Earthing as a defence against inflammation

Perhaps the biggest health benefit that Earthing can give us its ability to tackle chronic or ongoing inflammation.

The word inflammation comes from the Latin word ‘Inflammatio’, which means ‘to set on fire’. The job of this fire is to eliminate harmful bacteria, viruses, allergens, and irritants in the body. This is acute inflammation, which is seen and felt as redness, swelling, soreness and lack of mobility in a joint or part of the body.

Chronic inflammation is often hidden.

When the fires of acute inflammation keep on burning, even after the harmful agents that triggered it have all been destroyed, then you have the not-so-welcome chronic inflammation. ‘Cooling the fires of hidden inflammation may be the most important thing you can do for your long-term health and wellbeing’, according to Dr Mark Hyman the editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

This table shows a few of the major health conditions that medical research now links to chronic inflammation.

Disease Health Effects
Allergies  An overactive immune response and too much inflammation in the body can result in allergies.
Alzheimer’s disease Chronic inflammation plays a major role destroying healthy brain cells.
Asthma Inflammation has been linked to the blocking of bronchial tubes.
Arthritis Chronic inflammation interferes with lubrication of the joints and destroys joint cartilage.
Autism Brain inflammation is present in autistic children.
Cancer Unchecked inflammation can cause excess free radicals and tumour growth.
Cardiovascular disease Inflammation creates plaque in arteries and damage to heart valves
Chronic fatigue syndrome New research links brain inflammation to CFS, particularly the areas of the brain that are linked to fatigue, pain and depression.
Diabetes, types 1 & 2 In type 1 diabetes, inflammation causes the immune system to attack pancreatic beta cells. In type 2 diabetes, fat cells send inflammatory messengers leading to insulin resistance.
Depression  Can be caused inflammation. A spike in inflammatory cytokines, a protein that the immune system uses to fight off a foreign agent, occurs when people are depressed.
Fibromyalgia Inflammation in the central nervous system and exacerbated by nutritional and neurological imbalances.
Multiple Sclerosis Inflammation of the nervous system
Psoriasis and Eczema Skin becomes inflamed and itchy. Linked to chronic inflammation in the gut and liver with poor detoxification.
Polymyalgia Rheumatica Autoimmune reaction against the joints caused by too many inflammatory white blood cells called cytokines.
Stroke Research is currently being done on the links between inflammation, heart disease and certain types of stroke.
Surgical Complications Excess inflammatory cytokines (often already in the body before surgery) can slow healing.
Find out just how earthing tackles inflammation in our better health articles.

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