Earthing, And Why You Should Try It

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What is Earthing?

Earthing (or Grounding) is connecting electrically to the earth to improve your health. Earthing sounds a bit tree-hugger like and strange, I know, but there is a growing body of research showing that there are MANY health benefits to being a bit more connected to the earth.

There are two main reasons Earthing can be so beneficial:

1. Living the majority of our days indoors, using artificial lighting, and rarely ever coming into contact with the earth makes our bodies unable to accurately tell time. Our body relies on our internal “clock” to regulate it’s diurnal body rhythms, such as cortisol secretion, and many more biological reactions. When the biological secretions are off, it results in serious INFLAMMATION. Therefore, getting back in contact with the earth, and resetting our body’s internal clock, can reduce many of the side effects that come with inflammation.

2. We are exposed to so many EMF’s from all our electronics, each and every day, and the earth’s negatively charged free electrons can help protect us from the dangers of EMF’s.

Here are a few of the health benefits that can be found by Earthing:

  • Improved immune function
  • Improved digestion
  • Improved sleep/Reduction of chronic fatigue
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Harmonization and stabilization of the body’s basic biological rhythms
  • Accelerated recovery from intense athletic activity
  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Reduced stress / anxiety / irritability

These studies from 2004, and 2012 go into the specifics about how Earthing works.

How to do Earthing

There are several ways to get connected to the earth, but the simplest is to just go barefoot outside! 30-40 minutes a day is a great amount of time to go barefoot. You can do it in one long chunk of time, or split it into three 10-15 minutes sessions. I like to go barefoot when I go outside to feed my chickens twice each day, when I work in the garden, and if I ever need to get something from the freezer in our (detached) garage. It all adds up, and you will find it becoming easier to do as time goes on.

I have been doing intentional earthing each day for a little over a year now, and I have noticed several of the above benefits. Most noticeable for me is the improved sleep and blood circulation. I used to take forever to fall asleep, and I always had freezing cold hands and feet, and both of those symptoms have improved greatly since I started doing earthing!

There are some great products like grounding sheetsΒ and matsΒ on the market, as well as some awesome grounding shoes, which I will be posting about my experience with later on this week!

Have you ever tried Earthing or Grounding?

 

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This post has been shared at the Homestead Barn Hop, The Art of Homemaking, Tuesdays with a Twist, Maple Hill Hop, The HomeAcre Hop, and Natural Living Mondays.

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10 responses to “Earthing, And Why You Should Try It”

  1. Gentle Joy says:

    Thank you for this great information. πŸ™‚

  2. Stopping by from Maple Hill Hop // This is such an interesting post. Whenever I’m outside or in the garden, I am barefoot + it makes me feel so much closer to the earth. I never knew there were health benefits as well!

  3. daisy says:

    I think we innately realize that being connected to the Earth is important, but it’s great to see that studies back us up1 Thanks for sharing this fascinating post on The Maple Hill Hop!

  4. melissa says:

    I have been earthing all of my life and did not know it! πŸ™‚ I went barefoot most of my growing up years. As an adult, it is the first thing I do when I get home from work….. I shed my shoes and go out into the yard and garden. Completely relaxing!!
    Thanks for the article!

  5. JES says:

    This is very interesting. I have heard of it but never researched it… The only problem we have on the farm is lots of unforgiving stuff on the ground that I don’t want to step in… Perhaps I can try being barefoot while I hang clothes on the line… Thanks for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week πŸ™‚

  6. Nice post – I am interested to know what you thought about the sheets and mat. I am thinking about them but have heard mixed reviews.

    • Angi says:

      Adrienne- I think I really prefer the mat. It is less of a bulky hassle, and I can still use my pretty sheets on my bed. I think you get more bang for your buck πŸ™‚ It has definitely positively affected my sleeping. (well, as much as it can with a thrashing 7 month old in bed with me. lol)

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