What is Earthing?
Earthing (also know as grounding) is a practice that reconnects our body to the Earth to restore and maintain the body’s electrical state, which in turn promotes optimum health. It simply means living in contact with the Earths natural surface charge – in other words being grounded! There is a strong link between chronic inflammation and virtually all chronic diseases of ageing and the ageing process itself. The Earth provides amazing healing power and can reduce the effects of chronic pain, fatigue, jet lag, PMS, indigestion and autoimmune disorders. Other benefits include a reduction in stress, increased energy levels, improved sleep, anti ageing properties, accelerated healing from injuries and surgery, improved blood flow to better supply the cells and tissues of the body with oxygen and nutrition. Put simply its the ultimate natural anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory medicine.
How does Earthing work?
All things electrical must have a portion of their circuits connected to the earth – think about wiring a plug! If electrical cables aren’t grounded, static will interrupt the quality and stability of the signal; something with a loose connection may not work at all, or at best will work intermittently!
We are no different, the Earth’s electrical energy maintains the order of our bodily frequencies too. We are a collection of dynamic electrical circuits in which trillions of cells transmit and receive energy to produce programmed biochemical reactions. All our movements, behaviours anmd actions are energised by electricity. Our heart, brain, nervous system, muscles and immune system are all electrical sub systems operating in a bio-electrical body.
Our immune systems use white blood cells (neutrophils), to oxidise harmful reactive oxygen molecules, (free radicals) destroy pathogens and remove damaged cells. Free radicals have an electron imbalance that makes them electrically charged, making them unstable and liable to damage healthy cells. The damaged cells need to be removed and so the immune system continues to send out neutrophils, which is how chronic inflammation and pain sets in. It is this process that promotes many health disorders. When a person is grounded, electrons naturally flow between the body and the Earth which reduces free radicals and eliminates any static electrical charge which prevents inflammation and the related health disorders.
What can I do?
The simplest method of grounding is to walk, stand and sit barefoot on the ground outside (on grass and sand for best results, concrete and hardwood floors insulate us from the earths electric potential so doesn’t have the same affect) for half an hour minimum daily.
If you don’t have time or access to the outdoors there are an amazing range of grounding mats, sheets, pillow cases, bands, footwear and patches that would enable you to spend a large proportion of the day as you work, exercise or sleep fully grounded.