The Huge Health and Life Giving Benefits of Earthing or Grounding for Your Body

Not too many people realize the importance of grounding yourself. Even the simple act of walking barefooted has immense benefits versus wearing shoes with rubber soles.  I always loved being barefoot as a child and growing up in Southern California, I always seemed to want to be outdoors and connected to the earth.  (No, I am not an nonconformist)  Now I know why.

What Is Earthing?

The surface of the Earth holds subtle health-boosting energy. All we have to do is touch it and become truly alive. In the documentary film Grounded, you can see this amazing phenomenon transform the life of people who had been struggling with health issues like chronic pain, and one man who had been wheelchair-bound for decades is able to walk again.

Even plants are drastically impacted when they are taken away from the Earth’s natural energy. Yet, the act of grounding, or Earthing, as it’s sometimes called, isn’t really an unusual phenomenon at all. It’s actually a natural act that virtually every living creature does instinctively.

Your Body Needs Its Connection to the Earth

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In the film, you’ll see an orphaned baby moose that instinctively lies on an Earthing pad to connect him to the Earth while he’s being temporarily housed in a trailer. The moose goes to the pad whether it’s concealed or not.

This simple act, which can also be achieved by walking barefoot on the Earth, transfers free electrons from the Earth’s surface into your body that spread throughout your tissues.

The effect is sufficient to maintain your body at the same negatively charged electrical potential as the Earth. This simple process is called ‘grounding,’ and its effect is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of. Grounding has been shown to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, enhance well-being and much, much more.

Upon first learning of grounding, most agree that, in theory, it makes sense. But many are still skeptical, and I’m the first to admit that it is hard to believe… that is, until you experience it for yourself.

And the concept of grounding, and its necessity to human (and virtually every living creature’s) health is not so much of a stretch when you consider that you are already dependent on and intricately intertwined with the Earth.

Every time you take a breath of air or a drink of water, or absorb the ultraviolet light from the sun, you are, in practice, connecting to the Earth and using it for your very survival. Grounding is really one more extension of this; one more way that your body is intelligently designed to co-exist as a part of nature.

Rubber and Plastic Shoes Disconnect You from the Earth’s Energy Flow

Chances are it’s been awhile since you’ve experienced the benefits of grounding, as most Americans spend most of their waking hours wearing shoes with rubber or plastic soles. These materials are very effective insulators, which is precisely why they’re used to insulate electrical wires. Yet, they also effectively disconnect you from the Earth’s natural electron flow.

In the featured video below, Grounded, (in which I actually appear) you’ll see how poking holes in the soles of your shoes and inserting a grounding rod can allow you to stay grounded, as can special grounding shoes that are now available (sporadically).

Leather-soled shoes will also allow you to stay grounded with the Earth. Walking barefoot is one of the easiest and best ways to stay grounded, but you’ll need to do so on the proper surface.

Good grounding surfaces include:

  • Sand (beach)
  • Grass (preferably moist)
  • Bare soil
  • Concrete and brick (as long as it’s not painted or sealed)
  • Ceramic tile

 The following surfaces will NOT ground you:

  • Asphalt
  • Wood
  • Rubber and plastic
  • Vinyl, Tar or tarmac

In today’s world, this is more important than ever, yet fewer people than ever actually connect with the Earth in this way anymore. 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.

Simply 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 continually put on your system. 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.

Grounding Is an Anti-Inflammatory and Helps Thin Your Blood

One of the primary health benefits of grounding is its antioxidant effect. It helps alleviate inflammation throughout your body. The film shows examples of inflammation, demonstrated via thermography, that is significantly reduced following grounding.

This in itself is groundbreaking, since inflammation is at the root of most diseases, including heart disease. Dr. Stephen Sinatra is a prominent cardiologist featured in Grounded. I also interviewed him this year, and you can watch the interview below. Ten years ago, Dr. Sinatra met Clint Ober, who introduced him to grounding.

According to Dr. 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. Grounding effectively alleviates inflammation because it thins your blood and infuses you with negatively charged ions through the soles of your feet.

