Grounding - Earthing - Nature = Better Health
One of the important keys on our healing journey is taking time in nature and unplugging daily for most hours. Vitamin D is essential for health, so we take advantage of doing slow travel in tropical Asia and use the sun for it's health benefits, then take time for grounding and earthing.
We miss camping in Europe, which keeps us celebrating in nature daily, but find new ways to do it here too. Scientific studies show that natural environments profoundly affects our well being psychologically, cognitively and creates better health.
Since we retired to travel the world nonstop on a tiny budget, I am always on the lookout for cheap health secrets for our minimalist family. I will keep sharing them with you as they are great for travel health, but also at home on a budget.
Everything from DIY healthy shampoo and homemade healthy deodorant to cooking real food and learning to make healthy ice cream, calfouti, fermented salsa, pizza, goat cheese, healthy chips, mayonaise, kefir, bone broth, grass fed raw milk,or pastured raw eggs!
Have you tried grounding? It's free, fun and healing for the whole family, so part of our homeschooling or worldschooling routine. Who knew, that just going barefoot is the ultimate antioxidant?
GROUNDING OR EARTHING
"Earthing" also called "grounding" stems from the idea that in modern city life we no longer have direct physical contact with the Earth, and therefore are losing out on purported health benefits of exchanging electrons with the surface of our planet. A handful of small studies have found that grounding appears to provide some general health benefits, such as better sleep, less pain, reduced stress and tension, and better immune function compared to study participants who weren't grounded. One study suggested that earthing eliminates the potentially harmful effects of the electromagnetic fields given off by all the electronic devices that surround us." Andrew Weil, M.D.
CAN GOING BAREFOOT HELP HEALTH?
"Earthing may be one of the most important overlooked factors in public health. When grounding is restored, many people report significant improvement in a wide range of ailments, including chronic fatigue. Studies have shown that earthing or grounding improves blood viscosity, heart rate variability, inflammation, cortisol dynamics, sleep, autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance, and reduces effects of stress." Dr. Mercola
OUR PRIVATE OASIS
I am not sure if this helps or not, but it is an enjoyable and easy addition to our day. I love this little jungle-like oasis and ancient tree in our Penang apartment building and we are always the only ones there during the day.
Just being around beautiful trees and plants makes me happy and the shade, quiet and greenery reminds me again that I am on a tropical island paradise.
We could walk to the beach, but that would mean crossing high traffic roads, which is my least favorite part of Asia, so I don't really see me feeling motivated enough to do that daily. Plus that would take up more time.
But playing with my kid in this natures nook or gabbing with her or my husband, listening to the birds chirp or lazily watching clounds float by on the blue sky and running my feet through the grass, is certainly relaxing and pleasurable.
I am more of a country person now, than a city person and Penang and Asia has more towers and traffic than what I prefer, but daily time in this isolated garden area always makes me smile.
I don't think I will buy the commercial grounding products that they sell ( quite expensive), but going barefoot in a beautiful part of nature seems like an effortless way to add more health to one's life!
How do you find ways to sneak in grounding, barefoot, unplugged and/or nature time to your day?