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Emerging scientific research has revealed a surprisingly positive and overlooked environmental factor on health: direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth. Modern lifestyle separates humans from such contact. The research suggests that this disconnect may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and unwellness. Reconnection with the Earth’s electrons has been found to promote intriguing physiological changes and subjective reports of well-being. Earthing (or grounding) refers to the discovery of benefits—including better sleep and reduced pain—from walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems that transfer the Earth’s electrons from the ground into the body.

Modern lifestyle has increasingly separated humans from the primordial flow of Earth’s electrons

A review article published in 2012 discussed the positive role of earthing on:

  • Sleep and Chronic Pain
  • Stress and cortisol
  • Reducing overall stress levels and tension and shift in autonomic nervous system balance
  • Shifting from a sympathetic to parasympathetic state
  • Immune cell responses
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Reduction of primary indicators of osteoporosis, improvement of glucose regulation, and immune response

Reduction in inflammation as a result of earthing has been documented with infrared medical imaging and with measurements of blood chemistry and white blood cell counts

The authors concluded:

Earthing research, observations, and related theories raise an intriguing possibility about the Earth’s surface electrons as an untapped health resource—the Earth as a “global treatment table.” Emerging evidence shows that contact with the Earth—whether being outside barefoot or indoors connected to grounded conductive systems— may be a simple, natural, and yet profoundly effective environmental strategy against chronic stress, ANS dysfunction, inflammation, pain, poor sleep, disturbed HRV, hypercoagulable blood, and many common health disorders, including cardiovascular disease. The research done to date supports the concept that grounding or earthing the human body may be an essential element in the health equation along with sunshine, clean air and water, nutritious food, and physical activity.

From a practical standpoint, the authors considered the recommendation of outdoor “barefoot sessions”, weather, and conditions permitting. Ober et al.  have observed that going barefoot as little as 30 or 40 minutes daily can significantly reduce pain and stress, and the studies summarized here explain why this is the case. Obviously, there is no cost for barefoot grounding.

However, the use of conductive systems while sleeping, working, or relaxing indoors offer a more convenient and routine-friendly approach.

If you are interested in exploring these conductive systems then I recommend this website.

If you want to read more on this topic then I recommend purchasing this book.

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