When you walk barefoot, free electrons are transferred from the earth into your body, and this grounding effect is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of. Inflammation thrives when your blood is thick, and you have a lot of free radical stress, and a lot of positive charges in your body. Surfaces that allow for proper grounding include sand, grass, bare dirt, and untreated concrete, brick and ceramic tile. Grounding helps thin your blood by improving its zeta potential, which means it improves the energy between your red blood cells.
He'd done five years of post-graduate training in conventional medicine when, in 1977, he met Dr.
Hopefully, as more and more people become aware of the importance of being grounded, this will change, or at the very least spawn a much needed change in the way most footwear is made. By getting outside, barefoot, touching the earth, and allowing the excess charge in your body to discharge into the earth, you can alleviate some of the stress put on your system. The earth is struck by lightning thousands of time each minute, primarily around the equator. The human body appears to be finely tuned to "work" with the earth in the sense that there's a constant flow of energy between our bodies and the earth.
Exercising barefoot outdoors is one of the most wonderful, inexpensive and powerful ways of incorporating Earthing into your daily life and will also help speed up tissue repair, as well as easing the muscle pain you sometimes get from strenuous exercise. It is also well established that electrons from antioxidant molecules neutralize reactive oxygen species (ROS, or in popular terms, free radicals) involved in the body's immune and inflammatory responses. Modern lifestyle has increasingly separated humans from the primordial flow of Earth's electrons.
During recent decades, chronic illness, immune disorders, and inflammatory diseases have increased dramatically, and some researchers have cited environmental factors as the cause. Last year, Gary Schwartz, PhD, at the University of Arizona, performed an elegant experiment with sunflowers to demonstrate the powerful biological effects of grounding.
As you can see, by the seventh day, one set is clearly wilting away, while the other still looks plump and fresh.
According to Clint Ober, this isn't so surprising since flowers growing in the ground receive a continuous supply of energy from the earth.
Do you know what a high-sugar diet, smoking, radio frequencies and other toxic electromagnetic forces, emotional stress, anxiety, high cholesterol, and high uric acid levels do to your blood? All of these make your blood hypercoagulable, meaning it makes it thick and slow-moving, which increases your risk of having a blood clot or stroke. Zeta potential is the electrical potential of solids and liquids, also referred to as electrokinetic potential.
Animal experiments have also shown that ungrounded rats had higher blood sugar compared to their grounded counterparts, despite being fed identical diets.
Grounding also calms your sympathetic nervous system, which supports your heart rate variability. While walking barefoot is clearly one of the most natural things you can possibly do to improve your health, there are still some contraindications and situations in which you may want to use caution. Depending on your health status and toxic load, your health may also get worse before it gets better when you start grounding on a regular basis. A study has linked high blood levels of vitamin C with lower blood pressure in young women. Previous research had already linked high plasma levels of vitamin C with lower blood pressure among middle-age and older adults. Uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension) is a serious health concern that can cause heart disease and increase your risk of having a stroke. The current study, published in the Nutrition Journal, found that both the systolic and diastolic (top and bottom) readings were inversely associated with ascorbic acid levels.
Specifically, women with the highest levels of ascorbic acid had a decline of about 4.6 mm Hg in systolic and just over 6 mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure, compared with women with the lowest ascorbic acid levels. Previous research has also confirmed that adding vitamin C to your diet can help to reverse the degenerative process caused by free radicals, resulting in lower blood pressure levels.
Interestingly, vitamin C can also give extra oomph to other antioxidants, such as catechins, which are naturally occurring antioxidants found in green tea.
Green tea has been linked to heart- and cardiovascular health as it improves both blood flow and the ability of your arteries to relax. The possibility of a natural agent being able to lower blood pressure and help prevent heart disease is certainly worth noting, especially when you consider the damage that many, if not most, drugs can do. But if you decide to supplement with vitamin C, it is important to remember that it is a water-soluble vitamin and ideally should be taken at least three times a day. That said, something else may have a far greater impact on your blood pressure than vitamin C and antioxidants, although they may help alleviate high blood pressure to a certain degree.
Groundbreaking research published in 1998 in the journal Diabetes reported that nearly two-thirds of the test subjects who were insulin resistant also had high blood pressure.
