Dr. stephen sinatra talks about grounding benefits
Dr. Stephen Sinatra Talks About Grounding Benefits
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Grounding Helps Thin Dangerously Thick
Blood and Fights Inflammation and
When you walk barefoot, free electrons aretransferred from the earth into your body, and
this grounding effect is one of the most potentantioxidants we know of.
Inflammation thrives when your blood is thick,
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and you have a lot of free radical stress, and alot of positive charges in your body. Groundingeffectively alleviates inflammation because it
Dr. Stephen Sinatra is a prominent cardiologist and an innovative pioneer. He
thins your blood and infuses you with negatively
promotes a number of natural strategies as "add-ons" to the field of cardiology,
charged ions through the soles of your feet.
such as grounding or earthing, which is the topic of this interview.
Surfaces that allow for proper grounding include
He'd done five years of post-graduate training in conventional medicine when,
sand, grass, bare dirt, and untreated concrete,brick and ceramic tile. Leather-soled shoes also
in 1977, he met Dr. Jacob Rinse, a 91-year old Dutch chemist who exposed him
allow you to ground while walking, whereas
rubber-soled shoes disconnect you from theearth and block beneficial electron transfer.
"After that I studied some nutrition,"
he says, "but I became apsychotherapist. I spent 10 years training in psychotherapy. I studied
Grounding helps thin your blood by improving its
bioenergetic psychotherapy, which looks at energy blocks in the body.
zeta potential, which means it improves theenergy between your red blood cells. Researchhas demonstrated it takes about 80 minutes for
That really helped launch me even more into alternative medicine. Then I
the free electrons from the earth to reach your
decided that nutrition needed more work, so I studied for the American
blood stream and transform your blood.
College of Nutrition exam, a test to certify a nutrition specialist."
Grounding is contraindicated if you takeCoumadin, as it may thin your blood too much.
Then, 10 years ago, he met Clint Ober, who introduced him to grounding. (Oberis the co-author with Dr. Sinatra of the 2010 book, Earthing: The Most ImportantHealth Discovery Ever?
"At first I was skeptical,"
Dr. Sinatra admits.
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"I said, 'My gosh, putting my feet on the ground is going to improve my
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I spoke to him for about an hour, and went from skeptical to being all in! .
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The terms "earthing" and "grounding" are interchangeable. It is simply the act of
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placing your bare feet on the earth, or walking barefoot. When you do, free
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electrons are transferred from the earth into your body, and this grounding
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effect is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of.
Unfortunately, few people ever walk barefoot anymore to experience it.
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the way most footwear is made. Synthetic rubber soles disconnect you from the
earth. Leather soles do not. So you can still find shoes that allow you to remaingrounded without going barefoot.
What You Need to Know
Grounding has numerous benefits, aside from creating a general feeling of
well-being. For example, walking barefoot can help ameliorate the constant
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By getting outside, barefoot, touching the earth, and allowing the excess chargein your body to discharge into the earth, you can alleviate some of the stress put on your system. That is the groundingeffect. I have personally prioritized grounding myself to the earth as much as possible for over 5 years.
Inflammation -- The Root of Most Disease
One of the primary health benefits of grounding is its antioxidant effect. It helps alleviate inflammation throughout your body.
"I told [Clint Ober] 10 years ago, "What you need to do is show that grounding improves inflammation. If you can showthat, then you can show that it improves heart disease. Because the real cause of heart disease is inflammation. It's notcholesterol like everybody believes. It's really inflammation,"
Dr. Sinatra says. . [H]is experimental work was just really
Dr. Stephen Sinatra Talks About Grounding Benefits
awesome, and I got involved with research myself. I'm still smack in the middle of it right now, but it took me 10 years."
Dr. Sinatra goes on to tell the inspiring story of a contractor he met about 23 years ago, who at one point worked with a groupof Scandinavian carpenters who really understood the benefits of grounding and supported each other in maintaining thishealthy habit:
"They all took off their shoes in the morning and walked barefoot on the wet grass,"
he says. "He came to work as ayoung carpenter, and the foreman said to him, 'Hey buddy, you better take your shoes off, because if you come to workright now with those shoes on, you're going to be busted up in 10 years. Your joints are going to be aching. Yourmuscles are going to be aching. Everything's going to be aching.' He told him to take his shoes off for an hour in themorning. Guys slugging sledgehammers, digging and hammering. It's stress to the tissues. But if they put their feet onthe ground for an hour and had their coffee breaks with their shoes off, it made a difference."
According to Dr. Sinatra, inflammation thrives when your blood is thick and you have a lot of free radical stress, and a lot ofpositive charges in your body. Grounding effectively alleviates inflammation because it thins your blood and infuses you withnegatively charged ions through the soles of your feet. But beware; not all surfaces allow you to ground.
What Surfaces Will Allow You to Properly Ground?
