Lately, there has been quite a buzz around the benefits of grounding, also known as earthing. Syncing your bare toes into dirt, sand, wet grass, or water is the latest trend in wellness. When skin comes in contact with the ground, the human body becomes a sponge that soaks up negatively-charged electrons from the earth.
The modern concept of earthing made its debut in 2010 with the release of Clint Ober’s book, Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? Nearly 12 years earlier Ober, a retired pioneer of the American cable TV industry, discovered that the same system of grounding used to stabilize telecommunications and wires could also stabilize the atoms in the human body, improving the function of all body systems.
Atoms possess unique positive and negative charges that are based on the number of negative electrons or positive protons they carry. Many healthy atoms have a negative charge because they possess more electrons; however, these atoms can have electrons “stolen” from them, leaving them highly reactive and damaging. In this state, they are called free radicals. As damaging free radicals infiltrate cells and tissues, our health declines. The only way to stop this destructive process is by supplying the body with neutralizing antioxidants or a large dose of negative electrons, through grounding.
Grounding has actually been around since the beginning of time. Our ancestors walked around in bare feet or conductive leather moccasins or sandals. Perhaps this is one explanation for their longevity and good health. After the invention of rubber-soled shoes, a non-conductive barrier was erected between mankind and our greatest source of electrons – the earth. As our direct contact with the earth fades through the routine use of synthetic flooring and shoes, electromagnetic instability threatens our health.
Free radicals are generated through inflammation, cell damage, infection, trauma, stress, and our toxic environments. They force our immune system to respond to these threats. An active immune system produces more free radicals and soon our body is attempting to put out fires, but it has insufficient resources to do so. Additionally, industrialization and our increasingly technological world have thrown us into an entanglement of electromagnetic fields, which disrupt the electrical balance of our cells. An abundance of free radicals, unstable charges, inflammation and immune activation are responsible for some of our most threatening chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain syndromes, and autoimmunity.
The negative electrons absorbed from the earth quenches the free radicals, supports the immune system, and puts out the fires. Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman described an umbrella effect created when we “earth.” He claimed that grounding equalized the electronic potential between the body and the earth, so the body becomes an extension of the earth’s magnetic field.
Pavement, wood, plastic, rubber, synthetic or insulated materials will block the healthful negative charges from the earth. A plethora of grounding materials from sheets to shoes exist. Understanding its benefits, Aceva has partnered with one of the leading industry providers of earthing products, Bio Energy.
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