Looking for another source of antioxidants? Think.. electrons.
Electrons…the new-age antioxidants.
The early hominids were very partial to this trend, more partial to it than the bra-burning, tree hugging gurus of the 70s. In fact, for our early ancestors, for much of human evolution actually, it was a lifestyle by default. For those rocking out to Jimi Hendrix in the 70s, it served as a political statement of love and rebellion. For us new-age, obsessively health-conscious upgrade of the hippie generation, this healthy behavior is scientifically proven. In other words, who the –bleep- needs shoes?! Don’t let that awesome fabric/leather you’re sporting be a barrier between you and optimal health, or at the very least, try to squeeze in some good old fashion soil time between your feet and mother-nature. In other words, be active about EARTHING.
What is earthing? Earthing can be generally described as the deliberate practice of having direct contact with the earth’s soil via the bare surface of your skin whether that involves your feet, or, in the case you decide to sleep on top of soil, your bare arms and legs (something to consider on your next camping trip!).
To understand why earthing is important, it’s helpful to understand about the body’s cellular composition and the role of free radicals.
Sources of free radicals include pollution, pesticides, residues of crap-foods and other various toxins that our body has not been able to completely detox over time (hence the buildup). Free radicals need electrons to attach to and if electrons are not sufficient in our body via food rich in antioxidants, they will attack our healthy tissues in order to obtain the much needed electrons. This cellular terrorism can lead to inflammation, which serves as one of the main precursors to many of our modern chronic ailments ranging anywhere from the cardiovascular (i.e. heart disease) to the somewhat aesthetic (i.e. aging). You can read more about that here:
Even a diet rich in antioxidants is no guarantee that you can protect yourself from oxidative stress that results from free radicals.
So what can you do to maximize your electron supply?
Along with a healthy diet full of fresh organic produce try earthing.
Electrons in the earth’s surface act as antioxidants as they repair cellular damage reaped on by free radicals, improving sleep as well as circulation. Remember, free radicals need electrons to attach to; otherwise they will attack your healthy tissues. Here’s the beautiful news, the earth’s surface is an ever limitless supply of electrons that can flow directly into your body, there's a caveat however; you must have direct contact with it via your bare skin.
Unfortunately, shoes and beds have isolated us from this abundant resource. The solution to our modern lifestyle is easy however; try walking barefoot on grass for a minimum of 10-20 minutes a day, your body will thank you for it.. just watch where you step!