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Earthing is the practice of physically connecting with the earth – grounding yourself, walking barefoot, feeling the earth beneath your feet.
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What (on earth) is earthing?
I have always loved walking barefoot outside. I walk barefoot as often as I can. It feels so good, especially walking barefoot on the grass and on the sand at the beach. I’ve recently discovered there is a name for it – it’s called ‘earthing’…or grounding.
We’re all so busy these days
Grounding is something we are all lacking these days. Everyone is so busy – working, thinking about work, worried about getting things done and constantly on their phones (or technology of some sort), etc.
We are disconnected – we are connected by electronic devices but, ironically, disconnected from each other – from the earth and from nature.
Just slow down and breathe
About a week ago, I felt like I was on the verge of having a nervous breakdown…seriously. I was so stressed, panicked and completely overwhelmed….trying to keep a clean house, make healthy meals, spend time with the kids and my husband all the while trying to maintain this blog. Phew! I needed a break.
I realized I needed to just stop for a minute and take a breath. So I told myself that whenever I feel panicked or feel like I can’t slow down, I’m just going to stop for a second, take a few deep breathes and start moving slower. I decided to stop putting so much pressure on myself.
I have certainly been feeling like I need a little grounding. There’s nothing like walking barefoot.
The earth’s electrons
The Earthing Institute explains that “the earth is like a gigantic battery”. It produces electrons and emits a negative charge (negative ions) to the land and to the oceans. They go on to explain that these electrons are important nutrients that are fundamental to our health and well-being (source).
Earthing and Electromagnetic Radiation
EMR produces positive ions which can cause fatigue, increase stress and weaken the immune system. Studies have shown that chronic exposure to EMR can cause cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, heart disease and more. The earth emits negative ions. When negative ions are emitted into the air, they cancel out the, very harmful, positive ions (source).
Earthing mats (and other earthing products) work to buffer the negative effects of electronic devices.
I recommend practicing earthing outside whenever possible. If you live in a climate that is warm all year round, you can do this anytime. Lucky you! However, if it’s cold in your neck of the woods too, you can try earthing in the comfort of your home.
The benefits of earthing
Earthing is great for your health. Here are a few benefits of earthing:
Reduce pain and inflammation
Over the years, many people have reported that earthing has reduced inflammation in their body and in the process, has decreased their pain as well (source). Pain lessens as inflammation decreases.
Electrons (emitted from the earth) act like antioxidants – they reduce inflammation by killing free radicals that damage healthy tissues in the body in the first place (source).
Having said that, electrons treat inflammatory symptoms but they do not treat the initial problem that led to inflammation in the first place. Inflammation is often triggered by the foods you eat and the health of your gut. Learn more about healing chronic inflammation and the importance of gut health.
Promote sleep and reduce stress
The idea behind this is that high cortisol levels affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Studies have demonstrated that earthing normalizes the secretion of cortisol (the stress hormone), thus reducing stress and promoting better sleep (source).
Other benefits of earthing include an improvement in mood and help in healing wounds.
Walking barefoot has always made me feel good, and now I understand why. Maybe it’s also the reason why I just feel the need to stop and hug a tree sometimes (ok, I’m weird, I know 😉 ).
So, let your kids play in the dirt (there are other benefits to this as well) and leave your footprints in the sand. Happy earthing! 🙂