Grounding: What It Is (and Why It’s Important)

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Did you know that humans are meant to be connected with the earth? A study conducted by Gaetan Chevalier, PhD, has revealed a host of benefits to “grounding,” which is what our ancestors simply called living. For the majority of our history, we have had direct contact with the earth’s surface. And only for the smallest fraction of our existence have we been insulated from the resonant frequency of our planet. 

Everywhere we go we are insulated from the earth; from the tires on our cars to the foundations of our homes to the shoes on our feet. This artificial environment we have created is interfering with the electromagnetic organism that we call the human person. In order for a human to function, we require a delicate balance of electrolytes. These salts are what conduct electricity throughout your body, and when you run low, you run the risk for heart attack and stroke. We are electrical beings who have been cut off from our main power source: the earth. This is where grounding comes in.

How to ground

The simplest and most effective way to ground is to kick off your shoes and walk on the grass. You can practically feel the negative ions flowing into your body and harmonizing your electrical system. If your company has a campus or a park nearby, flop out under a tree while reading a book or eating lunch for full body contact. Swimming in lakes, rivers, and oceans are other ways to ground in total immersion.

But especially in the cold seasons, being barefoot outside might not seem appealing. Thankfully some of the brightest minds have devised grounding mats and bedding that help to normalize our frequencies. Check out these top rated grounding mats, and these highly rated bedding sheets. There are even clever grounding sandals and shoes that demonstrate high grounding activity. Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof Coffee, swears that grounding helped him to eliminate jet lag and increase REM sleep, and many people around the world are replicating his success.

Here are some of the ways grounding benefits you.

Recovery from wounds

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Modern science has taken an interest in grounding, or earthing, as it is also called. A study published in May 2015 by the Journal of Inflammation Research cites several cases of non-healing wounds that were cured after grounding therapy. Their conclusion:

Accumulating experiences and research on earthing, or grounding, point to the emergence of a simple, natural, and accessible health strategy against chronic inflammation, warranting the serious attention of clinicians and researchers. The living matrix, the very fabric of the body, appears to serve as one of our primary antioxidant defense systems. As this report explains, it is a system requiring occasional recharging by conductive contact with the Earth’s surface – the “battery” for all planetary life – to be optimally effective.

If you want to optimize your recovery time from muscles, to skin, to sleep, look deeper into the benefits of grounding and adopt an earthing practice for yourself.

Emotional health, heart health, and stress

The earth carries a negative electrical charge on its surface, and when our bodies have direct contact with it, we are brought to the same electrical potential of the earth. Considering how intertwined our natural rhythms are with the earth, this is a remarkable and healing thing. Recent research has concluded that people who experience “anxiety, emotional stress, panic, fear, and/or symptoms of autonomic dystonia, including headaches, cardiac palpitations, and dizziness” are prime candidates for grounding therapy. This due to an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system after one ground with an “electron enriched earth.” This particular study showed an improved trend in heart rate variability from the onset of grounding all the way to the end of the 40-minute grounding session.

If you’ve been unsuccessful in battling stress, anxiety, and heart health, grounding could be a missing link in your treatment. And if you want to prevent emotional imbalance and cardiac disease, earthing is a proven path for resilience.

Other benefits

Improved blood flow, increased protection against harmful electromagnetic frequencies (wifi, cell tower radiation, etc.), and reduced inflammation are among the many researched benefits to grounding.

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