Earthing Benefits: More O2 in Cells
Earthing (electrical grounding of the human body) provides free electrons and normalizes the electrical voltage of the human body. As several recent clinical studies proved, Earthing helps to suppress inflammation, reduce pain and stress, to dramatically improve sleep in insomniacs, and normalize nerve, muscle, and immune function.
For ungrounded people, just standing barefoot for 30 min can increase body O2 (results for the body oxygen test) by 2-5 seconds. Even better results are common for many people when they are grounded during sleep. In the long run, an average student can often get up to 5-10 s higher morning CPs (body O2) due to the correct application of Earthing.
Excessive grounding can easily trigger an immediate cleansing reaction and can be potentially dangerous. Therefore, as during breathing retraining, Earthing, in cases of serious health conditions, requires a good knowledge of temporary restrictions and safety rules.
Earthing is a totally natural and powerful supplementary method that was endorsed by Dr. Buteyko and his colleagues. However, they suggested that the main benefits of barefoot activities are due to the stimulation of nerve endings on soles of feet.
Earthing is not a substitute for other lifestyle factors. Therefore, we still require exercise with nose breathing, correct posture, prevention of supine sleep, clean air, good thermoregulation, an empty stomach (for nearly all people) before going to bed, and many other factors in order to have high body-O2 test results for the next morning.
The YouTube video on the right side features Clint Ober (the author and inventor of Earthing) and Dr. Joseph Mercola (the author of the largest natural-health website www.mercola.com).
They discuss Earthing, Earthing research and related topics. This is Part 1 of the series that includes 3 video clips.
How does grounding or Earthing work?
The electrically insulated human body has a tendency to accumulate a positive electrical charge (up to many 100s or 1,000 Volts), while Earth has a slightly negative charge (or an excess of electrons). Many antioxidants, like vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein and so on, are able to deactivate free radicals (reactive oxygen species) by using only one mechanism: donation to free radicals their free electrons. Electrons provided by Earth produce a similar effect on free radicals as these antioxidants do.
When the human body has physical contact or is electrically
connected with Earth, Earth provides an unlimited source of free electrons to
quench any inflammation and normalize the work of the nervous system and
muscles. There are several causes that lead to the accumulation of a large
positive charge (especially due to wearing synthetic clothes) on a human
- insulation of the human body (due to wearing modern insulated shoes, walking on wooden and carpet floors, sleeping on elevated beds)
- triboelectricity (especially due to wearing synthetic clothes and walking on carpets)
- induced body currents due to large outer electric and magnetic fields caused by ordinary electric cables, home appliances, cell phones, laptops, iPads, iPods, and many other objects.
Depending on their presence and magnitude, these factors lead to an electron deficiency, which fuels chronic inflammation, pain, abnormalities in the transmission of electrical signals in the nervous system and muscles, and other pathological effects. Earthing, however, restores a natural flow of electrons and reduces or eliminates these and other problems.
Earthing and exercise in the past
This graph explains why modern people have reduced results for the body oxygen test.
It is also known that several generations ago people were electrically connected to Earth due to barefoot walking, sleeping on the skins of animals (which are conductive), and wearing shoes made from leather.
Therefore, one may assume that Earthing can be one of the key factors, together with physical exercise with nose breathing, that contributed to the slow and easy breathing in people living generations ago.
The image on the right is a link to the most popular book on Earthing which has the title "Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?". You can purchase this book in paper back, audio or Kindle format. This was the most interesting book or manuscript that I read in the last several years.
How to ground yourself: This web page provides easy and simple methods for grounding (Earthing) yourself during day and/or sleep.
You can buy Earthing products using this link (for Canada and the USA customers only): Earthing. Note that this website is located in Canada, but they have some stock in the USA and offer about the same prices for Earthing products (as other companies) with free shipping on orders over $150 in the USA.
For review of clinical studies related to effects of Earthing click here: Earthing benefits.
Reference pages: Breathing norms and medical facts:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- 6 breathing myths: Myths and superstitions about breathing and body oxygenation (prevalence: over 90%)
- Hyperventilation: Definitions of hyperventilation: their advantages and weak points
- Hyperventilation syndrome: Western scientific evidence about prevalence of chronic hyperventilation in patients with chronic conditions (37 medical studies)
- Normal minute ventilation: Small and slow breathing at rest is enjoyed by healthy subjects (14 studies)
- Hyperventilation prevalence: Present in over 90% of normal people (24 medical studies)
- HV and hypoxia: How and why deep breathing reduces oxygenation of cells and tissues of all vital organs
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
- Body oxygen in healthy: Results for the body-oxygen test for healthy people (27 medical studies)
- Body oxygen in sick : Results for the body-oxygen test for sick people (14 medical studies)
- Buteyko Table of Health Zones: Clinical description and ranges for breathing zones: from the critically ill (severely sick) up to super healthy people with maximum possible body oxygenation
- Morning hyperventilation: Why people feel worse and critically ill people are most likely to die during early morning hours
References: pages about CO2 effect:
- Vasodilation: CO2 expands arteries and arterioles facilitating perfusion (or blood supply) to all vital organs
- The Bohr effect: How and why oxygen is released by red blood cells in tissues
- Cell oxygen levels: How alveolar CO2 influences oxygen transport
- Oxygen transport: O2 transport is controlled by vasoconstriction-vasodilation and the Bohr effects, both of which rely on CO2
- Free radical generation: Reactive oxygen species are produced within cells due to anaerobic cell respiration caused by cell hypoxia
- Inflammatory response: Chronic inflammation in fueled by the hypoxia-inducible factor 1, while normal breathing reduces and eliminates inflammation
- Nerve stabilization: People remain calm due to calmative or sedative effects of carbon dioxide in neurons or nerve cells
- Muscle relaxation: Relaxation of muscle cells is normal at high CO2, while hypocapnia causes muscular tension, poor posture and, sometimes, aggression and violence
- Bronchodilation: Dilation of airways (bronchi and bronchioles) is caused by carbon dioxide, and their constriction by hypocapnia (low CO2)
- Blood pH: Regulation of blood pH due to breathing and regulation of other bodily fluids
- CO2: lung damage: Elevated carbon dioxide prevents lung injury and promotes healing of lung tissues
- CO2: Topical carbon dioxide can heal skin and tissues
- Synthesis of glutamine in the brain, CO2 fixation, and other chemical reactions
- Deep breathing myth: Ignorant and naive people promote the idea that deep breathing and breathing more air at rest is beneficial for health
- Breathing control: How is our breathing regulated? Why hypocapnia makes breathing uneven, irregular and erratic.
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