“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~ Khalil Gibran
Take yourself back to the beach for a moment…Waves are rolling in, salty air gently brushing against your face and the sun warming your body—you lean back and dig your feet into the sand as if to say hello to Mother Earth. Ahhhhh.
Science can now help explain why you feel so good. It’s called grounding. It’s a “new” form of healing. It’s easy to do, natural and you can do it yourself!
There’s plenty of new science to back up this age-old remedy. Grounding is simply connecting with the Earth with your bare feet.
Scientists have discovered this simple technique can lower the risk of heart disease (to the point of possibly coming off Coumadin!), aid in weight loss (by lowering cortisol levels), relieve allergies, eczema, chronic pain, arthritis, insomnia, and a slew of other problems.
Many of these dis-eases result from inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the underlying cause of 80+ chronic illnesses and more than half of Americans suffer from one or more of them (Earthing, p15). So what’s causing all this inflammation in the body?
Besides the usual suspects (diet and exercise), scientists believe our bodies are being affected by our disconnection to the Earth’s electrical surface. The surface of the Earth is subtly signaling to our body certain crucial circadian rhythms—that need constant updating.
Additionally, inflammation in the body has a positive charge and the Earth has a negative charge. Connecting to the Earth neutralizes these charges–thus bring down inflammation!
In the 1960’s and 70’s scientists wanted to know what would happen to the human body if it was shielded from these crucial rhythms (what would we do without those freshman college students???). So they built underground rooms that electrically shielded the subjects for months at a time. As expected, sleep was disruptive, hormonal secretions were abnormal, and a host of other conditions developed.
You may be thinking, that’s because they were underground!!! Of course, their bodies are going to freak out!!! It turns out the scientists were psychic and knew you and I would be thinking that, so they left those poor subjects underground but allowed the Earth’s electrical energy into the rooms—and their bodies restored themselves! Scientists and doctors alike know that continual disruptions, such as these, to our natural rhythms, would lead to illness (p. 17-18).
Science doesn’t need to twist my arm in order for me to believe all this. I’ve experienced it for myself. I bought a grounding mat and my allergies have never been better. My dreams are more lucid and I have an overall additional calmness within my body.
Sometimes, the science behind something really isn’t that important when we can move on with our lives in a healthier more comfortable way. If I had a child with autism and grounding made him have more social behavior I’d be thrilled (grounding experiments proved this!). If I was on the Tour De France and got Tour De flipped off my bike, I’d be thrilled my wound healed super fast because I grounded all night. I’d also be thrilled if I suddenly became pregnant, after being considered infertile, by using a grounding mat.
Participating in your health is crucial to comfortable longevity—this is yet another option for you and worth considering!
*The evidence for the positive effects of grounding is so overwhelming I did not include all information and studies. If you are interested you can do research or refer to the book Earthing by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D, and Martic Zucker. You can also purchase an Earthing Mat which makes it possible to ground in your home. I am in no way affiliated with this company—I just believe strongly in their product.