Earthing from my heart

Walking through the dirt path covered in loosely torn up rocks, stepping over branches and roots of trees that are hundreds of years old, I take a deep breathe of fresh air and feel at ease. The comfort of nature and the world is undeniably present.

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The earth has amazing benefits and healing properties for all to utilize. I have been diving deep into research and self-exploration of something I feel true in my heart. Nature is our one healer and going without her is causing harm to our internal beings.

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The first study I will present on this topic demonstrates the earth’s effects on sleep, pain immune response, and takes a deeper look at the physiology.

In one of the studies discussed, subjects reported poor quality of sleep. They were instructed to sleep on the ground for 8 weeks. Results showed a normalization of cortisol levels, reports of better quality of sleep and decreased stress.

The earth helps optimize the immune system to prevent the onset of illness and fight off inflammation once it has manifested in the individual. Specifically, grounding an organism produces measurable differences in the concentrations of white blood cells (see photo), cytokines, and other molecules involved in the inflammatory response.^1 

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On a more physiological level looking at cell longevity, mobile electrons from the earth enter the body and act as natural antioxidants. In our cells, we want to have antioxidants to protect us from ROS (reactive oxygen species) which create an environment that is not beneficial for cell life. The diagram below is a broad explanation of this concept. 

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The electrons from the earth can maintain an antioxidant environment around an injury which slows or prevents reactive oxygen species from accumulating or surviving.

In one of my favorite books, Energy Medicine by C. Norman Shealy, the earth is discussed as being able to shield away and prevent the build up of electrical stress. The author reiterates something I am very passionate about “…the physical body has specific purposes, these purposes are carried out when the environment is optimal physically, mentally, emotionally, electromagnetically and chemically.”

 

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The health and happiness of your body is related to everything and all things in your reality or external stimulus.

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Time outside can produce benefits in your life, reduce negative emotions, and also improve cellular functioning.2

Nature and the benefits of earth are free for all who want them. You do not have to give anything to the earth and she gives all of her healing benefits to you.

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I feel it in my heart that the earth has healing properties waiting for you to tap into. You can read research and see all the proven benefits, or you can go experience it first hand and see how you feel.

Swaying through the trails engulfed by something so real, I feel alive and free almost like a gust of wind. The chirps and sings of the birds creates a response of joy in my soul. The fresh, pure air, fills my lungs with clean breathe. My hands can absorb how strong and wise the trees are with every touch. Trees are one of the longest living organisms on Earth, we can learn a lot from them. The earth is unbelievably raw and open. You can be open and completely yourself in nature and absorb the light energy to share with others.

 

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I hope you enjoy earth everyday with respect and love.

 

From deep in my heart to you, I hope you find some happiness in your world.

Embem

1. Oschman, James L et al. “The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.” Journal of inflammation research vol. 8 83-96. 24 Mar. 2015, doi:10.2147/JIR.S69656

2.Kerr, Jacqueline et al. “The relationship between outdoor activity and health in older adults using GPS.” International journal of environmental research and public health vol. 9,12 (2012): 4615-25. doi:10.3390/ijerph9124615

Optimize your health by becoming more alkaline

I am always trying to learn more about ways in which we can become healthier and live disease free.  Recently, I have been studying a lot about the pH of our bodies and how they effect health.

The pH of your body is the acid-base balance that the body likes to maintain. Alkalinity means that the body has pH higher that 7. The human body is sightly alkaline with a blood pH around 7.4.Why our Body needs to be Alkaline.

If the body drops to a more acidic pH and is not returned to homeostasis through processes in the body, the cells of the body have a decreased ability to produce energy in the mitochondria.

Even a small shift towards being more acidic results in the impaired function of the electron transport chain which results in less energy production. This state of the body also results in a decreased supply of oxygen available which impairs the cells ability to repair and replenish themselves.

