In physics, grounding simply means the removal of excess charge through the exchange of electrons. This is the exact process that occurs when people do grounding or earthing! Grounding, usually interchangeably also known as earthing, is simply connecting skin to the surface of the ground for at least a half-hour, by walking, sitting, or laying down.
In modern life we do ourselves a double-disservice by wearing rubber shoes, which block all conduction of electricity between the earth and the body, and by over-exposing ourselves to positive ions and EMF’s from the gadgets we have- the high-def tv’s, computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Positive ions occur naturally in the body but they act as free radicals, so they can do damage, especially when they build up over time and have no means of being released. Free radicals seriously contribute to inflammation, exacerbating any kind of inflammatory disease you may suffer – like joint and muscle pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, hypertension and heart disease, and so on- not to mention interfering with the body’s natural detoxification processes.
Grounding removes excess positive ions by exposing and infusing the body with negative ions, so through that electron exchange, the potentially harmful bad positive ions get taken out. (Negative ions are good and thought to be plentiful at the Earth’s surface!) The best thing about grounding is that it’s easy to do and free – just sit or walk with direct skin contact to dirt, rock, sand, or water for at least a half hour to experience the benefits. However, many earthing products are available these days, which use the current from power outlets to mimic the earth’s natural electromagnetic currents, and have been shown to be extremely effective.
So what benefits are people experiencing from the inflammation-reducing effects of grounding?
Here are some of the more compelling reasons to try grounding:
Reduction or Elimination of Chronic Pain
Like I mentioned above, chronic pain due to inflammation is significantly improved by using grounding – improving all kinds of pain like arthritis pain, chronic back pain, muscle tension and even frequent headaches.
It is theorized that using earthing products at night like mats or sheets is especially helpful since the night-time is the body’s prime recovery time, but also the currents are thought to regulate circadian rhythms, our bodies’ natural sleep-wake cycle that is easily disturbed by indoor lighting, especially the blue light wavelengths a lot of electronic device screens use!
Users of grounding report higher levels of energy and stamina, in part because they’re experiencing less pain and sleeping better, but also because there’s evidence grounding may help blood cells process and utilize oxygen better.
After just 30 minutes of grounding, tests reflect extremely lowered levels of cortisol, the main stress hormone which, when it gets out of control, can really wreak some havoc on your body systems!
Removing built-up positive ions helps restore balance to the body, including the pituitary and adrenal function, which leads to more regulated hormone production. You may well be able to kiss your cramps or hot flashes and mood swings good-bye!
Faster Healing and Recovery
Due to the anti-inflammatory effects, grounding is especially useful for recovering from injury or soreness in record time, so it would be great after intense works or after surgery to speed healing.
The grounding or earthing products available out there are great, but no special equipment or products are even needed – just get outside and reconnect with the Earth we’ve so lost touch with, literally!
Are you going to give grounding a try? Let me know in the comments! If you live in colder climates, there’s just a couple of months left to be able to do this outside comfortably.