In the late 1800s, Adolf Just, who is considered one of the founders of naturopathy wrote: “The feet are in a certain sense for man what the roots are for plants. Man draws vital energy and strength out of the Earth through his feet.”
Also known as ‘Earthing’ or ‘Grounding’ is a practice of direct skin contact with the surface of the Earth. Energetically connecting to Mother Earth was part of the ordinary life until we invented buildings, shoes with rubber soles and beds that keep us off the ground.
Grounding has a lot of healing and therapeutic effects on the body. Connecting to the energy of our planet can help with inflammation, aging, arthritis, insomnia and even depression.
When we discharge, we breathe easier, sleep better, and feel calmer. It also affects blood viscosity, a major risk factor for heart disease. Additionally, grounding increases blood flow and energy and helps sore muscles recover faster.
Earthing can help reduce inflammation-related issues including the effects of aging and also chronic pain, by neutralizing any charge in our bodies.
Here’s how it works: Connecting directly with the earth gives us access to the abundant supply of free electrons that are in the ground. When we are grounded, these electrons naturally flow between our bodies and the earth, neutralizing the free radicals along the way. This in turn reduces inflammation in the body and prevents the many inflammation-related disorders.
Where do free radicals come from? Our immune system releases oxygen free radicals through white blood cells. Free radicals are electrically charged (have an electrical imbalance) and are in search of a free-electron so that they can neutralize. By doing so, they oxidize and destroy damaged cells and pathogens. But they can also take an electron from a healthy cell and damage it. When that happens, our immune system sends another white blood cell to remove the damaged cell. The cycle starts over again and leads to chronic inflammation. It doesn’t help that free radical-generating substances are everywhere: from our food to alcohol, tobacco smoke, air pollutants, pesticides, and even the sun’s rays.
Grounding can also help us emotionally by reducing the effects of fight or flight responses. When we are in a stressful situation, our body releases adrenaline and cortisol that have nowhere to go because the stressors are constantly present. This leads to chronic stress and anxiety. Earthing can increase serotonin levels in the brain by decreasing cortisol. As cortisol decreases, we feel more centered and peaceful and depressive symptoms fade away. Grounding is known to have a calming effect by improving mood and reducing stress and anxiety.
Earthing ‘How To’:
- Go barefoot on the surface of the earth (soil, sand, rock, gravel) or swim in a lake, river or the ocean for at least half an hour every day.
- You can also use Earthing products such as mattresses, sheets, and mats.
A lot of research is underway as scientists are trying to understand why Grounding/Earthing works. The Earth beneath our feet has extraordinary healing powers. It balances our body by taking away inflammation, pain, and stress. Connect to Mother Earth and let her take your pain and stress away.
“In all things of Nature there is something of the marvelous.”
The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. They are for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.