Cells run on a negative charge (electrons)
gather electrons from the environment
minimize voltage thieves
CELLS RUN ON A NEGATIVE CHARGE:
We have trillions of cells in our body. These cells need a voltage charge to operate all the cellular programs they need to run at all times. Think of it like a cell phone battery. Ever have your cell phone battery so drained (like 5%) that it starts to implement "power saving mode." In cell phone power saving mode, the screen goes dark, background apps are disabled, streaming can only happen over wifi, etc. Similarly, our cells have a battery charge that surrounds them inside and out. This hoard of negative energy, called electrons, is stored in the water network that pervade the area in and around the cell. This water is a special type of water called Exclusion Zone (EZ) water. It was specifically created as a water system that "stores" electrons - AKA - keeps our electrical battery charged so that our cells can run every program.
What happens when we do not have enough net negative charge for our cells to operate at their best? The result can be inflammatory processes go unchecked or the cell needs to pick and choose which programs to run which leaves some essential tasks turned off. This can have horrible downstream ramifications as the cell is unable to function at full speed.
NERD ALERT: "Of the aforementioned exclusion-zone observations, a particularly significant one is charge separation. Although the overall net charge may remain zero, water in the exclusion zone is negatively charged, while the bulk-water region beyond the exclusion zone contains positive charges. The potential difference between the two regions is 100 to 200 mV, depending on the particular hydrophilic surface. Electrodes inserted into the respective zones and connected through a resistor show ample, persisting, current flow " (Pollack GH, Clegg J. Unsuspected Linkage Between Ustirred Layers, Exclusion Zones and Water. In: Pollack GH, Chin WC, editors. Phase Transitions in Cell Biology. Springer; New York, USA: 2008. p. 183.)
TRANSLATION: The water that surrounds the cell membrane (as well as the water inside of the cell around all the proteins) forms in a really cool way that splits the water into its electrons (negative charge) and protons (positive charge). The negative electrons congregate nearest all membranes and proteins while the positive protons occupy all other spaces. This causes a voltage difference much like we see in a typical battery that has a positive end and a negative end. Because of this, the water in our body, when charged appropriately, acts as a battery for our cells providing endless amounts of energy needed to operate all the cellular programs.
GATHER ELECTRONS FROM THE ENVIRONMENT
Nature is really cool. Electrons are EVERYWHERE in nature. This makes perfect sense. If cells (all cells in all creatures) need a negative charge, and we can store that negative charge in our water network, that means we are basically big receptacles for electrons. We have the ability and the downright need to continuously gather electrons from our environment to build our negative charge. This charges our battery up completely so our cells can run all programs.
We can gather electrons in via grounding or Earthing. The Earth is a vast repository of electrons that are continuously being emitted from the surface. According to an article by Menigoz et al:
"Earthing (also known as grounding) refers to the discovery that bodily contact with the Earth's natural electric charge stabilizes the physiology at the deepest levels, reduces inflammation, pain, and stress, improves blood flow, energy, and sleep, and generates greater well-being. Such effects are profound, systemic, and foundational, and often develop rapidly. Earthing is as simple as routinely walking barefoot outdoors and/or using inexpensive grounding systems indoors while sleeping or sitting, practices that restore a lost and needed electric connection with the Earth. Some 20 studies to date have reported intriguing evidence of wide and significant physiological improvements when the body is grounded vs. non-grounded."
This makes perfect sense since for millions of years, humans lived outside and in constant contact with the Earth. Published research has indicated that anywhere from 10-60 minutes of being barefoot on the Earth can generate a positive impact. I like to think of it as a battery recharge - even if only 5 minutes- every time I walk barefoot around my yard.
Another way we gather electrons into our exclusion zone water is via sunlight. Gerald Pollack's lab has found that EZ water absorbs sunlight (via negatively charged photons from the sun) and that sunlight is a potent way to increase the electron network of EZ water. The most potent wavelengths of sunlight that can do this are the near infrared range, the red light range and that UV range. However, I am of the opinion that ALL natural light exposures can provide a profound benefit.
The goal is to be outdoors as much as possible, exposing as much skin (plus your eyes!) as possible while being barefoot. This really maximizes the amount of electrons we can gather and therefore restores our charge quicker (or better yet - keeps our charge boosted all day long).
Being grounded in sunlight is the most potent charge-builder but here are other ways in which we can gather electrons:
Red light therapy
Drink EZ water
Minimize voltage thieves:
Voltage thieves are things that steal electrons from the EZ water in our bodies. When this happens, we lose charge and our "battery" becomes drained. Basically, anything that disconnects us from the Earth and Sun are voltage thieves. Therefore, living a typical indoor American lifestyle literally sucks the energy out of us. In order to keep our charge strong, try to minimize exposure to these things:
Cell phones (unless in airplane mode)
Ok, so this is step one of the CHARGE DRAIN DETOX plan. Simply by building up enough charge, we are providing the energy our cells need to function at their best but also the charge creates an exclusion zone in and around our cells which helps to promote removal of toxins and the resolution of inflammation.