Additionally, previous research has revealed that if your blood pressure doesn’t drop notably overnight, you run an increased risk of having cardiovascular problems. Hence, if you have hypertension, chances are good that you also have poorly controlled blood sugar levels. And if your hypertension is the direct result of an out-of-control blood sugar level, then normalizing your blood sugar levels will also bring your blood pressure readings into the healthy range. Typically, optimizing your diet -- which will normalize your insulin levels -- is the most effective route to return your blood pressure to normal levels.
Cardiovascular exercise and tools like the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which helps negate the effects of stress on your life, are also important. Get a daily dose of sunshine to optimize your vitamin D levels -- Sun exposure causes your body to produce vitamin D. Grape seed extract – another powerful antioxidant that has been shown to reduce blood pressure by an average of 8-12 millimeters. Olive leaf extract – One recent study found that supplement users taking 1,000 mg of olive leaf extract per day showed a substantial dip in their blood pressure, in addition to lowered levels of LDL cholesterol. Increasing research has highlighted the significant risk of excessive sitting for adults, but "grown-ups" are not the only ones at risk. Further, activity levels are thought to decline steeply after age 8, especially among girls.3 Researchers decided to study a small group of girls (aged 7 to 10 years) to determine if sitting is as detrimental to their health as it appears to be to adults. In adults, sitting for hours leads to constricted arteries in your legs, which impedes blood flow, raises blood pressure, and contributes to the development of heart disease over time.4 Does the same hold true among children?
Still, no one knows what affect sitting for hours day after day has on kids' health, so it's best to encourage your kids to stay active. On average, a US adult spends nine to 10 hours each day sitting,9 which is so much inactivity that even a 30- or 60-minute workout can't counteract its effects.10 While it might seem natural to sit this long, since you've probably grown used to it (physically and mentally), it's actually quite contrary to nature. Studies looking at life in agriculture environments show that people in agrarian villages sit for about three hours a day.

The Mind Unleashed featured a particularly noteworthy description of what happens in various areas of your body after prolonged sitting.11 You may be surprised to learn that it affects your entire body, from your brain to your feet. Another reason for this increased cancer risk is thought to be linked to weight gain and associated biochemical changes, such as alterations in hormones, metabolic dysfunction, leptin dysfunction, and inflammation — all of which promote cancer. The disks in your back are meant to expand and contract as you move, which allows them to absorb blood and nutrients. Personally, after I reduced my normal 12 to 14 hours of daily sitting to under one hour, the back pain I'd struggled with for decades disappeared. Sitting also does nothing for your glutes, which may become weakened, affecting your stability and the power of your stride when walking and jumping. Varicose Veins: Sitting leads to poor circulation in your legs, which can cause swelling in your ankles, varicose veins, and blood clots known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Weak Bones: Walking, running, and engaging in other weight-bearing activities lead to stronger, denser bones. Frequent fidgeting, restlessness, or squirming are often used to describe symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. To combat this problem, some forward-thinking schools are giving children more opportunity to move around throughout the day, rather than expecting them to sit for hours in desks.
Those who participated nearly doubled their reading scores and math scores increased 20-fold.18 The results speak for themselves… and they extend to adults, too.
Another example, people who made a point to get up and walk around for two minutes out of every hour increased their lifespan by 33 percent compared to those who did not.22 Those who stood up for two minutes an hour did not reap the benefits that those who walked for two minutes did. I personally am doing about 14,000 to 15,000 steps a day, which I can typically accomplish with a 90-minute walk. Organize the layout of your office space in such a way that you have to stand up to reach oft-used files, the telephone, or your printer, rather than having everything within easy reach.
Alternatively, use an upright wooden chair with no armrest, which will force you to sit up straight and encourage shifting your body more frequently than a cushy office chair. Set a timer to remind you to stand up and move about for at least two to 10 minutes each hour. It's just as important for children and adolescents to remain active throughout the day as it is for adults.
The researchers of the featured study were actually surprised at how easy it was to get the young girls to stay seated for three hours; they had thought it was going to be a challenge to keep them still, but the girls were happy to oblige. As a parent, you'll want to set limits on your child's "screen time" and encourage not only organized sports and other activities (like dance classes) but also regular active play and taking part in active chores around the house – walking the dog, taking out the trash, raking leaves, etc.
