Have you ever heard the terms “grounding” or “earthing”? They mean the same thing, and grounding has healing and protective powers and health benefits, yet it is still often overlooked when it comes to human health. But it’s based in real, measurable science, and it’s super easy (and FREE) to try. Which brings us to Healthy Living Tip #84: Go Barefoot and Embrace Earthing.
If you find yourself suffering from the harmful effects of EMF overexposure, you’ve likely stumbled across earthing. Also known as grounding, the practice has been getting a lot of attention within the past few years. Many health conscious people love the topic earthing benefits, and there is an increasing body of research linking earthing and reversing EMF health effects.
Grounding (or earthing as it’s also known) might sound a little bit out there at first. But once you come to understand the science behind it, you’ll find it actually makes a lot of logical sense.
What’s more, it is possibly one of the best ways to protect yourself from a whole host of health issues, including damage and negative health effects resulting from exposure to EMF radiation. And one of the best things about grounding is that it is absolutely free to give it a try. There are however, a few things you’ll want to keep in mind if you plan on making grounding one of your new sources of EMF protection.
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What is Earthing?
So what is it? It’s really simple. Grounding is being in direct contact with the earth’s surface (a.k.a., the ‘ground’, hence its name).
It’s the grass tickling your feet, the dirt in your toes, the energy flowing up through the soles of your feet and feeding into your whole body.
Now, when we talk about “energy” from the Earth, we’re not referring to anything metaphysical, spiritual or supernatural. We’re talking about literal, measurable energy. There’s no scientific debate that this energy exists.
Our bodies are electrical beings. In fact, it’s because our bodies are electrical that humans are so vulnerable to damage from even very low levels of EMF radiation. Our body transmits and receives electrical signals in our nervous system to regulate each of our functions – they are critical to our health – your nervous and cardiovascular systems are two perfect examples of this.
The earth, too, is electromagnetic. There is a current flowing through our planet, and it has its own electromagnetic field. This is referred to as the Schumann Resonance. We as humans, are bioelectrical beings that evolved to live with exposure to the earth’s natural electrical fields.
Earthing (also sometimes called grounding) is the process of connecting your body directly with the earth.
Being in direct contact with the ground would allow a person to “absorb” the energy from the Earth. Imagine it as getting Vitamin D from the sun by soaking it up through your skin. This is the same way we get energy from the surface of the Earth, through the bottom of our feet.
The practice of grounding enables the Earth’s electrons to transfer from the ground into our bodies. And this, in turn, brings health benefits.
The Many Earthing Benefits
There are many documented benefits of earthing. Here is a list of just some of the earthing benefits:
- It helps to normalize cortisol levels, which improves sleep, relieves pain and reduces stress.
- It “combats positively charged free radicals generated by inflammatory factors as they respond to injury, infection, trauma or stress.”
- It can improve circulation and cardiovascular health, by reducing red blood cell clumping.
- It can reduce muscle damage from exercise.
- It can improve your mood.
Earthing and Reversing the Effects of EMF Exposure
Earthing plays a very important role in reducing the symptoms of EMF exposure. This is because EMF radiation is positively charged. (Don’t mistake positive for a good thing!)
This is why we want to expose ourselves to more negative ions, which can be found in abundance in nature. You absorb these beneficial ions as an electric current through the feet when grounding.
Ions are simply molecules that have either gained or lost an electrical charge. They are created in nature and move through the air and water. These are the molecules that are responsible for the feeling of calmness and relaxation we feel during and after a walk through nature or the beach.
These ions help us to feel less stressed and at rest because they are working wonders within the body. They enter our bloodstream and increase the levels of serotonin. This helps to alleviate stress (which can be triggered by EMF exposure), depression and anxiety, which are often some of the main symptoms of EMF exposure.
But grounding does more than instill a sense of calm in our bodies.
“It is an established, though not widely appreciated fact,” says a review article published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, “that the Earth’s surface possesses a limitless and continuously renewed supply of free or mobile electrons. […] It is also well established that electrons from antioxidant molecules neutralize reactive oxygen species (ROS, or in popular terms, free radicals) involved in the body’s immune and inflammatory responses.”
That’s right: electrons from the earth neutralize free radicals in our bodies.
And because our bodies are electrically conductive, being in direct contact with the ground allows us to absorb these electrons. “Through this mechanism, every part of the body [can] equilibrate with the electrical potential of the Earth, thereby stabilizing the electrical environment of all organs, tissues, and cells.”
This is also why grounding can help to reduce the damaging effects of exposure to EMF radiation. Contact with the Earth helps to stabilize our bodies after the bombardment of electromagnetic radiation that our bodies are exposed to on a daily basis. Grounding can help undo some of the damage caused by exposure to human-made EMF radiation.
Now, it may not seem like this energy would be much help against the harmful effects of EMF, but grounding is actually quite a powerful practice. Earthing has the ability to restore and help stabilize our bioelectrical systems within the body. Remember, these are the systems that keep us alive and healthy.
Earthing helps put these processes back in their current state and allows the body to begin healing naturally and more easily. This means reducing inflammation, which is a major cause of disease, as well as reducing pain.
You might also notice yourself feeling calmer and having a better night’s sleep. Have you ever noticed that you felt much more relaxed and at ease when you take a walk through nature? The process is very similar to grounding.
Even if you are not barefoot in contact with the ground, you are still receiving negative ions from being in nature. Negative ions are actually very important in helping us to recover from exposure to EMF. This is one key way in which earthing and EMF are critically intertwined.
Why Is Grounding Important?
Grounding in today’s age of technology is almost critical. On a day to day basis, we absorb so much radiation and are exposed to dangerous levels of EMF regularly. The body stores this energy inside of us and can cause many health issues that could be prevented if we just took the proper precautions.
At times it may seem like it’s impossible to avoid being bombarded with EMF. That’s why grounding is a great way to stabilize the body after exposure. You can look at it as a way of coping with the technologies of the world.
Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman explained his belief that earthing helps us “becomes an extension of the Earth’s gigantic electric system, becoming a “working agent that cancels, reduces, or pushes away electric fields from the body.”
Grounding puts the body back into its roper state of functioning. Most people wear shoes that are made with a rubber sole. This actually stops the feet from being able to absorb the energy put off by the Earth.
Being “disconnected” from the Earth while absorbing dangerous amounts of EMF isn’t a good combination. Grounding regularly can really help you feel better in a major way.
To take advantage of the benefits of grounding, you don’t need to do anything extreme. While there are products out there that aim to bring the benefits of earthing indoors, your best option is simply to take off your shoes and go spend some time outside.
How Do I Practice Earthing?
You can sit or lie on some grass, go for a walk on the beach, or pitch a chair outside and sit for half an hour with your feet touching the ground. The further away you are from a city (and all its ambient EMF radiation), the more benefits the experience will bring. But it works anywhere.
Try it for a half hour and see how it feels. Do you notice a difference? Do this regularly, and you’ll start to notice the benefits.
It really is that easy.
The more time spent grounding and in nature, the more we reduce the negative effects of radiation. Ideally, it is best to practice grounding on a daily basis. Going barefoot on grass for at least 30 minutes a day can have profound impacts on your overall health and wellbeing.
Grounding is just one of the ways you can protect yourself against the negative effects of EMF, for free. Learn more about why we always say the best EMF protection is free.