The benefits of the outdoors
A lot of you will be practicing “grounding techniques” without even realizing it.
There's something naturally satisfying regarding the feeling of your skin in direct contact with the Earth. This feeling isn't by accident or circumstance; it's the result of electrically conductive contact of your body with the surface of the Earth, a phenomenon known as grounding or earthing.
The Earth carries an enormous negative charge. It's always electron-rich and also can serve as a powerful, as well as bountiful supply of antioxidant and free-radical-busting electrons. Your body is finely tuned to "function" with the Earth in the sense that there's a constant flow of energy between your body and the Earth.
When you place your feet on the ground, you take in large amounts of negative electrons via the soles of your feet. The effect is sufficient to keep your body at the exact same negatively charged electrical potential as the Earth.
This easy process of grounding is among the most powerful antioxidants known. Grounding has actually been revealed to eliminate pain, decrease inflammation, improve sleep, improve well-being, and much, much more. Unfortunately, many living in developed nations are hardly ever grounded anymore.
Simply by getting outdoors, barefoot, touching the Earth, as well as allowing the excess charge in your body to release into the Earth, you can relieve some of the stress and anxiety consistently placed on your system.
Most of us invest a lot of our waking hours wearing footwear with rubber or plastic soles. These materials are very effective insulators, which is precisely why they're used to insulate electrical wires. Yet, they also efficiently detach you from the Earth's natural electron flow. Wearing leather-soled footwear will permit you to remain grounded with the Planet, as will walking barefoot, but you'll need to do so on the appropriate surface. Good grounding surface areas consist of:
- Sand (beach).
- Lawn (ideally damp).
- Bare dirt.
- Concrete and brick (as long as it's not painted or sealed).
- Ceramic tile.
One thing is clear. If you maintain optimal vitamin D levels, your cells will function optimally, which in turn will help prevent all sorts of health ailments and chronic diseases. According to one large-scale study I was reading a while back, having optimal vitamin D levels can significantly reduce your risk of cancer and can be a contributing factor in helping to prevent over 12 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate and skin cancers (Dr. Joseph Mercola). He goes on to say that Vitamin D from sun exposure also radically decreases your risk of autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) and Type 1 diabetes. Sun exposure also helps prevent osteoporosis, which is a significant concern for women in particular.
Keep in mind that the multiple strategies that can be put in place to optimize your health, all be it maybe 1% at a time, have a compounding effect on your future health and add up very quickly.
We can achieve both of these with the old “two birds-one stone” approach. As often as possible go outside for as long as you can, without getting burnt, kick the shoes off and ditch as many clothes as socially acceptable (yes Benjamin, leave your pants on) and go for a walk down on the beach. Or read a book while sitting barefoot on a lawn/camp chair in your backyard.
Remember to Eat well, Move daily, Hydrate often, Sleep lots.
- The Holistic Life Hacker