When’s the last time you kicked off shoes and reveled in the feeling of the Earth under your feet? Been awhile? It may sound hard to believe, but engaging in this simple pleasure could give your health a much needed boost. Waking barefoot outside, with the soles of your feet free to mesh with the surface of the Earth – is an activity known as Earthing, or grounding.
What Happens When You Absorb Free Electrons from the Earth?
The scientific theory the health benefits seen from this simple practice, is that since the Earth has a greater negative charge than your body, you end up absorbing electrons from it. This is, in my understanding, one of the most potent antioxidants we know of and may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect on your body.
To put it simply, it’s thought the influx of free electrons from the Earth’s surface will help to neutralize free radicals and reduce both acute and chronic inflammation, which is at the root of many health conditions and accelerated aging.
Earthing Research Shows Significant Benefits
Earthing research has revealed an impressive impact on a variety of health conditions and was found to offer improvements in the following conditions:
- Sleep disturbances, including sleep apnea
- Chronic muscle and joint pain, and other types of pain
- Asthmatic and respiratory conditions
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Energy levels
- Immune system activity and response
- Heart rate variability
- Primary indicators of osteoporosis
- Fasting glucose levels among people with diabetes
This is as simple as it sounds – kick off your shoes and socks and walk barefoot on the grass, the dirt, the sand and whatever “Earth” is available to you!