Grounding helps thin your blood by improving its zeta potential, which means it improves the energy between your red blood cells. Research has demonstrated it takes about 80 minutes for the free electrons from the earth to reach your bloodstream and transform your blood.

Hypercoagulable (thick, slow-moving) blood contributes to chronic inflammation, because when your blood does not flow well, oxygen can’t get to your tissues. Grounding’s effect on blood thinning is so profound that if you are taking blood thinners you must work with your health care provider to lower your dose otherwise you may overdose on the medication. You can see an example of grounding’s effect on blood cells in Grounded, as well.

However a newer theory is that grounding may actually facilitate the formation of structured water in your body. I previously interviewed Dr. Gerald Pollock on this topic, and afterwards introduced him to Dr. Sinatra. We were all on a conference call and Dr. Sinatra agreed that it made sense and was going to revise his theory on how grounding actually works.

This Isn’t Just ‘New-Age Nonsense’

For over 5 years, I have personally prioritized grounding myself as much as possible. It’s a simple concept—to some it may appear too simple. Yet, as you can see in the film this isn’t something to brush off as ‘new-age nonsense.’ It’s supported and backed by prominent medical doctors, scientists including Dr. David Suzuki, NASA astronauts, and, of course, it was used by ancient civilizations who placed strong value on their relationship to the Earth.

The Tarahumara people of northwestern Mexico are one of the few modern-day cultures that still embrace barefoot living and, famously, barefoot running. The tribes are among the most skilled runners in the world, running up to 200 miles over a two-day period. Notably, they run barefoot and this has been suggested as the reason for their remarkable athletic prowess.

But even if that doesn’t impress you, the anecdotal accounts of residents of Haines, Alaska featured in the film are hard to ignore. These are people like you and me, who took a leap of faith and tried grounding – after all, why wouldn’t you? Doing so is free and you have nothing to lose.

The beneficial impacts on their pain levels, sleep, stress and more were near miraculous. One woman even gave her grounding kit back because she didn’t want to get too well and then lose her disability benefits! And at one of the town’s motels – the first in the US to offer a grounded room to guests – travelers keep coming back because their pain significantly improved after spending just one night in the grounded room.

Grounded – The Documentary

Grounding Calms Your Nervous System

Grounding also calms your sympathetic nervous system, which supports your heart rate variability. And, when you support heart rate variability, this promotes homeostasis, or balance, in your autonomic nervous system. This is important because anytime you improve your heart rate variability, you’re improving your entire body and all its functions.

“In other words, we’re there — we’re in a health mode, as opposed to disease mode. Grounding does that,” Dr. Sinatra explains.

Did ancient cultures know something about this that we don’t? It appears so, as many Gothic cathedrals are built on energy hotspots on the Earth, and are actually designed to channel Earth’s energy to flow strategically through them.

Tips for Staying Grounded Outside or Inside

Grounding is not a “treatment” or a “cure” for any disease or disorder. Instead, it can be said without any equivocation that the human body evolved in contact with the Earth and needs to maintain this natural contact in order to function properly. Like eating right, exercising and sleeping, grounding can be described as yet another lifestyle habit that supports optimal health.

Exercising barefoot outdoors is one of the most wonderful, inexpensive and powerful ways of incorporating grounding into your daily life. You can also simply take off your shoes as much as you can when you’re outdoors to take advantage of these natural grounding opportunities.

When indoors, using a grounding pad or sheet is an excellent way to stay grounded while you’re working or sleeping. I typically bring a grounding pad with me when I fly, too, though as mentioned Dr. Sinatra believes that simply taking your shoes off and putting your feet (bare or with socks) on the steel struts will do the trick as well.

10 Dumb Reasons You Are Probably Giving Yourself on Why Not to Attend Your High School Reunion

1.  It’s too Late! I didn’t have time to lose weight!  Guess what?  None of us did.  What we care about is you and that you are alive and that we get to see you again.  Hopefully we are all old enough now to get past how we look.  We all have put on a few pounds, lost some hair and gained a few wrinkles.  I think Gahr Gladiators are like fine red wine, we get better with age.  Don’t let this stop you from enjoying what should be an amazing time reminiscing and celebrating our mutual history together.

