“Earthing” or “Grounding” may sound like something out of a sci-fi novel, but it’s actually a beautifully simple practice that you probably already do without even realizing. Earthing is the art of walking barefoot. If that sounds too new-agey for you, think again. There’s actually some serious science to back up this growing practice.
What are the Benefits of Earthing?
So far, Earthing has been studied for chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, muscle damage, and pain. It works on the subatomic level through the transfer of electrons from the earth or water to the cells in your body. Our bodies rely on the transfer of electrons between our cells, so altering this process can affect our health and well-being in real, physical ways.
Earthing could still be considered a “new” science (although it’s probably been around for thousands of years), so studies on its benefits are small trials that still need further review to be considered accepted science. However, anecdotal evidence and a strong following including celebrities and athletes that swear by the practice add to its credibility.
Those who practice Earthing (Earthers?) are often looking for relief from conditions like chronic fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and cardiovascular issues. They report that the sense of calm and physical relief they get from Earthing is effective for addressing these problems.
How Can I Practice Earthing?
There are many ways to practice Earthing, as the main concept is simply to touch bare hands and feet to the ground or water. However, it’s not always so easy to get out into nature, especially if you live in a city.
You may come across Earthing or Grounding products sold online. These are usually objects like mats, sheets, blankets, socks or patches that are formulated to receive electrical charges. Be wary when using these types of products, however, as there are many false claims online. If an item sounds too cheap to be true, it probably is, and there’s even the risk of electrocution from faulty items. For this reason, we don’t recommend Earthing this way.
The absolute easiest way to practice Earthing is just to take off your shoes and walk barefoot. The forest floor, grass, sand, and even squishy mud are perfect environments to feel a connection to nature.
If you want to increase the amount of surface area that shares contact with the earth, try lying on the ground with as much skin contact as possible. It makes you think that maybe it’s more than just habit that makes people love lying on the beach so much.
Speaking of the beach, we know that water is an electrical conductor, which makes it great for Earthing as well. Submerging yourself in a natural body of water; whether that’s a lake, river or the ocean, provides the same benefits as Earthing.
Still skeptical? Get out in nature and try connecting with your bare skin, then ask yourself how you feel afterwards. Whether it’s science, spiritual or coincidence isn’t too important; it’s pretty undeniable that nature makes people feel better.
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