FITNESS DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this site is for educational purposes only. Para reproducir la musica que tendra que actualizar su navegador o actualizar el Plugin de Flash. Grounding effectively alleviates inflammation because it thins your blood and infuses you with negatively charged ions through the soles of your feet. Leather-soled shoes also allow you to ground while walking, whereas rubber-soled shoes disconnect you from the earth and block beneficial electron transfer. Research has demonstrated it takes about 80 minutes for the free electrons from the earth to reach your blood stream and transform your blood. For example, walking barefoot can help ameliorate the constant assault of electromagnetic fields and other types of radiation from cell phones, computers and Wi-Fi. Sinatra, inflammation thrives when your blood is thick and you have a lot of free radical stress, and a lot of positive charges in your body.
When you put your feet on the ground, you absorb large amounts of negative electrons through the soles of your feet.
Sinatra, like myself, is a proponent for CoQ10, as it is a major electron donor and helps turn over ATP, which is the energy generated within each of your body's cells.
A review of the available research, published January 2012 in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, agrees with the concept of reaping health benefits when connecting to the Earth1. Moreover, oscillations of the intensity of the Earth's potential may be important for setting the biological clocks regulating diurnal body rhythms, such as cortisol secretion.
The National Library of Medicine's online resource PubMed lists 7021 studies and 522 review articles from a search of 'antioxidant + electron + free radical.' It is assumed that the influx of free electrons absorbed into the body through direct contact with the Earth likely neutralize ROS and thereby reduce acute and chronic inflammation. For example, since the 1960s, we have increasingly worn insulating rubber or plastic soled shoes, instead of the traditional leather fashioned from hides.
However, the possibility of modern disconnection with the Earth's surface as a cause has not been considered.
As shown in the photos below, one set of sunflowers were connected to a grounded power outlet via a thin metal rod placed in the vase, connected to a wire. All of the flowers were freshly picked, from the same area, at the same time, and the water came from the same source and had nothing added. The grounding rod used in this experiment effectively mimics this natural ground connection, allowing them to thrive longer, as if they'd never been plucked in the first place. Hypercoagulable blood is the essence of inflammation, because when your blood does not flow well, oxygen can't get to your tissues. Your red blood cells repel each other and function at the speed of light, traveling through your body at an astounding 186,000 miles per second. For example, early (and some current) birth control pills were notorious for causing heart attacks in women. If disconnecting from the earth disrupts human sugar metabolism, we may have identified yet another contributing cause for the dramatic rise of diabetes in children. I think the reason why we have a generation of diabetic kids is because we took away the ground, gave them a lot of sugar, and no exercise. And, when you support heart rate variability, this promotes homeostatis, or balance, in your autonomic nervous system.
They entered the trial when they were 8 to 11 years old, and over a 10-year period, their plasma levels of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and blood pressure were monitored. One 2007 study discovered that complementing green tea with either citrus juices or vitamin C increases the amount of catechins available for your body to absorb. It should be perfectly clear to everyone that these nutrients are not the cure for high blood pressure, but they can provide some protection while you address the main causes of your problem. Lack of sunlight re­duces your vitamin D stores and increases parathyroid hormone produc­tion, which increases blood pressure. The girls' artery function had returned to normal a few days later when they returned to the lab. Your body is made to move around and be active the majority of the day, and significant negative changes occur when you spend the majority of the day sedentary instead.
The mechanism isn't known for certain, but it could be due to excess insulin production, which encourages cell growth, or the fact that regular movement boosts antioxidants in your body that may eliminate potentially cancer-causing free radicals. Your brain will get less fresh blood and oxygen, which are needed to trigger the release of brain- and mood-enhancing chemicals.

