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Grounding as a Way to Lower Blood Pressure and Just Get Healthier

Head to the Beach to Lower Blood Pressure!


Seriously! Even tho it seems like just it's just relaxing, there's actually a science behind it, as well as a name. It's called either earthing; another name for it is grounding.

There is proof that when you spend time walking barefoot on the ground, whether it's on the sand, grass, the beach, dirt or concrete, connecting with earth (preferably with wet surfaces) to the body for about 40 minutes per day actually lowers blood pressure! Who knew that something kids do just for fun is so good for you! (Prepare for some sweating during the summer here in Phoenix!)

How this happens is that solar energy and lightning strikes are constantly recharging the earth's surface with negatively charged electrons. When your body has contact with these surfaces, it absorbs those electrons.

At the same time, your body has positively charged electrons, but probably too many of them. Especially if you have much pain, illnesses, etc, most of these have inflammation, which means too many positive electrons. By earthing, the negatively charged electrons balance out our positively charged electrons which in turn decreases inflammation.

Benefits of Earthing

Studies have shown that just 40 minutes a day actually:

  • Thins blood, which results in lower blood pressure
  • Relieves stress, which lowers cortisol, which then raises serotonin, which helps sleep, and on, and on.
  • Guards against osteoporosis 
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Guards against damage to our cells and DNA

It really fascinates me how everything is intertwined. One thing goes out of whack, and the whole body can end up way off kilter!

On the other hand, though, you swing the pendulum the other way and your body starts correcting things and getting healthy again.

Watch this short 3-minute video for more info on grounding:

Alternatives To, or In Addition To Grounding Outside

Earthing can not only be done by connecting body to earth while being outside but also by using grounding mats. One study of twelve people used conductive mattress pads on their own beds for eight weeks. Saliva tests were conducted prior to the study to determine the starting cortisol levels.

The results of the study showed cortisol levels were reduced, as well as most of the people  said they had less pain, stress and sleep problems.

If you don't want to get your bed set up with grounding mats, there are also mats you step on, such as under your feet while on the computer or while watching tv. You can find them on Amazon.com.

Use Caution When Using with Blood Pressure Medication

One caution to be aware of is that if you take heart or blood pressure medication, be sure to let your doctor know that you are practicing earthing regularly. Because earthing thins the blood, you wouldn't want your blood thinning too much. The prescription Coumadin (Warfarin) is one in particular to be cautious with while doing earthing.  

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P.S.  One of the BEST foods for controlling high blood pressure is BEETS. You may or may not like beets tho, and they sure can be a pain to fix, right? I’ve found the easiest way to eat beets is this way. 

How does going to the beach translate to lower blood pressure?


Top image courtesy of Chrisroll at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Second image courtesy of Pixabay


References:

Goffried, M.D., Sarah. The Earth Beneath Your Feet (Part 2, The Science) Why Going Barefoot May Boost Your Health and Beauty. 12 October 2012. http://www.saragottfriedmd.com/2012/10/12/the-earth-beneath-your-feet-part-2-the-science-why-going-barefoot-may-boost-your-health-and-beauty/

Teplitz D, Ghaly M.  PubMed.Gov. The Biologic Effects of Grounding the Human body During Sleep as Measured by Cortisol Levels and Subjective Reporting of Sleep, Pain, and Stress. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15650465

Briffa, Dr. John.  'Earthing' – Important Discovery or Mumbo-Jumbo? 18 April 2012. http://www.drbriffa.com/2012/04/18/earthing-important-discovery-or-mumbo-jumbo/comment-page-2/#comment-198232


Sinatra, Dr. Stephen. How the Heart-Healthy Practice of Earthing Can Interact with Medications. Last reviewed 21 October 2012. http://www.drsinatra.com/heart-health-earthing-medications










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