Concrete and brick (as long as it's not painted or sealed)
The following surfaces will NOT ground you:
An interesting tidbit offered by Dr. Sinatra is how to ground while flying
. I typically bring a grounding pad with me when I fly,but Dr. Sinatra claims that simply taking your shoes off and putting your feet (bare or with socks) on the steel struts will do thetrick.
The Earth Is a Rich Source of Healthful Electrons
The earth is struck by lightning thousands of time each minute, primarily around the equator. Subsequently, the earth carriesan enormous negative charge. It's always electron-rich and can serve as a powerful and abundant supply of antioxidant freeradical-busting electrons.
The human body appears to be finely tuned to "work" with the earth in the sense that there's a constant flow of energybetween our bodies and the earth. When you put your feet on the ground, you absorb large amounts of negative electronsthrough the soles of your feet. In today's world, this is more important than ever, yet fewer people than ever actually connectwith the earth in this way anymore. Free radical stress from exposure to mercury pollution, cigarettes, insecticides,pesticides, trans fats, and radiation, just to name a few, continually deplete your body of electrons.
"We now know that oxidative stress causes disease. It causes inflammation,"
Dr. Sinatra says. "[But] we have this Earth– Mother Earth, that's going to give us all these free electrons."
Recharge Your 'Batteries' with Grounding
Dr. Sinatra, like myself, is a proponent for CoQ10, as it is a major electron donor and helps turn over ATP, which is theenergy generated within each of your body's cells. Amazingly, grounding can also enhance ATP, via another mechanism.
How do dietary-derived, oral antioxidants compare to the electrons transferred from the earth through your skin? Accordingto Dr. Sinatra:
"Whether you take antioxidants. or whether you get electron donors through the skin, what you're taking in -- into your
skin, and taking in orally -- is going to be synergistic. It's going to help your body. What's a healthy lifestyle? It's eating
healthy. It's avoiding sugars. It's avoiding trans fats. It's eating organic much of the time. It's avoiding pesticides,
insecticides, and chemicals. It's drinking healthy water, breathing in healthy air, and getting healthy sunlight. In other
words, taking in these natural energies is a healing energy. Grounding is another natural energy that everybody should
do in their lives, because it just makes sense. It incorporates a healthier lifestyle."
Dr. Stephen Sinatra Talks About Grounding Benefits
Walking Barefoot Is a Valuable Aspect of a Healthy Lifestyle
Exercising barefoot outdoors is one of the most wonderful, inexpensive and powerful ways of incorporating Earthing into yourdaily life and will also help speed up tissue repair, as well as easing the muscle pain you sometimes get from strenuousexercise. A review of the available research, published January 2012 in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health
,agrees with the concept of reaping health benefits when connecting to the Earth .
"Mounting evidence suggests that the Earth's negative potential can create a stable internal bioelectrical environmentfor the normal functioning of all body systems. Moreover, oscillations of the intensity of the Earth's potential may beimportant for setting the biological clocks regulating diurnal body rhythms, such as cortisol secretion.
It is also well established that electrons from antioxidant molecules neutralize reactive oxygen species (ROS, or inpopular terms, free radicals) involved in the body's immune and inflammatory responses. The National Library ofMedicine's online resource PubMed lists 7021 studies and 522 review articles from a search of 'antioxidant + electron +free radical.' It is assumed that the influx of free electrons absorbed into the body through direct contact with the Earthlikely neutralize ROS and thereby reduce acute and chronic inflammation.
Throughout history, humans mostly walked barefoot or with footwear made of animal skins. They slept on the ground oron skins. Through direct contact or through perspiration-moistened animal skins used as footwear or sleeping mats, theground's abundant free electrons were able to enter the body, which is electrically conductive. Through this mechanism,every part of the body could equilibrate with the electrical potential of the Earth, thereby stabilizing the electricalenvironment of all organs, tissues, and cells.
Modern lifestyle has increasingly separated humans from the primordial flow of Earth's electrons. For example, sincethe 1960s, we have increasingly worn insulating rubber or plastic soled shoes, instead of the traditional leatherfashioned from hides. Rossi has lamented that the use of insulating materials in post-World War II shoes has separatedus from the Earth's energy field. Obviously, we no longer sleep on the ground as we did in times past.
During recent decades, chronic illness, immune disorders, and inflammatory diseases have increased dramatically, andsome researchers have cited environmental factors as the cause. However, the possibility of modern disconnection withthe Earth's surface as a cause has not been considered. Much of the research reviewed in this paper points in thatdirection."
The Sunflower Experiment
Last year, Gary Schwartz, PhD, at the University of Arizona, performed an elegant experiment with sunflowers todemonstrate the powerful biological effects of grounding. As shown in the photos below, one set of sunflowers wereconnected to a grounded power outlet via a thin metal rod placed in the vase, connected to a wire.
