If you suffer from inflammation these foods might help

10 Foods That Fight Inflammation

The body’s inflammatory response isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Inflammation is one of our defense mechanisms and creates increased blood flow to a damaged area to fight infection and promote healing. This is acute inflammation. It’s the chronic kind — that sticks around for months and years — that we really need to worry about.

The diseases (in order) that kill the most people in the United States are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. Accidents are right behind, followed by Alzheimer’s disease. Many people are surprised to learn there’s a lot they can do to help lower their risk of developing these illnesses, and diet plays a huge role.

All of the diseases listed above have an inflammatory component, and autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and fibromyalgia, also involve inflammation. Minimizing the inflammation in your body can lower your risk of developing these illnesses. And the fact that you can do it through food means you can do a lot to protect yourself!

Before we get into which foods fight inflammation, it’s important to highlight the foods that cause it. Added sugars, refined carbohydrates, saturated and trans fats all cause inflammation in the body, so it’s smart to minimize them. Reducing sodium to the recommended 2,300 milligrams per day is also important to help lower your risk of developing high blood pressure.

Adding the following foods to your diet can help to cut down on inflammation. Try incorporating these ingredients into your diet a few times each week.

Olives/Olive Oil

Olive polyphenols have been shown to lower blood levels of C-reactive protein, which is a marker for determining the likelihood of inflammation in the body.

Add it: Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over hot pasta and whole grains, and add olives to salads, pizza and grain dishes.

Tart Cherries

Studies show that these delicious, tart-sweet cherries can reduce pain from arthritis and post-exercise soreness. One study showed the fruit has the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food.

Add it: Look for tart dried cherries and tart cherry juice. Add tart cherry juice to breakfast smoothies, or sprinkle dried tart cherries over your morning bowl of oatmeal or yogurt.

Turmeric

This deep marigold root is a component of curry and offers anti-inflammatory benefits. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to be beneficial in treating the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and stomach ulcers.

Add it: You can add a teaspoon of ground turmeric to smoothies, and use it in curries and soups.

Red Onions

This vegetable contains the flavonoid quercetin, which has been found to have antioxidant andanti-inflammatory properties.

Add it: Caramelized red onions are a wonderful addition to pizza, salads and pasta dishes. Slices of raw red onion add a burst of flavor to burgers, pasta salad and sandwiches.

Red/Purple/Green Grapes

Grapes contain a mix of antioxidants, including flavonoids and resveratrol, which has anti-inflammatory properties and is a potent antioxidant. Resveratrol shows promise in helping to combat a range of maladies, from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases to cancer to aging.

Add it: Freeze grapes and eat them as a snack, use them whole in smoothies or halve and add to salads.

Chia Seeds

Chia contains alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in plant foods. ALA has anti-inflammatory benefits.

Add it: Sprinkle over yogurt and cereal, or use to make chia pudding.

Broccoli

The compound sulforaphane in broccoli may help prevent the formation of cancer cells by killing off potential carcinogens. Sulforaphane may also block enzymes linked to joint destruction and inflammation.

Add it: Whatever you do with broccoli, don’t overcook it! It’s best lightly sautéed or steamed until al dente. Add it to salads and pasta dishes, or simply serve it as a side dish with sautéed garlic.

Salmon

The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and other fatty fish such as tuna and sardines help reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Add it: Eat at least one to two servings per week of fatty fish.Try it grilled, baked, poached and pan-seared. It’s delicious!

Ginger

Long know for its anti-nausea benefits, ginger also boasts anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. In studies, ginger has been shown to relieve pain and stiffness in knee joints.

Add it: Fresh ginger is a great way to add some pep to a smoothie or a homemade dressing. It’s also wonderful grated over cooked salmon, or steeped in hot water to make a soothing tea.

Blueberries

These little blue fruits contain anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that fights inflammation and may help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Thanks to their polyphenol content (including anthocyanins), blueberries are quite promising for helping to reverse age-related declines in cognitive and motor function.

Add it: It’s easy to add these sweet berries to smoothies and to sprinkle them over cereal, oatmeal and salads.

In addition to the foods above, make sure to eat in color and load your plate with brightly colored produce. Here’s to less pain and hopefully, a longer, healthier life!

Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, is a best-selling author and nationally recognized health expert, and the former Food and Nutrition Director at Health magazine for nearly eight years. Prior to that, she was part of the editorial team at the Discovery Health Channel and was managing editor at FoodFit.com. Frances is the author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom’s Healthy Eating Guide and co-author of the best-selling The CarbLovers Diet and The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook. Her cookbook, Eating in Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family will be published in January 2014. Frances earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at Columbia University in New York.

“Seasonal eating” for wellness

I had written a blog about this a while ago, but wanted to share the “Farmer Almanac’s” view… You can read this article at: http://farmersalmanac.com/food/2014/02/24/eat-for-winter-wellness/

Winter is well underway, and for many of us that means outdoor play in the snow or quiet times by the fire. For some of us however, the joy of the season is trumped by feelings of sadness, lethargy and lack of motivation, not to mention chronic sniffles.

The winter blues are by no means a modern concept. The ancient Chinese believed that the seasons had a profound effect on human growth and well-being and in order to remain healthy and happy we needed to take steps to be in harmony with them. One step in achieving this harmony was through our diet. This philosophy is no less true today and is often talked about as ‘eating seasonally’. But what does eating seasonally really mean when you have two feet of snow outside and clearly can’t harvest anything from your garden?

Creating a winter friendly diet, and in turn a diet that helps you feel happier and healthier, is easier than it may seem. Although we can’t grab fresh tomatoes from outside our window we are fortunate enough to have captured the summer sun in many healthy foods that were designed by nature to store well for the winter and by no small coincidence help us not only survive but thrive during the colder months.

As you may have suspected these include vegetables such as squashes, carrots, beets, parsnips, onions, garlic and ginger. These foods are appropriately considered warming foods and break down more slowly in your body. A good indicator of warming foods are ones that take longer to grow. Animal foods typically fall into the warming category too including eggs, fish, chicken, beef and lamb.

These foods are also high in protein, which help keep the body strong and fight disease, and are chock full of B vitamins, which are important for mood regulation. Fish is high in Omega-3 fatty acid which is important for brain function and also has been shown to support a healthy mood. Fish like sardines are great sources of Omega-3 and lower in possible contaminants. Whole flaxseed and flaxseed oil make a great plant-based source of Omega-3 for those non-meat eaters.

Other great hardy and winter friendly plant-based foods include legumes like beans, lentils and split peas as well as whole grains such as brown rice, oats, and barley. Like the winter veggies mentioned above these complex carbohydrates break down in your body slowly and allow for a more even keeled feeling the simple carbs.

When it comes to building a healthy winter diet what you don’t eat is also as important as what you do eat for feeling good. Too many sweets and highly processed simple carbs like white flour and white rice can quickly raise your blood sugar and flood your body with insulin. You may receive a quick high from these foods but that high doesn’t last long and ultimately can contribute to feelings of lethargy. Too much sugar also makes your body ripe for a bad bacterial invasion and ultimately inviting in disease.

And although there are a number of deceptively alluring caffeinated beverages that may seem like they will warm you up and make you feel good caffeine actually has the effect of suppressing serotonin, the chemical in our brain which helps elevate mood and alleviate feelings of depression. If you are someone who needs a little bit of that caffeine fix it’s best to have it after a big healthy meal and if you can in the form of good quality dark chocolate – a food shown to positively affect serotonin levels!

Of course you can’t just eat these good for you winter friendly foods all on their own so make sure to read on for a some delicious recipes!

Carrot and Ginger Soup
Ingredients
1/4 cup butter
2 medium onions, chopped
2 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger root
1 1/2 lbs carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions
In 4-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add ginger root and cook 2 minutes longer. Add carrots and stock to onions; heat to boiling over high heat.
Reduce heat to low, cover and cook carrots until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
(Alternately, you can cook the carrots first, then add to stock- no need to thinly slice) Use hand blender to blend carrot mixture, in batches, until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste. Heat soup over low heat until hot. Ladle into bowls and serve.”

The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it is not gluten)……

For many years we have been told that people are gluten intolerant but in fact could it be that our wheat is contaminated?  Please see the article below and make decisions for your family accordingly…….

