We’ve roamed the planet for thousands of years. Survived through the harshest elements and challenges. And yet the vast majority of this was accomplished before our modern advances in technology and medicine.
In regards to health, we’ve got the most advanced healthcare system in the world. And yet we’ve got the most sick people. Obesity and chronic disease are out of control.
These diseases are becoming more common and happening at younger ages. I was just 25 when I had my cancer scare. And we are seeing kids being diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes. This was previously unheard of.
It makes you wonder… what changed?
I believe the answer can be found in our past. We were so much healthier because we lived much more in tune with nature.
Here’s an example:
The best source of vitamin D isn’t in your food or supplements. It’s the sun!
When sunlight hits the skin, it triggers a process below the skin that synthesizes vitamin D. Just half an hour of summer sun creates roughly 20,000IU of vitamin D. Compare this to the average vitamin D supplement that has less than 1,000IU per serving.
This is very important, knowing what vitamin D does for the body. From the Vitamin D Council:
Some of the functions of the body that vitamin D helps with include:
- Immune system, which helps you to fight infection
- Muscle function
- Cardiovascular function, for a healthy heart and circulation
- Respiratory system –for healthy lungs and airways
- Brain development
- Anti-cancer effects
In our past, before 9-5 jobs and office cubicles, we spent a great deal of time outdoors. And our bodies were pumped full of vitamin D, making it easier to stay healthy.
But making vitamin D from sunlight is not the end of our natural gifts.
How to Sleep Better, Live Longer and Be Stress-Free by Walking Barefoot
That sounds far-fetched, doesn’t it? But sometimes it’s the most simple things that get looked over.
As it turns out, the simple act of walking barefoot can boost your health in many ways. People are spending thousands of their hard earned dollars on lotions and potions, tips and tricks, when they could just go take a walk.
And the tools of science are now able to measure something incredible: Walking barefoot connects you to the Earth’s electron bank. It gives you unlimited access to a natural electron therapy – free of charge.
Think about all of the research involving free-radical damage. It contributes to premature aging and disease. That’s why antioxidant therapies and supplements have become so popular – they restore the electron balance. Earthing also helps protect you from the electric fields emitted by common electronics. Like all those computers and phones and TVs we’re exposed to.
The reason why you have to be barefoot is because rubber-soled shoes block the transfer of electrons. (We also wore leather shoes in our past, which let some of the electrons through)
This discovery is fascinating and powerful. Let me share with you some of the findings.
Environmental medicine generally addresses environmental factors with a negative impact on human health. However, emerging scientific research has revealed a surprisingly positive and overlooked environmental factor on health: direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth. Modern lifestyle separates humans from such contact.
The research suggests that this disconnect may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and unwellness. Reconnection with the Earth’s electrons has been found to promote intriguing physiological changes and subjective reports of well-being.
Earthing (or grounding) refers to the discovery of benefits—including better sleep and reduced pain—from walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems that transfer the Earth’s electrons from the ground into the body. This paper reviews the earthing research and the potential of earthing as a simple and easily accessed global modality of significant clinical importance.
Earthing for Sleep and Chronic Pain
…Most grounded subjects described symptomatic improvement while most in the control group did not. Some subjects reported significant relief from asthmatic and respiratory conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, sleep apnea, and hypertension while sleeping grounded. These results indicated that the effects of earthing go beyond reduction of pain and improvements in sleep.
Earthing for Sleep, Stress, Pain, and Cortisol Regulation
…Subjective symptoms of sleep dysfunction, pain, and stress were reported daily throughout the 8-week test period. The majority of subjects with high- to out-of-range nighttime secretion levels experienced improvements by sleeping grounded. This is demonstrated by the restoration of normal day-night cortisol secretion profiles.
Eleven of 12 participants reported falling asleep more quickly, and all 12 reported waking up fewer times at night. Grounding the body at night during sleep also appears to positively affect morning fatigue levels, daytime energy, and nighttime pain levels.
Earthing Reduces Electric Fields Induced on the Body
…The study showed that when the body is grounded, its electrical potential becomes equalized with the Earth’s electrical potential through a transfer of electrons from the Earth to the body. This, in turn, prevents the 60 Hz mode from producing an AC electric potential at the surface of the body and from producing perturbations of the electric charges of the molecules inside the body. The study confirms the “umbrella” effect of earthing the body explained by Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman in his lectures on electromagnetism . Feynman said that when the body potential is the same as the Earth’s electric potential (and thus grounded), it becomes an extension of the Earth’s gigantic electric system. The Earth’s potential thus becomes the “working agent that cancels, reduces, or pushes away electric fields from the body.”
…This study demonstrates that grounding essentially eliminates the ambient voltage induced on the body from common electricity power sources.
