Going barefoot on grass, sand or just simply paddling in the sea can feel incredibly relaxing and apparently there’s a very good reason for it. What we are doing when we take our shoes and socks off and making contact with the Earth, is “grounding” ourselves. It’s completely safe and may be one of the most important, effective, essential, least expensive, and easiest to attain antioxidants there is. It is also probably one of the most overlooked factors in public health today.
The Earth is a massive reservoir of negatively charged free electrons. Our blood cells are negatively charged, our lymph flows best in an alkaline (or negative environment), but electromagnetic radiation from computers, TVs, Wi-Fi, mobile phones, power lines etc creates an environment which is positively charged. By connecting our bodies with the ground (walking, sitting, or laying down on the earth’s surface) we are accepting the Earth’s negative energy and that is essential for maintaining a healthy circulation and immune system
The Effects of Grounding
The most immediately noticeable effect people report is that they ‘feel better’, calmer and less stressed after just 30 minutes of being “grounded”.
Some health benefits are:
- Improved immune function
- Improved digestion
- Improved sleep
- Rapid healing of injuries
- Improved blood circulation
- Reduction of inflammation
- Reduced stress / anxiety / irritability
Note: Please note that none of the information here constitutes medical advice in any way, or claims cure or treatment of any medical condition. Always consult your doctor regarding any personal health issues.
How can we become more “grounded”?
- Walk bare foot on the earth
- Paddle or swim in the sea
- Hug a tree
- Do some gardening
- Touch the ground
- Use a *grounding mat when at home or at work
*You can buy a grounding mat online, so we can now “ground” ourselves whilst we watch TV, work on our PCs or even sleep at night. Simply plug the mat in to the mains (which should already be “earthed”) and make contact!