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Therapeutic practices that expose the body to the earth’s naturally electrical qualities have been given the terms “Earthing” and “Grounding” for the purpose of promoting health.
In mental health settings, “grounding” refers to the practice of mindfulness activities and breathwork aimed at regulating the nervous system and reducing anxiety; they are not the same as the “grounding” we’re discussing here.
What is Earthing?
Earthing, which is also called “grounding,” is when you connect your body to the earth’s natural electrical charge. The practice of earthing can be as easy as spending time outdoors barefoot on a regular basis, or as engaging in other activities like lying on a beach or swimming in a natural body of water.
Inexpensive grounding solutions, such as pads and patches, can be connected to the grounding plug of your home electrical circuit and used for earthing and grounding exercises indoors.
Benefits of grounding/Benefits of earthing
People do earthing and grounding in different ways to help their health and wellness, even though the research is still developing. Some of the supposed benefits are:
- Enhanced energy and decreased weariness.
- Chronic pain should be reduced.
- Reduce inflammation.
- Improved exercise recovery.
- Raise or improve mood.
- Reduce hypertension and blood pressure.
- Promote heart health.
- Improve the way you sleep.
The classic symptoms of inflammation following an injury can be mitigated or perhaps avoided altogether by practising grounding: redness, swelling, heat, pain, and loss of function. Twenty case studies conducted with the use of medical infrared imaging demonstrated a rapid reduction in the severity of severe chronic inflammation.
The Process Behind Earthing
It is thought that earthing and grounding have an effect on an electrical conductivity that is shared by the earth and all living cells, including the cells that make up the human body.
The idea behind grounding is that it creates a connection between the human body and the earth’s naturally electrical field of free electrons that are softly negatively charged. Free radicals, also known as unpaired electrons, can be neutralised within the body thanks to the electrical conductivity that occurs throughout these electrical charges. It’s possible that this action will give immune defence capabilities that are analogous to antioxidants.
Reduces pain and fatigue
The following were the findings of a randomised controlled experiment that was conducted in 2019 to investigate the effects of grounding (also known as earthing) on physical therapists who used grounding mats:
In comparison to when they weren’t grounded, the therapists as a whole reported considerable improvements in their physical well-being and energy as well as significant decreases in their levels of exhaustion, depression, and discomfort.
One month after the study, both physical function and mood were better, and tiredness and depression were less.
Perform Recovery Exercises
The number of inflammatory and repairing markers in the blood, such as neutrophils and platelets, was considerably altered by the use of grounding systems, according to the findings of a study that was conducted in 2015 and focused on the effects of grounding techniques on exercise recovery.
According to these studies, health benefits of grounding (or benefits of earthing) may have an influence on the Immune system and also reduces pain.
Preparation for Blood Pressure and Hypertension Through Grounding
In 2018, researchers carried out the very first study of health benefits on heart health to concentrate solely on the impact that grounding systems have on one’s blood pressure.
All ten patients with hypertension who took part in the trial exhibited a significant improvement in their systolic readings over the course of the study’s duration of 12 weeks. The improvements range from a loss of 8.6% to a gain of 22.7%, with an estimated loss of 14.3%.
The Methods Behind Grounding and Earthing Practices
You can practise grounding wherever you are, whenever you are, whether you are awake or asleep, indoors or outside.
Earthing is a practice that can be done very easily because all that is required to do it is to make direct physical touch with the earth in order to reawaken the strong linkage that humans have always had with their surroundings. It can also improve the immune system and reduce the stress hormone.
Indoor grounding requires specific equipment such as grounding mats, socks, and sheets. A good number of these gadgets can be connected to your electrical outlets through the grounding socket. This grounding system plug is wired to a rod that is stuck into the ground. It is already present as part of your standard electrical charges wiring and is straightforward to tap into.
The combination of a grounding mat and a standing desk could be a powerful tool for better health at work.
Most people grind outside by taking off their shoes and socks and standing on bare dirt, rock, or grass. You can also put your hands on the ground or lay down your whole body.
Most of us ground ourselves without even realising it by walking barefoot outdoor, lying on the seafront, and swimming throughout natural water sources.
- Embark on a walking barefoot outdoor in the grass.
- Lay down on the beach or the ground and have a picnic.
- You can swim and wade in natural bodies of water.
Foundational for Sleep
The results of a study conducted in 2004 that looked at the effects of grounding techniques during sleep using earthing mats found that “grounding the human body to earth” (also known as “earthing”) during sleep reduces nocturnal cortisol levels and resynchronizes cortisol hormone levels more in synchronisation with the organic 24-hour circadian rhythm profile.
It’s interesting to note that the improvements in sleep quality were noticed primarily by the female participants.
The researchers also discovered that the subjects produced less stress hormone and reported experiencing less discomfort.
It is possible that the quality of your sleep will improve if you combine earthing practices with bedtime yoga positions