Earthing has become a rediscovered resource for healing. Well, you ask, what is it? Long ago, it was a common practice for humans to walk the earth barefoot or wearing sandals made of fabric, leather or other conductive materials. Some cultures and regions still practice this. When you’re barefoot, nutrients from the earth can be absorbed through the feet and into the body. Also, like when you plug in a lamp and switch it on, your body completes a subtle but measurable electrical circuit with the earth—you get grounded. As we all know, going barefoot is less commom these days and most of us wear shoes made of rubber and other synthetic fibers.
So, what is the point of earthing, why do it?
Within 2 hours, Earthing has been shown to:
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce pain, anxiety, and stress
- Improve sleep
- Reduces stiffness and soreness
- Promotes overall well-being
Earthing is accessible even if you are unable to walk barefoot. Touching a tree with your bare hands will do. Also, there are grounding devices that can be purchased to be worn indoors. These devices produce the same effects as if grounding outside. I purchased a grounding device on Amazon. I plug it into an outlet and wear it as a bracelet throughout the day. I find that I fall asleep easier, faster, and wake feeling thoroughly rested. If you would like more information about this topic, check out the free documentary on Youtube here: The Earthing Movie: The Remarkable Science of Grounding (full documentary)
If you’d like to read more about the benefits of grounding with the earth, check out this article: Integrative and lifestyle medicine strategies should include Earthing (grounding): Review of research evidence and clinical observations
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