Grounding for Better Health

Grounding for Health

By Theresa Harding

What is Grounding or Earthing?

Grounding or Earthing is the practice of connecting to the earth by walking barefoot on the ground, concrete, sand, or grass.  In grounding, you uptake the Earth’s surface electrons.  You can do this outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems.   The energy is transferred from the ground into the body.

This ancient practice has been known to provide the body with many health benefits.  The benefits include increased circulation and antioxidants.  The surface of the planet is electrically conductive (except in limited ultradry areas such as deserts), and its negative potential is maintained (i.e., its electron supply replenished) by the global atmospheric electrical circuit.

Increasing evidence says that the Earth’s negative potential can create a stable internal bioelectrical environment for the normal functioning of all body systems.

It is also well proven that electrons from antioxidant molecules neutralize reactive oxygen species.  These free radicals, as they are called are involved in the body’s immune and inflammatory responses.

Getting Grounded for Health

You may have frequently heard friends or loved ones who are taking some time off to describe their experience as ‘getting grounded’.  All things considered, believe it or not, Grounding or Earthing could have a profound impact on your health and physiological well-being.  

However, the application of getting grounded might be considerably easier and simpler than you might suspect.  Truth be told, it just requires that you simply remove your shoes!

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The Need for Getting Grounded

The earth has a quantifiable electrical charge, as do our bodies.  Generally, in our society, we tend to live most of our lives outdoors in shoes with thick rubber soles.  Our environment is full of items with electrical currents, like cars, computers, smartphones, and electronics.   In this, we lose the opportunity for spiritual enlightenment when getting grounded.

Because the magnetic fields of these different items connect with your own natural field, they interact, resulting in tiny imbalances of electrical charge which will accumulate over time. These imbalances measure a well-known explanation for inflammation in your body tissues.

Getting the Most from Your Grounded Experience 

In addition to placing yourself in contact with the earth’s electrical charge, or earthing, which is the sole natural supply of electrical charge our bodies have adapted to cope with, you should also practice standing tall, with good posture.

Most people spend a lot of their time sitting, which has effects on their posture, and even their brain chemistry. It has been proven that slouching increases the speed of cortisol production in your brain, making you feel more tired and stressed.  Giving you the reverse experience of the power of the mind.

All of the important nerves and blood vessels travel through the back of the neck inside the spinal cord. When you stand up straight and tall, it is easier for you to take deep breaths of fresh air.  It’s also easier for your oxygenated blood to travel everywhere in your body.  In return, this makes you feel more positive and alert with a level of spiritual enlightenment.

Grounding Techniques and How to Ground


Bare Feet on the Grass, Sand, or Pavement

Performing this exercise consistently is the simple way to ground your body and enhance your health. To start, put your feet about hip-width apart and shake gently forward and backward, and side to side in order to find your center of balance.

Ensure there is equal pressure on both the internal and external of your feet. Try to gently grasp the ground with your toes and plant yourself into the earth.

Since we sit so much, a great number of people often slouch, which compresses the spine. We can decompress the spine by standing tall after we have discovered our balance and solidly plant our feet in the ground.

Allow a slight give in your knees and tuck in your tailbone slightly. Pull your shoulder bones back softly and allow your chest to rise as if being pulled straight up by a string connected to your breastbone.

I personally like to water the grass in my back yard for more effective grounding, as water makes it easier to absorb the negative ions from the earth.

The Benefits of Grounding

As you adjust your body’s electricity directly over your feet, you will be effectively ridding your tissues of inflammation, be it sore muscles or the strain of things in your atmosphere you may not know about.  

By standing tall and breathing deeply you are sending a tsunami of oxygen-rich blood to your brain, hence, a power of the mind, the number one most nutritive thing your body needs.

Doing this straightforward and simple practice for only a couple of minutes a day, you are guaranteed to feel more ready and balanced throughout your day.  You may even experience spiritual enlightenment.

Continually practicing grounding, there are numerous health benefits you can achieve.  Some benefits include improved immune function, improved digestion, improved sleep, rapid healing of injuries, improved blood circulation, harmonization and stabilization of the body’s basic biological rhythms, accelerated recovery from intense athletic activity, reduction of inflammation, reduced stress, anxiety, irritability, and reduced electro-sensitivity.

Grounding Benefits


Grounding or Earthing can be practiced by anyone who wants to connect with nature and receive the healing benefits from mother nature.  Getting the free antioxidants straight from the earth is priceless!  Practicing this form of natural healing can benefit everyone!

Start today and get grounded to help promote health and healing in your body!  Here is a great book you might like to read if you want to learn more about grounding. Click Here!

There’s also a documentary you may be interested in called, “The Earthing Movie,” in which Dr. Mercola appears.  The documentary explains the science behind grounding and how the practice of grounding has dramatically improved the lives of patients.

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Have you tried Grounding?   Please share your experience!

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About the Author Terry

Healthy Living isn't difficult. It requires an ongoing lifestyle change with patience and an open mind. I teach this mindset all the time. After 14 years of transitioning from an unhealthy lifestyle to a pain-free one, I think it's important to share my knowledge and research with those who are ready to make that shift in their health and wellness.

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