Earthing is one of the natural therapies nature has bestowed upon us as a kind of self-healing mechanism. Nature has a way of healing the body system without us being aware. In fact, there are several therapies, that nature offers us, without us even knowing it. Earthing is one of such natural therapeutic phenomenon that nature has built into our livelihood right from the time of the early men.
So, today, I’m going to share with you one of the foremost therapy known to man and some of it numerous benefits. Chances are you’re hearing about “earthing” or “grounding” for the first time. Such ignorance is permissible, given the level at which modern technological advancements have eroded our traditional practices and heritages. However, this therapy has been with man since existence. So, the question now is; what is earthing?
What is Earthing?
Simply put, earthing is the act of walking barefooted. When you walk barefoot on sand, grass or on the beach water, you are connected with earth’s free electrons which are taken up into your body to provide healing effects. The earth is a conductor, likewise all living things on the planet, including humans. Our body is composed of mostly of water and minerals which are good conductors of electrons from the earth. So, the human body attracts earth’s energy once there is direct skin contact or some other conductive channel for them to flow through.
Historical Relevance of Earthing
Historically, human beings, prior to the advent of modern materials such as shoes, carpets, plastic, etc., have been walking, sitting, and sleeping on the ground as way of life, thereby staying connected with nature. The pre-modern people were aware of these healing effects of earthing, so they stay connected with the mother earth through their occupations by cultivating their land with bare hands and spent a lot of their time naturally grounded.
Indeed, earthing therapy has a lot of benefits for the human well-being. Walking barefoot will not only strengthen your feet, ankles, cure chronic pains, inflammation, insomnia, improve nervous system, eye-sight, immune system, controls blood pressure, hormonal imbalance but can also improve your posture, relieve anxiety, stress, and depression, it protects body from electromagnetic fields, slows down aging and helps healing injuries faster.
Overall, walking barefoot can improve both your mental and physical health. So, it doesn’t matter your age, gender, race or health status, you can benefit from a daily dose of earthing.
Our Modern Dilemma
But let’s face it, most of the activities and challenges of modern life often put us far away from nature and at the risk of damaging health conditions. Today, unlike our ancestors, we put on insulated rubber and leather shoes, sleep in beds and homes off the ground, make use of materials such as plastics, synthetic fabrics, asphalt, carpets, and vinyl, which separates us from connecting with nature.
To worsen it all, we all use mobile phones, wi-fi, microwaves, and other home appliances, which bombard us continuously with excess free radicals that are dangerous to our tissues and cells.
Really, you would be surprise what you stand to gain if you could spend at least half an hour everyday to reconnect with nature despite your busy schedule. In fact, if you’ve always felt unwell, stressful, and mentally unbalance without actually putting undue pressure on yourself, earthing might be the therapy you need.
When we are isolated from the earth by non-conductive materials such as shoes, plastic, carpets, and flooring surfaces, our body tend to display the fatigue syndrome. The disconnection from the mother earth often results in a decrease in the number and activity of natural killer cells, that fights against viruses and diseases.
Now, let me show you some of the benefits of earthing and reasons why you should imbibe the habit of going barefoot to connect with nature.
Benefits of Earthing
Whenever you make direct contact with the ground surface, your body receives a charge of energy that makes you feel better, energetic, and mentally alert. In fact, several researches have shown that connecting to the Earth’s natural energy by walking barefoot on sand, grass, or rocks can help diminish chronic pain, fatigue and other illnesses that are plaguing us today.
In my humble opinion, if you are still thinking that barefoot walking is uncivilized, going through the list of earthing’s benefits I mention below will make you to think otherwise. Earthing therapy helps to…
- Increase body’s energy and vitality
- Improve wellness and mental alertness
- Eliminate chronic pain
- promote deeper sleeping
- Reduce stress and facilitate body calmness by improving the nervous system and stress hormones
- Relieve headaches and suppress muscle tension
- Accelerate the healing process of injuries
- Normalize the body’s biological functions
- Control blood pressure and improve blood flow
- Improve or eliminate the symptoms of any inflammation related disorders
- Lessen menstrual pains
- Protect the body against potentially health damaging environmental electromagnetic fields
- Strengthen your feet and ankles
- Relieve anxiety and depression
- Slow down aging
I’m sure after seeing the above-mentioned benefits of earthing, you will be motivated to make it your daily tonic. I don’t want you to see earthing as just another gimmick. Give it a trial. I’m certain you will come back to share your thoughts.
A note of caution
Although I’m certain that earthing will help you to improve your life, it is not a magic cure or a substitute for medical treatment. Hence, I recommend that if you have a medical condition, you should see your healthcare provider.
In conclusion, practicing earthing regularly can keep you away from the doctor’s office since this therapy has the potential to help the body to regenerate and normalize its biological functions. As, you master the act of daily earthing, you tend to move gradually closer to nature, appreciate your environment more, and start to experience a complete state of well-being.
If this post motivated you at all, I suggest, that you decide to become an earthing enthusiast like me. The bottom line is that it costs you nothing! Please let me know about your experiences!
Warm and loving thoughts,