You’ve probably heard the term thrown around, but was does the practice of grounding actually mean and what are the benefits?
Grounding, also sometimes referred to as Earthing, is the act of connecting your body with the ground most commonly by walking barefoot or lying on the ground. It relies on earth science and grounding physics to explain how electrical charges from the earth can have a positive effect on the body.
Grounding is currently an under-researched area of science. However, the main theory from one study is that grounding affects the living matrix which is the central connector between living cells. Electrical conductivity exists within this matrix that is believed to function as an immune system defence. The belief is that through regular grounding, the natural defences of the body can be restored.
More research is needed into the benefits of grounding however it has been reported to improve conditions such as chronic fatigue, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease. Although all these claims need to be researched much more deeply, there is no harm in trying.
Ways to try out grounding
Walking barefoot – kick off your shoes and socks and head outside. Remember running through the grass barefoot as a kid? Get that feeling back. Sand, grass, mud – all do the job.
Lying on the ground – when was the last time you lay on the ground and looked up at the clouds? Kick back and spend some time lying in the grass and reconnecting with nature (and your childhood self)
Grounding mats – don’t worry if you can’t get outside (hello English weather). You can try out a grounding mat like this one.
Let me know if you try out any of these grounding techniques or if you have other ways you like to connect with the Earth.
Love Andrea xx