As we grow, we lose some habits that are highly beneficial for our well-being, such as contact with nature. Grounding or Earthing, is gaining more notoriety and becoming again a common practice.
As a child, you certainly loved walking barefoot and having direct contact with the land, with nature. Or did you loved to get dirty and roll around on the grass imitating your canine and feline friends?
Even without knowing that this simple attitude is a transforming connection. Well, even before being known by that name, everyone at some point has already practiced grounding.
To learn more about what it is, how it works, benefits and more, keep on reading!
The Bioelectric Human Body
The human body is made up of 64% salt solution which is a good conductor of electricity. The salt solution, in contact with nerve cells, generates chemical bioelectricity. Each beat of our heart (pulse) produces a current of one cycle per second of one watt of dissipated electrical power. The electrical power and resistance of the human body vary from one individual to another: they depend on the organic constitution of cells and the conductivity of the body. The human being is an electric machine!
We are build of the same elements of the Universe: Molecules, atoms, protons, neutrons, and electrons. Matter and Energy are the same: Matter is the condensation of energy; energy is the disintegration of matter.
It’s essential for human beings to maintain the electrical balance of their bodies. The electrical balance is related to the individual’s physical, mental and emotional health, and similarly, as with insulators and conductors of electricity, the human body accumulates electricity when resistance is high and discharges electricity easily when resistance is low.
What is Grounding
Grounding is a practice that allows us to have direct and transforming contact with Earth and consists to direct skin contact with the surface of the Earth. Few people give importance to our connection with the planet, more specifically with nature. It turns out that this connection is extremely important for our well-being. Having direct contact with nature through this practice can greatly improve our quality of life, in addition to balancing our energies.
How it works
With so many tasks, technology, wearing rubber-soled shoes, and being more agitated, we are losing contact with nature. This loss of contact causes anxiety, depression, increased fears and frustrations, among others, to directly affect our lives. In other words, this lack of contact and living in an industrialized world unbalances our electric body. We can say that being ungrounded is the root cause of a great deal of human suffering.
It’s at this moment that Grounding becomes an interesting practice for our days, the direct connection with nature allows us to be present in the here and now. The exchange of energy is so intense and transformative that it helps us to have more tranquility and clarity in our lives.
The practice is very simple, just be in direct contact, skin to skin with nature. You can lie down, be barefoot, sit or touch the ground with your hands. You can also roll over and hug the earth or a tree.
Attention!!! Please avoid areas sprayed with pesticides as they will be absorbed through your feet, and be also careful in areas that may have broken glass or debris… Safety comes first!
The Main Benefits Of Grounding
This simple attitude of staying in contact with nature for a few moments can:
- Improve sleep quality;
- Reduce chronic pain;
- Increase the capacity for physical disposition;
- Balance vital energy;
- Reduce inflammation;
- Elevates the overall mood;
- Improves blood flow;
- Reduces emotional stress;
- Improves immune response;
Signs of Being Ungrounded
- You get distracted easily
- Feelings of being space out
- Over-think or ruminate/engage in personal drama
- Experience anxiety and perpetual worrying
The Science Behind Grounding
An ever-growing body of research proves and encourages grounding, and we will talk about some studies here because often the mind needs confirmation, anyway, we advise you to be your own scientists, to research and let your body be your laboratory. You can evaluate the results for yourself and why not start a journal where you can apply your scientific mindset and experiences?
– According to a study published on the scientific website NCBI, walking on the ground without the protection of any shoes, known as “grounding”, or “earthing”, considerably increases our health and our feeling of welfare.
– A study, developed by Dr. James Oschman, a doctor of biology from the University of Pittsburgh and an expert in energy medicine, confirms that these benefits owe to the electron-rich charge present in the ground. When walking barefoot, these electrons penetrate our body and work as powerful antioxidants, destroying free radicals.
– Grounding reduces or even prevents cardinal signs of inflammation after injury: redness, heat, swelling, pain, and loss of function. The rapid resolution of chronic painful inflammation has been confirmed in 20 case studies using infrared medical images. The main hypothesis presented is that connecting the body to the Earth allows free electrons from the Earth’s surface to spread to the body, where they can have antioxidant effects. Specifically, it suggests that mobile electrons create an antioxidant microenvironment around the field of injury repair, slowing or preventing the reactive oxygen species provided by the oxidative explosion from causing “collateral damage” to healthy tissue and preventing or reducing the formation of the inflammatory process. ” – The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
This means that the simple act of walking barefoot on the land can act as a powerful treatment and a possible solution to a variety of diseases, including chronic and degenerative diseases, as the study above also states.
Chronic stress, dysfunction in the Autonomic Nervous System, inflammation, pain, poor sleep and insomnia, hyper-coagulable blood, dysrhythmia and many other more common health problems, such as cardiovascular diseases can be cured by getting down to earth.
