• Healing Through Earthing: How to Ground the Body

    28 August 2019
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    Something happens to your soul when your bare feet are buried in the sand while the ocean waves crash nearby. This same feeling can also be found as your feet walk over fresh soil, through a wild meadow, and over the river rock rubbed smooth from decades of moving water. The truth is that your body experiences a connection to the earth when you walk barefoot, and this connection may be an essential element to our health that most people are lacking.

    ‘Environmental medicine generally addresses environmental factors with a negative impact on human health. However, emerging scientific research has revealed a surprisingly positive and overlooked environmental factor on health: Direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the earth.’

    Our society’s current lifestyle naturally pulls us away from such contact with the earth. As a whole, we are grossly sedentary, overly shoe-wearing, and unadventurous. Research has found that this disconnect may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and unwellness. Reconnection with the earth’s electrons has been found to promote physiological changes and an overall healthier well-being.

    What is Grounding?

    Grounding, also called ‘Earthing,’ is the act of putting the body in direct and uninterrupted contact with the earth. Grounding refers to contact with the earth’s surface electrons by ‘walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems that transfer the energy from the ground into the body.’

    You can accomplish grounding through:

    • Sleeping on a conductive mattress pad
    • Sleeping with a conductive sheet
    • Using a small conductive pad for your feet while sitting
    • Walking barefoot outside on the earth (the most official and easiest)

    The direct transfer of the earth’s electrons through grounding has the potential of neutralizing electrical voltage the body absorbs through the immense exposure that we are living our lives in. One study showed that when the body is grounded, its electrical potential becomes equalized with the earth’s electrical potential through a transfer of electrons from the earth to the body. 

    Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman said that when the body’s potential is the same as the Earth’s electric potential (being grounded), it becomes an extension of the earth’s gigantic electric system. This means that the energy of the earth can work to cancel, reduce, or push away electric fields from the body.

    Utilizing thermography, researchers have been able to find fascinating links to lessening inflammation with grounding. The natural process of metabolism produces what most people know as ‘free radicals’ in the body. Free radicals play a large role in healing the body, as they trigger inflammation, which is needed during the recovery process. However, too many free radicals are linked to low levels of inflammation throughout the body and cause chronic pain and discomfort. 

    There has been an increase in the number of people suffering from autoimmune diseases, which are caused by inflammation throughout the body. Fifty million people in the U.S (at least) are suffering from diseases including:

    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Lupus
    • Inflammatory bowel disorders
    • Rheumatoid arthritis

    How does grounding effect free radicals, you may be wondering?

    Free radicals lack the electrons needed to neutralize their effects in the body. Researchers have discovered that through grounding, the earth’s electrons attach to the free radicals and produce the spark of energy to cause balance. Could grounding then positively effect those suffering daily from pain and autoimmune diseases? Absolutely. 

    Being grounded immediately impacts you in the following ways. It makes you feel:

    • Centered
    • Solid
    • Strong
    • Balanced
    • Less tense
    • Less stressed

    How often do you feel overwhelmed? Work, family, friends, health, and life in general has a way of throwing your mind down the rabbit hole. Taking time to reconnect with yourself and the earth will help you refocus and reprioritize – keeping yourself above the demands of life.

    About 30% of the adult population complains of sleep disruption, while about 10% have symptoms of daytime functional impairment consistent with the diagnosis of insomnia. Insomnia often pairs with major depression, generalized anxiety, substance abuse, dementia, and a variety of pain and physical problems. Research has found that grounding the body at night during sleep positively affects morning fatigue levels, daytime energy, and nighttime pain levels. Investing in a conductive sheet may change your life. 

