Gounding, also known as earthing, refers to contact with the Earth’s surface electrons by walking barefoot outside. It theoretically serves as a great supply of antioxidants and free radicals, preventing chronic disease and reversing the aging process.
Earthing Is Highly Beneficial to Your Health
The Earth does maintain a negative electrical potential on its surface. When you are in direct contact with the ground (sitting, walking or laying down on the earth’s surface,) its electrons are conducted to your body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the earth. It grounds your body, inducing favorable electrophysiological and physiological changes, which promote optimum health.
The conductive contact with the Earth is completely safe; and it’s highly beneficial to your health. It seems to minimize the consequences of exposure to potentially disruptive fields such as “dirty electricity” or “electromagnetic pollution.”
It seems to reduce pain, improve sleep, thin blood, decrease inflammation, minimize stress levels, and improve parasympathetic systems (pulse rate, blood oxygenation, respiration, and blood flow.)
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that increases the risk of bone fracture. In osteoporosis, the variety and amount of proteins in bone are altered, the bone mineral density is decreased, and bone micro-architecture deteriorates.
But, in a double-blind experiment, grounding or earthing during sleep caused significant changes in the concentrations of electrolytes and minerals in the blood serum: magnesium, potassium, sodium, inorganic phosphorus, ionized calcium, and iron.
Also, there was a great decrease in renal excretion of both phosphorus and calcium during a single 8-hour night of sleeping Earthed or grounded. The observed decrease in urinary and blood phosphorus and calcium directly relate to osteoporosis. Grounding for a single night decreased the primary indicators of osteoporosis.
A double-blind study examined the impact of grounding on about 60 healthy participants. Researchers placed conductive adhesive patches on the participants’ feet to read their electrical signals. The first group was unearthed for fifty-six minutes, whereas the second group was exposed to twenty-eight minutes in the unearthed condition followed by twenty-eight minutes with the earthing wire connected.
Half of the participants in the second group showed “an almost immediate change in root mean square values of electroencephalograms from the left hemisphere of the brain. This means that earthing acts as a great stress reliever.
Research suggests that earthing can help decrease inflammation. Inflammation is often triggered by a lack of electrons in the tissue. When your body senses that you are sick or “under attack,” it starts delivering reactive oxygen species to the area of injury, meaning that it stimulates an inflammatory response to defend and heal you. When it happens, some free radicals may leak in to surrounding tissue as well as damage healthy parts of the body by elevating redness, heat, pain and swelling.
But, the mobile or free electrons from the earth can help prevent free radical damage, slow down aging and decrease inflammation. This means that earthing can help reduce inflammation.
The influx of free electrons from the Earth’s surface helps neutralize free radicals, decrease both chronic and acute inflammation and slow down aging. It can help boost circulation, which may have a positive impact on your body in many different ways — from decreasing swelling to increasing energy levels.