I’ve been walking Autumn, my dog, ever since she was born. Recently, I’ve started taking my shoes off when our walk reaches the arroyo (an arroyo is defined as a watercourse, such as a creek, in an arid region). Here in Santa Fe, the arroyo is often dry, so it makes a great place to walk your dog, run or ride your bike.

I started taking my shoes off to practice grounding or earthing.

Grounding is literally putting your bare feet on the ground. When you do that, you’re in contact with the Earth. The Earth is endowed with electrons, and these electrons are literally absorbed through your feet. It’s like taking handfuls of antioxidants, but you’re getting them through your feet!

This practice became of interest to me for a few more reasons:

-When you ground to the electron-enriched Earth, an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system occurs.

-Being grounded reduces inflammation by thinning your blood and infusing your body with negatively charged ions from the Earth.

-Grounding is a simple yet profound way to increase the health of the body and the mind. When grounding is restored, people report significant improvements in a wide range of symptoms.

It’s not unusual for us to spend entire days without being grounded. Although, it has become the norm, it’s not the way it used to be, and didn’t become widespread until the advent of shoes with artificial soles that prevent grounding.

When you’re grounded, free electrons from the Earth are transferred into your body, and these free electrons are among the most potent antioxidants known to man.

As electrons are negatively charged and free radicals are positively charged, any free radicals encountered in your tissues are electrically neutralized or canceled out by these free electrons. This is why grounding is effective against chronic inflammation.

While you may not think of your body as a generator of electricity, you are very much an electrical being. This is in large part why it’s so important to use grounding to harness the electrical charge of the Earth.

Gaetan Chevalier, Ph.D., an engineer/physicist who has studied grounding, explains:

“Unbeknownst to us, we live inside a battery. The surface of the Earth is charged negatively and the ionosphere, a layer of the atmosphere about 60 miles up, is ionized by the sun. The rays of the sun are so strong that they split the molecules in two, a positive charge and a negative charge. Through lightning, mainly, the negative charges are transferred to the surface of the Earth and the positive charges stay 60 miles up. We need this negative charge of the earth! We need grounding just as we need sunshine and air.”

I encourage you to give grounding or earthing a try. I see in my life and the lives of my friends and clients that the busyness of life is tremendous right now.

Take your shoes off, walk on the Earth and breathe…if only for 5 minutes…it will help you to come back to center.

In Abundant Health,
Shannon

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