The picture below represents an important scientific discovery related to how we can become healthier by learning to harmonize with the earth.
What you see in the picture above are two images of one woman.
The picture on the right represents improved facial circulation after 20 minutes of grounding.
The one on the left represents her circulation before grounding.
A Speckle Contrast Laser Imager documented this experiment. The dark blue color represents the lowest circulation, while the dark red represents the highest circulation.
The term grounding or ‘earthing,’ as referred by in some circles, involves placing your feet directly on the ground without socks or shoes as a barrier.
The logic behind this activity relates to the intense negative charge that’s held by the Earth.
This charge is rich in electrons, therefore theoretically serving as a good supply of natural antioxidants and free-radical destroying electrons.
Dr. James Oschman, a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and a renowned expert in the field of energy medicine, notes:
“Subjective reports that walking barefoot on the Earth enhances health and provides feelings of well-being can be found in the literature and practices of diverse cultures from around the world.
For a variety of reasons, many individuals are reluctant to walk outside barefoot, unless they are on holiday at the beach.”(source)
This makes perfect sense if you think about it. You see, in our most natural state, we would not be wearing any type of cover on our feet.
Putting your bare feet on the ground allows you to absorb large amounts of negative electrons through the soles of your feet.
This, in turn, can help to maintain your body at the same negatively charged electrical frequency as the earth.
A study published a few years ago in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health titled, “Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons” proposes that the practice of earthing could represent a possible solution or treatment of a variety of chronic degenerative diseases.
It concludes that simple contact with the Earth, through being either outside barefoot or indoor connected to grounded conductive systems, could help serve as natural and “profoundly effective environmental strategy” against the ills of chronic stress, inflammation, poor sleep, pain, ANS dysfunction, disturbed HRV, hypercoagulable blood, as well as many other common health disorders, including cardiovascular disease.
The study concludes:
“The research done to date supports the concept that grounding or earthing the human body may be an essential element in the health equation along with sunshine, clean air and water, nutritious food, and physical activity. “(source)
Meanwhile, another study conducted by the Department of Neurosurgery from the Military Clinical Hospital in Powstancow Warszawy, along with a few other affiliates such as the Poland Medical University, found that blood urea concentrations are lower in subjects who are earthed (connected to the earth potential with use of a copper wire) during physical exercise, and that earthing during training resulted in improved physical recovery after exercise.
The Study’s Conclusion
The results from the experiment suggest that earthing during exercise suppresses hepatic protein catabolism or increases renal urea excretion.
Earthing during exercise impacts protein metabolism, thus resulting in a positive nitrogen balance.
This event has a crucial importance when it comes to an understanding of the human metabolic process.
It may also have a role in developing training programs for athletes.
“A study published last year from the Developmental and Cell Biology Department at the University of California at Irvine found that grounding the human body improves facial blood flow regulation. (source)
As mentioned earlier, studies have found grounding to reduce blood viscosity, which is a major factor in cardiovascular disease. (source)
One study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, even concluded that earthing may be “the primary factor regulating the endocrine and nervous system.” (source)
According to a review published in the Journal of Inflammation Research: (source)
Grounding reduces or even prevents the cardinal signs of inflammation following injury: redness, heat, swelling, pain, and loss of function (Figures 1 and 2). Rapid resolution of painful chronic inflammation was confirmed in 20 case studies using medical infrared imaging (Figure 3). . . .
Our main hypothesis is that connecting the body to the Earth enables free electrons from the Earth’s surface to spread over and into the body, where they can have antioxidant effects.
Specifically, we suggest that mobile electrons create an antioxidant microenvironment around the injury repair field, slowing or preventing reactive oxygen species (ROS) delivered by the oxidative burst from causing “collateral damage” to healthy tissue, and preventing or reducing the formation of the so-called “inflammatory barricade”.
We also hypothesize that electrons from the Earth can prevent or resolve so-called “silent” or “smoldering” inflammation. (source)“
There also seems to be dozens of studies which confirms the psychological effects of grounding, which can include everything from anti-aging and heart benefits to improved sleep and more.
“This simple process of grounding is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of. Grounding has been shown to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, enhance well being, and much, much more. Unfortunately, many living in developed countries are rarely grounded anymore.” – Dr Jospeh Mercola (source)
When grounded, the daily rhythm of the stress hormone, cortisol, begins to normalize.
Cortisol is connected to your body’s stress response system and plays a significant role in helping reduce inflammation, regulate metabolism, and control blood sugar levels.
It also assists with memory formation.
The figure below displays the results of a study that looked at the effects of being grounded while sleeping over an eight-week duration.
While the concept of grounding or earthing has been around in different cultures for centuries, the science behind the process is relatively new.
In 1952 a German physicist named Professor W.O. Schumann, of the Technical University of Munich started researching whether or not the earth itself has a frequency or pulse.
His theory about the existence of this frequency came from his understanding that when a sphere exists inside another sphere, it creates an electrical tension.
Since the negatively charged earth is inside of the positively charged ionosphere, he believed there must be tension between the two, which would give the Earth a specific frequency.
Following his assumptions, through a series of mathematical calculations, Schumann was able to isolate a frequency that he believed was the pulse of the planet!
The frequency was 10 hertz.
However, it wasn’t until 1954 that Schumann joined another scientist (Herbert König) to confirm that the resonance of the earth actually maintained a frequency of 7.83 Hertz, not 10.
This discovery was later tested and verified by other scientists. Since then, The Schumann Resonance has become an accepted term used scientifically when one is trying to describe or measure the heartbeat of the earth.
Although the existence of the Schumann Resonance is an established scientific fact, there are still very few scientists who fully understand the importance of the relationship of the frequency as it relates to life on planet Earth.
How you can get grounded
We spend most of our time walking on the earth while wearing shoes with rubber or plastic soles. These materials are the same insulators used to insulate electrical wires.
They also disconnect you from the Earth’s electron flow (or pulse), which we are naturally supposed to be connected to.
If you wear leather-soled shoes (preferably vegan leather) or walk barefoot on sand, soil, grass, concrete, or ceramic tile, you’ll be grounded.
If you walk on asphalt, rubber, plastic, vinyl, tar, wood, or tarmac, you will not be grounded.
So the next time you take a walk outside, try taking off your shoes!
You can also use conductive materials while working, sleeping, or spending time indoors for a more convenient and lifestyle-friendly earthing strategy.
This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “staying grounded.”