Earthing (also known as grounding), was something I heard about quite some time ago, but never really gave it any thought until recently, when I was discussing with my friend how it could help minimise/counteract WiFi exposure.
What’s more, as I’ve started working on my laptop a lot more, I’ve noticed the effects that spending prolonged periods of time in front of a computer screen can bring about (I find I feel all out of sorts, my mood is all over the place, and I become slightly irritable). So when I feel these symptoms begin to show themselves, I take a short break and go outside, either for a walk (barefoot), or to just find a spot to sit on the grass, where I lay down and simply look up at the sky, watching the clouds pass by. It’s incredibly powerful and I feel about 10 times better when I return back to work again.
When I first learnt about “Earthing” or “Grounding”, the idea that we’re meant to connect with the earth regularly made sense to me. Like, for instance, have you ever noticed that when you’ve spent a day at the beach, lying on the warm sand, swimming in the ocean water, and walking around barefoot the whole day, that you feel better? Less stressed, happier, more centred, and the world looks that little bit brighter? Did you find that you slept better that night? One theory for this is that the sand and ocean water are both naturally conductive and help ground the body and remove excess positive electrons.
What is Earthing or Grounding?
To keep it short and sweet, earthing or grounding means simply to put the body in direct contact with the earth for extended periods of time without interruption. So, the skin needs to touch soil, water, sand, or other type of conductive surface that is in contact with the earth.
The earth carries its own mild negative charge. Over time, particularly in this day and age with our modern ways of living and the fact we’re exposed to so much technology which carries its own positive charge, it can create an imbalance in the electrical energy naturally found in our bodies, and result in a build up of positive charged energy. By coming into contact with the earth directly, this can even out the positive charge and return the body to a neutral state.
Many of us do not have this contact with the earth anymore. As a population, we wear rubber shoes, walk/run on cement footpaths, live indoors, and rarely sit down on the grass to enjoy time out and relax. In theory, we could go for months, even years without directly touching the earth at all, even if we do go outside. Some experts wonder whether this lack of contact with the earth could be a contributor to the many rising health concerns we’re facing today.
The theory is thought to be that this prolonged build up of positive charge may lead to health problems over time.
Earthing & Grounding Benefits
New research has found that earthing or grounding may be beneficial for:
- Normalising biological rhythms like the body’s circadian rhythm
- Protecting the body from the effects of EMFs
- Reducing inflammation
- Improving sleep
- Reducing stress and promoting feelings of calmness by decreasing stress hormones
- Improving menstrual and female hormone symptoms
- Helping to reduce snoring
- Aiding in the support of adrenal health
- Helping with the symptoms of jet lag (may help reduce it)
- Normalising blood pressure
- Increasing energy
- Relieving headaches and muscle tension
- Promoting faster healing – some places use it to prevent bed sores
- Shortens the recovery time required from athletic activity or injury
How to Try Grounding Or Earthing
Walking outdoors barefoot is definitely the most cost-effective and easiest way to ground yourself. If you live close to the ocean or other natural body of water that you can swim in, this is another great way to practice earthing.
For earthing to occur, the skin must be in direct contact with water, dirt, or rock. The beach is one of the best places because not only are sand and salt water very conductive, but salt water is also extremely high in magnesium!
How to Earth Indoors
Those who aren’t able to, or do not want to, spend time outside may be able to achieve some of the results of grounding indoors. There are many products available to help making grounding indoors easy:
- An earthing sheet can be used on any bed for when you’re sleeping, as this is the body’s peak time to repair itself.
- An earthing mat can be used under your feet or arms while on a computer to help reduce your exposure to EMFs.
The earthing mat (or sheet) allows you to do grounding while you’re inside a building. It simply plugs into the grounding wire port or a grounding rod. The natural electrons present in the earth flow right up through the ground wire and onto the mat, even if you’re in a high rise. The mat comes with an outlet tester you can plug in to see if the outlet is configured properly.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products.
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Have you ever tried earthing or grounding before? Did you notice any change?
Wells, Katie. (January 23, 2019). Earthing & Grounding: Legit or Hype? (How to & When Not To). Wellness Mama. Retrieved from https://wellnessmama.com/5600/earthing-grounding/