Increased use of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide (trade name Roundup) could be the cause of the epidemic of  “gluten intolerance”, according to a compelling new peer-reviewed report from two U.S. scientists. Farmers are now using glyphosate not only to control weeds but also to dry down wheat, rice, sugarcane and other crops just before harvest, resulting in higher residues in the foods we eat. The abstract from the paper “Glyphosate, Pathways to Modern Diseases II: Celiac Sprue and Gluten Intolerance” is below.  You can read the full report here and view graphs in the Slideshow connecting increased use of glyphosate with growing rates of celiac incidence, deaths from intestinal infections, acute kidney disease and deaths due to Parkinson’s.    

Abstract:
Celiac disease, and more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5 percent of the population now suffers from it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, macrocytic anemia and depression. It is a multifactorial disease associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies as well as reproductive issues and increased risk to thyroid disease, kidney failure and cancer. Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup, is the most important causal factor of this epidemic. Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. Celiac disease is associated with imbalances of gut bacteria that can be fully explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria. Characteristics of celiac disease point to impairment in many cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are involved with detoxifying environmental toxins, activating vitamin D3, catabolizing vitamin A, and maintaining bile acid production and sulfate supplies to the gut. Glyphosate is known to inhibit cytochrome P450 enzymes. Deficiencies in iron, cobalt, molybdenum, copper and other rare metals associated with celiac disease can be attributed to glyphosate’s strong ability to chelate these elements. Deficiencies in tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine, and selenomethionine associated with celiac disease match glyphosate’s known depletion of these amino acids. Celiac disease patients have an increased risk to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are likely increasing recently due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to harvest. We argue that the practice of “ripening” sugar cane with glyphosate may explain the recent surge in kidney failure among agricultural workers in Central America. We conclude with a plea to governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. Click here to read the whole article
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Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/gluten-intolerance-from-roundup-herbicide-zw0z1402zkin.aspx#ixzz3JSUj7yma

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/11/roundup-dumped-crops-right-harvest.html

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/real-reason-for-toxic-wheat-its-not-gluten/

http://thefarmerslife.com/biotechnology/long-term-glyphosate-use-effect-on-wheat/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/14/glyphosate-celiac-disease-connection.aspx

 

Last of the harvest

I am really late in posting these.  This is the last of our produce from the pallet gardening my daughter tried this year.  Our ground soil is really bad so this was a wonderful way to try gardening.  We learned a lot this last year in regards to the kind of planting soil we want to use next year, the seeds (that are not GMO’d), and how to keep the soil fertilized so that the plants will grow their best.

 

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We look forward to next summer when we can learn more planting skills!

Can onions help your cold/flu bug?…. It did ours!

For those who are suffering from colds and flus you might want to pay attention!  Several months ago our family was suffering the typical cold/allergy bug that was being passed around, all except one family member.  When I asked the child in question what she was doing differently that she wasn’t suffering at all like we were she told me that she had read somewhere to put an onion in your room and it will keep the virus away.  Well!!!!, since I had been suffering for a week and had massive fluid in my ears that was keeping me from hearing and talking I thought I would give it a try.  A few days later I too was feeling better! :)

I have since kept an onion in my room and have placed them in other areas when the virus starts picking up at work and so far we have avoided any further problems.  I had also read that putting onions on your feet at night will help pull toxins from the body.  I have not tried that option but may do so in the future.  I have passed the word along to several of my skeptical coworkers which some have later told me that it did help!

One of the first questions I get is will my house smell like onions, well for me being able to breathe as opposed to my house smelling like onions is a simple answer!  However, each person is different.  For the record though, I don’t believe it does since the onion is absorbing the bacteria in the air.  Once the onion changes colors, get rid of it and replace it with a new one if the bug season is still in effect. All you do is take a white onion cut it in half and put it in the rooms that you spend the most time but most definitely in your bedroom.  That is all!

REMEMBER: DO NOT USE THE ONION THAT YOU PUT OUT IN YOUR HOUSE IN YOUR COOKING! THROW IT AWAY AND GET A FRESH ONE!

Now; snopes.com will tell you that this does not work.  However, I will tell you that it did help myself and some of my family members as well as some of my coworkers.  I have even talked to a few people who have confirmed that this does work. I will include some resources so you can decide for yourself.

