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  • Writer's picture Marilynne Cahn

Are your free radicals out of balance?

Updated: Jul 24, 2022

Free radicals are linked to aging and a host of diseases but what are they? Basically free radicals are positive ions - unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be paired so these unpaired ones scavenge the body to seek out other electrons to make a pair. This causes inflammation within tissues. Inflammation impacts the immune system and many research studies cite it as the leading cause (or at least symptom) of disease. Pathological stress is the fastest producer of free radicals.

For this reason we can say that an abundant flow of electrons in the body supports a state of vitality and health. Free radicals are produced naturally in our bodies, and are crucial, but when there is an imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals, the trouble begins. Lifestyle can accelerate their production - things like pollution, pesticides, preservatives, medicines, additives...and more. Similarly our lifestyle choices can help reduce free radicals. For instance getting lots of antioxidants from the food we eat.

And there's more good news! Electrons are required to offset free radicals...and this is where we can be hands on in helping address any imbalance - free of charge, fun and easy to do! Being in nature floods the body with electrons (negative ions) via the earth's negative charge. Receiving electrons from the earth is often called 'earthing' or 'grounding'. Walking barefoot on the earth, being on the beach or beside waterfalls and wearing natural fibres all help the body absorb electrons. We all know how good it feels to immerse ourselves in nature's nurture. This is our natural state of healing but commonly overlooked in favour of indoor activities.

The most accessible locations for electrons to enter the body are the KI1 and CV1 acupuncture points. KI1 is on the sole of the foot just below the padding (walking barefoot) and CV1 is at the centre of the perineum (sitting on earth/beach).

So the next time you're out in nature - visualise or feel the beautiful pulse of earth delivering to you its magical healing. When you want to heal - resonate with the natural world.

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