Ever wondered why our ancestors did not wear shoes or slippers and they lived very long lives and did not get sick as often?
Earthing means walking barefoot on soil, grass or sand - just any natural surface. One reason direct physical contact with the ground might have beneficial physiological effects is the earth’s surface has a negative charge and is constantly generating electrons that could neutralize free radicals, acting as antioxidants. You may think of antioxidants as coming from food, and indeed a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and other foods that provide beta-carotene, selenium, lutein, lycopene and vitamins A, C and E helps prevent cellular damage from free radicals. Still, it is interesting that we may be able to get them directly from the earth, too.
Scientific studies over the years indicate that our bodies can be protected and helped—and that we feel better—when we are electrically connected to the Earth.
According to this reasearch, grounding the human body during sleep reduces night-time levels of cortisol and resynchronizes cortisol hormone secretion more in alignment with the natural 24-hour circadian rhythm profile.
The nervous system is an electrical system of the body and influences all these activities. An influx of negative electrons from the earth has been shown to calm the nervous system by shifting the autonomic nervous system from the sympathetic, “fight-or-flight” branch toward the parasympathetic “rest-and-digest” branch.
Sleep and stress reduction are vital for managing pain, and decreasing the risks of many chronic health conditions
Apart from that, it is proven that grounding also helps with inflammation. This study proves that grounding reduces or even prevents the cardinal signs of inflammation following injury: redness, heat, swelling, pain, and loss of function. Grounding appears to improve sleep, normalize the day–night cortisol rhythm, reduce pain, reduce stress, shift the autonomic nervous system from sympathetic toward parasympathetic activation, increase heart rate variability, speed wound healing, and reduce blood viscosity.
The good news is we can get grounded very easily. If the weather and schedule permits, walk barefoot for a half-hour or more, go outside, bask in the fresh air and see what a difference that makes on your pain or stress level. Sit, stand, or walk on soil, grass or sand - these are all conductive surfaces from which your body can draw the Earth’s energy from.
For many people, however, there isn’t time in their busy days to go out barefoot. There are, fortunately, indoor options. Investing in grounding products, such as grounding mats or straps, can be used to remain electrically grounded to the earth while sleeping, relaxing, or working.