As an integrative cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Sinatra obsessed about what makes people healthy and what makes them sick. His lifelong pursuit of such answers led him to discover certain anti-inflammatory lifestyle habits to be the keys to optimum health and longevity. One of those lifestyle habits was grounding, a.k.a. Earthing, which is connecting with the Earth’s natural electromagnetic energy. Dr. Sinatra believed that grounding was one of his greatest discoveries as a physician.
“During my many years in medical practice,” he wrote in this introductory blog on grounding, “I have seen remarkable advances in technology that give physicians unprecedented ability to save lives. However, if you were to ask me about the most impressive breakthroughs, I am positive one of my answers would surprise you. It has nothing to do with high-tech at all. It is the very Earth you live on. Literally, the ground beneath your feet.”
When you connect your bare skin to the Earth (by being barefoot, swimming in the ocean or a lake, etc.), you absorb free electrons from the Earth. These electrons have an anti-inflammatory effect in your body. You might feel a slight tingling in your feet and also experience a feeling of relaxation.
“This energy infusion [from the Earth] is powerful stuff,” said Dr. Sinatra. “It can restore and stabilize the bioelectrical circuitry that governs your physiology and organs, harmonize your basic biological rhythms, boost self-healing mechanisms, reduce inflammation and pain, and improve your sleep and feeling of calmness. When these things happen, you feel better in a big way….I like to call grounding, ‘Vitamin G,’ because it’s like taking a handful of antioxidants into your body.”
In fact, grounding may very well be one of the main reasons that people living in the “Blue Zones” of the Earth often live to be a hundred years or older. Such is a topic explored in Dr. Sinatra’s newest and last book, Get Grounded, Get Well, which he co-wrote with his son, Step Sinatra, and Sharon Whiteley…And I’m excited to announce that Get Grounded, Get Well is now available for preorder!
Whether or not you’ve read Dr. Sinatra’s 2010 book, Earthing: the most important health discovery every? (co-authored with Clint Ober and Marty Zucker), you will undoubtedly gain new knowledge, insights and wisdom from this powerful new book.