Earthing is another word for “grounding” which means to connect back to Earth. At first glance, this may seem like new-age mumbo-jumbo, but give it a chance and you’ll see how not only is the method grounded in science, it also has numerous benefits for the human body.
You are made of trillions of cells. Within each cell are electrons and energy potential. Every physiological process in the body is mediated by electrons from vitamin synthesis to muscle contraction. The human body cannot exist without this electric potential.
But, the human body can become electron deficient.
Briefly, all objects, including humans have a positive and negative charge. The electric charge may change due to contact, proximity, and rubbing. For example when you are zapped with electric static.
When you experience electric static, that is you discharging the positive charge built up in your body. As electric charge can never be destroyed, you can view the discharging of electric charge as an exchange of charge between two objects that come in contact or rub next to each other. Per the example, you exchanged charges with whatever you came in contact with.
When you are living above Earth, meaning you are not touching the ground or you may have barriers between you and the Earth, you are positively charged. When you are connected to the Earth, meaning there are no barriers between you and the Earth, you become negatively charged.
Positively charged people have electrons removed and are then electron deficient.
When you are electron deficient you are susceptible to inflammation and disease.
The more distance there is between you and the Earth, the greater the charge on your body. In fact, this has been precisely calculated. For every meter you are above the ground, 300 volts of charge will build up in your body. (See The Feynman Lectures on Physics)
Why do you need to practice earthing?
Due to the disconnection between you and the Earth (any amount of space from your bare-feet to the Earth, from 1 inch to 40 floors up a building, and beyond) you are likely to be electron deficient.
The added Electric Magnetic Fields (EMF) from computers, house-hold appliances, and all manner of electric gadgets and wires are also contributing to your positive charged state and electron deficiency.
Even in sleep, we are bombarded by EMF’s coming through the walls from the electrical wiring of our homes.
You want to negate the effects of electron deficiency, which is mainly inflammation. Think of inflammation as food to disease. The more inflammation your body has, the more food it can give to any disease that wants to appear in your body.
You want to practice earthing so that your body is in a balanced state of electric charge. You want to practice earthing so that your body is not a food carrier (inflammation) for disease.
How are you disconnected?
You are disconnected by default because you are not walking around barefoot on the Earth everyday. This was not always the case. Man use to walk barefoot on Earth and so he was always grounding and negatively charged.
But with modern convenience such as shoes, homes, and high-rises, we rarely find our body and bare feet touching Earths soil.
How to become negatively charged and how to do earthing?
The simplest and most effective way to practice earthing is to walk barefoot on the beach or grass. It is even better to walk with the ocean water touching your feet or when the grass is wet as water is a natural conductor.
That’s it. The Earth will do the rest of the work. The electrons from the Earth will flow through you until your body is fully discharged, i.e. when your body is equalized with the Earth. There is also no possible way to “get too much” electrons from the Earth. (Just in case you were wondering.)
It is recommend to do earthing everyday, but with our modern lives that would be quite difficult. Another way to achieve the same effect is to use “earthing” sheets, mats, and patches as displayed in the video. I personally use earthing flip-flops. They are perfect for my daily walks with my dogs in the park!
What are the benefits of earthing?
- Decrease inflammation in the body
- Improve cell hydration and activity
- Improve blood flow
- Prevent chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other illnesses
- Decrease stress on the body
- Improve immune system
- Decrease effects of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
- Pain reduction
- Anti-aging effects
How does earthing help you stay youthful?
Earthing helps you stay youthful by improving the body functions of the body. As earthing improves the physiological functions of the body including cell health, blood flow, and our over-all immune-system, this aids in slowing down the aging process as our body systems don’t have to work as hard. It’s a well known fact, over-worked body systems age faster, break down, and are susceptible to disease.
Earthing may also help prevent aging through the destruction of free radicals. It is thought that aging occurs by the accumulation of free radicals within the body. Antioxidant electrons from the Earth will help eliminate these free radicals.
Lastly, the act of walking on the beach, on the grass, and being close to nature has numerous positive effects on the mind, body, and spirit. For most people, these activities promote relaxation, peace, and joy. These types of feelings not only contribute to a youthful lifestyle, but also helps to reduce mental and physical stress.
Stress is probably the number one cause of premature aging. From worry wrinkles on your face, breakouts, and hair loss, chronic stress has a host of ways to make you look older than you are. Also, people who suffer from chronic stress have body systems that work harder, suffer from fatigue, insomnia, a weakened immune system, and are more susceptible to chronic pain and disease.
Through the relaxing, peaceful, and joyful act of earthing, you will become less stressed which will help you attain a more ageless appearance and further improve the total well-being of your body.
Get in depth information about earthing on Dr. Mercola’s website or by reading Earthing – The most important healthy discovery ever? By Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., and Martin Zucker