Inflammation is impossible to escape, as it is a normal, natural part of the healing process; without it injuries and wounds great or small would never heal. When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues in an attempt to rid the body of foreign substances. Some of the chemicals cause leakage of fluid into the tissues, resulting in swelling. The inflammatory response is basically your body’s way of releasing free radicals to scavenge damaged tissues in order for your body to begin to repair itself. The common physiological symptoms include swelling, redness, heat at the site, lack of a range of motion of affected body part, and usually increased pain. After the primary healing takes place the excess free radicals produced during the immune response are neutralized by anti-oxidants or free electrons in the body.
Inflammation can be separated into two distinct categories: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is the body’s normal protective response to an injury, irritation, or surgery. This natural defense process brings increased blood flow to the area, resulting in an accumulation of fluid. The common medical advice in treating acute inflammation is RICE therapy, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
You may or may not have heard of the practice called grounding, or earthing, which has become popular in the holistic health world recently. I had previously heard of grounding, but was unsure what it was. It definitely sounded a little strange at first until I met a couple of people who have used some of the electronic grounding products that are now available, and experienced positive results. Of course my curiosity and my experimental nature urged me to look deeper and see what this grounding thing was all about.
My investigations began with watching a couple of videos by David Wolfe, who is considered one of the world’s top authorities on natural health, beauty, nutrition, herbalism, chocolate, and organic superfoods. I must admit that after watching the videos by Wolfe on grounding the concepts definitely started to make sense to me, but I’m always cautious with these supposedly groundbreaking natural remedies. Sometimes it is hard to filter out the junk from the truly good products. I had to look into Wolfe’s background as he can sometimes come off as a spiritual hippie huckster, but I have always been impressed with his videos and the scope of his knowledge. I discovered that Mr. Wolfe’s accomplishments are impressive, and include a master’s degree in nutrition, and a background in science and mechanical engineering.
So what is grounding? In the shortest explanation, being grounded means being electrically connected to the earth.