Updated: May 19, 2020
I genuinely started tearing up going over the research on grounding today, it's just such a beautiful picture of our need for sustained contact with the earth and also how far we have strayed from our natural design.
There is nothing complex or fancy about grounding, otherwise known as earthing, it just requires you to BE, in your purest form, with no barriers in between you and the dust you came from. You don't have to give anything in return, you just get to accept the generous offering of healing and peace the ground offers up.
I know this sounds like a bunch of hippie dippie woo hoo (which you know I love), but I also love published studies and science based solutions! This study is incredible. It found that grounding, or direct contact with the skin to the earth with bare feet, hands, etc. enables free electrons from the Earth’s surface to spread over and into the body, where they can have antioxidant effects.
Grounding appears to improve sleep, normalize the day–night cortisol rhythm, reduce pain, reduce stress, shift the autonomic nervous system from sympathetic toward parasympathetic activation, increase heart rate variability, speed wound healing, and reduce blood viscosity
A little known fact about me, I went bare foot for several years of my life. I didn't know the research behind a foot to earth lifestyle then, I just knew it felt right. I came into the world bare foot, walked down the isle barefoot, and for ages went everywhere from college, church, hiking, and traveling with no shoes. My mom hated it. Now I know I was right all along LOL!!! Sorry mom!
- Kick off your shoes and try and practice grounding at least once a day!