Earthing, also known as grounding, is a fancy term for connecting your barefeet to the ground. Before we existed as primarily indoor creatures, we were in constant contact with the surface of the earth and this meant that we were generally more attuned to its rhythms. The earth has an electromagnetic field and when we allow ourselves to make contact with that frequency, we start to sync up. Our bodies are constantly generating electricity and when we connect with the EMF of the earth, we feel “grounded.” At heart, earthing is based on the notion that the earth’s electrical energy promotes wellbeing. Aside from the carefree feeling that walking barefoot on grass, sand, or dirt can promote, research is showing that earthing improves emotional health, mental health, and lowers cortisol levels.
Most diseases begin with inflammation in the body and recent studies show that getting in touch with the earth everyday can reduce inflammation throughout the whole body, thereby decreasing chances of diseases including arthritis, depression, and anxiety. According to The Journal on Environmental and Public Health, earthing can improve sleep quality and overall immune system response. Additionally, walking barefoot on the earth is a simple and joyful way to boost your mood. The cortisol release that happens when our feet make contact with the ground provides both a grounding experience and a mood-lifting serenity. We are truly creatures of the earth and there is a reason it feels nice to move your toes in the sand, to dig your heels into the dirt, and to play in the autumn leaves. We are programmed to benefit from Mother Earth’s simple offerings everyday.
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