When was the last time you kicked your shoes off and felt the grass between your toes? Or got your hands dirty, for real (like, with real dirt)? Or went for a long walk in nature, without your phone (gasp)? This very connection with the earth could have more of a benefit to our health than we may realise.
What may appear to be a new and perhaps trendy health practice, the idea of Earthing (or also called Grounding) has actually been around for quite some time. There is a great deal of research backing the importance of nature and how it can positively benefit human health.
Without getting too scientific, the notion of grounding is simply where the energy produced by nature, balances out our body’s overcharged energy thanks to modern life. We are continually surrounded by electronic waves – think computers, mobiles, wifi zones, electricity powered everything. These electronic waves are also known as positive electrons that course through our bodies and can build up over time. When we connect directly with nature (bare feet in the grass!), we are neutralising these energy waves because nature consists of a negative grounding charge. Have you ever heard of an electrician talk about the ‘grounding cable’? Same thing. It neutralizes an appliance from becoming over charged.
Back in our grandparents’ time, being in nature was much more of a daily occurrence. Without the distraction of electronics, leisure time was outside. As society changes, many of us now live the ‘hustle and bustle’ of what has become modern daily life — high stress, congested city dwelling, high rise buildings, constant use of electronics — we sadly rarely connect with the beauty of nature that surrounds us. And almost never do you see people in direct contact with the earth!
Ever wonder why you sleep that much better when on vacation, spending your days in the ocean, playing in the sand or hiking a mountain? Ok yes, perhaps the lack of daily work might play a role or two! But because our bodies are connecting physically with the earth, we scientifically ground our electron balance, thus reduce stress, balance our bodies and feel much healthier, happier and more at ease.
So what are the health benefits of putting our feet in the dirt?
Connecting with nature goes well beyond simply balancing our electrons! When we get in tune with our natural surroundings, the health benefits are endless. Notice how different you feel from an afternoon in the city bustle versus an a few hours spent in the park or doing a hike.
As noted by the popular site, Food Matters, “there is growing research showing that this connection to the Earth’s surface can play a vital role in preventing disease as well as offering a host of other benefits.”
Here are a plethora of tangible health benefits you may experience by getting your hands dirty… literally.
- Improving Sleep
- Increasing Energy
- Lowering stress and promoting calmness
- Normalizing biological rhythms
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing chronic pain
- Improving blood pressure and blood flow
- Relieving muscle tension and headache
- Lessens menstrual and female hormone symptoms
- Speeds healing
- Can reduce jet lag
- Protects the body from EMFs (electromagnetic fields)
- Shortens recovery time from injury or athletic activity
- Reducing or eliminating snoring
- Supports adrenal health
How to get grounded today
Earthing is actually quite simple. As noted above, it really just involves us making direct contact with the earth or nature. That means putting your BARE feet in the grass, your hands in the dirt, sitting your bum in the park, or taking an outdoor yoga class … it’s that simple! Make a point to connect with nature, whether that’s going for a hike this weekend, a dip in the ocean or as simple as walking bare foot through a garden. Each connection helps neutralise our positive charge for a more balanced self.
Are we about to throw away all of our shoes and start sleeping under the stars? Um, most likely not. But taking a pause, carving out some time to disconnect from our devices and reconnect with nature, will no doubt improve our health and lift our mood.
How do you connect with nature? Do you notice a shift in your mood, health, overall wellbeing? We want to hear your experiences!
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