The study of Naturopathy is based very much on the fact that we are part of Nature, and in order to enjoy good health, we should follow some basic natural laws, such as eating real food (not food-like substances), getting enough sleep, drinking clean water (ie not tap water) etc! The problem is that the trappings of modern day living separate us from what is truly “natural”, and as a result, a lot of us regularly feel well under par, stressed to the hilt and with little vitality.
Unlike our ancestors, we lead sedentary lives; if not sitting in front of our PC or TV, we are behind the wheel of our car, and when we do spring into action – whether for a walk or jog – our feet are well insulated from the earth by rubber soles. This means we are cut off from the natural flow of beneficial energy from the earth, which can recharge and ground us; a natural health-giving current which we are designed to be plugged into on a regular basis!
The air we breathe in is a mixture of positive and negative ions (electrically charged particles) and these have a huge impact on our physiology. Bottom line is we function better when there are more negative ions. Excess positive ions in the body are associated with disease and degeneration. For instance, when positive ions dominate in the bloodstream, the blood is stickier, which means less oxygen is reaching each cell, leaving us feeling sluggish both mentally and physically. Negative ions on the other hand help us to cleanse and heal, leading to greater vitality and an overall feeling of wellbeing.
So where do all these negative and positive ions come from?
Sadly today, we live in a permanent smog of Electromagnetic Magnetic Fields (EMFs). Computers, TVs, air conditioning, and other electronic equipment constantly release positive ions into the air.
Negatively charged ions come from natural sources such as waterfalls, the sea and rain storms. Think of an electrical storm. Beforehand there is a density of positive ions which makes the air feel heavy and muggy. Once the storm has passed, we all feel a huge relief. Why? The air is fresher and the storm has cleared both the air and our bodies of positive ions.
Another invaluable source is the Earth’s surface which plays host to a limitless supply of free electrons. When we discard shoes and socks, and put our bare feet on grass, sand or water (oooooooooo – doesn’t it feel good? J), the soles of our feet “breathe in” a stream of negative ions into our body, which can cancel out the destructive positive ions, thus rebalancing us at all levels.
Here are just some of the numerous health benefits from “earthing” or “grounding” yourself.
- Reduces stress and has a calming effect
- Reduces inflammation and chronic pain
- Increases energy
- Relieves muscle tension and headaches
- Normalises the body’s biological rhythms
- Improves blood pressure and flow
- Dramatically speeds healing
- Helps to balance us emotionally
- Protects the body against EMFs
So go on ……… liberate those tootsies ……… go grass- and sand-paddling ……… plug into the incredible energy network of Nature and reap the benefits. AND it’s completely FREE!! 🙂 🙂