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A Beginner’s Guide to Earthing (Grounding) – Part One

In writing most of the nearly 2000 posts in this blog, I have always felt a reasonable confidence and certainty about my grasp of the subject. I don’t know who said it first, but this time it’s different. I am the beginner. Before late June I don’t believe I had ever even heard of Earthing or its other name Grounding. I stumbled across it in one of the blogs I read – Learning From Dogs.

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As a dog lover this title naturally attracted me. There turns out to be a great deal more to the posts than simple dog info. In late June I ran across this post – all about Earthing.

I confess the term ‘Earthing’ was new to me. As you can read in his post, however, the practice seemed to hold very high promise as far as being a healthy practice. Since sleeping on an earthing sheet, his prostate problems improved and he is closer to sleeping through the night. As a plus 70 year old myself, this was music to my ears. I decided to try Earthing.

What is Earthing? The book Earthing available from Amazon as you can see from the link, says earthing is walking barefoot outside on wet grass or sand. This allows one to experience the healing powers of the earth simply by touching it.

Regular readers know that I ride my bike with my dog just about daily here In Chicago. I take breaks around every 30 minutes to let the dog out of her basket and to stretch, etc. My part of the break is to drink something for energy and snack on something healthy (no more than 50 calories). So, when I decided to practice Earthing, I added taking off my shoes and walking around some of the grass on Chicago’s lakefront for around 5 or so minutes each time I took a break from riding. Also, later, when I was walking the dog, I would take a similar break and remove my shoes and walk on the grass, or just sit with my bare feet on the grass. I figure I was Earthing around 30 or so minutes a day in five minute intervals.

After a couple of days of this, I noticed the following changes: I slept better, ie., had to get up less often in the night to use the bathroom. Secondly, the pain in my hands from arthritis seemed to subside somewhat. So, it appeared to be reducing my inflammation. Early in the experiment, I took a bad fall on my bike and tore up my knee. I used emu oil and coconut oil as always on injuries like this, but I found that I healed way faster than usual. It was two days and no sign of the street burn on my knee showed at all. So, that was a third change. Finally, my digestion improved and intermittent signs of constipation disappeared completely. All these effects followed just 30 minutes a day of walking barefoot on grass at the lakefront.

I decided to take the next step and order the Earthing Sheet my fellow blogger had written about. That arrived yesterday and I had my first night of sleep on it last night. I slept uninterrupted for six hours which is about twice as much as I usually sleep. I look forward to learning more about Earthing, I have the book. I also look forward to further health benefits. I am including a You Tube video for you to get some straight scoop directly from the source.

Below is a short Dr. Mercola video on Earthing. I have cited Dr. Mercola previously and consider him a useful source of healthful information.

I called this post A beginner’s guide to Earthing because I wrote it and am a rank beginner. It is by no means meant to be definitive. I plan to post further on the subject with new developments.

As always your comments are welcome.

Tony

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How About 30 Insane Facts About Sleep? – Infographic

Regular readers know that I feel strongly about the benefits of a good night’s sleep. You can read the Page listed at the top How Important is a Good Night’s Sleep to learn more.

I stumbled upon this infographic somewhere and thought you might enjoy it.

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Finally, here are a couple of facts on sleep from Dr. Mercola:

Recent studies show poor sleeping habits cause brain damage and even accelerate onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Sleep is necessary for maintaining metabolic homeostasis in your brain. Without sufficient sleep, neuron degeneration sets in—and catching up on sleep during weekends will not prevent this damage.

Tony

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Coconut Oil May Improve Your Brain

I tried coconut oil for the first time back in April and I wrote Why should I try coconut oil? enumerating facts about how endurance athletes (bike riders like me) use it as a high energy food;  how it helps to boosts our HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) readings, it has healing properties, etc.

Now comes a write up by Dr. Mercola about how coconut oil appears to be the perfect brain food.

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As I have mentioned in previous posts, I lost an aunt to Alzheimer’s and my mother suffered from dementia in her final years. The possibility that coconut oil could be a positive influence on the brain resonated powerfully with me.

The following is from Dr. Mercola: “There are only two types of fuel your body can convert into energy: carbs/sugar, or fat. Again, ketones are what your body produces when it converts fat (as opposed to glucose) into energy. And a primary source of ketone bodies are the medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut oil. In fact, coconut oil contains about 66 percent MCTs. Continue reading

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Coconut Oil Could Have Significant Health Benefits

According to the video it also has been studied to help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and increase mental, brain functioning, This study also shows it helps the brain functioning of people who have Autism, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy,Dementia,Schizophrenia, and ALS.

I have written repeatedly about the benefits of coconut oil. To find out more: 23 Benefits of Coconut Oil, Why Should I Try Coconut Oil?, Try Coconut Oil Pulling, A High Energy DeCaf Coffee Drink, Mr. Lazy Cook Makes Pasta Hawaiian Style. Last, but not least, check my Page – Coconut Oil: Why You Should Include it in Your Diet

Tony

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