Could such a simple thing as being barefoot in the grass help us feel better? That is what “grounding” or “earthing” essentially is and there are some great benefits of grounding for your body. Because the earth is one big electrical battery, there is a very special energy we can connect with that is present in the ground. It is believed that this type of electromagnetic energy is what we are missing and that this energy is also healing.
What is Grounding or Earthing?
In simple terms, grounding is simply putting your bare feet on the ground. When you do this, you’re in contact with the Earth. And because Mother Earth is endowed with electrons, these electrons are literally absorbed through your feet when grounding barefoot. “It’s like taking a handful of antioxidants, but getting it through your feet” says Cardiologist, Stephen Sinatra.
How Did We Disconnect From the Earth?
Modern lifestyle has increasingly separated humans from the primordial flow of Earth’s electrons. For example, since the 1960s, we have increasingly worn insulating rubber or plastic soled shoes, instead of the traditional leather fashioned from hides. Rossi has lamented that the use of insulating materials in post-World War II shoes has separated us from the Earth’s energy field.. Obviously, we no longer sleep on the ground as we did in times past, either.
Separated from the Earth and Poor Health?
During recent decades, chronic illness, immune disorders, and inflammatory diseases have increased dramatically, and some researchers have cited environmental factors as the cause. However, the possibility of modern disconnection with the Earth’s surface as a cause has not been considered. But, recent research does point us in that direction!
The Benefits of Grounding
Numerous scientific studies have shown that we, as humans, feel better when we reconnect to Mother Earth because we are bioelectrical beings, living on an electrical planet, our bodies naturally operate electrically. All of our cells transmit multiple frequencies that help our body’s internal systems run.
These studies have reported that when we are grounded we have decreased levels of inflammation and pain, improved circulation and have reduced stress levels.
How to Reconnect To The Earth
The good news is that you can reconnect — like right now! Take off your shoes and socks, head outside and feel the effects of grounding right away. Studies show that just 30 minutes of grounding barefoot can heal pain, reduce inflammation and improve quality of sleep. The best part, grounding is free and available to all of us! If you can’t get outside today, consider adding “barefoot sessions” to your self-care routine during the week and enjoy the invaluable benefits of grounding!