“Earthing or Grounding” is a simple thing we can do each day that helps keep stress levels (and cortisol levels) in healthy ranges, can improve sleep and also reduce inflammation.
Basically, the theory is that our bodies are meant to come into contact with the Earth (a “grounding” force) on a regular basis. Positive electrons in the form of free radicals can build up in our bodies and direct contact with the ground balances this out as it is a negative grounding charge.
Our bodies and cells have electrical energy, and especially with the high prevalence of Electromagnetic waves, Wi-Fi and mobile phone waves, many of us have a high amount of positive electrons built up in our bodies.
Throughout history, humans have spent time outdoors much more than we do in modern time and have been in direct contact with the soil. From walking on the ground barefoot, to gardening or tilling the soil, humans have always touched the earth… until recently.
Now, we live in houses, wear rubber shoes, are exposed to EMFs daily and don’t often come into direct contact with the ground. For the same basic reason that we ground electrical outlets to avoid the build up of excess positive charge, our bodies need the same ground effect.
The possibility of grounding or earthing resolving inflammation is exciting, as many chronic diseases cause and stem from inflammation in the body. Either way there is nothing to lose by trying earthing, and the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? is filled with first hand stories of those who have benefited, as well as research and information from doctors, a cardiologist and an electrical engineer.
Source: Clinton Ober
Dental research has concluded that a tongue scraper is more effective at removing toxins and bacteria from the tongue than a toothbrush. Although brushing and flossing will loosen and move debris around, they do not actually remove the bacteria. Almost half of our oral bacteria live on and in the deep crevices of our tongue; the scraping action of a tongue scraper collects these toxic tongue coatings (which can range in color from clear, white, yellow, or green) and removes them from the body.
1. Halitosis is horrible.
Bad breath can have a negative impact on a person’s life, relationships, and self-esteem. Given that most bad breath comes from the bacteria at the back of the tongue (an area that’s difficult to reach with a toothbrush), clinical studies have shown that tongue scraping significantly reduces and removes oral bacteria from the crevices of all areas the tongue.
2. You want to experience the flavors of your food.
Proper digestion begins with taste and salivation. If you don’t take steps to remove toxic mucus on the tongue, your taste buds can become blocked. This may lead to false cravings or an inability to recognize the taste of food. Removing build-up from the surface of your tongue will open up its pores and better expose your taste buds, allow for greater enjoyment of food flavors, and help your body digest and assimilate food.
3. You want to boost your immunity.
The tongue is part of the first line of defense in your immune system. Scraping your tongue prevents toxins from being reabsorbed into your body and boosts overall immune function.
4. You’re down with dental health.
This oral hygiene practice promotes general tooth and gum health and removes bacteria and toxins responsible for periodontal problems, plaque build-up, tooth decay, loss of teeth, gum infections, and gum recession.
5. You’d like to improve your digestive health.
In Ayurveda, proper digestion is considered to be the foundation of health. Given that digestion begins with taste, it’s important to remove any toxins that may obstruct optimal functioning. Scraping also activates saliva production and promotes agni (the body’s digestive fire) to help with digestion throughout the day.
How to scrape your tongue
This Ayurvedic daily routine for maintaining oral health should be done on a regular basis, in the morning upon rising, and on an empty stomach. A tongue scraper is a long, thin, flat piece of metal that is bent in a “U” shape.
Standing in front of a mirror, you scrape your tongue by simply holding the two ends of the scraper in both hands, sticking out your tongue, and placing the scraper as far back on you tongue as possible. With firm but gentle pressure, scrape the surface of your tongue in one long stroke. Rinse the scraper and repeat until your tongue feels clean and is free of coating (usually 5 to 10 times).
Where to buy a tongue scraper?
Tongue scrapers are inexpensive, and can be found at most health food stores as well as online. Chose a stainless steel scraper because they are easier to clean and are ideal for balancing for all Ayurvedic constitutions and imbalances. In a pinch, the side of a metal spoon can be effective.
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This is a nourishing meatless dish that hits the spot. It’s a great example of hearty, healthy, comfort food.
- 1 Pound tempeh
- ½ 16- to 18-ounce bottle great-quality barbecue sauce or teriyaki-style marinade
- ¼ beet, grated
- ½ large carrot, chopped into 1/8-inch pieces
- 6 green beans, chopped into 1/8-inch pieces
- ½ Cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ¾ Teaspoon sea salt
- 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 shallot, sliced
- ½ Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon arrowroot (optional)
- Soak the tempeh in filtered water for at least 30 minutes. In a separate bowl, soak the sun-dried tomatoes and Brazil nuts for the same amount of time.
- Crumble the presoaked tempeh into a large mixing bowl. You can use a meat pounder to get the consistency really fine, or just use your hands and crumble away. Add the barbecue sauce or marinade, beet, carrot, green beans, cilantro, salt, and cumin and mix until thoroughly combined.
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the shallot in the oil for 4 to 5 minutes. Add to the tempeh mixture. Using your hands, mix it all up and form a loaf shape in the center of a large rectangular baking dish or loaf pan. If the mixture feels wet, add the arrowroot, mix again, and reshape.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large, dry cast-iron skillet, slightly blacken the cherry tomatoes on high heat. Transfer to a high-speed blender and add the oil, garlic, basil, and the drained sun-dried tomatoes and Brazil nuts. Purée until smooth.
- Pour the sauce over the tempeh meat loaf. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
- Recipe courtesy of Rich Roll, ultramarathoner and author of Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself.