Today I want to talk about healing yourself from a different angle to eating raw foods. As you may have seen from my video the other day, my family and I use “grounding” or “earthing” sheets when we sleep.
Since then a lot of people have asked me what these are and where they can get them. I just want to make it clear at this point that I am not affiliated with the company supplying these products in any way so I am not making money off these products at all, I am just giving you the direct link to their website so that you can also benefit from these amazing products and improve your health!
The theory behind earthing is that, particularly over the past 100 years, we have become totally disconnected from Mother Earth. Many people in the Western world don’t touch the earth for months at a time! On top of this we are now being exposed to a huge amount of electromagnetic radiation coming from our cellphones, TV’s, radios and WiFi systems and if we aren’t able to “ground” or “earth” ourselves, this radiation is taken in by the body and causes damage.
In addition to the EMF’s we have to deal with, we are also constantly taking on energy by being in close contact with other humans, especially if living in big cities, as we are always then in other people’s energy fields – and lots of them too!
So, how to deal with this?
Well scientific research has shown that by putting your feet on the ground you discharge this unwanted energy into the earth and put yourself back into a harmonious energy field. The most natural way of doing this is by standing barefoot for 15-30 minutes on solid ground – ie earth, grass or sand (NOT concrete!). This is absolutely the best way to get grounded. Either that or sleeping directly onto the bare earth – but this is neither comfortable nor possible for most people most of the time!
There is also scientific evidence showing that earthing prevents sickness too. The main reason for this is the anti-inflammatory effect of being earthed as inflammation is involved in every single disease. To understand this positive effect of earthing we need to understand exactly what inflammation is.
When the body’s immune system detects injury or germs within the body, its white blood cells release a shower of powerful free radicals to aid in the destruction of any invading microorganisms or damaged tissue. The free radicals do this by searching for free electrons to stabilise themselves (as they are positively-charged molecules that are missing one or more electrons). They normally get these electrons from germs or damaged tissue, thereby killing these germs and breaking down damaged cells for removal from the body.
As this work comes to an end, any excess free radicals produced during the immune response are neutralised by anti-oxidants (from all that raw food you are eating!) or free electrons in the body. But if the immune response fails to wind down completely, then these free radicals continue attaching and oxidising healthy tissue. The immune system then switches into overdrive, sending in more white blood cells that produce more free radicals and the process gets out of hand.
It is believed that normal inflammation (a healthy, necessary response to injury or germs) has got out of control because we have lost contact with the earth. The earth is our single biggest source of anti-oxidants and we can so easily tap into it simply by taking our shoes off and walking on the ground for a while! This then neutralises the excessive free radicals and order is restored in the body and disease is prevented once more.
Then, to stay grounded at night – rather than sleep on the bare ground – we can use these earthing sheets. They are made from organic, Fair Trade cotton and are interwoven with fine silver threads. These threads all come to a central point and this point is connected via a cable to the nearest electrical socket – as long as your home’s electricity supply is grounded properly (and there is a simple device included with every earthing product via which you can test this). Alternatively you can connect your earthing product via a very long cable directly into a post planted in the ground outside.
There is also an earthing mat you can use when sitting at your computer – either put your bare feet on it as you work, or put it on the desk in front of you and make sure the bare skin of your arms is in contact with it.
Both Katie and I love these products. Using them I have definitely found that I sleep better and I never wake up with a stiff neck or back from sleeping in an awkward position any more.
I would love to hear your earthing experiences too – and as strange as earthing may sound to you if you haven’t tried it, don’t bash it until you have! It really is a very powerful healing tool that I recommend you try. Then be sure to let me know how you get on!
Visit www.earthing.com for products and more information.