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Earthing, also known as grounding, is when your bare skin–typically the feet–contacts the earth. The earth is a giant electron storehouse with a subtle electric pulse called the Schumann Resonance that has fostered the evolution of biological life on earth for all of time. When you are electrically grounded, your biology has access to an […]

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Earthing, also known as grounding, is when your bare skin–typically the feet–contacts the earth. The earth is a giant electron storehouse with a subtle electric pulse called the Schumann Resonance that has fostered the evolution of biological life on earth for all of time. When you are electrically grounded, your biology has access to an endless supply of electrons allowing you to function as you have evolved to, entrained to the 24-hour circadian rhythm of the earth which orchestrates normal diurnal hormone patterns.

The frequency of the Earth, the Schumann Resonances, have a distinct peak at 7.83Hz, which matches the frequency of brain waves associated with meditation, inner calm, creativity, mindfulness, and healing. Studies show that separation from the Earth’s natural light and frequencies confuses your circadian rhythm and plays a part in affective disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder.

This is why being outside feels so refreshing: you’re literally hitting the reset button on your biology and syncing to the natural rhythm of the Earth, as nature intended. When we go barefoot at the beach, swim in the ocean, or wear earthing shoes, we share the same electrical potential as the Earth and therefore submerge ourselves in the harmonizing rhythms of the Schumann resonance. These experiences reveal the peace and clarity these types of earthing practices bring into our life.

There are two fundamental changes that occur when you are grounded that are responsible for all the science-backed benefits of earthing: reduced inflammation and regulated circadian rhythm. Inflammation is primarily caused by neutrophils, which are a type of white blood cell the body releases when it detects a pathogen or damaged cell. Neutrophils are sent to the site where the pathogen or damaged cell is located, encapsulate it, then release reactive oxygen molecules (reactive = missing an electron).

If you don’t have enough electrons in your body, when a neutrophil does its job (oxidative burst to destroy the pathogen or damaged cell) and there are leftover reactive molecules, within nanoseconds these reactive molecules are going to steal an electron… the only resource left being a healthy cell in an ungrounded body. When an electron is stolen from a healthy cell, the immune system is then triggered: “oh there’s more damage,” and sends more neutrophils to remediate the newly damaged cells, and so begins a chain reaction. Silent, chronic inflammation that can continue for years. To prevent this inflammatory domino effect, it’s easy: get grounded.

When you are electrically grounded to the earth, free electrons spread throughout the body, which has an antioxidant effect. After the neutrophils release their oxidative burst and seek out electrons, the electrons from earthing are there to neutralize the situation. This prevents neutrophils from stealing electrons from healthy cells.

In short, circadian rhythm is your body’s internal clock. Sunlight, forest bathing, groundwater submersion, and earthing all connect you with the extremely low frequency (ELF) of the earth’s Schumann Resonance which informs our internal clock. Circadian rhythm encompasses much more than just the sleep-wake cycle–it’s how your body coordinates the 24-hour cycle of precise biochemical reactions that are crucial for optimal health. When we live disconnected from the harmonizing frequencies of unadulterated earth, our internal timing is off, which results in serious problems like inflammation, insomnia, mood affective disorders, and autoimmune disease.

Earthing has been shown to increase the surface charge of red blood cells, thereby reducing blood viscosity and clumping. The red blood cells maintain separation as a result of their surface charge, allowing for a more orderly single-file flow into the capillaries. Grounding appears to be one of the simplest and yet most profound interventions for helping reduce risk of cardiovascular events. The circulatory benefits of earthing increase the health and recovery of our body’s tissue by improving the delivery of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.

Further studies have shown earthing’s effectiveness in improving heart rate variability (HRV). Variability in one’s heart rate is linked with reduced stress and greater calmness. HRV is a widely accepted indicator of health–yet another reason why earthing is a powerful tool to use to minimize risk of a cardiovascular event.

Earthing after injury can reduce or even prevent the hallmark signs of inflammation: redness, heat, swelling, pain, and loss of function. Researchers have confirmed expedited recovery of painful chronic inflammation using medical infrared imaging. Pain reduction from earthing helps both newly formed wounds as well as the many types of chronic pain, such as arthritis. By producing measurable differences in the concentrations of white blood cells, cytokines, and other molecules, earthing benefits the inflammatory response.

Grounding after exercise is helpful in the speed of recovery. One study monitored pain and immune response and pain in response to injury employed delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) of participants who wore grounding patches and slept on earthing sheets versus a placebo group. The grounded participants not only reported less pain, their immune system and healing process showed less inflammatory markers.

Earthing yields quantifiable changes in diurnal circadian cortisol secretion levels that improve sleep. Grounding’s regulating effect on circadian rhythm prepares your body for sleep hormonally, while its stress-reduction qualities lower anxiety and other symptoms that can make it hard to fall or stay asleep. Earthing helps prevent insomnia, quickens sleep onset, and results in a deeper, more restorative night’s sleep.

Earthing shoes are another simple trick to stay grounded. Wear grounding shoes to reap the benefits of earthing barefoot, with more protection underfoot for limitless potential! Earth Runners make an awesome array of earthing shoes.Their sandals feature a copper rivet through the soles that comes into contact with the earth and is connected to the stainless steel stitching in our laces to increase the surface area of conductivity. Check them out online at earthrunners.com or on Instagram @earthrunners.

 

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