Grounding (or earthing) is a therapeutic technique that electrically reconnects you with earth. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
While grounding is an under-researched topic, a recent study has shown that “electrically conductive contact of the human body with the surface of Earth produces intriguing effects on physiology and health.”
How does it work, exactly?
The idea surrounding this technique is pretty simple: by spending time barefoot on the ground or another natural surface, our organs can absorb its magnetic energy.
There are different types of grounding, although they all focus on reconnecting yourself to the earth. One of the easiest ways of practicing this is by walking barefoot on grass, sand or even mud, allowing your skin to touch the natural ground.
If you want to increase your skin-to-earth contact ratio, you can try lying on the ground, whether it is in the grass on a park or in the sand on a beach.
Another way of reconnecting with the natural ground is by submerging yourself in water. As long as you do it in a safe area where you are allowed to swim, some grounding advocates sustain this also helps.
What are the benefits?
It helps avoid negative emotions: grounding (or simply walking barefoot, even) boosts your blood oxygenation and your pulse. These two simple things cause an overall positive feeling that will help you deal with negative emotions in a more efficient way.
It renews skin: when you allow your feet to breathe naturally, you prevent moisture to getting stored in, which also helps prevent bad odors and fungus.
It strengthens your defenses: How many times have you heard the phrase “put your shoes on or you’ll catch a cold!” Well, as it turns out, going barefoot improves your defenses. Why? Because cold ground causes your body to compensate with extra heat production, which strengthens your immune system.
How to practice it safely
As many grounding techniques are performed outdoors, they are relatively safe. However, always take a quick look at your surroundings to make sure there aren’t any sharp objects you can step onto!