why & how earthing works
Our Bioelectrical Planet & Body
Many of us take our shoes and socks off when we are outdoors. It just feels good!
But do you know why it feels good? and how SIGNIFICANT it really is to do this regularly, and how it can help you with many health problems?
In this article I’m sharing what I found out about why and how Earthing is so effective and beneficial.
To quote Clint Ober, author of ‘Earthing, the most important health Discovery ever’:
“Our planet is a six sextillion (that’s six followed by twenty-one zeroes) metric ton battery that is continually being replenished by solar radiation, lightning, and heat from its deep-down molten core. And just like a battery in a car that keeps the motor running and the wheels turning, so, too, do the rhythmic pulsations of natural energy flowing through and emanating from the surface of the Earth keep the biological machinery of global life running in rhythm and balance-for everything that lives on the land or in the sea.”
In the past, people were always connected to Earth.
They stood, slept and walked on the Earth, either barefoot or using leather shoes and animal skins, materials that conduct electricity.
Nowadays, especially in the west, people are mostly if not always, insulated from the Earth. Rubber shoes or slippers do not conduct electricity. We sleep on elevated beds made of materials that don’t conduct. How often does a regular person have skin contact with the Earth, even when spending time outdoors having a picnic or walking in Nature? Unless we make a conscious effort to do so it easily possible to spend the whole day outdoors without ever grounding.
But grounding is super important. Earths electrical energy maintains the order of the frequencies of our body and all our movements, actions and behaviours are powered by electricity. We are essentially bioelectrical beings.
And any electrical system needs grounding to function well, we are no exception.
What happens when we Don’t Ground & how does Grounding help?
Inflammation & Earthing
The most impressive thing about that I came across is it’s effects on and relationship with inflammation. This is a simplified description of what happens:
Inflammation is the body’s biological response to pathogens, damaged cells or irritants. It is the body’s way of removing injurious or threatening agents and to also start the healing process. When a problem develops somewhere in your body, your immune system responds by sending white blood cells to the site, and they release free radicals that help to destroy the invading microorganisms and damaged tissue. Free radicals are positively charged molecules that help by stripping electrons from pathogens and damaged cells. Doing that kills the pathogens and breaks down damaged cells for removal. As the work on healing completes, the free radicals are “mopped up” by antioxidants or free electrons in the body.
But if they are not there something called chronic inflammation can start to happen. This is when next to healing and destruction of damaged tissue, the free radicals continue their work but on healthy surrounding tissues. A problem starts to occur when the process fails to wind down.
And many, many scientists now believe that chronic inflammation in the body is core to many of the diseases humanity is struggling with nowadays, from allergies to cancer to diabetes to multiple sclerosis, most diseases seem to be related to chronic inflammation. Inflammatory diseases have become a global epidemic and many doctors have been wondering why.
This is where Earthing comes in…
“The Earth itself is the original anti-inflammatory. And the planet itself is the biggest electron donor on the planet. What does this mean to you? Just imagine negative-charged electrons, like a mighty unseen cavalry, galloping up through your body from the Earth and mopping up an outnumbered force of positive-charged inflammatory free radicals. Electron deficiency, created by a lack of grounding, is eliminated and a healing process unfolds. The inflammation, sickness, and pain in your body are but a manifestation-in large part or small-of an electron deficiency. The remedy is as close as the Earth you live on.”
Clint Ober, Stephen T Sinatra and Martin Zucker – Earthing, the most important health Discovery ever.
The Earth, or the ground under our feet represents the biggest and best natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that exists.
The amazing and almost magical effects grounding has on reducing inflammation in the body, reduce pain, and in helping in healing and recovery from all sorts of diseases and ailments haven been shown in lots of scientific studies.
And the magic is in reconnecting with our electric earth! A free healing & support system available to all.
Another area where grounding can really help us is in dealing with EMFs. EMFs are electromagnetic fields created anywhere electricity is used, around powerlines and power cables, computers, cellphones etc. They send out a stream of invisible energy waves. Because our bodies are basically bioelectrical systems, we are affected by these energy waves, and some of us are very sensitive to this.
When we are grounded, we with our body become part of the electrical field of the Earth, and this electrical field that is so powerful shields us from EMFs.
The spiritual connection
Next to the “Down to Earth” 😉 explanations and reasons why connecting with the ground underneath our feet is so good for us, there is also the underlying spiritual connection between humanity and Mother Earth. This is what Laura Koniver shares about it in her book ‘The Earth Prescription’:
“Because of my experience in medicine and working with the human body, it has become completely clear to me that there is a force of energy that pours through our bodies, breathing life into us. I personally tend to call this energy force the soul, but there are lots of words for it: chi, prana, life force, qi, soul energy, vital energy, conductive energy, and so many more. All names are simply attempts to convey an understanding about something that is beyond the physical. To me, this energy flow is the most essential element in health and healing.”
We are energy beings and a part of the living breathing system that is our Earth Community.
To thrive and feel good, also emotionally and spiritually, we need our connection to the bigger whole. What this gives us is more than an exchange of electrons…
“Grounding Is a Powerful Conductive Practice When we touch the earth, we immediately stop being a clogged dead end for all of this inflammatory damage, so full of resistance that we can no longer flow fresh energy through our bodies. Instead, we become the flowing expression of life that we were meant to be.”
The Earth Prescription – Laura Koniver MD
Sources & more information:
Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever, by Clint Ober, Stephen T Sinatra MD and Martin Zucker.
The Earth Prescription – Discover the Healing Power of Nature with Grounding Practices for Every Season by Laura Koniver MD
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