Walking barefoot in the ground is one of the simplest things you can do to heal your body.

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Liz Barker
September 29, 2020
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Earthing walking barefoot on the ground

Grounding also called earthing, is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth.

Connecting to the Earth’s natural energy is essential for vibrant health. If you look at the whole animal kingdom they are always connected to the Earth and so were humans less than 100 years ago when we all moved inside and walked around on our shag pile carpets. You don't see the same health issues like diabetes, obesity, and cancer in the animal kingdom as you in humans and our indoor pets.

Being isolated from the Earth by non-conductive materials such as wood, tile, and carpeted floorings in our homes, as well as rubber and plastic in our shoes, leaves us feeling unhealthy. Connecting to the Earth is easy and can be done outdoors by walking barefoot on the Earth's natural surfaces or indoors with one of our Earthing products.

Grounding is currently a fairly under-researched topic however, the most recent scientific research has shown benefits for inflammation, cardiovascular disease, muscle damage, chronic pain, and mood.

In a small study on grounding and heart health, 10 healthy participants were grounded using patches on the palms of their hands and soles of their feet.

Blood measurements were taken before and after grounding to determine any changes in red blood cell fluidity, which plays a role in heart health. The results indicated significantly less red blood cell clumping after grounding, which suggests benefits for cardiovascular health. This is because the Earth is Negatively charged and when we are not grounded we become more positively charged so blood cells clump together. When we ground ourselves to the Earth we become negatively charged again so the blood cells repel. 

How to ground or earth yourself. 

Walk barefoot

One of the easiest ways to ground yourself to the earth or sand is to walk barefoot.

Lie on the ground

You can increase your skin-to-earth contact by lying on the ground. You can do it in the grass by the park or on the sand at the beach

Swim or paddle your feet in water

Wading in a clear lake or swimming in the ocean as a way to ground yourself. 

Use grounding equipment

When going outside to ground yourself isn’t an option, there are earthing tools you can use. This equipment is an effective way to incorporate earthing therapy into your daily life and includes:

  • grounding mats
  • grounding sheets or blankets
  • grounding socks
  • grounding patches

You can find all of these online. Check out the website Earthing.com 

If you are interested in finding out more. I highly recommend The Earthing Movie by John Gray which is free to watch on YouTube and includes the studies.