Sites that claim it does work or can at least help:
http://urbanlegendsonline.com/onions-absorb-flu-virus-and-common-cold-bacteria/ (this site also discusses onions in potato salad being the problem and not mayonnaise
http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/onions-can-flu-virus-be-absorbed-in-onions.html
http://healthybliss.net/healing-power-of-onions-can-onions-absorb-bacteria-viruses-and-flu/
http://www.thereadystore.com/multipurposing/5166/12-onion-uses-cry-for-joy/
http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/onions.html
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/onion-flu-remedy/

Sites claiming it doesn’t work:
http://www.snopes.com/medical/swineflu/onion.asp
http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/medical/a/swine_flu_facts_onions_and_flu.htm
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/01/21/will-onions-keep-kids-healthy/

If you have had experience with using the onion cure, please comment below!

Maca

After a friend of mine shared an article about maca I wanted to share our experience:

 

One of my daughters had problems with extremely long menstrual cycles, the longest lasting over 5 months with little stop in bleeding. We looked around for different remedies, originally starting with estrogen-based treatments like evening-primrose oil and soy women’s health pills. Then a lady at our local health food store told us about how a woman’s cycle starts and stops. It seems the menstrual cycle starts with a drop in progesterone in the body, and possibly boosting the estrogen. At the end of a normal 6-8 day cycle, the progesterone levels should boost themselves, and the estrogen/progesterone levels should balance themselves out, effectively shutting off the bleeding.

In our case however, it seems the progesterone levels would not come up by itself, and she was also passing large amounts of tissue regularly, from what seemed to be excess lining in the uterus. The estrogen treatments were only making it worse, and the bleeding heavier. The bleeding was so heavy that at one point she fainted from iron deficiency. After putting her on regular doses of iron, we realized we needed to do something different, and we came back to the health food store.

A friend of ours had told us about trying progesterone cream made from yams. We originally had tried “progesterone plus” drops from Young Living Essential Oils, with seemingly no success. Our next choice was At Last Naturals “Wild Yam Cream,” also seemingly with no success. That was, until yet another consultation with the health food store, where they suggested trying Maca Root. The brand we purchased was Now, in capsules of 500 mg. She started taking 2 capsules daily, along with about a teaspoon of cream rubbed into the soft parts of her body, rotating different areas.
Lo and and behold, after about three days she stopped bleeding!

The first time this happened, we hadn’t really known what had caused her to stop, so the second time she started her cycle, she went on for a little while until we tried the combination again. It seems the extra progesterone and the maca root together would cause the body to regulate its hormones. The next few times she started her cycle, she took the combination after 6-7 days of bleeding, and her  body started regulating and stopping her cycles itself, without the aid of this treatment.

This in all took about two years of experimentation to finally achieve this results, so we were understandably relieved when she finally stopped bleeding for longer than the duration of a normal cycle.

After about 5 months of normal cycles, she started bleeding for more than 1 week each month, so she started taking the maca root/progesterone cream combination a couple times to get everything regulated again.

We don’t really have a set cause or solution to permanently fix the hormone levels in her body at this moment. There are a lot of factors that affect a woman’s hormones, too many to talk about here, and we haven’t done intensive research anyway. Perhaps you can’t specifically pin down the hormone disruptions; perhaps you can. In any case, this remedy has worked for a couple people, and, it’s a lot better solution than birth control, which is what the OB/GYN wanted to put her on if her cycles didn’t start regulating again.

Here are the links for the cream and maca we used, we haven’t tried other brands or varied the dosages a whole lot…..

Maca Root:

*Note: we have not tried the “Raw” Maca root by Now, only the regular capsules.

http://tinyurl.com/lgpp5o6

Progesterone Cream:

http://tinyurl.com/nn3rv78

Hope that helps you all!!!

On a side note, if anyone’s interested in immune health, we’ve found that Source Naturals make a really good product called “Wellness Formula.”

http://www.sourcenaturals.com/products/GP1345/

Personally, we don’t take it every day, just when we start feeling like we’re getting a cold or the flu. The length of “sick days” is shortened considerably, and in some cases it never becomes severe. The amount of ingredients and the strong dosages recommended together are probably what makes this product really work. You should check it out!

*We do not receive any compensation for specific recommended products,
except your appreciation :) *

What is earthing/grounding?

