the energy flows inside it.
But this is an action as simple and essential as forgotten. It seems that only children know their power; whenever they can, and they are left, they take off their shoes.
We are “walking energy” and at the same time we live immersed in a sea of electric and electromagnetic fields, both natural and artificial.
Electricity should flow through us, but footwear and insulating surfaces cut the flow. Then there is a load that creates tensions in our body and harms health.
Concerned about apparently more important issues, we have not realized that something as banal as the insulating soles of shoes, synthetic carpets or parquet are threatening our well-being.
The conventional shoes are made of insulating materials that cut the electrical connection with the earth. The handmade shoes, without insulating layers, of leather or hemp are a good alternative.
Another issue is talking about conductive safety shoes, which are sold as professional equipment, since in the operating rooms, laboratories and workshops the electrostatic charge is dangerous.
Grounding with bare feet is basic to obtain vitality
Electrical and magnetic processes are part of our biology. The proper functioning of physiological systems, organs and cells depends on the electrical balance that conditions the chemical reactions.
This is indicated by the latest and innovative scientific studies, which have shown that touching the ground with bare feet, making ground or, as Anglicism indicates, practicing earthing or grounding, allows the body to rebalance its electric charges, a basic process to maintain vitality and health.
The body is a natural conductor and needs electrical contact with the Earth as well as precise water or nutrients. On the one hand, we need to free ourselves from the excess of positive charges that are accumulated by keeping the body isolated from its environment.
In addition, we regenerate with the invasion of free electrons (with negative electrical charge) from the energy field of the Earth, powered by the sun and from the planet’s core.
Without this energetic flow, the life of people, animals and plants would be simply impossible.
The most obvious consequence of blocking the electrical connection is the spark that is felt when touching another person or a metal surface. What produces the discharge of static electricity.
However, inside the body, the lack of connection can promote generalized inflammation, which triggers the processes that lead to diseases.
Studies indicate that well-being of Grounding is immediate
Something as simple as walking barefoot brings marked and positive changes in biological parameters. In fact, in just two seconds you can already perceive it, although the greatest benefits are obtained by grounding for 20-30 minutes.
This is indicated by a study published in the journal Integrative Medicine, conducted by the team of Gaétan Chevalier, a physical engineer in the Department of Cell Biology and Development at the University of California, Irvine, USA.
In the study, the variability of the heart rate of 28 people was analyzed. This reliable and non-invasive methodology provides information about the autonomic nervous system and its two components: the sympathetic (which makes us more active and stressed) and the parasympathetic (which provides more tranquility and calm).
The experiment was carried out in a two-hour session. For 40 minutes people were connected to a grounding system (some electrodes on the bottom of the feet and in the palm of the hands) and the rest of the time the measurements were made without this connection.
The results were revealing. When the person was connected to ground, there was an increase in the function of the parasympathetic nervous system, almost twice as much as when it was not connected. Thus, not being connected to earth corresponds to an excessive stimulation of the sympathetic system and a decrease in the parasympathetic tone, which indicates a stressed nervous system.
The advantages of living connected to the Earth
Excellent for relaxation
The activation of the parasympathetic nervous system reduces the symptoms of anxiety, heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure and the secretion of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.
Walking barefoot improves the activity and response of the immune system.
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Natural Anti-inflammatory for the body
The electrons that come from the soil reduce inflammation and oxidation, and with it, damage to the cells. In addition, it significantly improves problems related to abdominal distension.
Karol and Pawel Sokal have shown that it reduces the concentration of glucose in blood and urine, stabilizes the iron levels, regulates the homeostasis of the calciofosforo and favors the obtaining of energy.
Synchronize circadian rhythms
It contributes to the rhythms of the body being harmonized with night and day, balancing both the sleep at night and the feeling of vitality during the day. In addition, it helps to repair sleep disorders, including apnea.
Walking barefoot is a very effective treatment to relieve the symptoms of depression and mood decay
Because our body possesses polarity, with the mere fact of standing barefoot on the ground or sand (not on the grass), for a minimum of 15 minutes, it will help us to let the energy flow freely through our toroid.
By doing this practice regularly, if possible at least once or twice a week, we can experience a feeling of being physically lighter, more optimistic and with a positive attitude towards our day to day.
Earthing prevents stress and other chronic ailments
A lack of connection to ground for a long enough time, represents a stress for the organism. Another more to add to those caused by the urban lifestyle, work emergencies or emotional tensions of all kinds. Chronic stress is behind many of the health dysfunctions of modern society.
Science has shown that chronic hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system predisposes to heart problems, and that increasing the tone of the parasympathetic system has a protective effect against blood supply problems or arrhythmias.
Grounding improves blood circulation
Barefoot walking helps maintain the correct flow of blood to the extremities, calms cold feet and problems related to hypertension.
It protects us and avoids the negative effects of electromagnetic fields on the organism.
It alleviates respiratory problems
Walking barefoot improves asthmatic and respiratory conditions.
Relieves chronic pain
A relief for chronic muscle pain, joint pain, and other types of ailment associated with the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.
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Reduces the viscosity of the blood
Dr. Chevalier verified that the connection with the earth also reduces the viscosity of blood, a factor favoring hypertension and other heart diseases, including heart attack.
The American cardiologist and psychotherapist Stephen T. Sinatra, has been dedicated more than thirty years to the prevention and recovery of coronary heart disease.
This aroused his interest in earthing and becoming one of the greatest experts in the field worldwide.
His works have been collected in the book: Earthing: The most important health discovery ever!.
In this book you can find testimonies such as that of Dr. James L. Oschman, which details how chronic inflammation is one of the primary causes of virtually all diseases, from diabetes to cancer.
Oschman explains that when we step on the earth, their free electrons are transferred into our bodies and that these are probably the most potent antioxidants known and act as anti-inflammatories without side effects.
He adds: “The day we started using shoes we isolated ourselves from the energy of the Earth and since then stress levels have increased and immunity has decreased”.
There is another study that found that barefoot walking changes electrical activity in the brain, as measured by electroencephalograms.
Likewise, a different investigation found that walking barefoot and in contact with the earth increases the conductivity of the skin, moderates the heart rate, improves the regulation of glucose, reduces stress and increases immunity.
A particularly compelling research, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, showed that walking barefoot increases the burden of red blood cells. As a result, cells prevent agglutination, which decreases blood viscosity.
All the evidence indicates that incorporating Grounding into lifestyle is a potent recipe to prevent the most common chronic ailments.
In addition to being a regulator of the autonomic nervous system, chronic stress, inflammation, sleep and cardiovascular diseases; earthing is a powerful therapy in situations of emotional stress, anxiety, panic, fear, depression, pain and fatigue, and symptoms such as headaches, heart palpitations or vertigo, among others.
Dysfunctions as common in today’s society as diabetes, obesity and hypertension could also be related to the lack of contact with the earth.
Taking into account the data provided by the scientific studies, and the sensations we all experience when going barefoot, we can affirm that under our feet we have a powerful source of well-being and that the surface electrons of the earth constitute a health resource forgotten until now.