Since we talked about a long, drawn-out process yesterday, I thought it might be fun to bounce back to a quick, cheap and easy detox option today: grounding. While there are all kinds of fancy (read: expensive) grounding products out there, grounding doesn’t have to cost a thing.
How to Ground Yourself (for Free)
1. Find some grass. Preferably clean and definitely free of anything sharp, toxic or otherwise dangerous. Your yard, a friend’s yard, a park – it doesn’t matter.
2. Take off your shoes and socks. Cheerfully painted toenails are a bonus at this stage, but entirely optional. Extra points for polish that is (a) TARDIS blue; (b) fire engine red; or (c) saturated with glitter.
3. Stand or walk in the grass. Ideally for at least 10 minutes, but whatever you can get is better than nothing. Award yourself a gold star if you walk in grass that is still damp with dew or rain (water promotes conductivity), and extra credit if you take a furry companion out with you for some Frisbee, tennis ball, or lounging in the sun.
That’s it! You did it – good job! Now why did you do it?
Oh right, we skipped that part…
Human beings are inherently electrical creatures. Although we can’t plug into a wall to charge ourselves up, electrons are constantly moving around inside our bodies and between our bodies and the world around us as part of the natural processes of life.
As Dr. Mercola puts it, “Your body is somewhat conductive because it contains a large number of charged ions (called electrolytes) dissolved in water. Your blood and other body fluids are therefore good conductors. Free or mobile electrons can also move about within your body.” (source)
Exposure to stress, pollution, radiation, chemicals, and electromagnetic fields can deplete our bodies of electrons, promoting inflammation and free radical development. This is turn taxes our immune systems and promotes wear and tear and signs of aging in our bodies.
Walking in grass, sand, or dirt (particularly when they’re damp) puts us in direct contact with the earth’s abundant supply of negatively charged electrons. When we absorb these electrons, they bring a fresh infusion of energy and structure to our bodies’ battered cells. Like reinforcements newly arrived to battle, they pour in and sweep away the tide of inflammation and free radicals, leaving us stronger and better positioned to handle whatever may come our way.
Besides the part about it being free, my favorite thing about grounding is that it’s stackable. You can do all kinds of other health-promoting, stress-reducing activities at the same time – and, for once, the multi-tasking won’t hurt your productivity in any of them! Laugh with a friends, play with a pet, meditate on things you’re grateful for, or soak up some sunshine to convert into Vitamin D. Either way, you can’t lose!
Have you ever (intentionally) tried grounding? Are you more likely to make time for it now that you know what a great detox option it is?