Grounding, a concept not only known as a way of punishing your kids and keeping them inside all day but actually the opposite, being outside.
Grounding, or Earthing, is a pretty simple concept where you absorb the Earths free-flowing electrons through the soles of your feet. In even simpler terms, go outside without your shoes or socks on and walk around. You can walk on anything from soil, grass or sand. As long as your feet are touching the Earth then, you will reap the rewards of soaking up the Earths energies.
Our bodies build up positive charges and it is believed that the Earth has mild negative charges. Therefore, when we put our feet on the ground, our bodies allow for the Earth’s negative charge to even out our positive charge and bring it back to Neutral. There is some interesting information about the free radicals in our bodies and how they affect us overall. Dr. Briffa, a practicing doctor, author, and international speaker, explains that free radicals have the ability to, “attack and destroy unwanted things within the body including bacteria and viruses. However, too many free radicals are a bad thing and have been implicated in chronic disease as well as the very process of aging …we want free radicals, but not too many.“ He goes on to further explain that, “free radicals lack sparks of energy known as electrons“, and that we can give the free radicals in our bodies more electrons through food, but also through grounding. Dr. Briffa states, “If the body has a positive charge on it, earthing allows electrons to flow into the body where, in theory, they can neutralize overblown free radical and inflammatory damage.”
So, why is grounding so beneficial for our health? According to research, Grounding has been seen to boost energy levels, regulate our nervous system, strengthen our immune system, decreases anxiety and nervousness, relieve muscle tension and headaches, protects us from dangerous electromagnetic fields (EMF), helps regulate sleep rhythm and resetting our biological clock, can reduce pain, chronic pain and inflammation and can increase overall body healing.
A study done in 2011 by G. Chevalier, T Sinatra and J.L. Oschman for Earthx L. Inc, took 50 people (28 females and 22 males) with sleep disturbances, chronic muscle, and joint pain. Subjects were separated into random groups. Both groups slept on “conductive carbon fiber mattress pads.” Half of the pads were connected to a dedicated Earth ground outside each subject’s bedroom window and the other half slept on the mat as a placebo. After the month-long study, subjects who were grounded found relief in “asthma and respiratory conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, sleep apnea and hypertension.” This study is quite amazing as it proves that grounding did more than just improve sleep, but aid in the healing of painful health issues. If you would like to read more about these studies, head to NCBI.com or NCBI.com
The idea of grounding doesn’t seem so farfetched because if we think about it, shoes are a manmade item and became very thick and insulated around the 1800’s, after the basic leather shoe was modernized. My favourite thing about grounding is that its healing abilities are absolutely free! And who doesn’t love sinking their toes in sand!? All you have to do is go outside and walk on the ground for as long as you can (30 minutes is ideal) to reap the benefits.