I read an article a while back that had me intrigued to learn more.  It is the subject of earthing or grounding.  In essence, the concept is that you spend some time outdoors walking barefoot, sitting in the grass or spend some time working with the ground.  In this age of technology we no longer spend time outdoors except on a need only basis, and even then, how much is of it is without footwear or gardening gloves?  I have to admit that I no longer spend time outside enjoying the weather, I am outside long enough to get in my vehicle or enter a building.   Walking barefoot was a pastime of my childhood.

Here is an article by Dr. Mercola on his thoughts of earthing/grounding

By Dr. Mercola

Do you notice you feel better when you walk barefoot on the Earth? Recent research has explained why this happens.

Your immune system functions optimally when your body has an adequate supply of electrons, which are easily and naturally obtained by barefoot contact with the Earth.

Research indicates that electrons from the Earth have antioxidant effects that can protect your body from inflammation and its many well-documented health consequences. For most of our evolutionary history, humans have had continuous contact with the Earth.

It is only recently that substances such as asphalt, wood, rugs, and plastics have separated us from this contact.

It is known that the Earth maintains a negative electrical potential on its surface. When you are in direct contact with the ground (walking, sitting, or laying down on the earth’s surface) the earth’s electrons are conducted to your body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the earth. Living in direct contact with the earth grounds your body, inducing favorable physiological and electrophysiological changes that promote optimum health.

There is an emerging science documenting how conductive contact with the Earth, which has is also known as Earthing or grounding, is highly beneficial to your health and completely safe. Earthing appears to minimize the consequences of exposure to potentially disruptive fields like “electromagnetic pollution” or “dirty electricity.”

Some of the recent evidence supporting this approach involves multiple studies documenting Earthing’s improvement in blood viscosity, heart rate variability, inflammation, cortisol dynamics, sleep, autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance, and reduced effects of stress.

The Ultimate Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory

Grounding or Earthing is defined as placing one’s bare feet on the ground whether it be dirt, grass, sand or concrete (especially when humid or wet). When you ground to the electron-enriched earth, an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system occurs.

The Earth is a natural source of electrons and subtle electrical fields, which are essential for proper functioning of immune systems, circulation, synchronization of biorhythms and other physiological processes and may actually be the most effective, essential, least expensive, and easiest to attain antioxidant.

Modern science has thoroughly documented the connection between inflammation and all of the chronic diseases, including the diseases of aging and the aging process itself. It is important to understand that inflammation is a condition that can be reduced or prevented by grounding your body to the Earth, the way virtually all of your ancestors have done for hundreds if not thousands of generations.

How the Modern Running Shoe May be Destroying Your Health

Materials such as metals are electrical conductors. They contain free or mobile electrons that can carry electrical energy from place to place.

Your body is somewhat conductive because it contains a large number of charged ions (called electrolytes) dissolved in water. Your blood and other body fluids are therefore good conductors. Free or mobile electrons can also move about within your body

Other materials, called insulators, have very few free or mobile electrons. Plastic and rubber are good insulators and are used to cover electrical wires to keep the conductors from touching each other and from touching your skin, which could otherwise give you a shock.

Traditionally shoes were made of leather, which actually conducts electrons and therefore maintains a conductive contact between the Earth and your feet. However modern day rubber and plastics are electrical insulators and therefore block the beneficial flow of electrons from the Earth to your body.

How the Different Types of Electricity Impact Grounding

There are three different forms of electricity:

  1. Direct current (DC) electricity
  2. Alternating current (AC) electricity, and
  3. Static electricity

All of these forms of electricity are present in the environment and can affect the way you feel.

Direct Current, consider an ordinary flashlight with two type D batteries. When the light is switched on, a current created by chemical reactions in the batteries causes electrons to flow to the bulb, which converts the electrical energy into light. The electric field travels to the bulb virtually instantaneously, while the electrons move slowly – about three inches per hour.

Alternating Current or AC is the type of electricity that is delivered to homes and businesses. Alternating current is produced by electric generators and is distributed throughout a community via wires that are overhead or buried under the ground.

In contrast to direct current electricity, the actual flow of electrons in an alternating current circuit is virtually zero, as the electrons mainly go back and forth (60 times per second in North America and 50 times in Europe) without actually progressing along the wire. Therefore, for an AC current in a typical lamp cord, the electrons do not actually “flow.” Instead they vibrate back and forth by a distance of about a hundred-thousandth of an inch.

