- What is Grounding or Earthing?
- What are the Medical people saying about Grounding?
- Grounding/Earthing studies
- The Benefits of Grounding
- What can we do to get grounded?
- Videos about Grounding
In this post, I am going to talk about the science of Grounding, which is something I discovered a while ago and I thought it was interesting and useful to share this information on my Blog.
I have to say that, get grounded, it was something that I have always associated mainly with meditation. After my meditation sessions, I normally practice a Reiki meditation, I always feel grounded, it’s a feeling of connection and awareness of the world around me.
I get this feeling even stronger when I practice walking meditation, a beautiful feeling of being connected to the nature around me and to mother Earth.
A few months ago I discovered that “Grounding” is more than I thought, it is a “natural science”.
Let’s start with explaining what is grounding.
Grounding, which is also called Earthing, is the practice of connecting the body with Earth and normally can be done with direct barefoot contact with the surface of the Earth.
It’s a very simple practice, isn’t it?
When I discovered it, I was intrigued to know more about it and being a curious person I did my researches and I discovered that even if grounding is a really simple thing to do it can bring a ton of benefits.
Was I surprised? No, not really.
Why wasn’t I surprised? I have noticed and learned in my life that a lot of simple things that normally are ignored and not giving the right and appropriate importance can make a big difference in our lives.
Just to give you few examples, three of the simple things in our life that we tend not to give importance are breathing, eating and exercises. In fact, I have noticed that a lot of people that are not happy or have physical problems do not eat healthy food, do not do any exercises and haven’t realized how important is a proper breathing. They simply don’t love their body and they don’t love themselves the way they should do.
Dow to Earth, by Clint Ober a grounding pioneer
Now, I invite you to watch the following video where Clint Ober explains how he discovered the power of grounding. In the video, there are also professional medical people that are sharing their experience and opinion about grounding.
What are the Medical People saying about Grounding?
This is what Dr. Sinatra says about Grounding. (Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T., is a board-certified cardiologist who is also board certified in internal medicine, and has additional certifications in nutrition, bioenergetic psychotherapy, and anti-aging medicine).
“During my many years in medical practice, I have seen remarkable advances in technology that give physicians unprecedented ability to save lives.
However, if you were to ask me about the most impressive breakthroughs, I am positive one of my answers would surprise you. It has nothing to do with high-tech at all. It is the very Earth you live on. Literally, the ground beneath your feet.
The Earth, you see, is an electrical planet, and you are a bioelectrical being living on an electrical planet. Your body functions electrically. Your heart and nervous system are prime examples.
Emerging science reveals that direct contact with the ground allows you to receive an energy infusion, compliments of Mother Earth. Think of it as “vitamin G” – G for ground. Just as the sun above creates vitamin D in your body, the ground below provides you with vitamin G, a kind of “electrical nutrition.”
This energy infusion is powerful stuff. It can restore and stabilize the bioelectrical circuitry that governs your physiology and organs, harmonize your basic biological rhythms, boost self-healing mechanisms, reduce inflammation and pain, and improve your sleep and feeling of calmness. When these things happen, you feel better in a big way.”
Here is another scientifical explanation from DR John Briffa BSC (HONS) MB BS (Lond). Dr. John Briffa is a practicing doctor, author, and international speaker. He is a prize-winning graduate of University College London School of Medicine, where he also gained a BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences.
Here is what he says to the question “Is there any ‘science’ to grounding?”
“Actually, yes. First of all, some theory…
During the normal processes of metabolism the body generates what are called ‘reactive oxygen species’ which are commonly referred to as ‘free radicals’. These compounds appear to be important, at least in part because they have the ability to attack and destroy unwanted things within the body including bacteria and viruses. However, too many free radicals are a bad thing, and have been implicated in chronic disease and well as the very process of ageing.
Free radicals are involved in the process known as inflammation, which is part of the healing process. However, low-grade inflammation throughout the body may lead to pain and other problems in the muscles and joints, and is also believed to be a key driving factor in many chronic diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In short, we want free radicals, but not too many.
Free radicals lack sparks of energy known as ‘electrons’. One way to quell them is to give them electrons, and these can be supplied by nutrients such as vitamins A, C and E, and plant substances known as ‘polyphenols’ (found in, among other things, tea, coffee, cocoa and apples). However, substances we eat and drink are not the only way to get electrons into the body: earthing does this too. If the body has a positive charge on it, earthing allows electrons to flow into the body where, in theory, they can neutralise overblown free radical and inflammatory damage.
Carrying a positive charge may well affect the body in lots of different ways, which means that earthing may offer a range of wellbeing benefits.”
The research that has followed has produced fascinating evidence of a powerful and positive shift in the electrical state of the body and the electrodynamics of blood, and a boost to self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms.
So far they have been done 25 Scientifical Studies. If you would like to know more about all of them, you can find them listed here http://www.earthinginstitute.net/research/
Here is also an extract from Dr.Mercola website.
Gaetan Chevalier, Ph.D., an engineer/physicist who has studied grounding, explained:
“Unbeknownst to us, we live inside a battery. The surface of the Earth is charged negatively and the ionosphere, a layer of the atmosphere about 60 miles up, is ionized by the sun. The rays of the sun are so strong that they split the molecules in two, a positive charge and a negative charge.
The negative charges are transferred to the surface of the Earth, through lightening mainly, and the positive charges stay 60 miles up. The problem arises when we don’t have a negative charge. We need grounding just as we need air and we need sunshine.”
Benefits of Grounding and Earthing
After we have seen what medical and scientist people say about Grounding, I have listed the main health effects of grounding:
- Stress Relief
- Improved immune function
- Reduction of inflammation
- Reduced Pain
- Improved blood circulation
- Better Sleep
- Sports Benefits
- Complexion Boost
- Speeds Healing
- Pet Health
What can we do to get grounded?
But what if we can’t spend time outside but we still want to be grounded indoor?
Well, there is a solution to that.
I have discovered that there are quite a few different products that can help with that.
Here they are:
- Grounding / earthing bed sheets, pillowcases, and blankets for optimal grounding while sleeping.
- Grounding mats, for grounding your bare feet while sitting down, at a desk, watching television, etc.
- Grounding bands
- Grounding footwear
- and few more
After having experienced the benefits of walking barefoot and being grounded, I now try to be grounded most of the time I can.
Are you still skeptical about Earthing? Try yourself, go outside barefoot!
Videos about Grounding
If you would like to know more about grounding/earthing you can consult http://www.earthinginstitute.net