Explaining earthing and how it can enrich your life

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Getting outdoors is good for us. Studies have found that being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, can reduce anger, fear and help you feel more relaxed.

But a movement called ‘earthing’ suggests it’s not just the smells and sights of being in greenery that can have a positive effect on us; the earth’s invisible electronic charges are thought by some to have healing power, and the ability to bring us back to a balanced, calm state.

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What is earthing?
Also called grounding, ‘earthing’ is a wellness technique that involves purposefully doing activities in nature that allow us to tap into the earth’s natural energy.

The idea is that modern life can throw off the delicate balance of the body’s energy, through exposure to say, technology or pollutants – which can cause harmful free radicals to build up in the body.

According to proponents of the trend, having direct contact with the earth – whether through walking barefoot or swimming in the sea – can help us connect with its natural energy, which in turn can bring our bodies back into alignment.

This action, some believe, brings heaps of health benefits. Although there is limited scientific evidence to back up these benefits so far, one study found earthing may improve the body’s response to chronic inflammation by restoring the body’s natural defences, while a report in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health suggested grounding could reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.

Others suggest that it might have a positive effect on your heart, too. A 2013 study suggested earthing could actually reduce blood viscosity in the body, which can be a major risk factor for developing heart disease.

Anecdotally, people also believe earthing can boost your mood, helping to reduce the risk of depression, anxiety and insomnia.

Three ways you can tap into the trend
The simplest and most natural method of grounding is to go outdoors and place your bare feet and hands directly on the earth—many people choose to go for a barefoot walk in the park or on the beach. Walking barefoot in your home, where minimally conductive or nonconductive materials like concrete foundations and hardwood floors insulate us from the earth’s electric potential, will not have the same effect. It takes a bit a of time to reap the full benefits, so 30 minutes a day is recommended, if possible.

The great thing about earthing is it’s free and easy to do. All you have to do is make direct skin contact with the ground.

1. Walk barefoot 

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Go outside without shoes or socks on – whether that’s a back garden, beach or local park (make sure to look where you’re walking!). You could try practising yoga outside on the grass (without a mat) or some gentle tai chi movements.

2. Lie on the ground
Making skin-to-earth contact through lying on the grass is another popular earthing strategy. If you live in a colder climate, you can even buy earthing mats online, which mean you can still get the healing benefits in winter, without having to stand barefoot in the snow.

3. Go for a wild swim
Some people believe water can be a powerful conductor for the earth’s energy. Simply paddling in a lake or swimming in the ocean is a way to ground yourself, although you should always make sure to stay safe if you’re going for a wild swim, particularly in deep and cold water.

Do you walk around barefoot much? What do you think of this wellness trend?

– With PA

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Total Comments: 8
  1. 0

    Sounds like another fad movement to me – whose making the money out of this?>

  2. 0

    The feet shown are so tender , they couldn’t walk on grass much less bindies . Another case of making it up as they go . Cut out the middle man and buy your own earth mat direct from the local footwear retailer , they come under the lable of thongs .

  3. 0

    It’s lovely to go for a barefoot walk on the beach, or swim. Being doing it for years, but didn’t realise I was part of a ‘movement’. Seriously, can’t people just enjoy simple pleasures without overthinking

  4. 0

    Wow! Are there really people out there who believe such mumbo jumbo? Let’s understand some basic science. I’ll tell you what real earthing is. If you dare, walk out barefoot into the middle of a field during an electrical storm. I guarantee you will be frazzled (my word for incinerated) within 5 minutes.

    Why, because being the least point of resistance between earth and clouds, the positive charges in the clouds attract the negative earth charges, and once the path between earth and clouds is sufficiently conductive (the lone human body standing in a field presents the strongest path), millions of volts at high amperage, spark across the “gap”. Lightening doesn’t discriminate. Whether it’s you or a donkey, you are prime conductors. Only a nearby tree will save you, but don’t stand under one or touch it, as you will also be frazzled.

    Now take these scientific illiterates making these stupid comments that you should go barefoot in the park to “feel the earth’s energy” is utterly dangerous if not a criminal suggestion. Also the term earth’s “energy” is not scientifically correct. There is no earth’s energy as such. Energy has precise definitions. It is a measure of work being performed. Energy can be in many forms, like potential (stored energy), electrical, kinetic (mechanical), inductive, radiated, and heat, plus other variants and combinations.

    The only energy the earth can emit is heat (at night when the stratosphere temperature is lower). What the non scientific mumbo jumbos are talking about is the earth’s magnetic field. This does not emit energy as nothing of the earth’s field moves. It’s normal state is static. However, if you break the lines of magnetic flux, there is a resistance and you cause magnetic forces to flow and work to occur thus creating energy. How you capture this energy is the basis of electricity.

    Standing on wet grass barefoot, will give you zero energy, but possible, cuts, infections, horrible leeches, crabs, dog or other pee & poo and other nasties. If you seriously believe the earth emits “goodie goodie rays”, sit in a warm comfortable study free from the nasties outside, with the sun streaming in (you need vitamin D) and believe me, the goodie rays are just as strong as outside. Note the earth’s magnetic field is as strong inside as outside.

    I suggest a stiff scotch, adjustable lounge chair, wide screen TV and soft music, and you’ll soon feel all the rays on earth putting you into dreamland.

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      Most sensible comment, wish I could have expressed it so well. Why does YLC bother with such left field, totally unscientific mumbo jumbo. Leave it to those alternative challenged folk in Byron Bay and Nimbin.

  5. 0

    I walk barefoot as much as possible. Grounding in this way has helped me reducing inflammatory pain, and I love doing it too. Same goes for swimming. I wouldn’t buy any of these so called grounding devices, keeping it simple.

  6. 0

    More ridiculous nonsense in what should be a valuable source of evidence-based advice.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Pete Evans was asked to write an article. After all, the Goop woman gained a mention. Why can’t this newsletter stick with sensible, practical and scientifically-based information?



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