You may nostalgically remember hearing the saying, “Mother knows best.” You may have even heard it from your own mother as she was sharing her pearls of wisdom, half-listened as you rolled your eyes, and even silently snickered. But you might want to pay more attention now. When it comes to a range of ailments, both conditions and even chronic diseases, Mother Nature can in fact help; that long-standing adage still holds true. And we’re not surprised, given the ills that await when we disconnect from the earth’s natural healing energy. As varied as the conditions are, at the very heart of many of them is chronic inflammation.
Different from acute inflammation – the body’s proactive healing response to infections, wounds and tissue damage, chronic inflammation means long-term inflammation, an unnatural unfocused assault on your healthy cells and tissues. It can persist for several months — even years. This type of inflammation does not look like that swollen knee you got after a hard run, or that egg-sized bump on your head after a bad fall. You can’t feel it or be tested for it. It is a silent enemy that lurks unseen inside your body. Left to run amok, it may eventually cause several conditions and diseases, too, including some cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, periodontitis, allergies and mood swings. There are literally hundreds of illnesses caused by inflammation and numerous more autoimmune diseases that trigger bad-for-your-body chronic inflammatory responses. We’ve included some of the most common conditions associated with inflammation and noted many others. Grounding is one of the best natural inflammation fighters there is, so it just might be the right therapeutic step for anyone dealing with any of the following diseases.
Allergies – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year, with associated medical expenses exceeding $18 billion each year. And the numbers keep growing. All allergies involve inflammation. Back Pain – It can start with heavy lifting, a fender bender, an accidental fall, an age-related condition, or any number of other everyday causes – and 80% of us will experience some form of back pain at least once in our lives. Currently back pain is one of the most common reasons for medical attention in the United States, with problems often found in the muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments, discs or an underlying organ like the kidneys. Then there is Diabetes — the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. More than 29 million people in America have diabetes – that’s about one out of every eleven people – with 86 million more considered prediabetic. Worldwide, it afflicts more than 380 million people, and the World Health Organization estimates that by 2030, the number of people living with diabetes will more than double. Those numbers are staggering, especially because this life-altering disease affects the whole body and can have serious complications. Eczema – an inflammation of the skin, is a common condition that affects people of all ages and races. It typically causes itchiness, discomfort and a dry, scaly rash that can improve over time or remain chronic throughout a person’s life. And one condition that affects many of us is Fatigue. Being tired, short tempered and unfocused from a lack of sleep is one thing, but fatigue is a different animal altogether. Fatigue is often a more chronic, long-term condition than sleepiness is and is usually linked to a more serious medical problem. If you feel a lack of motivation and energy and constantly look forward to crawling back in bed with the covers pulled over your head, then you might be experiencing true fatigue. Medical researchers agree that fatigue remedies that address inflammation are key to getting your energy back. These include natural and lifestyle therapies involving nutrition, stress reduction techniques, exercise, lifestyle changes and of course we prescribe, grounding.
Other diseases and conditions are every bit as pervasive and as disruptive to wellbeing – many even more so. They include Heart Disease, hands down the leading cause of death in the United States. The diagnosis of heart disease refers to several types, the most common is coronary artery disease or atherosclerosis – a disease whereby plaque builds up inside arteries causing them to become narrow or locked, ultimately impeding blood flow. Stress – loosely defined as any reaction to a physical, mental or emotional stimulus that upsets the body’s natural balance. We are born hard-wired to handle some stress say researchers, pointing out that it is critical for the survival of living beings. But in today’s high–tech world, where time is money and there is hardly a nanosecond to stop, stress has not only become endemic, it has become an epidemic. Then there is Insomnia which Arianna Huffington explains in her book, The Sleep Revolution, as “the new smoking”. We agree wholeheartedly. Rubin Naiman, sleep specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, points to research Scientists have found that people suffering from sleep disorders don’t get cool enough at night because they’re inflamed”. “Go outside during the day and disconnect,” he advises, explaining that one of the main reasons for insomnia is hyperarousal. “We live in an age of velocity, speeding through our days, speaking faster than ever and even watching TV programs paced to race. The antidote is humility.”Humility? Interestingly, as many linguists know, comes from the word “hummus” which means soil. So taken literally, humility means coming down to the ground, and reconnecting with the pace of nature, which goes and slows, enjoying a built-in respite from the rhythm of the day.
While we have covered some common conditions and diseases here, there are so many others. Grounding is beneficial for everyone’s well-being, health as well as disease prevention and treatment in many cases. Even if you are in the best of shape, free of any ailment or condition, and feeling on top of the world, grounding will be an extra contributor to your life. If you have found grounding practices as helpful as we have, please let us know how it specifically it has benefited you. We at pluggz would love to hear your stories so just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.