Are you grounded? And by that I don’t mean are you down to earth. Do you physically connect daily with the earth?
Known as Earthing, research has shown that by simply walking barefoot on the earth can help in reducing inflammation, pain and improve your sleep.
Remember how great you felt as a child running around barefoot?
By constantly wearing shoes we are missing out on a form of nutrition the earth can provide that restores the bioelectrical circuitry in our bodies.
As our bodies are made up of water and minerals, they make great conductors of electricity. Throughout the day, they’re subject to a wide range of external electrical charges, i.e. walking on carpet, wearing clothes, etc.
By wearing shoes or staying inside, we are not earthing our bodies to release this electrically charged build up. Our bodies are not in a natural state of balance.
Researchers have shown that earthing increases the antibodies that strengthen the immune system. They have found changes in pulse rate, respiratory rate and blood oxygenation and a decrease in blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes. It reduces inflammation.
It makes sense that if we have an electrically charged build-up of energy in our body that it would create an imbalance within our body.
While clinical research is still in its early stages, you can’t go past the fact that earthing simply makes you feel good. Connecting with the earth and Mother Nature can only be good for you.
So, how do you do this earthing thing?
Go outside, find a patch of grass and kick your shoes off. It’s as simple as feeling the earth beneath your feet. Do it for as long as you can. The longer you do it, the better it is.
Next time you’re on the coast, do the same at the beach. Feel the sand between your toes. Everyone who has ever been to the beach knows how great that feels. Wet sand and damp grass is supposedly even better. Dirt and mud work, too.
Not the barefoot type? Earthing products are available but you really can’t go past taking a big deep breath and making a connection with Mother Nature.