Physiological and Electrophysiological Effects
Reductions in Overall Stress Levels and Tension and Shift in ANS Balance
…Earthing the human body showed significant effects on electrophysiological properties of the brain and musculature, on the BVP, and on the noise and stability of electrophysiological recordings. Taken together, the changes in EEG, EMG, and BVP suggest reductions in overall stress levels and tensions and a shift in ANS balance upon earthing. The results extend the conclusions of previous studies.
Confirming Shift from Sympathetic to Parasympathetic Activation
…The following results were documented:
- an immediate decrease (within a few seconds) in skin conductance (SC) at grounding and an immediate increase at ungrounding. No change was seen for the control (sham grounding) sessions;
- respiratory rate (RR) increased during grounding, an effect that lasted after ungrounding. RR variance increased immediately after grounding and then decreased;
- blood oxygenation (BO) variance decreased during grounding, followed by a dramatic increase after ungrounding;
- pulse rate (PR) and perfusion index (PI) variances increased toward the end of the grounding period, and this change persisted after ungrounding.
The immediate decrease in SC indicates a rapid activation of the parasympathetic nervous system and corresponding deactivation of the sympathetic nervous system. The immediate increase in SC at cessation of grounding indicates an opposite effect. Increased RR, stabilization of BO, and slight rise in heart rate suggest the start of a metabolic healing response necessitating an increase in oxygen consumption.
Immune Cell and Pain Responses with Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness Induction
Pain reduction from sleeping grounded has been documented in previous studies [10, 13]. This pilot study looked for blood markers that might differentiate between grounded and ungrounded subjects who completed a single session of intense, eccentric exercise resulting in delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) of the gastrocnemius .
The results showed that grounding the body to the Earth alters measures of immune system activity and pain. Among the ungrounded men, for instance, there was an expected, sharp increase in white blood cells at the stage when DOMS is known to reach its peak and greater perception of pain (see Figure 3). This effect demonstrates a typical inflammatory response. In comparison, the grounded men had only a slight decrease in white blood cells, indicating scant inflammation, and, for the first time ever observed, a shorter recovery time. Brown later commented that there were “significant differences” in the pain these men reported .
Heart Rate Variability
During the grounded sessions, participants had statistically significant improvements in HRV that went way beyond basic relaxation results (which were shown by the nongrounded sessions). Since improved HRV is a significant positive indicator on cardiovascular status, it is suggested that simple grounding techniques be utilized as a basic integrative strategy in supporting the cardiovascular system, especially under situations of heightened autonomic tone when the sympathetic nervous system is more activated than the parasympathetic nervous system.
Reduction of Primary Indicators of Osteoporosis, Improvement of Glucose Regulation, and Immune Response
…In one experiment with nonmedicated subjects, grounding during a single night of sleep resulted in statistically significant changes in concentrations of minerals and electrolytes in the blood serum: iron, ionized calcium, inorganic phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Renal excretion of both calcium and phosphorus was reduced significantly. The observed reductions in blood and urinary calcium and phosphorus directly relate to osteoporosis. The results suggest that Earthing for a single night reduces primary indicators of osteoporosis.
Earthing continually during rest and physical activity over a 72-hour period decreased fasting glucose among patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.
A single night of grounding produced a significant decrease of free tri-iodothyronine and an increase of free thyroxin and thyroid-stimulating hormone. The meaning of these results is unclear but suggests an earthing influence on hepatic, hypothalamus, and pituitary relationships with thyroid function.
In another experiment, the effect of grounding on the classic immune response following vaccination was examined. Earthing accelerated the immune response, as demonstrated by increases in gamma globulin concentration. This result confirms an association between earthing and the immune response, as was suggested in the DOMS study .
K. Sokal and P. Sokal conclude that earthing the human body influences human physiological processes, including increasing the activity of catabolic processes and may be “the primary factor regulating endocrine and nervous systems.”
Altered Blood Electrodynamics
…Grounding the body to the earth substantially increases the zeta potential and decreases RBC aggregation, thereby reducing blood viscosity. Subjects in pain reported reduction to the point that it was almost unnoticeable. The results strongly suggest that earthing is a natural solution for patients with excessive blood viscosity, an option of great interest not just for cardiologists, but also for any physician concerned about the relationship of blood viscosity, clotting, and inflammation.
From the Discussion
From a practical standpoint, clinicians could recommend outdoor “barefoot sessions” to patients, weather, and conditions permitting. Ober et al.  have observed that going barefoot as little as 30 or 40 minutes daily can significantly reduce pain and stress, and the studies summarized here explain why this is the case. Obviously, there is no cost for barefoot grounding. However, the use of conductive systems while sleeping, working, or relaxing indoors offer a more convenient and routine-friendly approach.