Getting literally grounded (living in contact with the Earth's natural surface charge) by absorbing earth’s electrons into your body can rebalance the body and restore you to greater levels of health and vitality. The practice is called grounding or earthing and its health benefits are myriad and proven. It reduces chronic inflammation and free radicals in the body both of which lead to chronic diseases and acceleration of the aging process. You can get grounded by walking barefoot on the earth (see our recent blog on these and other benefits of going barefoot here), by wearing earthing shoes, socks and wristbands, and by sleeping on earthing bedsheets.
Our bodies are being constantly bombarded by electrical fields most of which happens right inside our homes. Many people report becoming chronically ill from the constant insult of these frequencies. Earthing actually reduces such electric fields imposed on the body.
One scientific experiment* found that grounding during a single night of sleep reduces the primary indicators of osteoporosis. Another experiment performed by the same scientists led to the discovery that earthing helps regulate thyroid function which is significant because thyroid hormones affect almost every physiological process in the body. Still a third study found that earthing accelerates the immune response in humans.
[The information in this article should not be viewed as medical advice as we are not medical professionals. We are shareing information and recommendations from and based on scientific publications and studies that are enumerated in the article’s endnotes. As always, when beginning any new program dedicated to health and which is new for you, first consult your physician.]
The surface of the earth radiates an abundance of electrons that gives it a negative electrical charge. If you are standing outside on a sunny day and wearing shoes you are receiving approximately 200 volts between the Earth and the top of your head. On the other hand, if you are standing on bare earth on that same sunny day your whole body is in electrical contact with the Earth’s surface: your skin and the Earth’s surface make a continuous charged surface both with the same electrical potential; the charged area is pushed up and away from your head creating a protective shielding effect where you are literally standing beneath an “umbrella” of Earth’s natural electrical field. See illustration above.
To understand how earthing works consider the household outlet that contains a ground wire–the third prong/semi-circular hole beneath the other two prongs: In the event of a short circuit, the ground wire will provide a path for the electrical current to be absorbed into the ground; without grounding, if you were to touch a device powered by electricity such as your refrigerator your body might complete the ground path causing an electric shock or even electrocution.
Grounding for our bodies works the same way as grounding works for our electrical appliances. Without consistent grounding our bodies are short-circuiting showing up in physical, emotional, and mental disorders. When we regularly connect to the Earth for grounding we are able to achieve a re-balancing of our electrical system as described here by biophysicist James Oschman:
“The moment your foot touches the Earth, or you connect to the Earth through a wire, your physiology changes. An immediate normalization begins. And an anti-inflammatory switch is turned on. People stay inflamed because they never connect with the Earth, the source of free electrons which can neutralize the free radicals in the body that cause disease and cellular destruction. Earthing is the easiest and most profound lifestyle change anyone can make.” –James Oschman in Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis
When we are grounded we feel centered, solid, strong and balanced–like we’re really and firmly in our bodies. If you feel like a leaf blowing in the wind, shaky, spacey, always at loose ends, less present or fragile, you’ve lost touch with the ground, nature and your natural essence and you probably need to get grounded.
Grounding provides a number of physiological and mental benefits. A number, if not, all of these can help mitigate sickness and the symptoms of aging.
• a clearer mind and thinking process
• more balanced emotions
• elevated energy
• better managed pain
• improved sleep
• reduced stress reaction
• boosted immunity
• lessened inflammation
• improved circulation
Though there are a number of grounding devices available today (mentioned in paragraph 1 above) the easiest way to get grounded is to practice mindful walking barefoot or to simply stand on the bare earth, grass, stones, or sand. Stand in one place, walk, or lay down for at least 20 minutes at a time, preferably twice a day. You might want to practice the art of standing like a tree also known as Zhan zhuang or shinrin-yoku (forest bathing). See our blog post at our sister site here for more information and tips on receiving grounding from trees.
Reduce inflammation, free radicals and other physiological conflicts in your body with the simplest, most natural healing device known to man. Clear your energy every day and notice how much more balanced and alive you feel in every way.
* Discussed in: Rosch, Paul J. Bioelectromagnetic and Subtle Energy Medicine. CRC Press, 2015.
Oschman, James L. Energy Medicine: the Scientific Basis. Elsevier, 2016.
Ober, C. et al. Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever. Basic Health Publications, Second Edition. 2014