This can lead to strains to your cervical vertebrae along with permanent imbalances, which can lead to neck strain, sore shoulders, and back. It's estimated that 40 percent of people with back pain have spend long hours at their computer each day. But many would argue that such behaviors are natural when children are forced to "sit still" for unnaturally long periods of time – like the majority of a school day. The students report the desks are "fun" and help them feel "more focused." Teachers say the desks make children more attentive and parents say their kids are sleeping better at night… all while avoiding the risks of excessive sitting time; a win-win situation all around! If you work in an office environment, converting your workstation to a standing desk is one of the best ways to cut back on your sitting time. Among women who reported sitting for seven hours or more a day and hardly fidgeting, the risk of all-cause mortality increased by 30 percent. Setting a goal of 7,000 to 10,000 steps a day (which is just over three to five miles, or 6 to 9 kilometers) can go a long way toward getting more movement and less sitting into your life.
Tracking your steps can also show you how simple and seemingly minor changes to the way you move around at work can add up. Unlike sitting in a chair, sitting on an exercise ball engages your core muscles and helps improve balance and flexibility. You can either walk, stand, or take the opportunity to do a few simple exercises by your desk, like those mentioned above. Younger kids tend to naturally want to be active, so be sure to encourage this movement and activity as much as possible.
If you have a school-aged child, you may want to speak with your child's educators about ways to incorporate more movement into their hours spent at school.
If your kids see you moving around often and sitting less, they will naturally follow suit. He promotes a number of natural strategies as "add-ons" to the field of cardiology, such as grounding or earthing, which is the topic of this interview.
When you do, free electrons are transferred from the earth into your body, and this grounding effect is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of.
I have personally prioritized grounding myself to the earth as much as possible for over 5 years.
It's always electron-rich and can serve as a powerful and abundant supply of antioxidant free radical-busting electrons. In today's world, this is more important than ever, yet fewer people than ever actually connect with the earth in this way anymore. Through direct contact or through perspiration-moistened animal skins used as footwear or sleeping mats, the ground's abundant free electrons were able to enter the body, which is electrically conductive. Rossi has lamented that the use of insulating materials in post-World War II shoes has separated us from the Earth's energy field. The experiment was blind, so the experimenter was unaware of which outlet had been grounded.
Even more remarkable was the dramatic difference in overall survival -- the grounded flowers survived for another 10 days after the ungrounded set had shriveled up and died! In essence, anytime you improve heart rate variability, you're improving the entire organism -- in this case, your entire body and all its functions. Individual articles are based upon the opinions of the respective author, who retains copyright as marked. Both their systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings, were found to be inversely associated with ascorbic acid levels. Research has shown that antioxidants can help to reduce high blood pressure, possibly by protecting your body's supply of nitric oxide, a molecule that relaxes blood vessels. Scientific studies have shown that the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins is 20 times stronger than vitamin C and 50 times stronger than vitamin E.
And when the sitting time was interrupted by a gentle 10-minute cycling session, no decline in vascular function was recorded.
Similarly, Naperville Central High School in Illinois implemented a special program where students could take part in a dynamic gym class at the beginning of the day and had access to exercise bikes and balls throughout the day in their classrooms.
Women who reported fidgeting often fared far better – after sitting for five to six hours a day, their risk of mortality decreased. I recommend using a pedometer, or better yet, one of the newer wearable fitness trackers to keep track of your daily steps. Occasional bouncing can also help your body interact with gravity to a greater degree than sitting on a stationary chair.
For an extensive list of videos demonstrating additional such exercises, please see my previous article, "Intermittent Movement Benefits Your Health. Unfortunately, as kids get older they may tend to become increasingly sedentary, especially if they have regular access to computers, TV, tablets, and video games.
Outdoor playtime, standing desks, gym classes, and providing access to exercise bikes and exercise balls are just several examples. You should consult a physician before beginning a new diet or exercise program and discontinue exercise immediately and consult your physician if you experience pain, dizziness, or discomfort.
Free radical stress from exposure to mercury pollution, cigarettes, insecticides, pesticides, trans fats, and radiation, just to name a few, continually deplete your body of electrons.
How do dietary-derived, oral antioxidants compare to the electrons transferred from the earth through your skin? Through this mechanism, every part of the body could equilibrate with the electrical potential of the Earth, thereby stabilizing the electrical environment of all organs, tissues, and cells. There are currently studies being performed at the University of Arizona which will objectively document grounding effect on the zeta potential.
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