Grounding is an age-old technique that aims to improve your overall health and wellbeing. Many people are turning to this practice where you allow your body to make contact with the earth and free it of free radicals that can cause inflammation and other unpleasant health symptoms.
However, there has been some confusion over where the best place to do this earthing grounding is and while the benefits of earthing are clear; it can be difficult to get right if you aren’t connecting your body to the earth correctly.
Grounding earthing is achieved by connecting the human body to the earth and this can be done in several ways. The most simple way to perform grounding is by walking barefoot along a natural surface like grass, sand or soil.
In this article, we are going to be looking at how grounding works and where you can go to get the most benefits of earthing. We will also look at some of the many grounding products that can be used for those who cannot ground using earth s natural resources.
What Is Grounding?
There are many grounding techniques but the main idea behind the practice is to spend time connecting your body to the earth s surface. This can be done simply by making a physical connection such as walking barefoot or lying on the ground.
Grounding relies on free electrons from the earth making contact with the free radicals that are naturally produced in the body. These are produced through the matrix between the cells in the human body as part of a process that drives the immune system. However, if they are not able to connect with free electrons, they can use those that are found in all of our bodies and this can result in unwanted symptoms such as chronic inflammation, pain and high blood pressure.
Grounding can be done using several methods and there is no right or wrong way and everyone will prefer a different method. One of the most common ways to do earthing or grounding is by walking barefoot on the earth, this allows you to remain connected to the earth in the simplest way possible. However, you might prefer something a little different to merely placing your feet on the ground and the good news is that there are several grounding systems and products that you can use to achieve the same effects.
How Long Should You Ground For?
The amount of time that you spend on grounding techniques will vary from person to person. However, it is widely accepted that spending around 30 minutes a day might allow you to start seeing some of the benefits of earthing grounding.
The most important thing is consistency; as with anything, if you use grounding systems or grounding techniques such as taking a walk barefoot along the beach every day you will be far more likely to reap the benefits of the energy from the earth.
In addition to how long you spend on your chosen grounding technique each day, you must also look at how long it will take to notice the effects on your body. For some people, a daily walk barefoot can start to show benefits after just one session. These people likely have a far greater sensitivity to contact with the earth. In contrast, some people may find that they need to be using earthing products or connecting to the earth over the long term before they see any noticeable results.
Where Can You Do Grounding?
Where you do grounding is entirely up to you – the most important thing is to make the most of that ground energy and allow it to heal your body. This healing energy has many benefits and there have been several studies that have shown that grounding is not merely some wishy-washy new-age belief but a scientifically proven process that can yield very genuine results.
So, before we look at where the best place to do grounding is, let’s explore what results you can expect to see from connecting to the earth.
- Earthing works with the living matrix between the cells and this has a direct impact on the human body. One of the most sought after effects of grounding is a reduction in chronic inflammation. This is because the positively charged electrons that come out of the earth connect with the free radicals in our bodies and this lowers inflammation.
- Alongside inflammation often comes chronic pain and this is something that walking with the soles of the feet in direct contact with the ground can improve. If you suffer from chronic pain, you will vastly benefit from this healing energy.
- There have been several reports that demonstrate how earthing can decrease the blood viscosity which in turn results in lower blood pressure and a reduction in the chances of getting cardiovascular disease which is a common problem for many people around the world.
- When you ground regularly, you might also notice that this contact with the earth has an effect on your mental health. Some studies have shown that the energy from the earth helped with symptoms of anxiety and depression as well as lowering stress levels. Furthermore, simply putting your feet on the ground to connect with the earth and the energy it harbours can reduce stress as an activity in itself. This is because you are out in nature and this is extremely therapeutic.
Without a doubt, the best place to do grounding is outdoors, this is the most effective way to get connected to the earth and can be done in several ways. As we have mentioned, the most common way of grounding earthing is to walk barefoot on the earth but provided that some part of your body is touching the earth, you will be able to experience the energy of the earth.
Where you connect to the earth outside is a different matter and is largely connected to what you have available to you. Some people like to take part in grounding earthing in their own gardens by simply placing their hands or feet on the earth. In contrast, there are those who like to head to a quiet or secluded corner of the woods, beach or a meadow and connect to the earth whilst meditating in these natural surroundings.
If you don’t like the idea of walking across the ground without shoes, you might try one of the other grounding techniques that involve lying on the ground. Again, the location is not as important as making contact with the earth to take advantage of the positively charged electrons within it.
You could head to the local park and lie on the grass – just be sure to take safety precautions so that you do not become overexposed to solar radiation. Alternatively, another great place to do earthing is at the beach where you can lie on the sand if you don’t feel like walking barefoot.
There are, however, even more great outdoor places to practice the technique and while you might associate earthing more with the solid earth. Therefore, it may come as a surprise to learn that one can perform earthing in water. You will notice the same improvements in your health and body such as lowered blood pressure, better sleep and a reduction in inflammation. In the main, those who practice earthing in water will either swim, wade or paddle in a natural body of water; this could be anything from a small stream to the ocean or a lake.
How Do You Use Grounding Products?
For anyone who cannot or does not wish to do grounding earthing outdoors, there is an alternative; grounding products. These innovative products can often provide similar benefits to grounding outdoors and while the best way to source energy from the earth is by making direct contact with it, grounding this way is convenient and quick.
One of the most common products is the grounding rod which in installed in the ground outside and uses a ground cord that runs through your window and into your house. You can then connect this ground wire to any conductive item and use this for grounding.
Quite commonly, you will see people using a grounding mat or a grounding patch and these are known to be very effective. To begin the process, you will need to insert the grounding rod into the earth outside the home; it doesn’t need to go very deep, just a few inches will do. You then need to run the ground wire along the ground and into the home. There is a very useful tip that if you live in a drier climate, regularly wetting the cord will improve conductivity.
The circuit can then be hooked up to your indoor grounding products such as a mat or a chair. Alternatively, you have the option to hook the wire to your feet; but if you use this method, you must be sure to use the proper electrical pads to avoid any accidents.
There are more and more grounding product retailers out there and it has become easier than ever to get hold of this type of equipment thanks to the internet. But you should be mindful to only purchase from a reputable supplier.
Grounding, which is often referred to as earthing is the concept of connecting your body to the earth in order to take advantage of the energy within in. Our bodies create free radicals which are molecules that have no electron to pair with. As a result, they will hook onto other molecules within our bodies but this can cause problems with health and the body.
As a way of ridding the body from these electrons and therefore, improving our overall health. Through simply connecting your body to earth for just thirty minutes a day, you will notice an incredible number of benefits such as reduced inflammation, improvements with chronic pain and a lesser chance of developing cardiovascular disease.
However, many people wonder where the ideal place is to do earthing and in truth, provided that you are outdoors, anywhere is good. The main thing that matters is that you are able to effectively connect to the earth with one or many parts of your body. If you live on the coast, you might do earthing on the beach, alternatively, if you live in an urban environment, you can just as easily do earthing in your back yard.
Furthermore, if you cannot access the outdoors, there is a variety of earthing equipment that you can make use of to gain the same benefits of the earth’s energy. This commonly includes an earthing rod which is ‘plugged’ into the earth and an earthing wire runs into the home that can be connected to your earthing mat.