After a post by Mark Sissons, I was fascinated by the concept of Earthing. Always a component of barefoot and things being natural, I was compelled to learn more. It was interesting. The main claim is that free radicals, (which in abundance causes inflammation) have a positive charge, which balance out with the relatively negative charge of the earth’s surface. I do agree that inflammation (chronically) is the root cause of diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, you name it. Do I think it’s as simple as traipsing around barefoot or sleeping on a ground pad to prevent inflammation? Sure early man wandered with no shoes or with better conductive shoes than our over-insulated shoes today, but they also didn’t eat all the crappy grains, starches and sugars that bombard and the processed food word that fill most American’s stomachs. I think that food, lifestyle (stress can cause disease and belly fat, too), and earthing can help to reduce inflammation. The book is filled with countless studies and testimonies, but research on Earthing is still in its infant stages. The testimonies, are compelling though. What is Earthing exactly:
Walking barefoot outside and/or sitting, working or sleeping inside while connected to a conductive device that delivers the natural energy of Earth into the body.
Said benefits of Earthing?
- often feelings of ease and well-being
- defuses cause inflammation and improves or eliminates symptoms of inflamed disorders
- reduces or eliminates chronic pain
- improves sleep in most
- increased energy
- lower stress and promote calmness
- normalize body’s biological rhythms
- thins blood and improve blood pressure and flow
- relieves muscle tension and headaches
- lessons hormonal and menstrual symptoms
- speeds healing
- accelerate recovery after intense athletic activity
Its all very interesting and I’m down for barefoot, any excuse to shed shoes. The bedding is interesting, but its one of those things where you may need to try to see. The book is filled with both the authors testimonies and the testimonies of several people that have used the grounding method. Getting out and walking barefoot, definitely makes you feel better, plus you get benefits like forest bathing.