March 03, 2020
March 03, 2020
What if I told you the most powerful functional health hack is right below your feet?
What if I told you it was completely free?
The planet has a powerful, amazing and overlooked natural healing energy and people anywhere can readily connect to it. In this microwaved, blue-lit world we live in, connecting with the Earth has never been more crucial to our functional health. If we live disconnected from the power and energy of the Earth and its boundless storehouse of free electrons, we are not powering our body to function as it was designed.
How Do I Experience These Benefits?
As humans, we rely heavily on the earth for sustenance in the form of food and water. But we rarely consider the beneficial effects of harnessing the earth’s incredible energy.
Recall your own experience – When do you feel the best? What memories or moments hold the deepest feeling of regeneration and healing? Is it walking on your favorite beach, hiking alongside a friend, or the smell that follows a thunderstorm? If you immediately made the connection to nature, this is no surprise and is likely the result of an enhanced connection to the earth.
What is Grounding?
Think of the earth as a massive battery. As energy is produced by the earth’s core and the planet’s exposure to solar radiation, the natural electrical circuit provides all living creatures with a boundless supply of free electrons. These electrons are negatively charged which neutralize and stabilize natural electrical functions. Unfortunately, our natural functions and rhythms are often affected by the artificial environment around us and our gradual disconnection with the planet. Grounding is simply a re-connection with the earth in order to utilize the limitless supply of free electrons it wants to give us.
Why Is Grounding Important?
Humans have known about the importance of grounding for years but have applied that knowledge primarily to the technology world where maintaining grounds and mitigating static electricity is critical to properly functioning equipment. Only recently has there been a significant push to evaluate the efficacy of the earth’s natural healing energy on humans. Ultimately, consistent and conscious exposure to these negatively charged free electrons normalizes our natural functions with the frequency of the earth and creates stability throughout our physiology. This is essential to optimized function.
Here is how grounding can help:
At the root of most dysfunction is inflammation - mitigating its effects whenever and however possible is extremely important and grounding is a remarkable tool. Frequency of inflammation among humans in the modern world has substantially increased over time and people are sicker than ever. The trend towards dysfunction aligns with the advent of shoes, beds and high rises, which are relatively new inventions and have gradually disconnected us from the earth.
Examples of frequent modern-day inflammation are all around us: heart disease, arthritis, and obesity among a plethora of others. At a physiological level, inflammatory responses are intended to protect us from harmful foreign stimulus and are essential to the natural healing process. When the body detects something may be wrong, it sends a targeted attack of white blood cells to the scene as an automatic response – these cells release powerful free radicals that look to destroy whatever may be harmful. Unfortunately, these free radicals do not discriminate and can negatively affect healthy tissue, particularly if an inflammatory pattern exists. The result is chronic inflammation and the health concerns that follow.
This is where the earth’s abundant source of free (literally) electrons comes into play. As conductive beings, when directly connected to the earth, we receive an influx of these electrons. The free radical molecules located at the site of any inflammation are voraciously seeking the negatively charged electron to signal that it is finally time to stop their destructive tear. Think hangry human that won’t be happy until they receive the object of their desire – food. As this process occurs throughout the body, inflammation is gradually reduced, and the body’s natural functions are synchronized with the earth’s frequency resulting in overall improved function.
In our active lives, exercise and activity, can often result in acute or short-term inflammation. The damage being done to muscles in the process of activity results in adaptations and increases in strength – but, only when paired with effective recovery. When an individual fails to recover properly, chronic inflammation occurs, and they gradually become more damaged. As a result, the goal remains the same – the quicker you can reduce inflammation the more effective your recovery and ability to perform again at your best. Meaning, if you're an athlete in any modality, grounding should be a part of your recovery protocol.
Optimizing function means reducing inflammation. Grounding is an excellent tool for normalizing the body and resetting inflammatory patterns that often result in chronic disease. Fighting inflammation is as simple as reconnecting with the earth – make it easy and don’t forget to make it fun!
In the hustle of modern times, most people would do anything to reduce the overwhelming feeling of stress in their lives.
Luckily, grounding is an extremely effective and easy method for doing so. In fact, contact with the earth or a grounding tool has an immediate effect.
But, why? The automatic nervous system has two distinct modes: sympathetic and parasympathetic. The sympathetic nervous system is associated with heightened stress levels and characterized by feelings of fear or worry and physiological responses like increased heart and respiration rates. It should be no surprise that we predominantly live our lives in a sympathetic state and the gradual shift towards living and working off the ground provides no relief. The parasympathetic mode, on the other hand, has the opposite effect and serves to calm the body when possible in order to preserve energy and function. When an individual is grounding and forms a connection with the earth, the parasympathetic nervous system is immediately stimulated and suppresses the sympathetic response, calming the body and reducing stress.
Reducing stress means clearer thinking, greater happiness and prevents a multitude of chronic disease. Using grounding as a tool, one can work towards mitigating stress in order to lead a more fulfilled, optimized life.
By normalizing the body with the earth’s natural frequency, we create a more effective sleep environment and mitigate the risk of stimulation at night.
Let’s face it – sleeping in a bed is a relatively new activity in the span of human history. For many, many years, humans slept on the ground wherever they could, and most animals still do the same. By sleeping grounded, we suppress the sympathetic nervous system, increase blood flow throughout the body and even eliminate the effects of electromagnetic frequencies on the body. Grounding has been shown to increase both quality and quantity of sleep, which in turn aids in the recovery needed to optimize a functional life. The best part – sleeping grounded is super easy! Keep reading to find out more.
What Can I Do to Get Grounded?
The easiest and most obvious way to get the full effects of grounding is simply to kick those shoes off and get outside. Direct contact with the earth is ideal as other surfaces like concrete and asphalt are conductive only under the correct conditions. Swimming is another great way to reconnect with the earth, but like concrete and asphalt, the level of conductivity is dependent on several factors. Sticking to salt or mineral rich water will likely yield the best results.
Don’t be afraid to ground frequently – 2 to 3 times a day if you can. The more you do, the more significant the effects and the better you will feel.
If you are saying, how can I do this? How can I ground 2 to 3 times a day with work, life, weather, etc.? Not to worry, the following Field approved products make bringing the earth indoors easy and inexpensive.
Field Approved: The grounding mat, grounding patches and sleeping mat available on earthing.com are all amazing functional health hacks. These tools are easy to use and extremely accessible – plug them in anywhere a ground is available (the kit comes with a tester) and start grounding. The patches are a great way to localize the treatment to areas of inflammation or soreness. The mat is a great option at work if your coworkers don’t mind you kicking off your shoes or you work alone, otherwise, it is a great addition to your home functional health routine. The sleeping mat makes sleeping grounded a breeze – simply place it on your bed and feel the effects of grounding all night!