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.
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.
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.
There is only one known to me source of grounding sandals (footwear) at the moment (only for the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada): www.getgroundedfootwear.com.
Reference pages: Breathing norms and the DIY body oxygen test:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
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 body tissues
- Nerve stabilization: Carbon dioxide has powerful calmative and sedative effects on brain neurons and nerve cells
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