Have your heard about “earthing” ? what is it and why is so important?
Before explaining what it is, its important to understand why it’s so important!
Because it reduces inflammation!
What is Inflammation? and what can we do about it?
Inflammation is at the root of many health conditions.
Inflammation is the way the body respond to damage or threat, sending the body’s white blood cells (our defence mechanisms) to protect us from infections, such as bacteria and viruses. When the immune system recognises a foreign body, it kicks in with an “inflammatory response” to promote healing. This is called acute inflammation and it’s a good!
Acute inflammation occurs when you cut yourself, you bang your knee, burn a finger, a fall, and the body’s response is immediate: chemicals are released and our white blood cells are despatched to the site of the injury. The area of the wound might become red, or start swelling and/or feel warm. As the healing process continues, the swelling and warmth fade and bruising might occur, which changes colour over time until it disappears and the body is healed.
We can grab our essential oils for pain management like Lavender Peppermint, Roman and German chamomile, Ginger, Black Pepper, and if needed a paracetamol. An ibuprofen or similar, are an anti-inflammatory, prohibiting the body to produce inflammation that needs to heal. Acute inflammation goes away within hours or days.
Chronic inflammation, on the other hand like arthritis, happens when our body’s defence system – our immune system — triggers the inflammation response when there are no invaders to fight off. In the autoimmune diseases, your immune system acts as if there is a threat causing damage, when there isn’t one. Chronic inflammation can last months or years, leaving your body in a constant state of alert or “defence mode”.
Research has shown that chronic inflammation is associated with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, asthma, bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
What brings chronic inflammation?
Poor diets, increased toxins, exposure to chemicals, a lack in physical exercise, lack of sleep. All these threats cause our cells to react negatively, and that cellular reaction is chronic and cellular INFLAMMATION. Cellular inflammation is a silent killer! Linked to 100s of ailments, auto immune diseases.
What can we do with chronic inflammation?
Gut sends more information to the brain than the other way around.
Chronic inflammation in the gut means chronic inflammation in the brain. Brain fog, lack of memory, autoimmune diseases…and less serotonin production (famous happy hormone is 90% made in our guts).
We can better our guts by reducing fatty foods, reducing the consumption of dairy, gluten, sugar and highly processed food as much as we can.
A diet rich in antioxidants also helps: berries, leafy green vegetables, including spinach and kale, nuts, fish, omega 3s, nuts, and plenty of fruit.
Over the past decades, there has been an increase in medications for Serotonin and Dopamine imbalances. Yet they have a long list of potential side effects, from dizziness to insomnia.
Essential oils such as Bergamot, Lavender, Lemon, Jasmine or Neroli, are particularly therapeutic and by just using our sense of smell, they prompt our body to help release Serotonin and Dopamine in a natural way.
On Top of an organic and anti-inflammatory diet, we know our soils are depleted 👉SUPPLEMENTATION IS VITAL:
Now that we stated the difference between acute inflammation and chronic inflammation, we’re going to see how “EARTHING” can help us with our chronic inflammation.
We all know that spending time in nature is good.
There are many reasons connecting with nature is good for mind and body, but electricity probably is not one you have considered.
If you think back to the last time you took a science class, you may remember that everything, including humans, is made up of atoms. These microscopic particles contain equal numbers of negatively charged electrons, and positively charged protons, so an atom is neutral — unless… it loses an electron.
When an atom has an unpaired electron, it becomes a “free radical” with a positive charge, capable of damaging our cells and contributing to chronic inflammation, in this case, “positive” is not a good thing.
One reason direct physical contact with the ground brings beneficial effects is that the earth’s surface has a negative charge and is constantly generating electrons that could neutralize free radicals, acting as antioxidants. You may think of antioxidants as only coming from food, still, it is interesting that we are able to get them directly from the earth, too.
The cells in our blood are also “electrically charged” and when we touch ground we release the excess charge and the cells begin to repel each other making the blood thinner, so it flows more freely getting to every corner of our body.
Grounding reduces inflammation and improves blood flow helping us to improve sleep, reduce pain, decrease muscle tension and lower stress levels.
We have lost that sustained connection we had with earth thanks to inventions such as buildings, furniture and shoes with insulated synthetic soles. But we can have it back!
So how do we ground? Take your shoes off, go outside and walk on grass, moist soil, sand, sit under a tree, lean against a trunk, simply allow the skin to be in contact with any natural conductors of the earth’s electricity.
👉Copaiba essential oil:
It is widely claimed to be the best anti-inflammatory essential oil. Beta-caryophyllene (the active chemical compound averages 63% while well-known CBD oils ranges around 35%), and therefore, is highly analgesic and an excellent support for muscular cramp pain.
Because Copaiba essential oil contains large amounts of beta-caryophyllene, this molecule interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in our skin, triggering the production of beta-endorphins, one of the happiness hormones.