Have you ever noticed when you’re walking barefoot outside on the grass or at the beach you feel different?
Grounding is a technique our ancestors did every day. They slept on the ground and didn’t wear any shoes so they were able to get the full benefits daily.
Grounding or Earthing refers to direct skin contact with the surface of the earth and allows the earth’s free-electrons to become absorbed into our bodies. Research suggests that humans now have a significant lack of direct physical contact with the earth’s supply of electrons. This can, unfortunately, lead to health issues. Allowing ourselves time for “reconnection with the Earth’s electrons has been found to promote intriguing physiological changes and subjective reports of well-being” (1).
So how do I start to ground myself?
We obviously don’t live in caves or out in nature anymore and we generally wear shoes. There are also other options to just getting your shoes off so don’t worry if that’s not your thing!
Grounding can be performed by walking barefoot for 20-30 minutes a day. You could do this just hanging out the washing or walking around the block. Another way to ground is by touching the earth with our hands, gardening is a good way or laying on the grass with your bare hands or body touching the ground. If there is no time for those you can try connecting to conductive systems that transfer the Earth’s electrons from the ground into the body. These conductive systems can include special sheets on the bed or a pad to place on your chair at work. These need to be connected to a power point which needs to be grounded. Grounding barefoot however is probably the easiest and cheapest way to do it and my favourite. When I’m sick with a cold I walk barefoot outside and I can literally feel the energy go through my whole body, I kid you not. I only feel this when sick which just blows my mind.
What does earthing do for your body?
Studies have shown that grounding/earthing our bodies can help:
- Improve sleep
- Reduce inflammation in the body
- Normalize the day–night cortisol rhythm
- Reduce pain
- Reduce stress
- Make us feel happier
- Keep you upright in old age
- Increase heart rate variability
- Speed wound healing
- Reduce blood viscosity
Some extra tips when you choose barefoot grounding
Water can increase the conductivity so try strolling through the grass on a dewy morning, in the humid rain or through a stream. Get your shoes off at the beach, the park or in your backyard. As long as you are on a natural surface such as dirt, rocks or grass and you’re good to go! Barefoot walking has an extra bonus! I have been told by a medical practitioner that I should walk barefoot not only for the grounding effects but also the pressure points in our feet. So get yourself some free reflexology and some electrons at the same time.
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Kale Brock, The gut movie
Journal of Environmental and Public Health (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/)