Most of us love that yummy feeling of swishing our bare feet on grass or in sand on the beach. There’s a reason. It’s physiological. The ground has natural energy stored inside called electrons which our bodies need – some crave. When our feet make direct contact with the ground these electrons flow into our body. It’s called grounding — also known as earthing.
Direct contact with the earth is the most direct and natural way to get grounded for sure. Other means are wearing shoes that are what’s called conductive that enable the flow of this energy into the body. And there are conductive products you can plug into inside as well through a simple grounding cord.
When outside in your bare feet watch out for the pitfalls and perils. Having a clean patch of ground or perfectly manicured beach to walk on is key. And you don’t need to walk either. Just bare feet to the ground so you can see what’s underfoot is all it takes.
Regarding the perils there are many that lurk in public places. These include dog, town and city parks as well as beaches, lake sides and athletic fields. They all can be strewn with harmful and often not visible culprits. For instance — dog pee and poop or just residue; beverage can tops, broken bottle pieces, pigeon droppings and even more unsavory items such as condoms and even syringes. In addition to many puncturing your feet and creating a beeline for bacteria to seep into your body, germs and fungi invisible on the surface can have a hey day getting into your system just by coming in contact with your bare skin. Our skin is our largest organ of transfer into our bodies, more so than what we put in our mouths.
So beware the seduction of beckoning nature and its lure. Just watch where you walk when barefoot.
How To Prevent Conference Fatigue: How to stay grounded at your next conference, workshop, or long training.
Long days in chilly hotel rooms where you mingle with strangers (or friends), breathe in air conditioning, and stand for hours on end can be a mix of excitement and fatigue. You often leave these situations sick, tired, hoarse, overwhelmed, giddy, and just feeling a bit all over the place. Your feet often hurt, your digestion system out of whack, and even though you may be buzzing with new ideas, your whole body and mind are often just plain tired.
Here’s how to get through every conference taking with you the positive, but leaving behind the draining feeling, the sore feet, and (hopefully) the post-conference colds!
- Dehydration can be a major cause of headache. In fact, some estimate that 75 to 80 percent of headaches are caused by not drinking enough water.
- Water, when combined with sand, is a natural conductive material that will help you connect to that powerful energy source, Earth. You’ll absorb those great electrons that keep you grounded. That’s why you sleep better at the beach—it’s not just because of the fresh air and sound of the waves.
- Our brain is made up of 85 percent water. Our bones, 22 percent.
- We can lose 3 to 4 cups of water a day just by breathing (vapors) sweating and through urination.
- You can become dehydrated with just a 2 percent loss of water.
Water is pretty to look at, but it’s so much more, affecting every system in our bodies! If you become dehydrated, you’ll also be unbalanced, and those systems won’t be able to function optimally. You’ll be fatigued, moody, lack energy and concentration and can increase the risk of health problems, such as cardiovascular.
How much water should you drink? A good rule of thumb to start with is to divide your weight by 2—that’s the number of ounces you should drink per day–BUT you also need to look at it on a case-by-case basis; for instance, do you eat primarily vegetables and fruit? They have a high water content, so you may not have to drink as much. And, yes, there is such a thing as drinking too much water—but more on that in a later post.
So drink up, because:
- Water boosts energy, leading to more successful exercise: If you’re dehydrated you’ll move slower and be fatigued—not too conducive to exercise, is it?
- Water makes you look more youthful: Water removes toxins, so the skin’s clearer; it contracts muscles so the tissue’s plumper. Some even insist it gives them a glow!
- Water will give you the ability to handle stress better: You’ll be more focused, more energetic and more clear-headed, able to handle challenges and problems.
- Water helps your heat function better: On its website, the American Heart Association said water keeps the body hydrated and helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently. “If you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard,” added John Batson, M.D, a sports medicine physician with Lowcountry Spine & Sport in Hilton Head Island, S.C., and an American Heart Association volunteer.
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