This means that the electrons in your household wiring are probably the same ones present when your house was built. In contrast to direct current, the electrons excited by a generator do not flow to your home and then return to the generator after delivering energy to your lights or appliances. The electrical energy flows at about the speed of light; the electrons only vibrate back and forth.

This point is important because of confusion about the subject from statements such as this: “Every time an electron leaves a power plant to create electricity for our homes, schools and offices it must return to create more electricity – fundamental law of physics.” This statement is completely incorrect.

There is absolutely no fundamental law of physics that requires the electron sent out from an alternating current generator to return to the generator to create more electricity.

It has also been asserted that power companies have begun using the Earth as one part of the alternating current circuit to save on the expense of wire needed to meet increasing demands for electricity. Again, this statement is completely inaccurate and misleading. It is a statement that leads some to believe that walking barefoot or using grounding devices will connect people to the electrical distribution system and thereby electrify their bodies with alternating current electricity.

In fact, the U.S. National Electrical Code does not permit connecting an electrical system directly to the Earth. In other words the Earth does not carry a return current back to the generator. Instead electrical systems are grounded to protect from lightening and other extraordinary events.

How Your Home Electrical Connections Can Zap Your Health

The wiring in homes and buildings and the power distribution system acts as an antenna that can transmit and receive both natural and man-made electromagnetic fields. Many technologies add significantly to our electromagnetic environment: cell phone towers, Wi-Fi, wireless routers, satellite TV and cordless telephones. And a variety of devices introduce spikes or transients that distort the 60 cycle electric field in the wiring, particularly when appliances are switched on or off.

Here are some common examples:

Ballasts used in fluorescent lighting High-efficiency lighting such as CFL (Compact-Fluorescent) bulbs
Computer hard drives Electric heaters
Hair dryers Refrigerators and air conditioners
Vacuum cleaners  

 

To illustrate this phenomenon, we will use the example of your neighbor’s refrigerator or air conditioner switching on or off. This produces a sudden electrical “spike” that travels through the power lines to your household electrical system. A signal is also radiated into the atmosphere because the wiring acts as an antenna. Taken together the various signals and distortions to the alternating current field create what some people refer to as “dirty electricity.” Attempts have been made to link these phenomena to a variety of health effects. There has been considerable debate about this issue.

Some people appear to be very sensitive to electromagnetic fields and can become sick from exposure to them, whereas others are not sensitive. Some have advocated the use of filters to remove the so-called “dirty electricity” flowing through home wiring. The problem is that alternating electric fields are present everywhere in the environment – they are radiated from wires, even when no current is flowing through them.

It is therefore impossible for a filter to prevent exposure to electrical fields and the noise produced by appliances, as described above.

In a 2010 review, Frank De Vocht of the University of Manchester’s Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health in the UK found only seven published studies supporting the claim that dirty electricity is a biologically active component of standard electromagnetic pollution. Each study had significant methodological flaws in its experimental design, assessment of exposure, and statistical analysis. De Vocht concluded that the flaws in the studies prevented a valid assessment of any causal links between exposure and adverse effects. Moreover, a few studies suggesting health benefits for using the filters were uncontrolled experiments involving only a few subjects.

You Can Actually Measure How Grounding Yourself Reduces Your Voltage

A Body Voltage Meter can determine how much electricity is being induced on you when you are lying in bed or sitting in a chair, and how much the electric charge is reduced by grounding.

Body Voltage Meter

A meter of this kind is shown above. A number of inexpensive meters like this are available from Radio Shack and other sources. One of the terminals of the meter is touched with your finger, while the other terminal connects to a wire (Earthing wire) that connects to a rod in the Earth or to a good ground in the electrical system. It is important that the body voltage meter have the capability to measure the AC electrical potential between your skin and the surface of the Earth.

Electrical Outlet

Just because an electrical outlet has a third plug does not necessarily mean that it was properly installed. The only way to know for certain would be to check it. The device shown here, called a circuit checker, can determine if the grounding terminal of an electrical outlet is properly grounded and can therefore be used with personal grounding systems or with the Body Voltage Meter described above.

The cord going to the lamp next to your bed is radiating an alternating electric field even when the lamp is turned off. Research has shown that walking barefoot on the Earth or connecting to the Earth with an Earthing system actually stabilizes the internal electrical milieu of your body and is therefore beneficial.