The low- oxygen environment associated with acidosis (a lower pH in the body)  promotes growth of harmful microorganisms! The body’s immune system works the best in a narrow pH range. Acid- alkaline imbalances can weaken the body’s ability to ward off infectious microorganisms. The decreases oxygen state enables microorganisms that previously would not cause harm to become pathogenic.

As you can see, the body works the best in an alkaline state. Here are ways to promote this state and optimize your health.

1.Reduce Stress 

Stress in the body results in an increased production of acid. This hyper-acidic environment results in many detrimental things: one of them being inflammation. Our bodies are so strong and can maintain homeostasis if the stress is managed and not too excessive. However, unmanaged, chronic stress is extremely detrimental. The hyper-acidic environment that too much stress causes, allows microorganisms to thrive.

To reduce stress I recommend removing tension from the body. Here are some tips to reduce stress:

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My last tip to reduce stress is to truly only focus on things you can control. Focusing all of your attention on becoming the healthiest person you can is one of the things you have a lot of control over. Quieting down your external environment will in return quiet down your internal environment.

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2. Eating

While we have evolved several buffering systems to balance our pH when we consume acid-producing foods, eating too many and not enough alkaline-producing foods makes it even harder to achieve pH homeostasis. A quote from one of my favorite books, The Primal Blueprint , ” As you might guess, heavily processed foods, sugars, grains, deep-fried foods, alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, carbonated drinks and artificial sweeteners are acid-forming in the body, a precursor to many health problems and diseases. In contrast, by eating sufficient amounts of alkaline-forming foods- vegetables, local fruits, nuts, and seeds- you optimize your acid/base balance and improve metabolism to burn fat, build muscle, and reduce your susceptibility to environmental and dietary toxins.”

3. Appropriate exercise

Exercise impacts the body’s pH levels in various changes that can often be buffered by systems in the body. However, exercising at extremely high heart rate zones for extended periods of time results in a flood of stress hormones in to the bloodstream.  I am not saying that high intensity exercise is bad, I think there is a time and place for it. However, if the goal is to reduce all stress and inflammation in the body and keep our bodies more alkaline, then optimal heart rate zones are 55-75% HR max. To make this easier, to ensure you are not in too high of a heart rate zone, make sure you can still speak sentences when you are exercising.  I would suggest walking, hiking, cycling or just finding ways to move more often. Low-level exercise for longer duration promotes stronger capillaries (blood vessels) which provide oxygen and fuel to each muscle cell.

All in all, find things that make your body feel good and do more of those things. Most humans intuitively know that eating 10 cookies and drinking 3 beers does not make them feel good. Be smart with your decisions and focus on promoting optimal health!

Reach out if you would like a more personalized approach to this topic!

Stay fit, strong, healthy and happy !

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Em ❤

 

 

 

 

References:

http://mrhawkeyeviews966.blogspot.com/2018/03/why-our-body-needs-to-be-alkaline.html

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324271

https://alkalineforlife.com/

Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

 

Too connected and so alone

We are all connected through technology and other modern inventions, yet we are all so alone. What happened to connections and real, intense care for one another?

We used to rely and put our trust in others in order to survive. Now we rely on Amazon Prime and Uber Eats. Our sense of partnership and connection has changed. Americans go from their house, to their car, to their cubical, back to their car, then back home. We are so focused on being successful and wealthy that we forget how much our happiness matters.

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There is no lack of information about others… We can find anything we want about someone on social media. You will for sure know that the rate of robberies has increased in New York City because of the news, but you will not know about the school play going on next weekend a mile from your front door. We spend a lot of our energy consuming news and media about strangers. You probably know more about a certain celebrity than you know about people you spend your time with. Instead of listening to other people and really trying to understand others, we put up walls against anyone who does not view life the same as us. 

In my opinion, real connection is necessary for happiness. Feeling like someone cares about you is vital for security in your life. We used to trust others to help us survive when we were running low on food or other resources necessary for survival. How many people could you truly rely on? 

