Grounding For Your Health

The terms “earthing” and “grounding” refer to walking barefoot on the earth, which allows for the transfer of free electrons from the earth into your body, through the soles of your feet.

These free electrons are among the most potent antioxidants known, and the effects of grounding have been shown to promote health in a number of ways.

For starters, walking barefoot can help improve the constant assault of electromagnetic fields and other types of radiation from cell phones, computers, and Wi-Fi a huge benefit for those of us that live your lives with electronics.

Grounding effectively alleviates inflammation because it thins your blood and infuses you with negatively charged ions. Inflammation thrives when your blood is thick and you have a lot of free radical stress and positive charges in your body.

It is important to know that not all surfaces allow you to ground. Effective outdoor grounding surfaces include sand, grass, bare soil, and unpainted/unsealed concrete and brick. It is possible for you to be grounded even if you’re not barefoot by wearing leather-soled footwear when you walk across these surfaces. The effect is not as effective as barefoot but it’s still present. When walking barefoot on grass, it is best if it is damp and you also want to make sure that it has not been sprayed with round-up or any other weed killers, as they are very toxic.

Being grounded in a modern dwelling is another matter. Grounding inside your home is almost impossible, as many common flooring materials are poor conductors. This includes wood and insulating materials, vinyl, carpet, sealed tiles, and marble if it’s chemically treated and placed on top of sealed concrete.

Does Your Elevation Impact Grounding?

The simple answer to this question is…yes. When you are grounded, meaning in contact with the Earth, it’s impossible for your body to carry a charge, which is good. The more distance there is between you and the Earth, the greater charge your body carries.

For every meter you are above the ground, 300 volts of charge will build up in your body. So if you are in a second story bedroom, your charge would be 1,000 volts; this voltage charge could increase your risk of health problems. For example, a study in 2009 found a 40 percent increase in strokes among people living in multistory homes.

You can do grounding indoors, this is best done by using a grounding pad or wrist and ankle bands. These work well provided you have a grounded electrical outlet, and can be particularly beneficial if you live in a high-rise building. You can identify a grounded outlet by the fact it’s a 3-prong outlet. Most modern homes built after 1970 will have a grounded electrical system. When using an earthing mat, make sure your bare skin is in contact with it, there should not be a layer of clothing between you and the mat.

How Grounding Benefits Your Blood

Another reason grounding is so beneficial is how it affects your blood. High-sugar diet, smoking, electromagnetic forces, emotional stress, anxiety, high cholesterol, and high uric acid tend to make your blood thicker and slow-moving which increases your risk of having a blood clot or stroke. Thicker blood is the cause of inflammation, because when your blood does not flow well, oxygen can’t get to your tissues.

Grounding helps thin your blood meaning it improves the energy between your red blood cells. When you ground to the earth, your red blood cells now have more charge on their surface, which forces them apart from each other. This action causes your blood to thin and flow easier. It also causes your blood pressure to drop.

Grounding Is a Foundational Aspect for Optimal Health

Free radical stress from toxic exposures associated with modern life continually depletes your body of electrons. This is one of the primary reasons why you need to eat an antioxidant-rich diet, as antioxidants donate electrons back into your body, thereby helping to help ward off free radical damage to your tissues. However, you don’t have to swallow them all. You can also get these electrons by going barefoot outside.

Grounding also helps calm your sympathetic nervous system, which supports your heart rate variability. This in turn plays an important role in balancing your autonomic nervous system. Pain relief, improved sleep, and a generally enhanced sense of well-being are but a few of the health benefits reported by people who try grounding.

If you are deficient in electrons, your body is unable to effectively combat inflammation. Grounding is one of the key mechanisms by which your body maintains equilibrium and health. The human body evolved in constant contact with the Earth, and your body needs this continuous interchange of energy in order to function properly.

When you stand barefoot on bare earth or sand, electrons from the Earth flow into your body; giving you a natural “transfusion” of healing power. This occurs until you equalize with the Earth, so you never have to worry about getting too much. The process simply stops when your charge returns to zero. It’s as safe and natural as it gets.

Grounding mats and bands, along with many other products can be purchased at http://www.earthing.com, there is also books and other interesting information on their website. I have been using the bands for over 6 months and have noticed a huge difference in my health issues and my level of pain relief. I am unable to walk barefoot because of my polio issues so these work perfectly for me.

walking on sand

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10 responses to “Grounding For Your Health

  1. Great read thank you, I have recently been reading a lot about this topic. I walk barefoot whenever I can and this reminds me that I should get down to the beach and refresh myself on the clean sand

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    • yes, the sand at the beach is the best, and non-toxic grass is good also, just be sure there isnt and roundup on or near it…

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      • Yes , unfortunately our grass at the house we rent is regularly sprayed with weed killer 😦 . I have my container garden safely hidden away and covered up when the man comes to do that! Would love to walk barefoot through the long grass here in Australia but we have so many dangerous varieties of snake so the beach is infinitely safer 😉

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      • yes…i wouldnt want to make nice with a snake…like i mentioned in the article, i use the bands, i put one on my right wrist and one on my left ankle when i am sitting; and then at night and that works really well for me…what ever you do enjoy it!!!!!

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  2. Interesting article. I am sitting here with socks and sheepskin slippers, its supposed to be spring but its quite cold. Will try when it warms up.

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    • I would imagine sheepskin slippers would be a natural conduit just like leather shoes, but that doesn’t make it any warmer outside….:) warm blessings

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      • I’ve always bought sheepskin slippers, although they are expensive they last about 4 years. I have had surgery on my left leg and my leg swells. The slippers help if you legs or feet ache.

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      • I use grounding for that condition also, with my polio issues my legs and feet tend to swell and then ache, since I have been grounding I have got about 90% relief, also essentials oils help me…this is my recipe for comfort oil…in a coconut carrier oil I put equal parts of cypress, frankincense, helichrysum, bergamot and cedarwood…rub it on the bottoms of my feet at night and put socks on…it also really helps

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      • I had every intention to walk on my lawn this week, but its been raining and blowing a gale. I used to buy essential oils and used a burner which I still have. I like the lemon and orange fragrances. Sorry to hear about your illness, my leg swells as I had my lymph glands removed at the top of my leg as I had Melanoma, so the fluid goes straight down my leg, its worse in summer with the heat.

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      • Lemon and orange have clean refreshing fragrances…they aren’t the most effective for your issues,but anything is better than nothing…:) the following would work well for you, you don’t need them all, just pick and choose the ones that resonate with you…cypress, frankincense, helichrysum, lavender, geranium, oregano, chamomile…just a reminder, be sure you purchase therapeutic grade and it states that on the product…let me know if you have any other questions, it is one of my favorite subjects…have fun

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