Did you know that walking barefoot can strengthen your immune system and may contribute to a longer life?
Your immune system functions optimally when your body has an adequate supply of electrons, which are easily and naturally obtained by barefoot contact with the Earth. So Earthing may be the Ultimate Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory.
Grounding or Earthing is defined as placing one's bare feet on the ground- whether it be dirt, grass, sand or concrete (especially when humid or wet). When you ground to the electron-enriched earth, an improved balance of the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous System occurs.
The Earth is a natural source of electrons and subtle electrical fields, which are essential for proper functioning of immune systems, circulation, synchronisation of biorhythms and other physiological processes and may actually be the most effective, essential, least expensive, and easiest way to attain antioxidants.
There is an emerging science documenting how conductive contact with the Earth, which is also known as Earthing or grounding, is highly beneficial to your health.
Some of the recent evidence supporting this approach, involves multiple studies documenting Earthing's improvement in blood viscosity, heart rate variability, inflammation, cortisol dynamics, sleep, Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) balance, and reduced effects of stress.
Who Can Benefit The Most?
Genetic studies in people who live past their 80’s, have identified favourable polymorphisms that are associated with an extended lifespan. The most consistent of these gene variations are found in genes that are involved in lipid metabolism (APOE and CETP) and antioxidant systems (FOXO3A).
While those of us with these favourable genes may have won the genetic lottery, the rest of us can still reap the benefits of longevity and wellbeing by making healthy lifestyle choices.
Earthing is one of these choices.
If your gene variation isn't optimal, make the most of the beautiful summer’s day and consider walking barefoot in nature.
This could be a great add- on to a diet rich in antioxidants, and will switch on those genes to mimic the beneficial effects of the optimal gene variants.
2- Food as meditation
Could your food be a vehicle for Meditation?
How Does It Work?
In many cultures, food has always been highly respected and seen as a daily Transcendentalexperience that we should be grateful for.
By contrast, in our rushed Western world, food is often eaten on the move, and only seen as a way of keeping us going.
We tend to enjoy the culinary experience only for the special occasions, where we may enjoy a gourmet prepared meal in a great setting, and be ready to spend a fair amount of money on it.
How About Treating Food As A Daily Ritual?
On top of the obvious benefits of a nutrition-rich meal, being mindful of how and what you are eating, could benefit you in many ways; from better digestion- with higher absorption of the key nutrients, to a way to disconnect for a while from your daily burden.
Simply use all of your senses and take your time whilst eating.
Be present and mindful, without the distraction of any devices.
The Hedonism Gene And The Fat Gene
Practising Mindful Eating is particularly helpful if your MC4R & FTO gene variants are a high risk.
MC4R is a strong obesity candidate gene, significantly associated with energy intake and expenditure.
The impact of this gene variant is associated with higher intakes of total energy and dietary fat, as well as greater snacking in children and adults, greater hunger and a higher predisposition to eat large amounts of food.
Learning to eat a smaller plate, at a slower pace and being Mindful whilst doing so, will re-educate your approach to food. Studies have shown that Mindfulness Eating alone, is one of the best and most successful weight management solutions.
It has been suggested that the FTO gene plays a role in appetite regulation and that it is associated with energy expenditure, energy intake and diminished satiety.
Certain gene variants have also been linked with higher BMI, body fat percentage and waist circumference, especially in individuals with a sedentary lifestyle. Overweight individuals with these variants, are at increased risk for insulin resistance andDiabetes, especially when there is a high fat intake.
Knowing this, is half the battle won.
The real deal, is then to implement strategy to build new habits, both in eating the right type of food and in implementing Mindful Eating.
The right food choice and the right approach to food will help greatly in avoiding both disease and obesity.
3- Get Out There And Dare The New!
The Dopamine connection raises fascinating links to impulsivity and sensation-seeking behaviours.
Certain genes governing Dopamine functioning, have been implicated in behaviours such asgambling, drug use or binge eating, all of which can also lead to depression. One of the best ways to trigger Dopamine, is to dare to explore the new, or to engage in fresh activities.
We are wired to explore!
The benefits of exploring new territories and experiencing different activities, will not only make your life more exciting, but will prevent you from mood swings and the growing concern of depression.
Who Can Benefit The Most?
Those people for whom the COMT Gene isn't optimum.
The COMT gene, responsible for your Neurotransmitter and hormone balance, has a role to play in your daily mood and performance.
It can therefore have a negative impact on the results we seek to reach if not regulated.
A lack of these chemicals in our brain, can lead to feelings of sadness, hopelessness and anxiety.
Due to higher Oestrogen , when tired or stressed, this can worsen, leading to panic, irritability, obsessive-compulsiveness, phobias, and sleep disturbance. A nutritious diet rich in Viatmin B food, exercise, and botanical interventions, can nicely neutralise these symptoms and protect against hormone-related diseases.
However, it is not only the active form of Folate- L-Methylfolate, that is important for producing brain-communicating chemicals called Neurotransmitters- such as Serotonin, Dopamine and Norepinephrine. Outdoor activities, social bonding and again- walking and/or exercising in nature- have proved to be some of the best anti- depressants out there!
So drop the pills, take off your shoes, go explore, and dare the new!