Trying to create a sense of community can be hard, but I challenge you to focus on creating and sustaining real, close connections. Most Americans spend an average of 5 hours on their phones, take 15 minutes of that time and try to talk to someone new each day! 

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I challenge you to push outside your comfort zone and try to create connections with others. You never know what people are going through and who needs someone to just listen to them. Real connections matter.

 

A new state

Hello!!! I am finally back on my blog. I was extremely busy the past couple of months moving my life to a new place, by myself, again! I recently moved to Redmond, Washington!

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As college came to an end, I was faced with a major decision. Where should I move? Part of me wanted to move back to Colorado (my home state) and part of me wanted a new adventure. I lived in California for four years and while I appreciate everything I learned from that experience, I needed a change.

I made the decision to move to Washington after accepting my dream job at Pro Club. 🙂 YAY!

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When I moved out here one month ago, I did not know anyone. It was a new solo journey! Obviously I was a little scared, but I also knew it would be good for me and make me grow as a person. I ultimately want to relate and understand as many people as possible. By living in multiple places (Colorado, California and now Washington) I am able to surround myself with different people and new environments!

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It has been one month since I moved here and I am very happy! It is so interesting to see how people react to my story of moving out here alone. A lot of people say things like “you’re so brave” or “wow, crazy for a girl to do that all alone” I don’t get it. I feel like you may as well take risks in life in the chance that it will be for the better. To me it is not being brave, it is realizing that life is short and I may as well experience as many things as I can 🙂 

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I have learned both in studying and through personal experience that the environment impacts our health in so many ways! I want to be in the best environment possible to maximize that aspect of my health. I want to create a life in an environment that makes me happy!

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I love being out of my comfort zone and forced to try new things and meet new people. I think everyone should follow their dreams and do whatever is necessary to be happy. So far, I love Washington!

Come visit! XOXO

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Embem ❤

Top 3 hikes in the world

The past couple of years I have been blessed to hike in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Each hike is special to me for a different reason. I enjoy hiking alone because I feel free and connected with the world, however all of my top three hikes were completed with people close to my heart. The first hike that I will always remember was a hike in Sequoia National Park.

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This was a long hike but did not seem too challenging because of the amazing landscape. Completing the whole hike you pass by three breathtaking lakes.

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I completed this hike with one of my close friends. This hike was so special to me because I was going through a challenging time in my life, it was so refreshing to just be outside with nature and see the beauty this world has to offer.

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If you are ever in Sequoia National Park, I highly recommend this hike!

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To find more information on the trail search it on All Trails.

The next hike that I put on my top three is in Chamonix, France. The hike is to Lac Blanc.

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The route I took for this hike was actually 12 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain. It was HARD! But, it was so pretty and had unbelievable views of the peaks in Chamonix. I started from the base of the mountain so had to hike through trees before reaching mainly rocks.

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Half of the hike was shaded by trees, but I was hot and tired from the steep inclines! After 4 miles of climbing up through the tree line, it was mainly rocky paths to the lake.

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I was so exhausted by the time I reached the lakes but the view made it all worth it.

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The water was freezing so no swimming for me!

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After resting and refueling we hiked the long trek down. We went down a different way than we climbed up and ended up having to go down steep ladders!

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I was so scared but it was also really amazing and a good adrenaline rush!

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This hike was pretty challenging and I would recommend having poles, good shoes, and a lot of water and snacks! The views were amazing and the climb was worth it in the end!

The final hike on my list is a 14er in Colorado. This hike was special to me because I completed it with a good friend of mine and it signified the last day of my summer in Colorado. This hike is beautiful and if you complete it early enough, has an amazing sunrise!

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We started this hike at 5:30am. When you climb 14ers, you want to start early so that you can get up and down before the afternoon storms hit!

The sunrise hit when we were about halfway through this hike.

