What is Earthing and how can it improve my health?

An earthing system is circuitry which connects parts of an electric circuit with the ground. In the language of natural health, earthing is coming into contact with the earth directly through your skin.

Earthing - Image of footprints in the sand

It is thought that with our modern practices of protecting ourselves from all the natural elements, we have missed great opportunities for health support.There is some evidence to suggest that walking barefoot in direct contact with the earth has a “grounding” effect on our bodies, and that we can reduce our load of free radicals with this contact. We may build up an excessive amount of positive electrons in our bodies with our use of electromagnetic waves, mobile phone use, etc. Contact between our skin and the earth may remove those excessive positive electrons. We use ground outlets in our homes for much the same reason.

You can buy “grounding” mats to achieve this result.They plug into a ground outlet and “ground” you to the…uh…ground. https://www.earthing.com. You might prefer walking in the grass or just sitting in a chair with your feet on the dirt.

Some of the possible benefits are to:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce chronic pain
  • Increase energy
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve the quality of your sleep.
  • Improve blood pressure
  • Adjust biological rhythms
  • Relieve muscle tension
  • Relieve headaches
  • Balance hormonal systems
  • Speed healing.

There are a number of professional athletes who use various earthing mats and recovery bags. Much of the information on the efficacy of earthing is anecdotal but there have been studies as well. Do a little research; it’s fascinating.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/

Another resource for information on earthing: https://heartmdinstitute.com/alternative-medicine/grounding-healthy-heart/.