Barefoot Healing: Earthing

 We have all hopefully experienced the joy of walking barefoot through a field of grass, or on a beautiful sandy beach.  Research has shown that there are benefits to being connected to the earth in this way that reach beyond simply eliciting a smile.

Our bodies conduct electricity, and therefore operate within the electric field of our surroundings. This concept is the basis behind Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which uses a magnetic field and radio pulses to align the atoms in our body and produce an image of our organs and soft tissues.  Thus, in addition to being affected by the quality of our food, air and water; we are affected by our electromagnetic environment. In today’s modern world, we are surrounded by electromagnetic field generating objects, such as computers and cell phones. Just like an electrical circuit, we need to be grounded to the earth to run efficiently and to avoid static build-up. We can achieve this by simply walking barefoot on grass, dirt or sand. The earth is full of free negatively charged electrons that can help to properly align our cells, and quench the free radicals that wreak havoc in our bodies.  A study examined the benefits of “Earthing” by measuring changes in stress hormones in 6 participants. After six weeks of “Earthing” practice, subjects showed significant stabilizations of cortisol levels. The benefits go beyond lowering stress levels; and include reducing inflammation, reducing chronic pain, increasing energy, muscle tension and headache relief, etc.

So how then does one practice Earthing? Walk barefoot on grass, dirt or sand—not concrete or pavement. It is recommended to spend 20 minutes a day doing this. Unfortunately this is not realistic for some, especially those living in bustling cities, but there are products being developed that allow us to ground even when being barefoot is not an option. Check out http://www.juil.com –unlike normal shoes, the shoes on this site allow the electric energy of the earth to conduct through us. There are also products that protect us from harmful EMF's while using computers and even sleeping. Check out Earthing.com or earthinginstitute.net for more information!

 

Below is a video me and my classmates made in medical school exploring the health benefits of grounding.....