over the past decade many studies have shown the truly healing effects of earthing (grounding), the practice of placing your bare feet (or any skin contact) directly on the earth.
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our atmosphere contains + and - charged IONS (electrically charged atoms). while grounding, the earth acts as a magnet and *pulls* from your body the POSITIVE IONS (counterintuitive to their name, +IONS cause stress/disease and impair brain function, and are created by technology/pollution). research shows that earthing for 30 mins a day significantly decreases inflammation, boosts the immune system, increases blood flow, reduces pain and lowers cortisol levels (stress chemicals), all while causing a calming, connected sense of clarity.
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equally, by earthing you are also recharging, in essence *absorbing* the NEGATIVE IONS (the healing ones! causing deep a relaxation and a sense of awe, and produced by nature and natural phenomena i.e. thunderstorms, rivers and waterfalls, the ocean, forests).
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on a chemical level, -IONS increase serotonin levels, energize, improve well-being and allow your nervous system to return to its parasympathetic state (rest and digest). another plus of earthing, it helps promote better sleep! unplug to recharge?
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I hang out in parks frequently to earth, meditate, journal. stretch and process. return to source. this part of my routine is what keeps me feeling grounded living in a city. especially since I spend so much time working from my computer (literally absorbing +IONS) I make sure to get my daily fix of the magnetic mother earth. nature heals! pro tip: visualizing the +/- dual channel while actively earthing enhances the process by adding mind magic to the mix. as always, xo