Since my introduction to plant-based eating, I have become more interested in learning about holistic ways of living. Healing the body naturally instead of placing synthetic drugs into my system, has led me to learn more about other approaches to healthy aging. Comparing healing methods of modern medicine in the west to that of alternative medicine practices of the east, guided me towards grounding or what some people refer to as ‘earthing’.
When I think back to the time when I was a little girl, I loved going to the beach, and couldn’t wait to take off my shoes, jump in the water, and play in the sand. Running through the cool grass in my bare feet during the warmer months felt so right and natural. It’s hard to believe that today, the term grounding would have so much significance.
We all operate electrically and live on an electrical planet. When you think about all the living creatures on this planet, they are somehow connected to the ground’s electric energy. Isn’t it interesting that wild animals don’t suffer from chronic or autoimmune disease? Beyond consuming plant-based and natural foods, have we lost our ability to connect with the earth? Have we connected to the wrong energy?
Grounding can be a very controversial topic as it can have amazing benefits such as healing inflammation and other ailments, but there is still a lack of solid scientific evidence to support this practice. It is becoming evident today, that people are looking outside modern medicine to heal the body and disease. Could grounding be the answer we are looking for? Let’s take a look.
What is Grounding?
Any part of the body that comes in direct contact with the earth is grounding or earthing. When the skin directly touches the soil, sand, water, or conductive surface, it comes in direct contact with the earth. The earth is made up of energy and our bodies can build up a positive charge over time. Science shows us that the earth has a mild negative charge, so when our bodies come in direct contact with some type of earth element, our bodies return to a neutral state.
What Are the Benefits of Grounding?
With the increase in disease and health problems, there is one theory that over time, a positive charge in our body can lead to health problems. As we become more attached to our technical devices, we tend to stay indoors more, which in turn we spend less time outdoors, away from nature. We have also allowed rubber shoes to take over our choice of footwear, leaving behind the days of walking around in our bare feet. Over time, this can lead to health problems.
So, is there any advantages of grounding our bodies? According to recent research, there seems to be some truth to this holistic approach. Benefits such as:
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing chronic pain
- Improves sleep
- Increases energy
- Relieves muscle tension and headaches
- Lowers stress levels by reducing stress hormones
- Normalizes biological rhythms
- Improved circulation
- Helps support adrenal health
- Shortening recovering time from injury or sports
- Improves female hormones symptoms
How Do You Ground the Body?
Just as I did as a little girl, taking off my shoes and just walking bare foot in the grass or sand is the best way to practice earthing or stay grounding. On those nature hikes, stop take a break, remove your sandals or hiking boots, and walk through the streams. When was the last time you actually swam in a lake? With the chemicals they put into pools today, get back to nature, find a swimming hole or lake that is clean and just relax in the water.
Taking a vacation? The beach is the best place to get grounded. Salt water is extremely conductive and high in magnesium. Go for a swim, build sand castles, or simply go for a walk on the beach in your bare feet. Don’t you find that you sleep better when you’re on a beach or nature vacation? Is it because you’re away from reality or are you simply getting in touch with nature and grounding yourself with the earth?
They even say that hugging a tree helps ground you, although, I haven’t tried that one yet. If you live in a colder climate, taking off your shoes and jumping around in the water isn’t a choice but there are other alternatives. You can purchase grounding products that can help you with your sleep, use at work, or simply help you to relax.
Until next time, stay grounded!
Below is some research on grounding information and it’s effect on inflammation.
- The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
Oschman JL, Chevalier G, Brown R.
J Inflamm Res. 2015 Mar 24;8:83-96. doi: 10.2147/JIR.S69656.
- Grounding after moderate eccentric contractions reduces muscle damage.
Brown R, Chevalier G, Hill M.
Open Access J Sports Med. 2015 Sep 21;6:305-17. doi: 10.2147/OAJSM.S87970.