Let’s face it, most days we are rudely awaken by a loud alarm clock, moving our way to the coffee pot for liquid energy while scrolling through our morning emails or Facebook to then sit under florescent lights while looking at a computer screen for 8 hours. We are bombarded daily by electronic radio waves, wifi, artificial light, and then to add our daily routines in the mix, often leaving us, fatigued, sleep deprived, in pain, anxious, depressed, with poor digestion and gaining weight. What if there was something to help relieve some of these feelings and it was easy and free. Do I have your attention?

It’s called “grounding or earthing” but that is just fancy for saying get into nature. Nature doesn’t have to mean taking a vacation on a mountaintop, it can mean walking barefoot in the grass in the back yard, digging your toes in the sand, or leaning on a tree while looking at cloud formations. 

This isn’t New-Age nonsense, it’s a simple concept. To some it may appear too simple, yet, it’s supported and backed by prominent medical doctors, scientists, NASA astronauts, and, of course, it was used by ancient civilizations who placed strong value on their relationship to the Earth.

Grounding can be achieved by walking barefoot on the Earth. It transfers free electrons from the Earth’s surface into your body that spread throughout your tissues. The effect is sufficient to maintain your body at the same negatively charged electrical potential as the Earth. The effect is one of the most potent antioxidants we know.

Good grounding surfaces include:

Sand (beach)
Grass (preferably moist)
Bare soil
Concrete and brick (as long as it’s not painted or sealed)
Ceramic tile
The following surfaces will NOT ground you:
Rubber and plastic
Vinyl •Tar or tarmac

Here are a few benefits as to why getting back into nature is imperative to our health:

Boosts immune system
Lowers blood pressure
Reduces stress
Improves mood
Increases ability to focus
Accelerates recovery from surgery or illness
Increases energy level
Improves sleep
Helps cope with pain

Can’t get outside? Here are some tips:

Fill your house with plants. Plants have air-purifying capabilities.
Get your vitamin D!
Make an effort to take movement breaks in your space.

Think about health in this way, and you’ll realize the intimate relationship that humans have with nature. Find yourself inspired with the desire to get outside and connect with your natural habitat.

Your prescription for health:
Rx 1: Get into a “green space” of trees and grass even for 5 minutes. There are no negative side effects ☺

Rx 2: Schedule acupuncture. Seasonal shifts, weather, sea level to mountain tops all factor significantly into acupuncture diagnoses and treatment plans. We can create grounding effects during treatments using yin points on the body which are grounding, this mimics the same yin energy of the earth. Side effects include feeling the microcosm of the natural world that surrounds you.

Call Integrative Acupuncture to schedule your appointment today. 561-819-0530

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