Shier Strength April 2018

EARTHING: SLEEP LIKE YOU’RE ON VACATION

Have you ever fallen asleep on the beach after swimming in the ocean? If you have, then you know it’s the most restful and relaxing sleep imaginable. You might have thought it was just the result of warm sunlight and vacation vibes, but research suggests you may have been experiencing the effects of a practice called “earthing.” Earthing, sometimes referred to as “grounding,” helps bring our bodies into a natural balance. The theory states that our bodies naturally develop a positive charge. As leading nutritionist Dr. John Briffa explains, “During the normal processes of metabolism, the body generates what are called ‘reactive oxygen species,’ which are commonly referred to as ‘free radicals’ ... Free radicals lack sparks of energy known as ‘electrons.’” When a molecule lacks electrons, it gives off a positive charge. An unbalanced positive charge contributes to inflammation, which can then cause many chronic diseases, including heart disease. You should balance your natural positive charge with a negative charge. How can you safely expose yourself to a negative charge? Just let your skin touch the earth. Earth gives off a mild electric charge, with plenty of electrons to balance out our overabundance of free radicals. There has yet to be a large-scale scientific study about the benefits of earthing, but current research is promising. One study published in The Journal of Alternative and

Complementary Medicine found earthing helps reduce blood viscosity, which is a major factor in cardiovascular disease. Another study in the Journal of Inflammation Research showed that earthing might speed up healing. Firsthand accounts from individuals who practice earthing often report lower stress levels, increased energy, and better sleep. Many people who practice earthing make it a point to walk outside barefoot on grass, soil, or sand at least once a day. You have to be careful where you walk, as you don’t want to get cut on sharp rocks or broken glass. An alternative to walking barefoot is to use an earthing pad, which can imitate the negative charge of our planet inside your home. Earthing is quickly gaining a following in the health community. If you are looking for a natural way to improve your overall health and sleep better, why not try taking a walk? Just remember to leave your shoes behind.

“I was always full of excuses as to why I couldn’t lose weight and become healthy and fit. A year and a half after my mother died, I ran out of excuses. I made a decision that morning to take care of myself so I could continue to take care of others. “I opened Facebook to browse, and boom — there in front of me was the answer. A Kalamazoo Fit Body Boot Camp post popped up. I immediately saw the sign and emailed Adrian to get started. Three days later, I began this amazing journey toward health and fitness. Through the incredible coaches, nutrition counseling, and never-ending friendships, I have overcome knee pain and am planning to begin running again. “I have lost inches and pounds beyond my imagination, and I dropped four pant sizes. The aches and pains associated with life and age have dwindled and become minimal as my body has grown stronger, leaner, and more confident. I have a ways to go to meet my goal, but I choose not to look at numbers. Rather I look at results in the mirror and how I physically and mentally feel. KFBBC is truly my morning happy place and an adventure I plan to continue for the rest of my life. I am worth it, and so are you.”

– Maggie Benny

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