SUN & EARTH: Get Grounded and Get Tan

One thing that my clients often hear from me is that I want their “bare feet on the ground and bare body in the sun.” This article explains some simple reasons why.

I have come to find that many of us are Sun and Earth deficient. We simply don’t spend enough time in the Sun or on the ground.

Grounding

For the cost of taking your shoes off and standing outside, you have access to the most powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant “drug” on Earth – the Earth itself. Our planet is a battery for practically infinite electrical charge relative to the human body. All you have to do to access this power is touch the ground.

The negative charge of the electron is why it feels so good to breathe the ocean air or the air during a thunderstorm. It is why we put salt lamps in our homes. It is why we enjoy long, hot showers. It plays a part in the healing power of stones like amethyst and tourmaline. The healing properties of these things come from negative ions (in this case, the electrons themselves) neutralizing the positive charge of the chronic inflammation in our bodies (reactive oxygen species).

The damage we accrue from stress and toxicity that leads to aging is fundamentally a result of not having enough charge to neutralize the free radicals that cause oxidative damage. The instant your feet touch the ground, the positive ions in your body are neutralized and your bodies electrical imbalance is brought into harmony with the charge of the Earth.

  • While your feet are on the ground, there is virtually no inflammation present in your body. [1]
  • Being grounded activates the parasympathetic nervous system, reduces cortisol, and synchronizes the left and right hemispheres of the brain. [2]
  • When you are grounded it thins the blood (by lowering the zeta potential of the blood, a measurement of electrokinetic attraction between red blood cells) and allows the RBCs to communicate more effectively and find resonance with one another rather than clumping together. This improves circulation tremendously. [1]
  • Your feet are designed to be maximally conductive to the Earth’s negative charge! (Especially given the very special acupuncture point on the bottom of the foot: Kidney 1 Yongquan – one of my favorite points)
  • Grounding is ~10,000x more anti-inflammatory than curcumin (one of the most popular plant-based anti-inflammatories). You can take all the turmeric in the world (and it’s great!) but only grounding is so anti-inflammatory that it actually expands the congealed blood in your veins within minutes.
  • Grounding quickly normalizes heart rate variability (HRV), a factor that shows promise as one of the best measurements of overall wellbeing and reduced incidence of all disease.

In the words of James Oschmann, “do you want your blood to be ketchup or red wine?”

The take-away: The single most anti-inflammatory thing a person can do is have their feet touching the bare ground.

Taking time to get grounded can easily be integrated into your life.

Here’s a video of Dr. Mercola interviewing one of the leaders in Earthing research:


Getting Tan

Many of us avoid the Sun because we have been brought to believe it is bad for our health. Sunscreen use and shoes with plastic soles that insulate us from the Earth are ubiquitous. We have been taught that the Sun causes cancer and wrinkles the skin. This has been shown to be true, but there are confounding factors at play. I believe that the Sun only causes this kind of damage under the conditions: 1) when the body is toxic and overburdened by stress and oxidative damage, especially over-exposure to artificial light. 2) when we aren’t used to the Sun and get it only in spurts rather than purposefully maintaining a tan. 3) when we aren’t grounded while in the Sun.

When you get in the Sun it recalibrates your body to its natural circadian rhythm! This normalizes your leptin response and regulates appetite (more strongly than any “appetite suppressant” out there). The light from the Sun is what tells your body what hormones to produce and when. Getting morning and afternoon Sun tells your body to make growth hormone and sex hormones. Midday Sun tells your body to work hard and focus on producing neurotrasmitters to get the job done.

Two of the most powerful anti-cancer compound in your body are made in the Sun: melatonin and Vitamin D. Melatonin has shown numerous anti-cancer and anti-aging benefits in studies. It is the “master of sleep” and amazingly it is produced in the eye and in the skin – during the day!

For more information on these topics, check out this article.

Vitamin D controls the expression of over 5% of the human genome and is implicated in cancer and many chronic conditions (in fact, low Vitamin D is associated with increased risk of all cancers and shorter lifespan). Most don’t know that Vitamin D isn’t actually a vitamin – it’s a hormone and is necessary for life! It is so powerful that it binds directly to DNA to control their expression. It’s not enough to take supplemental Vitamin D –  you must get it from the Sun if you really want enough! Your body even has special built in mechanisms to shut off Vitamin D production when you’ve had just the right amount.

How could the Sun be bad for you when we must have it to produce these crucial chemicals? I believe it is because the level of oxidative damage from other causes can outweigh our bodies ability to use the potential of the Sun. This is another reason why it’s important to increase your Sun exposure gradually but also to be grounded. You literally become a solar panel when you are in the Sun – you make electricity! The best way to safely balance this extra power (so you don’t fry your mitochondria) is to simply have your body touching the ground while you are in the Sun. I like to have my feet flat on the ground and “plug” my fingertips into the Earth. The best nap you’ve ever had is a ground nap!

