What is Earthing? Understanding the Benefits of Grounding for your Health
Earthing, also known as grounding, is the practice of connecting with the Earth's energy by walking barefoot on the ground or coming into contact with conductive objects. This ancient practice has been found to have incredible benefits for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In an age of chronic disease on the rise, earthing provides a way back to better health and can generate dramatic results for many people.
Why is Earthing so important?
Electrons are the "object of affect," of positively charged free radicals, the biochemical agents that cause oxidation in the body. Electrons are the source of antioxidant power. This influx of electrons from the soil is believed to potently neutralize or quench free radicals that would otherwise steal electrons from healthy tissue, the activity that results in tissue damage and chronic inflammation, being the basis for many common and serious diseases.
Connecting with the earth, both outside and inside a building, has helped many people tremendously with various illnesses, injuries, and stresses. For over ten years, thousands of people around the world have incorporated connecting to Earth into their daily routines for health benefits. The results are documented and extraordinary. Staying grounded is our responsibility, so, go for a barefoot walk on the beach, go for a picnic on the park or if you have a garden just lay down for half an hour and connect.
Benefits of Earthing (Supported by Science)
There has been many studies in the past 10 years leading to the benefits of this practice. Studies have been developed on concrete aspects like inflammatory and sleep disorders and how staying grounded can drastically improve the symptoms of these and other chronic diseases.
Improves Skin Clearness & Blood Flow
Many people have reported improved skin appearance and elasticity from Earthing, or connecting with the Earth's energy. Spending just one hour grounded has been found to enhance facial blood circulation and improve skin appearance, brain and cardiovascular activity. A study was conducted with 40 middle-aged participants divided into two groups: a grounded group and a control group. The participants sat in a comfortable chair equipped with grounding mats, pillows, and patches. One group was connected to the ground while the other was not. The results were measured using an infrared camera to track changes in blood flow and temperature. The study found that even just one hour of Earthing improves blood circulation in the torso and face, supports tissue repair, enhances skin health, and optimizes facial appearance (p = 0.002 for full anterior torso view and face anterior view, p = 0.017 for face lateral views)
Facial Blood Flow Scientific Paper
Improve Sleep & Chronic Pain
It has been well documented that many people have eliminated or severely diminished chronic pain through the control of inflammation or free radicals balance.
The first double-blind investigation focused on people with sleep disorders and chronic pain. 100% of the "connected" woke up more rested. 93% reported an improvement in sleep quality. 82% noted improvement in muscle stiffness and pain. 78% say they have had greater general well-being. In the control group the improvements were null or very little.
Scientific article on Chronic Pain & Sleep Disorder
Improves muscle recovery
The benefits of Earthing were put to the test when an American cycling team used it for recovery during the Tour de France. This led to a significant improvement in muscle recovery, which sparked further interest and study. In a double-blind, crossover study, 42 participants were divided into two groups and practiced Earthing during exercise and recovery. One group was earthed for 30 minutes during exercise and recovery in the first week, while the other group was earthed during the second week. Blood samples were taken before and after the training sessions to evaluate changes. The results showed that Earthing during exercise and recovery led to lower blood urea levels and may improve protein balance in the body. These differences were noted at various stages of exercise and recovery in both groups
Improves the cardiovascular system
Heart disease is the top killer in the US for all genders and ethnic groups. Every 37 seconds, someone dies from heart disease in the US, leading to over 647,000 deaths each year, making it a critical issue to address. To better understand its impact, a study was conducted to see the effects of grounding on red blood cell electrical charge and clumping.
10 adults participated in the study by wearing conductive patches on their feet and hands that were connected to a rod in the ground. Researchers took small blood samples, applied an electric field and used a microscope to measure the movement of red blood cells and the clumping of cells. Participants sat in a quiet room with dimmed or turned-off lights while they were grounded.
The results showed that grounding increased the surface charge on red blood cells and reduced clumping, leading to a decrease in blood viscosity. Grounding had an average increase in zeta potential by 2.70 and significantly reduced red blood cell aggregation. This study indicates that grounding may be a simple and effective way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and events.
Study on blood viscosity
So, how do I get started?
If you're looking to incorporate Earthing into your daily routine, start by taking a barefoot walk on the beach or a park, or even in your backyard. If you're unable to go outside, consider using a grounding mat or sheet inside your home. These products are designed to conduct the Earth's energy directly to your body, and can be used while sitting or sleeping, adapting to your daily routines.
Incorporating Earthing into your life can take some time, but the benefits are well worth it. With regular practice, you may find yourself feeling more balanced, less stressed, and with improved overall well-being. Remember, Earthing is a simple yet powerful way to reconnect with the natural world and promote optimal health and vitality.
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Grounding Sheets and Grounding Mats
As we stated before, these products are designed to help you stay connected to the Earth's energy, even when you're indoors. They are made of conductive materials that transfer the Earth's energy to your body through contact and can be used while sitting, sleeping or even during yoga or meditation.
It's important to keep in mind that to fully reap the benefits of Earthing, it's recommended to combine it with other healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate hydration as well as getting enough sleep.
You can learn more about the difference between these two products in our article Difference between mats and sheets
We were born to be in direct contact with the earth. Moving away from this origin is dysfunctional as dozens of scientific studies confirm. It is not necessary to return to the caverns. Nor do you walk barefoot for 24 hours. With 8 hours of grounded sleep “connection” is enough. If you can not make this connection naturally, or you object, implement technological solutions at home, you will get the same benefits.