Until large-scale studies and mechanistic investigations are completed, many scientists and many electric utilities have suggested that those who use electrical appliances practice “prudent avoidance” meaning that they should minimize their exposure to sources of electric power until the scientific evidence is more definitive.

In the context of “prudent avoidance,” some proponents of Earthing systems have emphasized the fact that Earthing greatly reduces your exposure to fields from electrical wiring, using evidence provided by the body voltage meter as shown above. While this is probably correct, reducing exposure to power frequency fields (including dirty electromagnetic fields) is definitely not the most important consequence of Earthing. Far more significant for health is the ability of Earthing systems to deliver antioxidant electrons that stabilize the operation of the immune system and other physiological processes in the body.

The Health Benefits of Grounding

The most important health consequence of Earthing is providing your body abundant electrons from the Earth. The scientific research and hypotheses related to Earthing point to a major impact on the inflammatory process as a result of this electron transfer.

Your body has evolved a means to kill bacteria using reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are delivered to a site of injury by white blood cells. Although very effective at this task, ROS are also very reactive biochemically and can damage healthy tissues. ROS are usually positively charged molecules that need to be neutralized immediately to prevent them from diffusing into healthy tissues.

That is one of the major reasons why your body needs an abundant supply of negative charges. Food based antioxidants like astaxanthin are helpful but a regular supply of electrons from the earth can supply them as well.

Nature has solved this problem by providing conductive systems within your body that deliver electrons from your feet to all parts of your body. This has been the natural arrangement throughout most of human history. Negative charges have always been available, thanks to the Earth, to prevent the inflammatory process from damaging healthy tissues.

All of this changed when we began to wear shoes with rubber and plastic soles, and no longer slept in direct contact with the Earth. A variety of measures of physiological stress show that the person who is grounded is less stressed and more relaxed. These measures demonstrate a shift from sympathetic to parasympathetic activation, reduction in muscle tension, and increased heart rate variability.

Regardless whether or not grounding reduces exposure to environmental fields, these studies firmly demonstrate that Earthing does not stress the body; in fact, Earthing reduces every measure of stress used in studies.

Concerns about Earthing

When I first became aware of Earthing in 2005, I was initially fascinated with the concept. But after reviewing it with some of my mentors in energy medicine there was a concern that Earthing may actually increase your exposure to so-called “electromagnetic pollution” or “dirty electricity.”

However, more careful analysis revealed that Earthing actually decreases your exposure to these potentially disruptive fields. To understand why this is so, it is crucial to look at the basic biophysics of electricity and magnetism.

Most of the confusion about this topic is due in part to the fact that research on Earthing the human body is opening up new perspectives, and requires a fresh examination of the basics of electricity and magnetism as applied to physiology and medicine. Another source of confusion arises from a belief that the unnatural frequencies referred to as “electromagnetic pollution” and “dirty electricity” flow through the wiring of homes and can be removed with filters. The reality is that these signals are present virtually everywhere in our environment as electromagnetic radiations, and cannot be completely removed with filters in the wiring.

Earthing actually decreases your exposure to these potentially disruptive electromagnetic fields, but we again emphasize that this is not the most important effect of Earthing

Grounding May Be the Missing Link to Getting Healthy

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.

These changes are rapid and often occur within 30 minutes.

To date all of the individuals who reported that they had inflammatory issues have benefited from Earthing. This includes people with various severe autoimmune diseases. Note that we do not assert that Earthing is a “treatment” or a “cure” for any disease or disorder. Instead, it can be said without any equivocation that the human body evolved in contact with the Earth and needs to maintain this natural contact in order to function properly.

When you provide your body a constant source of free electrons, through diet or grounding you help to radically reduce inflammation which is widely acknowledged as one of the primary factors contributing to premature aging and chronic disease.

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http://www.heartmdinstitute.com/health-topics/alternative-medicine/grounding-earthing

http://www.heartmdinstitute.com/health-topics/alternative-medicine/grounding-earthing/72-grounding-part

http://earthinginstitute.net/about-us/

http://wellnessmama.com/5600/earthing-sleep/

Whatever your thoughts on the subject, I always recommend that you research and study for yourself.  With the warmer season coming to a close I recommend going outside and enjoying your backyard even if it is to get some sunshine which is beneficial for Vitamin D loss.