A tan is a sign of good health. The more tan you are, the less likely you are to be damaged by the Sun and the more likely you are to utilize the Sun’s health-giving rays. When you have a tan (also known as a solar callous), you actually absorb more of the sunlight and use it for energy and for photochemical reactions (making Vitamin D, melatonin, etc.). A tan comes from the increased melanin your body puts out in order to make use of the sunlight. We now know that melanin is a superconductor and is being used in high-level electronics development. It is worth 400$ per gram. A gram of gold is only worth around 50$!

Being in the Sun also burns fat and benefits circulation. Your mitochondria thrive while operating off of sunlight. Being in the Sun is the equivalent of being in an infrared sauna (42% of the Sun’s rays are infrared), which promotes the detoxification of plastics along with many other benefits.

In my practice I encourage people to get back in touch with the Sun and the Earth. I am sure you will reap the benefits if you take this information to heart and proceed carefully. Go get your feet on the ground! Get some sunlight! Your body will thank you.

This is Your Body on Plastic

“When Conner lead me through the process of coming off artificial fragrances, the following month I had the easiest period I could remember. I had no noticeable symptoms or mood changes. I now have fewer migraines and I’m sleeping through the night. I’m blown away by how these chemicals were effecting me and how quickly my body changed.”
– Rebecca, Asheville

We are becoming plastic.

Utensils, food and drinking containers, and cosmetic products that contain plastic have become a normal part of everyday life.

Your body has a hard time telling the difference between certain plastic compounds and its own natural hormones. This means that the more of these chemicals you are exposed to, the more plastic you actually become. The two most notable of these compounds are phthalates and bisphenols, which are plasticisers – meaning they are added to plastic to make it both more durable and more flexible. The bisphenol that has gained the most attention is bisphenol A or BPA. However, buying something that is “BPA Free” often means it has higher amounts of other bisphenols, like BPB, and may not be safer after all.

Compounds like phthalates and bisphenols are referred to as EDC’s in the literature (endocrine disrupting compounds). Their affects on fertility, reproduction, development, and oxidative stress have been studied and are undeniable [1, 2, 3, 4]. These compounds disrupt thyroid function [1, 2, 4], mitochondrial function [2], cholesterol metabolism [2], growth hormone production [1], sperm quality [3], and increase oxidation of fatty acids and therefore increases oxidative stress that leads to inflammation and aging. [2]

Hmmm, where do most people spray cologne or perfumes? Where is your thyroid located?

Many people are concerned about the estrogenic effects of soy products. However, phthalates, bisphenols, and other plastics bind to hormone receptors so strongly that they are causing estrogen dominance, thyroid disorders, and other hormonal dysfunction around the world.

One way to make an impact on a man is to tell him: “You are shrinking your testicles by wearing that cologne.” …or to a woman: “Your perfume is making your periods worse.”

So where are these plastics found? Just about everywhere.

So how do we get away from all these plastics? Where are they found? Unfortunately, they are everywhere.

Air fresheners
Plastic mesh teabags
Perfumes, colognes, bodysprays
Shampoos, conditioners, lotions
Soaps, household cleaners

Hairgels, hairspray
Makeup
Low-quality essential oils
Plastic water bottles
Receipts
Sea salt (use Redmond’s salt instead)
Plastic bags
Breast implants [5, 6]
Lining of cans
Plastic containers
              (
don’t heat your food in these!)
PVC pipes, water tubing
Other cosmetics and packaging
and most importantly
              – anything containing “fragrance” as an ingredient

Once you eliminate artificial fragrances and EDC exposure from your life you will notice profound changes. When you do, you will become more and more sensitive to the consequences of these chemicals and feel inspired to tell those you know (or even those you don’t know). Unfortunately, we can’t keep others from spraying whatever they want on themselves.

This is bound to be an unpopular opinion but the prevalence and strength of the fragrances that people use is a public health hazard. By simply smelling another person’s fragrances, your natural hormones are being disrupted and your body is forced to deal with the oxidative stress. Imagine what it must be doing when we spray it on our own skin?

We recommend all our patients stop using artificial fragrances but this is especially important for those seeking help with weight management or with endocrine disorders, gynecological issues, etc. Estrogen tells the body to store fat, where it is also stored. That means this is where your body will store plastics as well.

One of the simplest and most powerful steps you can take in cleansing plastics from your body is to drink (organic) green or white tea daily. When tea from the leaves of camelia sinensis are consumed regularly, your urine contains more plastics (as well as more heavy metals). This means they are being excreted.

One of the other best ways to detoxify plastics from the body is to sweat. Hmm, I’m thinking of the giant infrared sauna in the sky or perhaps your very own in-home far-infrared therapy device.

My objective is not to encourage my readers to wear tin foils hats (although really, by all means, I won’t stop you). However I think the more we extricate ourselves from the toxicity of the world we live in, the more our bodies and our families and our future selves will be happy and healthy.

Thank us later.