The Health Benefits of Grounding
Ever notice how you feel really good whenever you’ve spent time outdoors barefoot? It’s not just because that’s usually associated with stress-free vacations and fun activities, there’s actually something physiologically health-promoting about connecting your bare feet to the earth. And it all comes down to antioxidants.
Antioxidants are beneficial for health because they neutralize disease-causing misfits called free-radicals in our bodies, which are essentially unstable molecules missing an electron who will stop at nothing to find one, even if it means stealing it from healthy cells and thereby causing chain reactions of illness and aging. It’s kind of sad really, those poor free radicals can’t help it, they’re just yearning for balance. But you still have to tell them who’s in charge around here.
Sadly, our modern concrete, indoor, shoe-wearing, nutrient-deficient, pollution-breathing lifestyle has caused an increase in the number of these free radical troublemakers. This results in a constant battle going on inside you, and if you want to stay healthy and youthful, you need to recruit more of the good guys (antioxidants) to tell those free radicals to chill out! Of course, reducing the creation of free radicals by avoiding smoke and pollution, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining fitness are also essential.
We tend to think of antioxidants as the immune-boosting compounds found in fruits and vegetables, but in fact one of the most potent sources of antioxidants is planet earth herself. And you don’t even have to eat all of her to receive their full benefits. Studies have shown that your skin is a powerful conductor of electricity, and standing on the earth barefoot creates a transfer of free electrons from the planet to your body. All you have to do is stand or walk around with no shoes on while your body and the ground communicate and do all the work needed to balance your biofield. Pretty cool, right?
Grounding is especially helpful if you’re already ill, or after you’ve experienced an injury, or have been traveling by air and feel disconnected. And just so we’re clear, I’m not promoting the whole ‘earthing’ phenomenon of using sleeping mats and special shoes that mimic the electromagnetic charge of the earth. I’m talking simple, grass-and-sandy-water-between-your-toes kind of thing. And while you’re at it, might as well hug a tree since their vibrational frequencies are beneficial too!
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