What is Grounding?
What Does it Mean to Be Grounded?
The expression has been around for years. A colloquial phrase for ‘getting real’, being grounded means coming back down to earth, getting centered and reconnecting with what’s important in life. Some of us associate being grounded with house arrest for blowing off curfew or breaking yet another parental rule when we were younger. True enough, however, there are amazing benefits as well; some even realized during those early day time-outs. You can breathe easier, feel calmness and recharge effortlessly. You de-stress, detox, focus and find clarity.
Grounding, also known as earthing, is not an esoteric healing practice and you don't have to 'believe' in it for it to work. It has nothing to do with 'sending' energy. Nor is it a 'technique.' Rather, it's about reconnecting directly with something that’s been around since the beginning of time – the earth and the natural energy stored within it; these are called electrons. The science of grounding is about being at one with nature, and it is natural.
You used to have to go barefoot to get grounded or wear thin pure leather skins on your feet. This of course, is not practical as a way of life. Our modern-day lifestyles – and most of the shoes we wear – have created a barrier when we walk and insulate us from this bountiful resource with compromising health consequences.
When you contact the earth, barefoot in the soil, lying in the grass, walking on the beach, your body absorbs the natural, electron abundant, nourishing energy. This is grounding. There are many ways to get grounded: gardening, standing in a stream, yes, hugging a tree – even getting a pedicure.
The Science Behind Grounding
Grounding is scientifically proven to be beneficial and restorative, reducing inflammation, stress and pain, and lowering blood pressure, improving sleep, and increasing blood viscosity. Mother Nature has the extraordinary job to take care of us and the ability to help us heal. Connecting with planet earth may be the most effective prescription for your health and well-being. The earth’s electrons are the medicine – and it’s all free. The problem is we do not tap into this energy on a constant, daily basis the way our ancestors did, historically. They walked barefoot and slept directly on the ground or wore leather hides on their feet, continuously connecting to the earth’s natural energy. Inflammatory diseases were unheard of back then.
We are all bioelectrical beings. Like a battery, we need to be re-charged to function at optimum levels. Consider the earth as one enormous battery which constantly emits a subtle electrical charge and global frequencies (7.83 Hz to be exact) in the electromagnetic field spectrum. This frequency is called the Schumann resonances. We can recharge by connecting to the ground’s electric nutrition called electrons, which give the earth’s surface a negative charge. Our bodies need electrons to function they way nature intended and to reduce the buildup of free radicals.
Reconnect. Revitalize. Replenish.
Mother nature really does know best. Our immune systems are designed to protect us 24/7, 365 days a year. Just living, breathing, sleeping, eating, digesting and the metabolic process diminishes electrons. If they are not replenished, inflammation sets in to wreak havoc on our immunity and health. We have all heard the medical community refer to inflammation as the “silent killer” because it is the cause of so many chronic diseases, such as: arthritis, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer’s, sleep disorders, depression and pre-mature aging. Animals in the wild do not have these issues, because they are always grounded.
Every day grounding practices re-charge your body providing the electrical stability it requires to maintain better health. What better way to do so than by walking…which we do every day of our lives? Grounding is not only good for you, but you look better, sleep better and feel better, regardless of your age. It is also great for your four-legged friends, too.
More than 20 research studies exist to scientifically substantiate the benefits of grounding, which include:
- Balances Stress Levels
- Increases Energy
- Reduces Inflammation
- Decreases Chronic Pain
- Improves Sleep
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Improves Circulation and Blood Viscosity
- Accelerates Healing
- Synchronizes Cortisol Hormone Secretion
- Improves Alignment with the Natural 24-Hour Circadian Rhythm
How Often Should I Get Grounded?
It’s simple…. as often as possible. One cannot be too grounded and you can’t overdo it. It would be ideal to be grounded 24/7, but it is not realistic. Set a grounding goal to ground for 1-2 hours a day - 20-30 minutes a day is the recommended minimum. The longer you ground the more you may feel the difference, physically, mentally and emotionally.
HARMONY783 footwear is our solution to help keep you stay grounded while on the right surfaces with every step, every day – morning-to-night.
What Conductive Surfaces Enable You to Get Grounded?
- Unsealed ceramic tiles
- Rock (on the earth’s surface)
- Water: Ocean, Lakes & Streams
- Trees & Living Plants
Keep in mind that damp or wet surfaces are more conductive than dry surfaces. Also, the more hydrated you are, the better grounding outcomes.
Non-Conductive Surfaces Include:
- Wood floors
- Tar or tarmac
- Painted or chemically sealed concrete
- Most indoor surfaces
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