Earthing was, until relatively recently, a part of life for most of us. For those who spend a lot of time outdoors, tilling the soil, gardening, camping, or simply walking barefoot, it still is.
Emerging scientific research has revealed that direct physical contact with the electrons on the surface of the Earth is very beneficial for human health. Unfortunately, modern lifestyle prevents such contact. The fascinating thing is that reports of how walking barefoot on the Earth enhances health and provides feeling of well-being can be found in literature and practices of many different cultures from around the world.
What is earthing and how it boosts our health
The idea behind the process of earthing is that our bodies should come into contact with the Earth as often as possible.
There is scientific evidence that our bodies and cells have electrical energy, and with the Electromagnetic waves all around us, positive electrons gradually build up in our bodies, often in the form of free radicals. Direct contact with the ground, through our hands or feet, balances this out as it is a negative grounding charge.
But, contact with soil has even more amazing and intriguing benefits.
As anyone who enjoys gardening will tell you, getting down on your knees and getting your hands dirty somehow makes you feel energized yet tranquil – just what we need.
Besides, considering we live at a time when depression has become a global epidemic, it’s unbelievable that a natural cure for depression has been all around us all the time. The latest research suggests that there are natural triggers for production of “happy” chemicals that keep depression at bay – all you need to do is get your fingers dirty.
Gardening, without gloves, can increase your serotonin levels. Apparently, contact with soil and a specific soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of serotonin in our brain. Serotonin is a “happy” chemical, a natural anti-depressant which strengthens the immune system, and lack of which causes depression.
How do you “earth”?
The easiest and cheapest way to try is to spend about 30 minutes a day walking around on the grass, dirt, rock or sand barefoot. Or to engage in gardening, swimming in the ocean or simply sitting or lying on the ground.
If, for whatever reason, direct contact with earth is not possible, there are a number of options to help you install earthing devices indoors —from mattress pads that connect your bed to the earth via a grounding wire, wrist and ankle bands, chair covers, etc.
The benefits of connecting with Earth’s energy
Earthing not only makes us feel better, it also helps with:
- Reducing inflammation by defusing excess positive electrons
- Reducing chronic pain
- Improving Sleep
- Increasing Energy
- Lowering stress
- Normalizing biological rhythms including circadian rhythm
- Improving blood pressure and blood flow
- Relieving muscle tension and headache
- Lessens menstrual and female hormone symptoms
- Speeds healing
- Protecting the body from EMFs
- Shortens recovery time from injury or athletic activities
So, after you’ve read this, get out and get your hands and feet dirty!