Grounding has amazing health benefits and healing and protective powers. It’s something you’ve done without realizing it. And something that’s easy to do and free and often achieves rapid results.
Humans have been grounding for thousands of years. Often overlooked or seen as a “hippy” thing to do, it is actually based on measurable science and scientific studies.
Grounding Or Earthing
Grounding, also known as earthing, has been getting a lot of attention in the last few years. There’s more research showing it helps to protect against the effects of EMF exposure.
This has gotten lots of health conscious people into grounding and talking about it.
It’s also one of the best all-around ways you can protect yourself from a variety of health issues, in addition to the negative and damaging effects of electromagnetic frequency radiation emissions.
What Exactly is Earthing?
Grounding is really straightforward. It’s simply being in direct contact with the ground.
This includes dirt, grass, sand, in the water, and even concrete. Anything that allows earth’s energy to flow through your feet into your body.
You can also use barefoot substitutes to ground yourself, like grounding mats, bands, sheets, pillows, shoes, etc. These items use grounding systems, connected by a cord to the Earth’s energy through the grounding wire of your outlet, which is connected through a rod to the ground outside.
As we evolved, we stopped walking around barefoot or spending time on the ground and have disconnected ourselves from the Earth, a primal and powerful source of energy and healing.
Earth is like a giant battery that is recharged by the sun, lightning, and heat from its core. There’s no arguing that Earth and people are made up of energy.
By being in contact with the Earth, you can absorb energy and transfer its negatively-charged electrons to your body, neutralizing positively charged (and destructive) electrons in your body.
How to Ground or Earth
Grounding is so easy to do. Just walk around outdoors in nature, barefoot in the dirt, grass, even concrete, or on the beach.
Early mornings when there’s still dew on the grass is even better.
You can sit or roll around on the ground like a kid. Walk in the water or go swimming. The further away from electrosmog (crowded cities) the better.
Wood, asphalt, rubber, and vinyl are not conductive, so you can’t ground on these surfaces.
If you live in areas where it gets quite cold or snow-covered, or just don’t have a lot of nature areas close to you, you can use different earthing techniques, like using earthing mats, pads, or patches.
It’s just as easy to use these products as it is to ground in nature. Simply sit with your feet on them or sit on it directly, stand barefoot on your mat while making dinner, you can even sleep on them.
With over 20 years of research and feedback from thousands of individuals throughout the world and across cultures, grounding really works.
What are the Benefits of Grounding?
There are so many reported benefits of grounding. I was skeptical that a mat or walking around outside barefoot could do anything, but I felt a difference in myself within a week.
Here are just a few of the many benefits for your health.
1. Reduces Inflammation
Inflammation has been connected to all types of health-related issues, from arthritis and pain to Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Grounding helps reduce inflammation by neutralizing positively-charged free radicals causing chronic inflammation.
This helps you to heal from an injury faster, relieves pain and muscle soreness, speeds up your recovery, and protects you against disease. It is great for your overall physical wellness.
2. Builds your Immunity
The soles of your feet are covered in nerve endings and sensory receptors.
By connecting to the ground through your skin, you actually change your biochemistry and physiology, and improve your immune system.
Studies have shown a difference in blood markers, white blood cell count and cytokines between participants who grounded and did not.
Findings from this research article show that our earth connection also alters the number of circulating neutrophils and lymphocytes, all factors that reduce inflammation throughout your body.
3. Improves your Mood
The flow of energy from the ground into your body relaxes your nervous system and reduces your cortisol levels, giving a boost to your emotional state and calming your mind.
This improves your mood and has a number of other benefits, including; reducing your anxiety, stress, improving symptoms of depression and overall well-being.
4. Improves your Sleep
Earthing helps to balance out your cortisol levels and circadian rhythm, which is your internal clock that regulates your sleep-wake cycle.
This helps to prevent insomnia and sleep disorders and improves overall quality of sleep. Helping you to fall asleep faster and have a deeper sleep.
5. Increases your Energy
Since humans have a positive change and the Earth has a negative charge, when you are in direct contact with it, excess energy is discharged.
This energy is absorbed by your body, increasing your overall energy and reducing your fatigue. Other benefits like decreased inflammation and improved sleep also give you more energy and concentration throughout the day.
6. Speeds up Healing
According to a study in Science Direct, earthing is grossly overlooked in health and healing and should be recommended by health professionals to their patients.
It has many healing benefits. Earthing speeds up wound healing, reduces muscle damage, pain, and inflammation, speeding up the body’s ability to heal tissue, repair muscle damage, injuries, headaches, reduce swelling, and you’ll see improvement on overall recovery from sports and activity.
Since every part of the body has electrical potential, the earth stabilizes the electrical balance of your organs, tissues, bones, and cells.
7. Great for Heart Health
If you have heart problems, you will definitely want to add grounding practices to your treatment plan. Research shows that walking barefoot decreases blood viscosity. It increases the surface area of your red blood cells and therefore improves oxygen and blood flow in your body.
This improves blood circulation, heart rate variability, helps to stabilize blood pressure, hypertension, and lowers your risk of serious cardiovascular disease.
8. Reduces Effects of EMF Exposure
The practice of earthing is also very important in reducing the effect of EMF exposure. EMF radiation is positively charged, otherwise known as free radicals or oxidants and has the potential to harm our bodies.
This radiation disrupts natural frequencies and becomes harmful when we use our cell phones and tablets close to our skin for long periods of time and from the high levels of exposure from WiFi, cell towers, smart technology, etc.
Direct contact with the earth causes negative electrons to be absorbed by the human body through the skin and helps to neutralize these positively-charged free radicals, acting like antioxidants. It helps to undo the effects and damage EMFs have had on you.
Why is Grounding Important?
Earthing is especially important today because we are not connected with nature and the Earth. We are always wearing footwear, on furniture, spending less time in nature and more time in congested cities, where we can’t benefit from those amazing negative electrons.
We’re surrounded by technology, high levels of RF and ELF radiation, and living high stress levels lifestyle. Your body stores this energy, causing so many side effects, symptoms and issues. These health issues can be reduced through a connection to the Earth. Earthing has so many health benefits for everyone – infants, children, and adults.
It’s impossible to avoid EMFs. Grounding helps to stabilize your body after exposure to these emissions. It’s a way for you to cope and treat the effects of being surrounded by wireless technology all day and night, preventing further harm. But it doesn’t fully protect you from EMFs, so you still want to make habit changes with your devices and use protective gear.
How to Practice Earthing
You may still be wondering, “How do I practice grounding?” It’s really not complicated. Just try to take time every day in nature, make sure to have skin contact with the ground. In the evening is beneficial for sleep, but dew walking in the morning is a great addition to your life too.
You could take a walk on the beach or in the grass, garden, do yoga, sit and read a book, meditate, go swimming in a lake or the ocean, lie on the ground and watch the clouds or even take a nap. It can be done alone or with your family and friends. Just make sure you have skin contact with the ground.
Just today, my wife, kids, mother-in-law and I walked along the beach for two hours. We spent time walking in the water and in the sand. Most mornings we try and walk around our property barefoot and most days we get dirty working in our vegetable garden.
I’m fortunate to live in the country, near water and forests. Not everyone is, so it may be a little more challenging in the city. You may not feel comfortable barefoot in your city park. So don’t forget you can also use grounding equipment in your home at any time of year.
Thirty minutes is the magic number that leads to differences internally, especially in your blood. So however you ground yourself, make sure it’s for 30 minutes.
Where Do I Ground Myself?
The best place to connect with the earth is outdoors, surrounded by nature, as far away from buildings and wireless technology as you can get. Forests, parks, trails, at beaches on stone or in the sand, in the water, or in your garden are all great options and will give you the same result.
Around your home, you’ll want to try and avoid an environment with underground electrical systems (like hydro, internet, and phone lines). These areas have a man-made current in the ground and may undo some of the neutralizing benefits from the ground.
This is also something you can do in your home, like in your bed with a grounding cotton sheet, pillow, or mat. Another example is to use a band or mat anywhere in your home and simply keep your feet or body in contact with it for at least 30 minutes a day.
Wrapping it Up
People and animals are very conductive. Because of the amount of water and minerals in our bodies, we exist in a negative ionized state. Being exposed to the natural frequencies in the Earth helps us to function optimally and has so many amazing health benefits. It’s a type of therapy any person can do for free.
The benefits of earthing are supported by data and backed by a ton of information, this is a health trend that is growing in order to counter the technology-filled world we live in and reduce the effects of EMF radiation, helping tons of people.
So is it time to take off your socks and get in touch with nature, or at least an energy balancing mat in the comfort of your own home? Are you ready to start earthing?