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ELECTRONS and Living Things:
Every chemical reaction in a living body involves some kind of change in the distribution of electrons. Electrons can move in response to electrical current, to light, to sound, to magnetic forces – it all depends on the nature of the substances the electrons are associated with.
In our modern life of technology, living in high rises and wearing shoes, we tend to accumulate a positive charge. Various substances in the body are at times competing for electrons, causing chemical reactions that are not necessarily helpful to our well-being. Several studies indicate that excess positive charge is associated with inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of most pain. Thus, if we can find ways to neutralize the excess positive charge, certain chemical reactions are less likely to occur producing less inflammation and less pain.
Being isolated from the Earth by non-conductive materials such as rubber and plastic (our shoes), wood, plastic, laminate, and asphalt (flooring surfaces) can take it's toll on our health. Most footwear is electrically insulating, as are building materials. Furthermore, many of these materials rob us of electrons. Consequently, we spend most of our time having a shortage of electrons. This affects the chemistry of our body in ways that are only beginning to be understood. Studies done in the last decade have shown than excess positive charge can cause inflammation that can be reduced by making regular contact with a source of free electrons.
One way of tapping into the earth’s abundance of electrons is to go barefoot on soil, sand, or even concrete. Another way is to wear footwear that allows electrons to pass through it. (Such as Pluggz: see their link on many of our pages)
But it doesn't have to be your feet! Gardening, swimming in an ocean/lake or hugging a tree are all ways to easily ground, too! As long as you touch Mother Earth directly, your grounding! The wetter the environment the better, so If you live by a body of water or it's raining outside, that's the easiest!
The Nature of Electrons
Everything is made of atoms and all atoms have electrons and protons. Electrons have a negative charge and protons have a positive charge. Electrons can be in perfect balance with protons, in which case there is no “static charge.” However, various natural and man-made phenomena can cause electrons to become in excess, or in short supply. This happens to our bodies as well as objects. The imbalance of protons and electrons results in a “static charge." Static charge can be reduced simply by making contact with the earth. The earth has an abundance of electrons and if an object holds a net positive charge these electrons are attracted to that object or person through any pathway that is electrically conductive (like water).
How long before noticing positive effects?
The period of grounding in current studies is 28 minutes or longer to feel the positive effects, but many changes may be noticed within a few seconds. The most important change is that the whole body voltage can change greatly within one minute. Many people have reported diminished feelings of stress during and after grounding. You will benefit from a reduced static charge, regardless of whether the effects can be measured.
Just as the sun gives us warmth and vitamin D, the Earth underfoot gives us a natural, and gentle energy. Receiving Earth's energy by touching her may be the difference between feeling good and not so good, of having little or a lot of energy, or sleeping well or not so well.
~Its free, so take those shoes and socks off and get out there!