Humans have always been in contact with the earth’s electrical field since the beginning of time. That has changed with the advent of shoes, which have separated us from a direct connection with the earth. The earth is full of electrons that freely travel to things in contact with it. The build up of electrical charges in our bodies as our systems function in their usual way is impacted by direct grounding connection to the earth, which can restore neutrality of our body’s electrical potential. Mounting evidence suggests that the Earth’s negative potential can create a stable internal bioelectrical environment for the normal functioning of all body systems. Moreover, oscillations of the intensity of the Earth’s potential may be important for setting the biological clocks regulating diurnal body rhythms, such as cortisol secretion.
There is evidence that electrons from antioxidant molecules neutralize reactive oxygen species (ROS- free radicals) involved in the body’s immune and inflammatory responses. Electrons are absorbed into the body through direct contact with the Earth and likely neutralize ROS and reduces acute and chronic inflammation. Because the body is electrically conductive, free electrons are able to enter the body.
During recent decades, chronic illness, immune disorders, and inflammatory diseases have increased dramatically, and some researchers have cited environmental factors as the cause. However, the possibility of modern disconnection with the Earth’s surface as a cause has not been considered.
Earthing (also known as grounding) refers to contact with the Earth’s surface electrons by walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems, some of them patented, that transfer the energy from the ground into the body. The Earth’s electrons induce multiple physiological changes of clinical significance, including reduced pain, better sleep, a shift from sympathetic to parasympathetic tone in the autonomic nervous system (ANS), and a blood-thinning effect.
Patients who practice grounding reportsignificant relief from asthmatic and respiratory conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, sleep apnea, and hypertension while sleeping grounded.
The majority of subjects with high- to out-of-range nighttime secretion levels of cortisol experienced improvements by sleeping grounded. This is demonstrated by the restoration of normal day-night cortisol secretion profiles in individuals that sleep while grounded. Patients sleep more and fall asleep quicker by being grounded, with less daytime fatigue and sleepiness and less nighttime pain.
One study showed that when the body is grounded, its electrical potential becomes equalized with the Earth’s electrical potential through a transfer of electrons from the Earth to the body. Feynman said that when the body potential is the same as the Earth’s electric potential (and thus grounded), it becomes an extension of the Earth’s gigantic electric system. The body of the grounded person is not subject to the perturbation of electrons and electrical systems. There is no question that the body reacts to the presence of environmental electric fields, which induce changes in our own bodies and grounding, just like a house’s electrical system, is equilibrated by this process.
Earthing the human body showed significant effects on electrophysiological properties of the brain and musculature, and on the noise and stability of electrophysiological recordings. Taken together, the changes in EEG, EMG, and BVP suggest reductions in overall stress levels and tensions and a shift in ANS (Autonomic nervous system) balance upon earthing. An immediate decrease (within a few seconds) in skin conductance (SC) at grounding and an immediate increase at ungrounding blood oxygenation (BO) variance decreased during grounding The immediate decrease in SC indicates a rapid activation of the parasympathetic nervous system and corresponding deactivation of the sympathetic nervous system. This is good for human health. Pain reduction from sleeping grounded has also been documented.
Muscle injury in humans causes inflammation, and studies of grounding demonstrate more rapid recovery. Grounded men had only a slight decrease in white blood cells, indicating scant inflammation and a shorter recovery time in muscle injury.
Grounding may also improve heart rate variability (HRV), a measurement of the heart’s response to ANS regulation. During the grounded sessions, participants had statistically significant improvements in HRV.
Grounding during a single night of sleep resulted in statistically significant changes in concentrations of minerals and electrolytes in the blood serum: iron, ionized calcium, inorganic phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Renal excretion of both calcium and phosphorus was reduced significantly. This may impact bone loss.
Earthing accelerated the immune response, as demonstrated by increases in gamma globulin concentration.
In the absence of Earth contact, internal charge distribution will not be uniform, but instead will be subject to a variety of electrical perturbations in the environment. Absence of a common reference point, or “ground,” electrical gradients, due to uneven charge distribution, can build up along tissue surfaces and cell membranes. Charge differentials will influence biochemical and physiological processes Local alterations in the charge profiles around these channels can lead to electrical instability of the cell membrane and to the inappropriate spontaneous activity observed during certain pathological states (i.e pain and inflammation)
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 logical explanation for the antiinflammatory effects is that grounding the body allows negatively charged antioxidant electrons from the Earth to enter the body and neutralize positively charged free radicals at sites of inflammation.
Earthing also significantly reduces blood viscosity.
Rapid shifts in the ANS from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance, improvement in heart rate variability, and normalization of muscle tension has been seen in studies of people who were grounded.
Going barefoot as little as 30 or 40 minutes daily can significantly reduce pain and stress in some studies.
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So the bottom line is there a benefit to barefoot walking in nature. The earth, with it’s negative ionic charges, conducts into our bodies in a positive manner. Walking, sitting, laying all allow electrons to flow into the body and there is a belief that his promotes health. Earthing improves blood viscosity, heart rate variability, inflammation, cortisol dynamics, autonomic nervous system functioning, and decreases stress levels.
Standing in sand at the beach, for example, drains the positive ions causing stress and inflammation. The body-spirit complex is helped in the process, allowing us to feel renewed.