The second set was connected to an outlet that was not grounded. All of the flowers were freshly picked, from the samearea, at the same time, and the water came from the same source and had nothing added. The experiment was blind, so theexperimenter was unaware of which outlet had been grounded.
Photos used with permission from Gary Schwartz.
As you can see, by the seventh day, one set is clearly wilting away, while the other still looks plump and fresh. Ashypothesized, the set that kept their freshness were connected to the grounded outlet. Even more remarkable was thedramatic difference in overall survival -- the grounded flowers survived for another 10 days after the ungrounded set hadshriveled up and died!
According to Clint Ober, this isn't so surprising since flowers growing in the ground receive a continuous supply of energyfrom the earth. The grounding rod used in this experiment effectively mimics this natural ground connection, allowing them tothrive longer, as if they'd never been plucked in the first place. So, can this concept translate into better health for you?There's compelling evidence it can, and does.
How Grounding Changes Your Blood
Grounding helps thin your blood by improving its zeta potential, which means it improves the energy between your red bloodcells. Research has demonstrated it takes about 80 minutes for the free electrons from the earth to reach your blood streamand transform your blood.
Do you know what a high-sugar diet, smoking, radio frequencies and other toxic electromagnetic forces, emotional stress,anxiety, high cholesterol, and high uric acid levels do to your blood?
All of these make your blood hypercoagulable, meaning it makes it thick and slow-moving, which increases your risk ofhaving a blood clot or stroke. Hypercoagulable blood is the essence of inflammation, because when your blood does not flowwell, oxygen can't get to your tissues. In fact, grounding's effect on blood thinning is so profound if you are taking bloodthinners you must work with your health care provider to lower your dose otherwise you may overdose on the medication.
Zeta potential is the electrical potential of solids and liquids, also referred to as electrokinetic potential. Your red blood cellsrepel each other and function at the speed of light, traveling through your body at an astounding 186,000 miles per second.
Grounding actually increases zeta potential by an average of 280 percent
. According to Dr. Sinatra:
Dr. Stephen Sinatra Talks About Grounding Benefits
"This is the most incredible discovery, because if you can increase the thinning of your blood naturally by grounding,you can fight off disease. Not only heart disease and stroke, but I'm thinking cancer, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, orany illness that requires good oxygenation to the tissues."
Similarly, anything that lowers
zeta potential of your blood will promote disease. For example, early (and some current) birthcontrol pills were notorious for causing heart attacks in women. One of the mechanisms that causes this increased risk is thatsynthetic estrogens and progesterones increase blood viscosity, i.e., they decrease the zeta potential of your blood. Thereare currently studies being performed at the University of Arizona which will objectively document grounding effect on thezeta potential. They are anticipated to be completed this year.
Other Beneficial Changes Caused By Grounding
Animal experiments have also shown that ungrounded rats had higher blood sugar compared to their grounded counterparts,despite being fed identical diets. If disconnecting from the earth disrupts human sugar metabolism, we may have identifiedyet another contributing cause for the dramatic rise of diabetes in children.
". I think the reason why we have a generation of diabetic kids is because we took away the ground, gave them a lot ofsugar, and no exercise. That's the perfect storm,"
Dr. Sinatra says.
Experiments in Poland, the U.S. and Canada, using both animal and human models, show that grounding improves thehuman physiology. Other biochemical alterations caused by grounding include changes in:
Grounding also calms your sympathetic nervous system, which supports your heart rate variability. And, when you supportheart rate variability, this promotes homeostatis, or balance, in your autonomic nervous system. In essence, anytime youimprove heart rate variability, you're improving the entire organism -- in this case, your entire body and all its functions.
"In other words, we're there -- we're in a health mode, as opposed to disease mode. Grounding does that,"
Contraindications and Other Warnings
While walking barefoot is clearly one of the most natural things you can possibly do to improve your health, there are stillsome contraindications and situations in which you may want to use caution.
"I don't like people to ground when they're taking Coumadin,"
Dr. Sinatra warns. "It's a relative contraindication becausewe have had people ground, taking Coumadin at the same time, and their blood became like water. It was like red wineand then it got really thin. That could be dangerous. If you have high blood pressure, [or]. if you had a stroke and youhave thin blood, it's a disaster. We basically tell people that if you're on Coumadin, you must work with your doctor,because your doctor's going to have to reduce the Coumadin."
Depending on your health status and toxic load, your health may also get worse before it gets better when you startgrounding on a regular basis. This is a classic detox reaction, which you may also experience with other detox methods.
"Some patients with polyneuropathy would get worsening of their limb pain on grounding, and some would get better. Iwant to make that clear that grounding is not a panacea,"
Dr. Sinatra says. "But what I've learned with grounding is thatthe sicker you are, the more you need to ground."
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