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Grounding, which is also called “earthing,” is one of the easiest ways to help the human body heal naturally.
Grounding is an ancient practice that has been used in different cultures for thousands of years. It uses the conductive charge of the earth and has been shown to help with everything from better sleep to faster wound healing. The benefits of earthing or ground are widespread so read on to find out more about some of the main ones.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Hypertension, often known as high blood pressure, is a modern health problem that is exacerbated by persistent stress. Our bodies produce more hormones than usual while we’re under stress (including adrenaline and cortisol). Vascular constriction and a rapid heartbeat are the results of an overabundance of these hormones. Eventually, this can lead to high blood pressure.
Patients with hypertension are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, renal failure, and stroke. Hypertension is quite common, however, it can be treated (and perhaps cured) with holistic strategies like grounding, which can work to reduce blood pressure levels.
The power of nature to renew our strength and lift our spirits is universally acknowledged. Without shoes, though, you can tap into the earth’s energy field more deeply, maximising your earthing experience.
Humans have a positive charge, while the earth’s surface has a negative one. This means that through making physical contact with the earth, we are able to release any built-up energy. Stress is released from the body’s electrical systems, stress hormones are reduced, and the vitality of the natural world is absorbed. To heal and get more energy, just reconnect with earth’s electrons through contact with the earth.
A study in the Journal of Inflammation Research says that when you ground, mobile electrons from the earth touch your skin and enter your body, where they work as natural antioxidants. They keep oxidative stress from negatively affecting cells, tissues, and organs. In other words, grounding can reduce chronic pain.
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people with sore muscles who slept on a grounding system or used grounding mats had less inflammation. Their blood markers also showed that grounding helped them heal more quickly.
Many people today struggle with sleeplessness or other sleep-related issues. Conditions such as obesity and depression are exacerbated by poor sleep, which affects 70 million Americans, according to the CDC. Fortunately, this is another area where grounding can be helpful; it can improve sleep.
Since grounding helps bring the body’s stress chemicals back to normal, it can also aid in getting a good night’s rest. It’s important to keep in mind that prolonged exposure to high stress levels can cause sleep disruptions or a lack of quality sleep. Therefore, a person’s stress levels can be lowered when they walk barefoot, resulting in a more restful night’s sleep.
Getting grounded in the earth can help your health in many ways. And the effect of earthing on the body’s inflammatory response may be the most important benefit of all.
It is known that walking barefoot can control how much inflammation a person feels. Keep in mind that some inflammation is good for you, especially when it helps to heal wounds, rebuild muscle fibres, and fight off viruses. But chronic inflammation, which is common these days because of bad habits, can cause terrible diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart problems. Pesticides, insecticides, and cigarettes are all examples of environmental pollutants that can expose our bodies to free radicals and oxidative stress. In turn, this makes us lose electrons from our bodies, and inflammation will occur.
When we are grounded, we can improve the levels of electrons we have, and that in turn will reduce inflammation.
Improves Your Immune System
Grounding is also good for us because it makes our immune system stronger. Keep in mind that the immune response of the body is similar to the inflammatory response. On the bottom of each foot, there are many nerve endings and sensory receptors. This changes our biochemistry and physiology when we are directly connected to the ground.
Studies on earthing have found that the immune response was better in people who were often grounded. By earthing, the senses are heightened, which boosts the immune system and helps the body fight off diseases.
Better For Heart Health
Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death around the world. Grounding has become a popular way to improve heart health, especially heart rate variability, in recent years.
When blood clots, it blocks small blood vessels and the flow of blood in general. This hurts the heart. Grounding works to improve blood flow, which lowers the risk of blood clots and problems with the coronary arteries. So, grounding regularly improves heart health and makes it less likely that you’ll get heart disease.
What Is Grounding?
Now you know the benefits of earthing or grounding, it will be useful to know exactly what it is so you can truly benefit in the right way.
Grounding refers to making physical contact with the earth. This is accomplished via barefoot movement on earth’s various surfaces (soil, grass, sand, etc.).
When we go barefoot, our feet absorb free ions from the earth’s surface that help our bodies fight free radicals. Antioxidants like this make us healthier and happier overall. Most individuals today spend so much time wearing shoes that they never experience the benefits of grounding.
Benefits of grounding include better sleep, lower inflammation, faster tissue and cell repair, higher blood flow, greater heart rate variability, and enhanced electrical activity in the brain. Furthermore, barefoot ground walking has been shown to increase endorphin levels and grounding reduced stress. This can help us feel better overall and even fight against mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Additionally, the act of walking barefoot on natural surfaces has additional positive effects on our health and well-being. Therefore, the earth’s intrinsic curative energy should never be disregarded.
No matter which grounding techniques you prefer, from walking barefoot to lying on the earth to submerging yourself in water, they are all beneficial.