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What is Earthing or Grounding?

If you have never heard of earthing, also known as grounding, strap in for an amazing read. Earthing is an increasingly popular practice of transferring the earth’s natural electrical charges into the human body, through activities and techniques that connect you to the earth.

In this piece, we will explore the current techniques people use in grounding, and what the science says about this seemingly eccentric practice of improving personal health!

Why do people practice earthing or grounding?

The theory behind earthing, or grounding, is that over time, humans have lost our natural connection to the earth.

In ancient societies, people would walk barefoot, sleep or lie on the ground, and generally have a more nature-based existence. Nowadays, none of us are required to be in contact with the earth at all.

Earthing is a practice that attempts to return the human body to its natural earth connection. People who practice grounding believe that the electrical charge of the earth has healing properties, including boosting mood, helping the internal organs to function at a higher capacity, and healing chronic pain.

How do you “do” earthing?

You might be thinking, what does earthing actually entail? How do I try this wacky way of making my body feel better?

There are simple ways to try earthing – it isn’t an expensive or niche practice. Common ways people do grounding are:

1. Walking barefoot outside.

Most of us wear shoes all the time, except for when we are on a manmade floor. Believers in grounding say that by doing this, we are denying our bodies the electrical benefits of being in physical touch with the earth.

By walking on grass barefoot, putting your toes in the sand on the beach, or even spending time in your garden without shoes, is an easy way to practice earthing.

2. Lying flat on your back or front, on the earth.

When was the last time you lay, flat on your back or front, directly in contact with the earth? Most of us probably can’t remember. Lying in the grass, the sand, or even in the dirt if you dare, is a way of recharging your body through grounding.

3. Practice earth-touching activities outside.

These could include yoga, pilates, meditation, or barefoot running. Anything that puts your skin in contact with the earth can be counted as grounding, or earthing.

Is there scientific evidence that earthing works?

What does science say about grounding? There is still ongoing research into the actual benefits of this practice – it is currently still considered a holistic practice, not a medical one.

However, like many holistic practices, there are many testimonies that suggest the positive effects of grounding are numerous. Those with chronic pain, poor sleep, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, or injuries say that grounding has been life-changing for them, so it is not to be sneered at, whatever your beliefs may be.

Want to try grounding?

If you are curious about earthing and feel you need a boost in your life, why not try it out?

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