I heard this term for the first time during a podcast on travel tips. I have since seen it pop up in books, other readings, and I thought, this calls for some research!
The theory of grounding is that our bodies are meant to come into contact with the earth (a”grounding” force) on a regular basis (I flashback to walking around barefoot at the dirtiest possible horse farm, knee deep in mud). Positive electrons in the form of free radicals can build up in our bodies & direct contact with the ground balances this out as it is a negative grounding charge.
Our bodies and cells have an electrical energy. In today’s world of electronics and cell phones and wireless, many of us have a high amount of positive electrons built up in our bodies.
Back in the day, people used to regularly “touch the earth”. Recently, we live indoors, have exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs), and we wear rubber shoes.
The practice of earthing, according to the book “Earthing”, involves coupling your body to the Earth’s surface energy by walking, sitting, or sleeping outside in direct contact with the earth.
According to research (and an overwelming amount of positive reviews and testimonials on Amazon.com), Earthing can be beneficial in:
* reducing inflammation
* reducing chronic pain
* improving sleep
* increasing energy
* lowering stress & promoting calmness by reducing stress hormones
* normalizing biological rhythms including circadian rhythm
*improving blood pressure and blood flow
*relieving muscle tension & headache
* lessens menstrual & female hormone symptoms
* speeds healing
* can eliminate jet lag
* protecting body from EMF’s
* shortens recovery time from injury or athletic activity
* reducing or eliminating snoring
* helping support adrenal health
Who uses it?
Reportedly professional and Olympic athletes have used earthing methods to speed recovery and increase sleep quality.
Thermal images show significant effects of the impact of “Earthing” on inflammation. Side by side images before and after 30 minutes of earthing were vastly improved.
The easiest and cheapest way of earthing is to walk outside barefoot. You must be barefoot and in contact with rock, dirt or water. E.g. Beach and ocean are possibly the best place since sand and salt water are extremely conductive. Salt water is also very high in magnesium.
So, since most of us are not lucky enough to walk a beach every morning, there are options of earthing sheets and mats.
What’s the harm in trying when all we need are some bare feet and to walk out of our doors?