“The research carried out to date supports the concept that the earth or the grounding of the human body can be an essential element in the health equation, along with sunlight, clean air and water, nutritious food and physical activity.”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/
And the benefits do not stop there
Another study, developed by the Department of Cell Biology at the University of California, found that walking barefoot increases blood flow in the face. This research, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found that the practice is capable of reducing blood viscosity, a characteristic that is associated with cardiovascular problems.
One study published in the NCBI, reveals that walking with the foot on the ground is the main factor capable of regulating the nervous system and the endocrine system of the human being.
More research? Here
Walking Barefoot in The City, How?
In fact, the contemporary world has taken us away from this connection with nature, especially with the soil. And if we think about it, human beings were not “made” to walk with foot protection, even there are studies condemning the use of shock absorbers. According to a study, published by the Royal Society, an English institution designed to promote scientific knowledge, sneakers prevent our feet from functioning as natural springs.
According to the activist website Collective Evolution, shoes with rubber or plastic soles will isolate electrons, which will not spread through your body acting as antioxidants. The same goes for asphalt, wood, plastic or vinyl soils.
Anyway, even in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, and inside your home, there are ways to ground yourself.
How To Ground Yourself If You Are Not Around Nature
Not having direct contact with nature does not mean that grounding isn’t possible. Try one of the following grounding techniques and observe the effects on your body and mind. Write your physical and/or emotional sensations in your journal, you can go back to it later and check if the sensitivity to the movements and sensations in your body increased.
Cover the top of your head with one hand
I honestly haven’t found any scientific evidence to explain the effectiveness of this method, but I find it effective. When you are not grounded, place a hand on the crown on your head (the top of your head). Close your eyes to avoid any distractions if you wish. You can practice this exercise between 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Feel Your Feet
This technique is fast and effective. Sitting or standing, place your awareness on the bottom of your feet. Pay attention to any sensation.
(I started noticing sensations under my feet after grounding in the woods for the first time in years. Now when I’m at home if I have shoes on and start to feel a slight tingling on the soles of my feet, I like to take off my shoes and do some breathing exercises while feeling the soles of my feet. I found out this helps me to reduce anxiety.)
Basic Vibration Exercise (GROUNDING)
This is a very popular bioenergetic exercise for anxiety and its main function is to help to ground. The objective of Bioenergetics is, first of all, to help people to become aware of their postures, their “shielding” attitudes and the emotions associated with these postures and attitudes. Through the practice of certain exercises, people learn to release muscle armor, in order to allow the body to function freely and naturally.
– Stand with your feet about 25 cm apart; toes slightly turned inward to stretch the buttock muscles.
– Lean forward by touching the floor with the fingers of both hands, the knees should be slightly bent. There should be no weight on your hands; the entire weight of the body must fall on the feet. Leave your head hanging as long as possible.
– Breathe slowly and deeply through your mouth. Attention to keep breathing (forget breathing through your nose for now).
– Let the weight of your body go forward so that it falls on the instep. The heels may be slightly raised.
– Slowly stretch your knees until the hamstrings are stretched. This does not mean, however, that the knees must be fully stretched or locked. You don’t want tension in your knees.
– Stay in this position for about a minute.
While performing the Basic Vibration Exercise take into consideration:
- Are you breathing easily or holding your breath? The vibration will not occur if you stop breathing.
- Do you notice any vibrating activity in your legs? If not, slowly try to bend the knee a little, and then straighten it up to the starting position. Do this a few times to relax your muscles.
- Are the vibrations intense or subtle, smooth or spasmodic? In some cases, people literally jump off the ground if they can’t control their excitement. Did this happen to you? Please share it with us!
Take a cold shower
This grounding technique has many health benefits. Ever heard about the Wim Hof Method? Cold exposure increases immunity, reduces fat and elevates mood by triggering dopamine. If you are not used to taking a cold shower, at the end of your hot bath, bath yourself for 30 seconds with cold water.
Over the next weeks, leave the water a little cooler and stay under it for a longer period. At the end of a couple of weeks, your body will get used to colder temperatures. It is an invigorating experience, highly recommended, unless you have high blood pressure, in that case, this is not for you.
Please Don’t Waste Water, pay attention to unnecessary water wastage…
Grounding and meditation
Rescuing your connection with nature and your essence is a transformative process. Combining the practice of Grounding with meditation can further stimulate the benefits of both practices.
The hectic routine makes us humans more distant from the present moment. We are much more concerned with tomorrow than with now. At that moment, turning your attention to the here and now and relieving the worry, which is sometimes excessive, is necessary. Try to take a few minutes of your day to do Grounding and also meditation.
Find someplace where you can have contact with Nature. Nowadays, even in large metropolises, it is possible to find a park or spaces that have points of nature. When you find this place, remember to stay in direct contact with the earth before starting your meditation.
Just like meditation, it is possible to practice Grounding every day. You can spend 20 to 30 minutes in the morning, for example, to connect with nature and thus start your day more consciously.
If direct contact with nature is impossible, meditate at home barefoot, practice breathing exercises, bring some plants home and take care of them, find a way to have nature close by.