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This was one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen in my life. The world was so quiet and peaceful that this moment was very spiritual for me.

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There is a lake below Mt.Evans that you can see from the top that just adds to the beauty. This hike is challenging due to the high elevation of 14,264, however, as far as 14ers go, this is one of the easiest ones I have done.

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If you venture to Colorado and want to complete a 14er, make sure you have good shoes, warm gear, a lot of water, snacks, and are acclimated to the elevation.

A few of my other favorite hikes are Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Reservoir Canyon in San Luis Obispo, part of Eiger in Grindelwald, Cinque Terre in Italy, and the Dolomites (read my post on that). Every hike I do is special to me and I hope to keep on climbing mountains for the rest of my life!

What is your favorite hike? Let me know so I can go climb it!

XOXO

EM

 

The Dolomites

 

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Visiting the Dolomites in Italy was such a breathtaking experience for me. These peaks are insane!

The Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. They form a part of the Southern Limestone Alps. 

There are many towns you can stay in to hike the Dolomites, but upon research and word of mouth: we stayed in Madonna Di Campiglio. This town is right in the center of some of the most famous hikes and peaks. It is also a very famous ski town!

The first hike my mom and I conquered was Cinque Laghi. This is a hike to 5 lakes (we ended up doing 2 lakes). We took the gondola up and then began our trek to the first lake. It is very common to take gondolas up to higher parts of the mountain when hiking in Europe.

 

The walk to the first lake was not too challenging. There were signs to the lake and the trail was very maintained. 

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The hike to the next lake was challenging! It was very steep and rocky and had some pretty exposed parts. I was happy I had my poles and a lot of water 😉

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It took us an hour to hike to the next lake. The views were incredible and I would highly recommend this hike to anyone hiking in the Dolomites if you are up for a challenge.

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Lago Lambin (Lake Lambin) in Dolomites & Views looking back to part of what we hiked.

After the second lake, we decided to turn back and finish the hike early. We did not have enough time to hike to the other lakes and the return gondola at the end of the fifth lake wasn’t going down! After a good nights sleep, we returned to the mountains the following day to hike Spinale.

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The Dolomites shoot up to the sky directly above meadows of green grass and flowers. The contrast is amazing! We hiked on a clearly marked path for the majority of the hike, then hiked straight up a rock field to reach the top!

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This was a tough hike but once again the views were more than worth it! If you ever head to the Dolomites I suggest doing these two hikes: Cinque Laghi and Spinale!

Also don’t forget to stop at a mountain chalet at the top and treat yourself to a much deserved glass of wine 🙂

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I hope to travel back to the Dolomites to climb more mountains some day. This place made my heart beat faster.

Stay tuned to see my blog posts on hiking in Lugano, Zermatt, Luzern, Grindelwald, Interlaken, and Chamonix!

Get out and enjoy the amazing world we live in!

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XOXO

Em ❤

Staying positive

I recently turned 22 years old! I am an Aries, which if you know much about horoscopes and my personality, you would agree, my sign fits me quite well! I am competitive, ambitious, and VERY optimistic. 

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In my twenty two years on Earth, I have experienced open heart surgery, tragedy, and the death of people close to me.

I have also experienced miracles, beauty in my surroundings, and more blessings and opportunities than I ever imagined.

Throughout my life, I try to always remain positive. Being negative does nothing for my soul. Having a negative attitude toward things will only make the situations worse. I am a firm believer in the power of a positive mind. We seem to forget  that we are in control of our reactions to stimulus we encounter.

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If something bad happens to you, what do you do? Do you complain and pout and make the situation worse? Or do you try to learn from it, become a better person, and move on?

Even though life can be unfair, being able to say you can breathe on your own, walk on your own, and speak on your own, means you are blessed. I challenge you to truly think hard about the way you react to stimulus in your life. Take a deep breathe and realize that you are in control of your emotions.

XOXO,

Emily

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