It’s a funny time of the year. It seems as if we are full throttle from the moment the holidays begin - family getaways, festive gatherings, dining out, and parties; the list goes on and on.
The temptation is fierce during the festive period. Why wouldn’t you want a chilled glass of wine and a cheese platter, whilst taking in the beautiful city? Anyway, I digress, the point I’m trying to make is after this so-called period of rest and rejuvenation; many of us go back to work, feeling a little worse for wear.
Before you spend thousands of dollars on the latest innovation designed to revitalise your every sense, let me introduce you to a cost free initiative that’s right on your doorstep.
Head down to your nearest beach or park. Take off your shoes, feel the sand between your toes, and go for a nice long walk. It’s called grounding, often referred to as earthing. Here is how it works.
Human beings are made up largely of water and minerals, making us excellent electrical conductors of free electrons, which can be found in abundance on the earth’s negatively charged surface.
According to Dr James Oschman, highly respected scientist and energy medicine pioneer, “When you're grounded, there's a transfer of free electrons from the earth into your body. These free electrons are probably the most potent antioxidants known to man.”
Furthermore, grounding is said to regulate sleep cycles, fight chronic pain, inflammation, fatigue, replenish energy and restore balance to the body.
Why aren’t we all super healthy, vibrant beings then? We walk around on the earths’ surface daily, so technically we should all be accessing these wonderful free electrons that keep us healthy.
However, we are only able to take on these free electrons when our skin comes into direct contact with the earth’s surface, which is unlikely to happen when we wear insulated rubber-soled shoes. Modern western society has disconnected us from the earths’ surface.
From personal experience, it works! I’ve been a convert since my mother, who is a health guru, presented the idea to me eight years ago. I’ve never looked back since.
The beach is your quickest and most effective way to ground, due to the highly conductive qualities of the wet sand and salt water; however, if this isn’t accessible to you, any patch of dirt or grass will do the trick.
The next time you’re feeling exhausted or fatigued, and you need a quick pick me up. Step outside, take off your kicks and go bare feet in the park. Your body will thank you for it.
By Gemma Yates-Round