It seems like everywhere you go shopping now-a-days, your eyes are bombarded with the words ANTIOXIDANTS. Cosmetics and skin care isles tout products “Rich in antioxidants!” Fruits and veggies are acclaimed to be “Full of nutrient antioxidants!” The list can go on and on…
We’re drawn to these products because we’ve been taught, since our early years, that antioxidants are good for us. But when asked “Why?” most people aren’t entirely sure.
The answer comes back to a theme discussed many times before – free radicals. The concept of free radicals is widely recognized as being a contributor to a multitude of health ailments, though many fail to recognize its root. Free radicals are the byproduct of environmental toxins (i.e. electromagnetic frequencies, radiation, smoke, etc.); they are molecules produced as a result of our bodies breaking down food for energy.
Antioxidants are certain substances that may help in protecting your healthy cells from the damage caused by free radicals.
When our bodies encounter an unhealthy surplus of oxidative stress and exposure to environmental toxins, free radicals grow rampant. As a result, they begin to strip healthy cells of their electrons in order to remain “stable.”
Dr. Roy Lidke, highly-regarded physicist and podiatrist, explained that, “If this release of reactive oxygen species gets carried away, we call this oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is related to cell damage in the inflammatory process, heart disease, cancer, and the aging process and can eventually lead to cell death.”
So, what can we do about it? How can we prevent our bodies’ cells from being robbed and maintain an optimally “balanced” bodily frequency? Where can we get the antioxidants needed to avoid free radical damage?
The human body performs most optimally when it is balanced. That is, when there is an adequate supply of electrons available to it. Electrons, in and of themselves, provide the negative potential that our bodies need. In essence, they create and sustain a stable internal bioelectrical “environment” in our bodies.
Some may call these electrons a natural source of “antioxidants.”
While certain dietary substitutions are most commonly associated with antioxidant and electron supply, there’s one commonly overlooked option – the earth’s surface.
The earth’s surface possesses a nearly limitless supply of free electrons. This supply is consistently maintained (replenished) due to it being electrically conductive with its atmospheric electrical circuit (i.e. being struck by lightning at the equator thousands of times each minute).
This association has led to several studies being conducted to better measure and understand the benefits of being in contact with the earth’s surface or walking barefoot – also known as “earthing.”
Dr. Alan Christianson, an Integrative Health Specialist in the Scottsdale, AZ area is one of the many doctors with a growing appreciation for earthing. Speaking of his own practice, Dr. Christianson went on to say that, “I know that many of my patients suffering from various ailments also spend a lot of time indoors and with inactive lifestyles. Something as simple as adding grounding to your daily routine can work wonders upon the rest of your day and the rest of your life.”
These studies have suggested that, by allowing for an influx of electrons into the body, the Earth’s potential assists in stabilizing the electrical “environment” for organs, tissues, and cells.
The earth, in this case, acts as a natural “power source.” It allows the body to maintain a healthy, homeostatic level of electrons and compensates for any lost during attrition (free radical stress).
While the theories associated with barefoot benefits are age-old, they have only been put into practice and recognized in recent years. In 2013, earthing was rated as one of the top trends by Spafinder. Their website notes that, “While we expect to see more of this formal ‘earthing’ at spas, we expect to see far more ‘nature grounding’ in a wider sense.”
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