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What is Earthing? Understanding the Benefits of Grounding for your Health

What is earthing ?

 

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. 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 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 experiencing big changes in their skin aspect and elasticity. Connecting to the ground for one hour has been found to produce a noticeable improvement in facial irrigation. This is associated with tissue repair and the best appearance of the skin, improving also brain and cardiovascular activity. To determine if Earthing for one hour improves facial blood circulation, forty middle-aged volunteers were divided into a grounded group and a sham-grounded group according to a double-blind procedure. They were asked to sit in a comfortable recliner chair equipped with a grounding mat, pillow and patches. The grounding systems were either grounded or sham-grounded via a wire to the ground port of a power outlet. An infrared imaging camera was used to measure changes in blood flow and temperature. Thermal imaging showed clearly improved circulation of fluids (including blood) throughout the torso, which in turn, translates into enhanced delivery of blood to the head and improved blood circulation in the face as well. The results of this innovative study demonstrate that even one-hour contact with the Earth appears to promote significantly autonomic nervous system control of body fluids and peripheral blood flow that may improve blood circulation in the torso and face, facial tissue repair, skin health and vitality and optimize facial appearance (face anterior view p = 0.002; face lateral views p = 0.017; full anterior torso view p = 0.002). Facial Blood Flow Scientific Paper
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

Earthing sleep test results

Improves muscle recovery

This fact was put into the table when the American cycling team used earthing techniques for their recovery process in the Tour of France obtaining a significant increase in their muscle recovery. This persuaded other scientists to look deep into this idea where they carried out a study to evaluate selected biochemical parameters in subjects who were earthed during cycling. In a double-blind, crossover study, 42 participants were divided into two groups and earthed during exercise and recovery. One group was earthed in the first week during 30 minutes of cycling exercise and during recovery, and a second group was earthed in the second week. A double-blind technique was applied. Blood samples were obtained before each training session, after 15 and 30 minutes of exercise, and after 40 minutes of recovery. Significantly lower blood urea levels were observed in subjects earthed during exercise and relaxation. These significant differences were noted in both groups earthed at the beginning of exercise (), after 15 () and 30 minutes () of exercise, and after 40 minutes of relaxation (). Creatinine concentrations in earthed subjects during exercise were unchanged. Conclusions. Earthing during exercise lowers blood urea concentrations and may inhibit hepatic protein catabolism or increase renal urea excretion. Exertion under earthing may result in a positive protein balance.
Documentary on American Cycling Team

Improves the cardiovascular system

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. About 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that's 1 in every 4 deaths, that's why any improvement on this matter must be taken under consideration.

A study examined the effects of 2 hours of grounding in 10 adults on the electrical charge (zeta potential) on red blood cells (RBCs) and the effects on the extent of RBC clumping.
Subjects were grounded with conductive patches on the soles of their feet and palms of their hands. Wires connected the patches to a stainless-steel rod inserted in the earth outdoors. Small fingertip pin prick blood samples were placed on microscope slides and an electric field was applied to them. Electrophoretic mobility of the RBCs was determined by measuring terminal velocities of the cells in video recordings taken through a microscope. RBC aggregation was measured by counting the numbers of clustered cells in each sample. Each subject sat in a comfortable reclining chair in a soundproof experiment room with the lights dimmed or off. Earthing or grounding increased zeta potentials in all samples by an average of 2.70 and significantly reduced RBC aggregation getting to the conclusion that grounding increases the surface charge on RBCs and thereby reduces blood viscosity and clumping. This practice appears to be one of the simplest and yet most profound interventions for helping reduce cardiovascular risk and cardiovascular 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

Conclusion

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. 

Earthing product collection