Do you remember the last time you walked barefoot on the beach? Or maybe through the soft grass of a pretty meadow?
This is an activity often referred to as “earthing” or “grounding”. You can see why since you’re putting your bare feet right in contact with the ground or earth.
Studies are being conducted to determine the effectiveness of this direct skin to earth contact and how it may help our bodies.
It’s pretty easy to accept the fact that the ground is full of nutrients. Plants need three main nutrients to grow – nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium – so in general soil is typically quite rich in these. We also know that grass is full of chlorophyll, the stuff that makes it green.
Earth is Full of Energy
The earth maintains a negative electrical potential on its surface. Our immune systems function optimally when the body has an adequate supply of electrons. Simply put, when your skin comes in contact with the earth, free electrons are absorbed by your body.
Along with minerals, our bodies are full of water. This makes them excellent conductors of electrons from the ground, being that there is direct contact of our skin with the earth. When you touch the electron-enriched earth, an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system can occur.
Grounding Interrupted by Our Modern World
These days we live in sealed buildings, sometimes many, many stories up in the air. We work or go to school in buildings, sometimes even spaces without a window or proper lighting. Our world is wired, technology literally at our fingertips all the time.
We work and we play on computers. The Wi-Fi routers keep us connected even if we get up from the desk. Our smartphones are barely out of reach at any point in the day.
Think of all of the appliances in your home. They’re all drawing on electricity and pulling that into your living space. The refrigerator keeping your food cold. The heater keeping out a winter chill. The use of hairdryers, vacuum cleaners, ballasts for fluorescent lighting, and the list goes on and on…
This modern lifestyle and all of these constant signals may be a major contributor to illness and physiological dysfunction.
Throughout history, people have spent their days outdoors. Walking, sitting, even sleeping at times on the ground. It wasn’t uncommon to go barefoot or simply be wearing a type of leather footwear. Now all too many of our shoes are a blend of synthetic materials, lots of rubber, laced uptight. This leads to limited circulation, lack of airflow, and certainly no contact with the ground.
After a long day outdoors, if people did go into their shelter at night or perhaps in bad weather, it wasn’t full of all of the invisible man-made electronic radiations we’re now bathed in regularly.
The point is this: To encourage wellness and optimal body function, we need to not only get outdoors, but we need to touch the earth!
The Goodness of Grounding
While it is not a “cure-all treatment,” grounding is completely free and simple to get in your daily “dose”. Whether you’re nine months old or 90 years old, earthing can be of benefit! What are some of those health benefits you may notice:
- Stabilization of the body’s basic biological rhythms
- Reduction of inflammation and various pain
- Increased energy and vitality
- Relief of headaches and muscle tension
- Quicker recovery time from surgery or illness
- Support for cardiovascular health
- Calmed anxiety and lessened feelings of stress
- A decrease in menstrual symptoms and hormonal imbalances
- Improved quality of sleep, waking feeling rested
- Overall well-being and an increase in happiness
But what if you don’t have hours to spend outside walking around barefoot all day? That’s okay! Even just 20-30 minutes can make a big difference. And if you only have 5 minutes, use them.
Really, just a few moments outdoors earthing can allow your body’s physiology to improve. That means your amazing organs, cells, bodily functions, and mechanisms can literally relax. Your nervous system can calm, and stress can dissolve.
Would any of us pass up a completely free, non-invasive, negative-side-effect-lacking, natural improvement to our health and wellness? Surely not.
So How Do I Get Grounded?
Get those toes in the grass! By now you probably realize it means touching the earth. Taking your shoes off and putting your feet right on the ground. But what else works?
So it’s time to go Wild! Let those feet be free. And enjoy the benefits that can come from this completely free and natural energy of the earth.