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The Benefits Of Earthing

Have you ever heard of something called Earthing? It’s a beneficial grounding technique that only requires your bare skin and the ground you walk on. There are countless benefits to this activity, including improvements to your energy and stress levels.

While there isn’t a whole lot of research available, many people have tried this out for themselves and have seen a huge change in their overall health. It’s quite a simple activity. The objective is to make direct skin contact with the earth on a regular basis. Many affirm this technique has cured jet lag and kept their minds sharp and focused.

So what is the ideology around earthing? How can you try it for yourself and benefit from it? Let’s find out more below.

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Earthing At a Glance

Earth’s energy field consistently releases low levels of ions into our environment which adds a faint negative electrical charge to our surroundings.

Much like the vital skin-to-skin contact a newborn has with a parent, connecting to the earth in this way allows our bodies to absorb the earth’s electrical charge. It is believed that our cells absorb this energy and are provided with access to antioxidant capabilities. It’s like filling up our car with gas, except we’re the car and the earth is the fuel.

In order for our bodies to host internal stability, we need the earth’s energy to feed our cells with extra electrons.

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The Benefits

It has been known for many years that direct contact with the ground allows for energy absorption from the earth’s electrical field. Our brains are highly receptive to electrical changes, as are other cells in the body, due to constant electrical activity within.

Some studies suggest earthing provides measurable benefits, while others prove the opposite. Judge for yourself if you can reap its benefits.

Studies yielding proven benefits suggest these as some of the advantages of earthing:

  • Improved sleep
  • Less pain
  • Increased energy
  • Low stress and anxiety levels
  • Quicker healing
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Improved day-to-day cycles (like jet lag)

Here are a few more approaches to achieving earthing.

Get in the garden & Hug a tree

Gardening just 20 or 30 minutes a day sporadically during the week allows for that direct contact with the earth. Not to mention, growing your own herbs or vegetables provides you with fresh produce in your own backyard.

No, not like environmentalist tree-hugging, but that couldn’t hurt either. Simply take a walk anywhere with lots of greenery and shady trees. Keep your hands on any foliage you walk by.

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Take a Dip, Rest on the ground, & Ditch the shoes

Be it a lake, the beach, or a river, water provides the electrical charges we need. Even if you’re just soaking your feet in a pool, you are earthing.

Remember spinning in circles as a kid and falling down on the grass? Same concept. The idea is to make constant contact with the ground. And full body contact ups the effects of earthing. You can do this on your own lawn, in the park, or on a sandy beach. Think how many of those electrons you’ll absorb with bare skin on a warm beach.

Go for a walk with bare feet on any conductive surfaces. Try soil, rock, grass, sand, or even concrete. So long as the surface has a connection to the earth, it’s fair game.

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While there is some skepticism surrounding earthing and science doesn’t fully understand how it works, trying it out for yourself is your best bet of proving otherwise. If you travel often, it’s a great way to fight off jet lag while also adding some much-needed time outdoors. Implement some earthing techniques into your day, keep track of your sleep cycle and energy levels, and you might find this is just the thing you were looking for.