Do you remember the last time that you walked through the sand on the beach or even the grass, and dirt in your back yard barefoot? Studies show that by doing so, you can rid your body of fatigue, chronic pain, and numerous ailments. The connection between the ground and your barefoot is better known as Grounding or Earthing.
Simply put, when your skin or feet make that direct connection with the earth, your body receives free electrons. These electrons are purported to be the biggest antioxidant that nature has to give. That's because free electrons neutralize the free radicals that may be causing disease and inflammation in your body. Free electrons are also served up by negative ions, which we have written about in depth in our article Negative Ions: What Are They And How Can You Enjoy Its Benefits? (It's a great read - and should be complementary reading for you as you learn about Earthing.)
Just like the Earth, all living beings are conductors of free electrons. Our bodies are excellent conductors of free electrons since they are made up mainly of minerals and water. So when we make contact, the perfect conductive pathway is formed.
The energy expelled by the earth provides a source of a physiological upgrade for the body. It ensures that the body is able to repair and cope while encouraging better sleep, vitality, and wellbeing. Additionally, it is also known for being a natural stabilizer and harmonizer for the body's biological rhythms. It provides these benefits for other issues such as chronic inflammation and reduces the effects of pain.
Hence it is nature's most powerful anti-aging and anti-inflammatory remedy. Earthing can be done by just about anyone and you'll reap tremendous benefits from it.
The Benefits Of Earthing¹
- Elimination or reduction of chronic pain
- Promotes deeper sleep and improves the quality of your sleep
- Increases vitality and energy
- Cools the nervous system to promote a stress-free body
- The biological rhythms of the body are normalized
- Improves blood pressure
- Relieves headaches and muscle tension
- Lessons the symptoms of the menstrual cycle
- Reduces various symptoms that come from hormonal imbalance
- Prevents bedsores and speeds up healing time
- Eliminates jet lag
- Protects the body from harmful environmental electromagnetic fields
How Can I Begin To Experience Earthing Now?One of the simplest ways to experience the benefits of earthing is by simply going outside. However, you'll need to take a walk barefoot for a minimum of 30 minutes to determine the effects that it has on your stress and pain. When you find yourself outdoors, stand, sit, lay, or walk on the sand, dirt, grass, or even plain concrete since they're all conductive surfaces.
When you do so, your body will automatically begin to connect with the Earth for its energy to flow into you. However, it's best to keep in mind that surfaces such as painted or sealed concrete, asphalt, carpet, or even wood cannot work since they block the flow of electrons.
What Is The Simplest Way To Become Grounded?For most of us, walking barefoot isn't exactly practical making it easier to use Earthing products. Several Earthing products were engineered for users to benefit from the Earthing process. Products such as wrist bands, grounding shoes (and shoe straps), sheets, mats, and even pillows used for Earthing purposes can make becoming Earthed easier. They are all tailored to give users the perfect Earthing experience as they reap all of the benefits that come from it.
When you opt for Earthing products you can easily place them anywhere in your home or around your office so you can use them at your leisure. Due to the nature of these products, you won't experience any downtime. The Earthing Sheet can be used while you're seeping on your bed while the Earthing Sleep Mat provides flexibility during the day.
Additionally, there are also specially created Earthing books and CDs that aid users in practicing the art of Earthing.
What Else Can I Do To Become Grounded?Being earthed has everything to do with nature. Hence, you can go for a swim a lake or the ocean. Aspiring Earthers can even exercise their green thumbs and garden with their bare hands. Hugging a tree or laying on the ground also provides the perfect setting to experience Earthing.
Additionally, you can even lean against a tree and feel the flow of energy. Most of the times when campers sleep on the earth, they make the connection and become one with nature. Another uncommon one is wearing leather shoes instead of plastic or rubber shoes aids with becoming Earthed.³
How Long Do I Need To Wait To Feel The Benefits Of Earthing?Since everyone was created differently, the benefits vary. Additionally, factors such as diet, and fitness also affect how quickly you'll be able to feel relief. However, significant research has indicated that within a few seconds users can begin to feel the relaxing and releasing effects in their muscles and nervous systems.
In some cases, relief can be seen anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes and upward. During this time, you can begin to feel a reduction in your stress levels, your pain levels and you'll even begin to feel calmer. However, for those suffering from more serious conditions, the effects of Earthing may take some more time before they set in. If your health is good, you may not see too many changes but you're still going to benefit from the Earthing process.
As we conclude, we have just looked at Earthing. Earthing can be done by simply walking barefoot. However, this should be done on natural surfaces such as grass, dirt, sand or even concrete that hasn't been sealed. Earthing provides several health benefits and can even be experienced with the use of specially designed Earthing products.
Several Earthing products exist such as pillows, mats, sheets, and numerous others. Earthing offers a natural solution for several conditions that were previously discussed. However, the main ailments that persons far and wide suffer from are chronic pain and stress. When practicing Earthing, you'll experience relief from both of them and many others.
Earthing works differently for persons. Research has shown that within as little as 30 to 90 minutes the benefits of Earthing set in. So if you're looking for an effective solution to your ailments, Earthing is perfect for you.