Antioxidants have been the poster child against free radicals for the past decade. Rather than popping vitamins, try something different: go barefoot.
New research shows that simply being in contact with the earth, and its negative electrons can help people reduce free radicals in the body.
Free radicals are associated with all of the bad stuff: smoking, bad food, and other vices, but simply exercising can cause inflammation and pain within muscles, creating free radicals. Free radicals are not necessarily bad; the key is neutralizing them.
What are Free Radicals?
Free radicals are basically highly reactive molecules that have unpaired electrons. When a free radical comes into contact with a negative electron, it binds, thus neutralizing it. As humans are electromagnetic, as is planet earth, the planet can be an easy (and free) source of negative electrons.
What are the Benefits?
Free radicals have been associated with inflammation, which has been linked to allergies, obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Although the research is still in its early stages, try it for yourself by spending more time directly connected to the planet.
Accessing these Neutralizing Agents
Although people used to live, work, and sleep near the ground, this is no longer the case except for during the odd camping trip for most urbanites. And during those times we are in contact with nature, we often wear insulating shoes such as rubber, which does not allow for the free flow of electrons.
Quick Tips on How to Earth or Ground the Body
1 Go barefoot, preferably for 30 minutes a day or more
2 Sit on the grass, in natural clothing or on natural blankets, such as cotton
3 Ground your bed or workplace
4 Look for conductive or semi-conductive surfaces to walk or sit on – the beach, grass, concrete surfaces all work
5 Avoid long periods off of the ground – the further you are from planet earth, the more “ungrounded” you become
For more tips, go to the excellent book called Earthing by Clint Ober, the founder of the Earthing movement.