The idea of grounding is growing but if you are not yet a participant, the basics of grounding are that you walk barefoot on grass, sand, earth or in water or swim in a natural body of water such as a lake or the sea so that your bare skin has as much contact as possible with a natural element. Hugging a tree will work too or getting down and dirty in your garden with your bare hands! The more contact, the more advantages to your general health and well being.
A growing body of research is finding numerous health benefits as a result of the physical body being grounded or connecting electrically with the Earth. Unlike our ancient ancestors, with our modern lifestyle and concrete beneath us, we no longer have this grounding connection unless we walk barefoot.
There are two important reasons why this electrical connection is vital
1. The Earth is a massive reservoir of negatively charged free electrons but without a connection to this reservoir, the cells in our body are unable to balance the positive charge which results from things like electron-deficient free radicals.
2. Our modern environment is full of a wide spectrum of electromagnetic radiation which induces voltages in our bodies, disrupting the trillions of subtle electrical communications which are a vital part of the function of our body's systems. Grounding helps to reduce the levels of these induced voltages, as we are then effectively shielded by the Earth's large electrical mass.
When you walk barefoot or connect any part of your skin to the earth, your skin acts as a good conductor. Especially potent is the middle of the ball of your foot (a point known to acupuncturists as Kidney 1). This point acts as a conductor to all parts of the body.
But there are many more benefits from grounding
High on the list is combating inflammation as simply connecting to the ground can restore circulation to fingers and toes in as little as 20 minutes. Grounding research has now discovered that if you place your feet on the ground after an injury, electrons will migrate into your body and spread through your tissues. Any free radicals that leak into the healthy tissue will immediately be electrically neutralized. This occurs because the electrons are negative, while the free radicals are positive, so they cancel each other out.
Another benefit is that grounding thins your blood, making it less viscous. This discovery could have a profound impact on cardiovascular disease as virtually every aspect of cardiovascular disease has been correlated with elevated blood viscosity.
Grounding can even be helpful to counteract jetlag. If you can have an hour of grounding after a long flight or car journey, it can take away all that jet lag and those other effects of long distance travel.
Very beneficial for problem varicose veins
Don't dismiss grounding as a load of mumbo jumbo
Try it for yourself and even do your own research. Spending time walking barefoot on grass or the beach, or paddling in the sea or the lake (now that summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere) can only make you feel more alive.
So what have you got to lose?