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Grounding Goodness

Grounding or Earthing is reconnecting to the Earth's healing energy. The Earth is basically a six sextillion metric ton battery that is continually being replenished by solar radiation, lightning, and heat from its deep-down molten core. The natural rhythmic pulsations of energy flowing through and emanating from the surface of the Earth keep the biological machinery and global life running in rhythm and balance-and that includes you! Unfortunately, we live like cut flowers, detached from the nourishing Earth energy. Grounding is a necessary way to rejuvenate and reconnect. This energy infusion is powerful stuff. It can restore and stabilize the bioelectrical circuitry that governs your physiology and organs, harmonize your basic biological rhythms, boost self-healing mechanisms, reduce inflammation and pain, and improve your sleep and feeling of calmness. When these things happen, you feel better in a big way.

There are so many health benefits to grounding, from a reduced risk of heart attack to better sleep and less chronic pain. The earth gives us so much if we don’t ignore it, there’s so much healing power we can take advantage of. In recent years, inflammation has come to the forefront of medical attention and has been recognized as the leading trigger of chronic pain and most major health disorders, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's, and cancer. "All roads to chronic disease lead through inflammation," researchers are increasingly saying. Bodies are on fire. Earthing appears to extinguish the flames through the transfer of negatively-charged electrons from the surface of the Earth into the body where they neutralize positively-charged destructive free radicals involved in chronic inflammation. The Earth's energy makes the ground beneath our feet an extremely effective and abundant antioxidant!

How do you ground? The quickest and easiest way to do this is to kick off your shoes and walk around in the grass (or dirt, sand, rocks, etc) or lie on the ground and take a short nap in the sun. You could even try yoga or meditation outside. The soles of arms and feet are the most conductive areas on the surface of the human body. Like your body, these are conductive surfaces and the Earth's energy flows through them and into your body. Wood, asphalt, and vinyl, are not conductive. The moment I make it home, I run to take my shoes off and head straight outside to feel the earth between my toes. The grass is my second favorite, next to sand. As a kid, there was definitely a bunch of running around with no shoes, especially the summers spent in Arkansas where running and playing outside was an all day event. It felt amazing then and it feels so good now. I love the feeling of nature and how grounding gives me instant connection and healing that is needed...for free!

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