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Earthing, A Tonic For Our Busy Bodies And Minds

Guest post written by InnerMettle

A Mum’s lifestyle can get a little hectic and stressful at times, so we should be thinking of how to look after ourselves to make sure we’re in top form to take care of our little rascals! Whilst children’s natural carelessness may well make us worry quite a bit, they can equally teach us a thing or two about living more mindful and healthy lives, thanks to still acting mainly out of intuition. And this brings us to earthing, also known us grounding. 

So what is earthing, or grounding?

In simple terms, earthing is getting your naked skin, feet, close to mother earth to balance our minds and bodies. It isn’t news that our minds relax in nature, and whilst our bodies and minds are connected, there is a special piece of science behind why our bodies balance when they touch the earth. A science our children seem to be innately aware of, rather running around barefoot. 

Hmmm, maybe we should listen to their protest, the next time when we insist on putting their shoes on. Reason being is that the rubber soles of our shoes insulate us from getting in touch with the ground, and the earth is full of negative electrons, which we need to balance our surplus charged bodies. We gather this surplus as we go about our daily lives picking up positive charges from our evermore electrified surroundings, and so do our kids.

And why is it so good for us you may wonder? 

From the telly, over all our beloved electric household helpers, to the numerous entertainment gadgets, mobiles, tablets and the likes our kids love to play with, they and more, add to us getting charged. We notice this when we touch a metal object, such as a door handle, and get an electric shock as we suddenly discharge. Earthing is a much gentler way of doing it, and avoids getting to that super-overcharged state in the first place.

Research indicates that most of us, depending on how electrified our lifestyles are, run around with a charge of about two volts. A voltmeter comes in handy to check. What happens when we come in touch with mother earth’s electrons we get back to our natural state of zero. The science of bio-electricity is still in its infancy, so whilst we know that in the short term lightening can make our heart stop, there is no established figure of how much surcharge could affect us negatively in the mid-and long-term. However, researchers reckon that modern lifestyle dis-eases, including cancer, could be at least partly connected to our electrified environment. So it just seems common sense to err on the side of caution and take care of ourselves, as best as we possibly can, choosing a healthier path for our children’s future.

A bit more about the science of bio-electricity

Just to explain a little how all this charge business influences us. Our body is essentially a computer fuelled by bio-electricity, meaning our cells via chemical processes are both, negatively and positively, charged. To function optimally they need to keep these charges in equilibrium to send the correct signals around our body for us to function normally. 

Basically, when the wrong signals are sent our movement, organs, skin, or brain function could become impaired. Allergies, or a wound which doesn’t heal, are signs of an imbalance, for example. This is because an incorrect balance creates inflammation, which in small doses is a natural way for our bodies to say, hey, there is something wrong, and it goes into repair mode. However, if the inflammation becomes too much, our cells can’t cope with the overload and chronic injuries, or illnesses, develop. 

Earthing can increase our well-being 

Knowledge gained over the years through studies, and research, based on experience and scientific methods, have proven that earthing could reduce inflammation. It helps to reduce the symptoms of chronic diseases, and muscle aches, besides improving sleep and our mood, aka mental state. 

How to take grounded steps to our well-being 

Where to ground is important, as not all materials are conductive, such as rubber often used for the soles of shoes, as earlier mentioned.  So, next time you’re playing with your children outside, why not join them in their barefoot fun. Earth, grass, and natural stone are all conductive, so is the beach thanks to the sea water making the sand salty and wet. Dry desert sand and wood ok, but not ideal as they need to be moist to be more conductive. 

Don’t expect to get grounded on your carpets, whilst walking on concrete works, on asphalt it wouldn’t. Not that we would want to walk barefoot around town, and neither would we want our kids to do so, we do need to protect our feet from the dangers, such as glass and other rubbish lining the streets, unfortunately. Even going for a barefoot walk in the forest carries thorny risks.

The good news is that earthing works pretty much instantly. Although half an hour to an hour is often recommended, more important is the overall time one stays grounded during the day as one recharges quite quickly as well when heading back, or staying, in civilisation. 

Even, if we were to find the time to head out into nature every day, it simply isn’t practical to run around barefoot all day long, but there is a solution. 

In come grounding shoes, such as the eco-friendly IM Earth Connect shoes, their conductive sole technology could allow us to ground most of our day, increasing our well-being. 

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