On grounding

Grounding or earthing is defined as placing one’s bare feet on the ground (especially when humid or wet), whether it be dirt, grass, sand, or concrete.

In order to balance the electric charge of your body with the Earth:

It is known that the Earth maintains a negative electrical potential on its surface. When in direct contact with the ground (walking, sitting, or lying down on the Earth’s surface), the Earth’s electrons are conducted to the human body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the Earth.

[Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, 2011]

‘Grounded’ has been the natural bioelectrical environment of living organisms throughout most of evolutionary history. Only since the 1960s have humans insulated themselves from the Earth with rubber-soled shoes.

Martin Freeman (of barefoot hobbit fame) explains that rubber-soled trainers do not conduct electricity.

Benefits of grounding?

Emerging research suggests that grounding has beneficial effects on human physiology:

As soil’s electrons are conducted to the human body, the grounded body assumes favorable physiologic and electrophysiologic changes. Attenuation of the inflammatory response and a favorable impact on blood viscosity and RBC aggregation have been the most recent findings. Previous studies have also demonstrated that grounding promotes favourable regulation of circadian rhythms, improved sleep with better night-time cortisol dynamics, and favorable ANS function.

[The Journal of Alternative and Contemporary Medicine, 2013]

Inflammation has been associated with almost every modern chronic illness. Grounding may be a simple way to reduce it:

Reduction in inflammation as a result of earthing has been documented with infrared medical imaging and with measurements of blood chemistry and white blood cell counts. The logical explanation for the anti-inflammatory effects is that grounding the body allows negatively charged antioxidant electrons from the Earth to enter the body and neutralize positively charged free radicals at sites of inflammation. Flow of electrons from the Earth to the body has been documented.

… The research done to date supports the concept that grounding or earthing the human body may be an essential element in the health equation along with sunshine, clean air and water, nutritious food, and physical activity.

[Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012]

Going barefoot for as little as 30 or 40 minutes a day can provide significant benefits.

Read the book Earthingor see the documentary Grounded:

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