Unfortunately, most of us spend our days feeling tired, with aches in the muscles, and in a bad mood, due to the sedentary lifestyles we lead.
Think about the amount of time you spend sitting during the day, and what’s more, you probably do it in a bad body posture.
When you sleep, does the pillow correctly support your neck? Are you sleeping at least 8 hours at night? When you sit, does the chair properly support your lower back?
All this applies too much pressure on the muscles and they become tensed and chronically uncomfortable, which causes pain and stiffness. Caffeinated drinks and painkillers only aggravate the situation.
On the other hand, physical activity provides all the needed energy for the day, corrects poor body posture, and supports overall health.
However, there is one extremely beneficial holistic treatment known as grounding or “earthing”, which soothes pain, improves sleep, and offers numerous other advantages.
It is the act of walking around barefoot outside, which is the way our ancestors did.
It is believed that this positively affects overall health, as energy is passed to the body from the earth, and the constant supply of electrons from the ground neutralize free radicals.
We are living in a polluted environment where we are constantly being exposed to the effects of the positively-charged free radicals from stress, toxins, pollution, chemicals, etc.
The earth is rich in negative electrons that get transferred from the earth into our body, and this stabilizes the body and boosts our well-being.
Multiple studies have confirmed these health benefits of grounding:
- It relaxes the muscles
- Lowers stress
- Calms the sympathetic nervous system
- Treats inflammation
- Boosts circulation and reduces blood viscosity
- Relieves chronic pain and treats autoimmune diseases
- Improves sleep apnea
- Positively affects various physiologic processes such as blood energy, oxygen intake, blood glucose levels, catabolic processes
Note that grounding won’t provide its benefits if you walk on wood, asphalt, tar, vinyl, or rubber. Instead, choose an area with bare soil, sandy beaches, grassy areas, ceramic tile, and walk either barefoot, or wear shoes with leather soles.
However, note that you must consult your medical practitioner prior to taking up this habit, as in some rare cases, it might have some contraindications with certain medications and conditions.
As the climate won’t allow us to practice grounding outdoors throughout the entire year, you can also do it inside the home.
These are the three options you can try, and they all use a standard, 3-pronged grounded outlet:
Grounding Foot Mat
Plug it into the grounded port of the nearest outlet, and simply rest the feet on it while you are watching a film or reading a book and drawing electrons from the ground.
Grounding Sleep Pad
It should be plugged in the same way, and you can use it for grounding while sleeping.
Grounding Desktop Pad
Buy a conductive desktop pad which should be placed underneath the keyboard and mouse and use it for grounding while you are working on your desk. Plug it into the grounded port in your outlet, but make sure it directly touches the skin.
Start grounding now and enjoy its amazing benefits!