What is "earthing" and why is it recommended?
Over the past few years, I have discovered the benefits of “earthing”, also known as grounding.
Earthing is the process of physically connecting to the earth. The surface of the earth has a negative electric charge. When we walk barefoot on its surface (sand, soil, grass, ocean floor...), electrons flow from the earth into us. This process is believed to have health benefits related to the heart, circulation, inflammation, bone strength, and many other areas. Advocates attest to improved sleep, a reduction in stress, and less pain.
Here is an article that thoroughly explains the concept of earthing and its benefits.
My husband and I retired a few years ago, and we now have the opportunity for a daily (up to an hour) beach walk along the seashore in our bare feet. As we walk, I feel the stress drain out of my body into the sand.
As mentioned in another blog post, I have had osteoporosis for many years, and I am hopeful that earthing in wet sand will, along with other practices, improve or at least slow down my bone loss.
Here is another articles that explains "grounding" which is another name for earthing.
Some sites note that a minimum of thirty minutes per day is needed to reap the benefits of earthing.
Unfortunately, due to climate concerns, most people do not have the ability to spend time barefoot outdoors all year long. If I lived up north, I would consider purchasing a high quality earthing mat to reap similar benefits.
Below is another site explaining the benefits of earthing: