The science behind Grounding
Earthing, also called grounding, is a very simple, effective, and free technique to support our health and our nervous systems. It is simply connecting your body with the earth.
Grounding or Earthing is defined as placing one’s bare feet on the ground whether it be dirt, grass, sand, or concrete (especially when humid or wet). When you ground to the electron-enriched earth, an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system occurs.
The earth is a natural source of electrons and subtle electrical fields, which are essential for proper functioning of immune systems, circulation, synchronisation of biorhythms and other physiological processes and may actually be the most effective, essential, least expensive, and easiest to attain antioxidant.
Modern science has thoroughly documented the connection between inflammation and all of the chronic diseases, including the diseases of ageing and the ageing process itself. It is important to understand that inflammation is a condition that can be reduced or prevented by grounding your body to the Earth, the way virtually all of your ancestors have done for hundreds if not thousands of generations.
The human body is composed of many trillions of ions (atoms that have either a positive or negative charge) bound into a complex network of molecules. When you connect to the Earth, you are exposed to the Earth’s electrons, which help increase the amount of electrons in your own body, and in so doing equalise the electric potential between your body and the Earth.
With modern lifestyles, many people have a disproportionate amount of positive molecules due, in part, to their lack of connection with the ground. This comes from the use of insulating soles and sleeping in beds that don’t connect to the electrical ground plane of the Earth.
Connecting with the Earth—which is known to maintain a negative electrical charge—can provide the needed negative ions to create balance within the body’s cells.
The Benefits of Grounding
- reduce inflammation
- reduce stress
- promote a healthy immune system
- help with auto immune illnesses
- aids healing and recovery
- improve muscle joints and joint pain
- improves circulation
- improve sleep and good sleep gives you better cortisol levels – the energy giver hormone we need to get us through the day
- reduces jet lag
How to Ground?
It doesn’t take long but ideally you want to spend at least 15 minutes a day grounded, however you can receive the benefits from spending even just a few minutes a day barefoot on the ground.
1. The sand on the beach
The beach is the most idyllic location to get yourself grounded. Feeling the sand tickle your feet or sunbathing and breathing in the salty air at the beach is enough to calm and relax the most troubled soul. You know why? Because these activities ground the body to the earth’s surface to bring about an influx of free electrons into the body. Your body is about 65-50% water. This water plus the minerals makes it a great electrical conductor. Similarly, the high salt content in the sea or ocean water makes it one of the best conductors of electrons. The best way to ground yourself is to stroll through sea water barefoot.
5. Swimming in a lake or ocean
Itching for a swim? Go ahead! Swimming in a lake or ocean, will help you ground perfectly. It’s the water directly in contact with the earth that helps your body take in electrons. Then again, seawater with its abundant salt is always better than a freshwater pond or lake. Remember that the plastic in an inflatable pool and the dense insulations around a private pool, make them hopeless for grounding. Avoid them.
That walk on the beach, your garden, any where is all about grounding and releases the earths energy to help you heal. So just go walk outside, and make it barefoot!