Grounding, also called Earthing, is the practice of connecting with the Earth's electrical energy by walking barefoot on grass, sand, or any natural surface. It’s basically making connection between you and the natural elements. Whilst Earthing may sound a bit extreme on the wellness scale, but it’s actually grounded (😉) in science.
What is the science behind Grounding?
The science behind Grounding is based on the fact that the Earth has a natural electrical charge, and when we make contact with it, we absorb some of its negatively charged electrons. These electrons neutralise free radicals in our bodies, effectively acting as an antioxidant.
Free radicals are unstable molecules in our bodies that are highly reactive that can damage the DNA in our cells and cause inflammation. They are naturally produced as a byproduct of our metabolism, but they can also be generated by exposure to environmental factors like pollution, radiation, and cigarette smoke.
To counteract the damage caused by free radicals, our bodies produce antioxidants, which neutralise free radicals and protect our cells. Eating a balanced diet, avoiding exposure to environmental toxins, and practicing healthy lifestyle habits like exercise can help balance antioxidant levels, but earthing has been proven to help this too.
Grounding or earthing acts a sort of natural antioxidant. By connecting with the Earth's negatively charged electrons, it can neutralise those free radicals. It's like plugging our bodies into a natural energy source, helping us to "recharge" and restore balance to our bodies.
What are the benefits of Grounding?
Grounding has been practiced historically across the globe for its healing powers. So whilst the recent research into Grounding and Earthing still needs more expanse, it’s all pointing towards some pretty great benefits:
All you have to do is find a patch of natural ground and take off your shoes. Grass, sand, soil, or even concrete can work as long as it's not painted or covered in synthetic materials. Around 30 minutes is enough time to reap the benefits of earthing, but the longer the better. Try:
Walking outside barefoot
Laying on the ground
Going swimming in open water
Using grounding mats, blankets, patches, and socks
So, by simply taking off our shoes and connecting with the Earth's natural energy, we can tap into its healing power and promote better health and wellbeing.
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