2.  I don’t remember anything about high school.  I think it’s safe to say that we all feel that way in some way or another.  Many of us want to forget certain events about our high school days.  We have forgotten classmate’s names, what classes we shared, certain events or memories.  We are all searching to put missing pieces of the memory puzzle together, I know I am.  We need each other more than ever to help us all remember the good things about high school.  It’s a reset, we are coming together to help each other find those great moments, heal some old wounds and make some new friends.

3.  I was shy and quiet in high school. So was 90% of our class.  Not everyone was in the popular crowd and we’ve all grown up since then.  We have come into our own 30 years later.  We shouldn’t let the past dictate our future.  We are coming together for the purpose to reconnect with our past and some awesome people we share a common bond with.  Growing up in Cerritos in the 70’s & 80’s was a unique and special time in our lives.  I think it’s like a safe harbor for all us ships that have set sail.  Let’s come together and see where it goes. I’m sure we will all be pleasantly surprised.

4.  Nobody will remember me.  That’s okay. That is why we are coming together.  To share a common past and to make some new friends with people we share that past with.  It’s gonna be fun recognizing some people and discovering who we’ve become.

5.  I am a grumpy old person, who doesn’t like people.  Okay, you got me on this one.  Maybe it is a good idea to stay home.  Actually, get over it and put a smile on your face and come on out and have the time of your life.

6.  I am struggling with some old hurts from high school.  Believe it or not this is one of the biggest reasons people don’t come to reunions.  It is also the best reason to come, because most people who have felt this way find healing.  Those old hurts and rivalries don’t exist anymore and for those of us who reach our 30th class reunion, these are replaced by talk of grandchildren and other major life events.  Some of those people we had rivalries with want to say they are sorry too.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to move forward.

7.  I was popular in high school but I’m not a Gazillionaire.  Well that’s ok.  Welcome to the club.  We are not gathering to brag about what we’ve done or how much we have, that was the 20 year reunion and we didn’t have one.  Now it’s time to pull together and just be who we are.  Honestly no one cares about the drama in high school (unless we still are that way)  so come with your smile on and get ready to have some fun.

8.  I’m scared to death.  I think all of us are a bit scared if we are honest with ourselves.  Absolutely!  Class reunions may happen everyday, but ours only happens once every 10 years or so. This is your opportunity and if you have the means to go, then do it. Forget the anxiety; none of us are the same person we were 10 or 20 years ago. It’s been 20 years since our last reunion and who knows what is going to happen in the next 10 years.  Let’s do this together!

9.  I feel so old!  Yes,we’re older, wiser, and the people who pushed us around when we were kids are nothing to be feared anymore. By coming to our class reunion, we gain the opportunity of re-establishing some friendships we may have forgotten about or forging new ones we might never have considered. For one night, we’ll be able to relive some of the fondest memories of our lives and have a chance to make some new ones.

10. I’m friends with most of these people on Facebook, I don’t need to go.  As we all know, our Facebook lives are just a small part of our real lives and even though we post about things we eat, when we workout and great selfies, there is way more to us than what you see on Facebook.  Come out and fill in the blanks and get to know the real people.  Facebook will be so much more meaningful and there is more we can relate to about each other.

Don’t miss this once in a 10 year opportunity! Let’s face it, we aren’t getting any younger and we need to stick together.  This is our time to celebrate where we come from. Go Gladiators!

10 Awesome Things Google Does That You Probably Didn’t Know About

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#2. Check Flight Status: Just type in your flight number and airlines and Google will get you the current status of the flight.  Works great on your mobile too.

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#4. Easy Translator: Google can quickly and easily translate your phrase into 80 languages. Just Google the from and to languages and you’re ready to translate.  It figures out the best way to say it in the translated language by checking patterns in hundreds of millions of documents.

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#6. Songs by Artist:  Forgot the name of a song, but know the artist.  Google will bring up their entire discography with Album, year and length of the song.

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#10. Food Chooser:  Don’t know what food to choose for dinner, maybe this little tool will help you choose, or at least make a more informed decision.

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