    Grounding the body to the earth substantially decreases red blood cell clustering, resulting in a reduction of blood viscosity. The association between earthing and the immune response has been documented by several studies, all of which provided accounts of positive impacts. These impacts include:

    • Reducing inflammation
    • Lessening depression
    • Lessening irritability
    • Reducing or eliminating chronic pain
    • Improving sleep
    • Increasing deeper sleep
    • Relaxing the nervous system
    • Increasing energy
    • Increase happiness
    • Reducing stress
    • Reducing anxiety
    • Promoting calmness
    • Normalizing biological rhythms (including circadian rhythm)
    • Normalizing blood pressure and blood flow
    • Relieving muscle tension 
    • Relieving headache
    • Improving menstrual cramps
    • Speeding healing
    • Healing and preventing bedsores
    • Protecting the body from effects of EMFs
    • Shortening recovery time from injury
    • Speeding recovery from athletic activity
    • Reducing snoring
    • Reducing jet lag
    • Helping to support adrenal health

    Evidence shows that being outside barefoot or indoors connected to grounding conductive systems creates a contact with the earth that is a natural, easy, and extremely effective way to lead a healthier lifestyle. Perhaps it’s time for us to join our kids outside and regain the freedom, confidence, and happiness that a healthy life provides.

    For more information about the studies covered, please read through Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons 

    Reference:

    https://www.aarda.org/autoimmune-information/autoimmune-statistics/

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  • Elimination Diet Part 2: Adults Benefit Too

    16 May 2018
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    Whether you have read Part 1 to this series or not, perhaps you aren’t needing to know about children’s elimination diets, I want to share with you the overall reasons to seek out an elimination diet for yourself.

    We live in a world full of chronic illness, excess weight, sleep troubles, anger issues, focus problems, and so many other ailments that seem to affect most to all of the adult population. While so many adults choose to berate the younger generation, or even friends and family over choices to lead healthier lifestyles by stating, “We turned out fine! You are being absurd,” there is so much these adults don’t consider when saying this. The truth is that most adults battle known or unknown autoimmune issues, are on medications, struggle with ailments that they fail to include when they tell everyone how “fine” they turned out.

    Our bodies are not meant to consume the processed food items that have become our daily indulgences. We are exposed to toxins through the air and water. We don’t sleep enough. We are over-worked, over-stressed, and under-exercised. Our bodies are inflamed, and inflammation is the trigger to a list of ailments to long to completely list. However, the following problems are a few of the most commonly experienced:

    • Depression
    • Autoimmune Diseases
    • Bowel Disorders
    • Skin Problems
    • Brain Fog
    • Joint Pain
    • Heart Disease
    • Cancer
    • Obesity
    • Bone Health

    Recent research has revealed that most, if not all, age-related diseases are linked to inflammation. This is a huge red flag. This means that we can aid our own bodies in battling against the ailments that most struggle with as they enter and live through retirement. No, an elimination diet will not prevent you from being diagnosed with cancer in the future; however, properly completing a thorough elimination diet will open your eyes to what impacts your body. This gives you the power to reduce inflammation and lead a healthier lifestyle with fewer chronic problems.

    What is an Elimination Diet?

    A diet that takes out foods from your typical diet. Generally, all chosen foods are eliminated together and left out until the person begins to feel/act/achieve a ‘normal’ state for a period of time. Once this occurs, foods are very slowly reintroduced, taking extreme note on behaviors, sleep, moods, skin appearance, and overall health. Through the reintroduction stage, you will discover what foods ‘trigger’ or intensify your ailments, symptoms, and disorders.

    An elimination diet is not a diet to be followed forever. It lasts as long as needed to establish a baseline, and after reintroduction, an adaption then becomes the new lifestyle. For example, if dairy is a trigger, you may choose to remove it permanently from your life, or you may strictly limit it. The elimination diet is hard to complete, but the information is beyond valuable, and your health is worth improving.

    What Else Will I Experience?

    During an elimination diet you will not only help lessen the inflammation within your gut and body as a whole, but you can expect the following:

    Begin the Journey of Healing the Gut.

    There is no ‘quick fix’ to healing the gut. This is a great start, and with further research, you will be able to continue feeling the benefits.

    Find Food Intolerances

    Everyone has food intolerances. Not everyone has the same intolerances. You will learn what foods bother you, trigger ailments, or stir up issues you didn’t even know that you had.

    Learn Boosting Foods

    After noticing what foods bother you, you will notice that some actually give you more energy, help you sleep easier, and boost your mood.

    Increase Your Energy

    Without foods that inflame your gut, the body works easier and more comfortably. This impacts your energy level positively.

    Motivation to Balance your Lifestyle

    Good habits generally trigger more good habits. When you start feeling better, you should be drawn toward including more exercise, less alcohol, and more sleep in your life!

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