Connecting to the Earth.
When was the last time you walked barefoot on the grass? At the beach or at the park? Can you remember how good it felt by simply connecting to the Earth? Whether we are aware or not, humans, along with the other energy fields in the planet, are taking part in a constant process of finding balance and connection with the Earth. This happens in our daily lives: when we are cooking, playing with our pet, or doing chores. Everything involves interacting with energy fields all around us.
The human body was naturally made to work with the Earth in the sense that there's a constant flow of energy between the body and the planet we live in. This process is called Earthing (or Grounding) which refers to the tapping and connecting of the human body to the electrical energy of the Earth. The most powerful way to reconnect with the Earth is through our five senses: smell, listen, feel, and connect.
Earth’s Free Electrons Neutralise Free Radicals.
We are living in the modern technology and lifestyle on which we are exposed to growing electromagnetic fields (EMF) which increases the production of free radicals in our body. Free radicals are group of atoms that has an unpaired electron that is unstable and highly reactive. Although free radicals are naturally produced in our body, environment and lifestyle such as exposure to pollution, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, and unbalanced diet help accelerate free radical production. These free radicals damage healthy cells that lead to inflammations which are believed to be the root cause of illnesses and diseases.
In Physics, everything has energy that is positively, negatively, or neutrally charged. The earth’s surface has an endless supply of negative electrons that serve an abundant supply of free electrons and antioxidants. When a physical contact with the ground happens, Earth takes up free electrons into our bodies and nullifies its charge. These free electrons act as antioxidants that help neutralise free radicals.
The miracle work of Earthing is simple: Inflammation happens when these three things happen in your body:
1) the blood thickens;
2) there are a lot of free radicals in the body;
3) there are a lot of positively charged electrons.
Earthing helps in thinning the blood and supplies your body with free electrons that effectively neutralise free radicals. The effect of Earthing is enough to maintain your body’s balance as the negatively charged electrical potential of the Earth.
Is this information backed up by research? Extensive studies show that physical and direct contact to Earth helps reduce pain, inflammation, and improve sleep to mention some. Clint Ober, the person who rediscovered the idea of Earthing, performed numerous studies which show positive effects of sleeping while grounded on the physical health. The result revealed that those who were grounded reported to have reduced pain and better sleep. It was not until 2004 when the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published one of Ober’s studies. The study said that “Earthing during sleep resynchronizes cortisol secretion more in alignment with its natural, normal rhythm.”
In 2006, a study published in European Biology and Bioelectromagnetics Journal revealed that Earthing reduces overall stress and tension. Majority of 58 subjects showed a positive change result in EEG, EMG, and pulse rates after Earthing. Additionally, 50% of the subjects showed rapid improvement in these readings as soon as they were grounded. Further studies also reveal that Earthing activates the parasympathetic nervous system to enhance relaxation.
Additionally, Tracy Latz, M.D., a psychiatrist, shared how she practices Earthing as an approach to healing. She mentioned: “For those with anxiety (post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, etc.), reconnecting with the Earth can assist with an improved sense of safety. By improving sleep, Earthing can help normalize serotonin levels in the brain as it decreases cortisol (an anxiety-inducing hormone). When cortisol levels are high, there is a tendency to go into fight-or-flight/panic responses to stressful situations and become more easily angered or irritable. As cortisol levels decrease and stabilize, we become more centred, peaceful and calm. In short, we get more easily into our heart and have more compassion for our self as well as for others. Some patients, I have found, stop Earthing after their anxiety gets better, and I have to remind them about what helped them get better.”
How to Get Earthed.
Earthing is one of the easiest ways to manage stress. Studies show that aside from neutralizing free radicals, Earthing also helps in regulating cortisol that reduces stress and some risk factors of cardiovascular diseases, improving gastrointestinal symptoms, and shifting the body from the stressed fight-or-flight mode to calm and restorative state.
The idea of our body in direct contact to the ground or surface of the Earth has been with us for a long time but modern lifestyle and technology made us so disconnected with the Earth that made us more vulnerable to stress. Getting Earthed is simple: you just go out and connect with the Earth. One of the simplest ways is to walk barefoot on the grass. When you put your feet on the ground, you absorb large amounts of negative electrons through the soles of your feet. Other ways how to get Earthed include:
· Gardening with bare hands
· Hugging a tree
· Sleeping or camping on the grounds
· Swimming in the ocean
· Wearing grounding shoes
· Sleeping on grounding sheets / mats