“Earthing” Like the Ancients: an Easy Way to Boost Health

by Puja Shah

“Earthing” Like the Ancients: an Easy Way to Boost Health

Since ancient times, humans have spent time outdoors, connected to nature way more than we have been in modern day. From walking on the ground barefoot, to gardening and tilling the soil, they used to TOUCH and ground into earth.

And because most people live in houses or apartments, wear shoes with soles, expose themselves to EMF’s, (electric magnetic fields that are almost impossible to avoid in our tech society), and spend the day off the soil, we are all getting more and more disconnected than ever.

Think of this: Your last beach vacation. You probably spent your days walking in the sand with your feet immersed in the ocean.

And if you are like me, you probably slept a heck of a lot better.

 The sand and ocean water are both naturally conductive materials and both help ground the body and remove excess positive electrons. It is the same basic reason that we ground electrical outlets to avoid the build up of an excess positive charge, our bodies need the same. To be grounded.


According to the book Earthing by Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, the practice of earthing involves connecting your body to the earth’s surface energy by walking, sitting or sleeping outside and being in direct contact with the earth.

This means soil, rocks, ocean, sand. The real stuff. When you are in direct contact with the earth, negative charged free electrons permeate your body and it equalizes to the same electric energy level as the earth.

Scientific research such as the study: “The Biologic Effects of Grouding the Human Body During Sleep as Measured by Cortisol Levels and Subjective Reporting of Sleep, Pain and Stress,” done by Dr. Maurice Ghaly in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, states that earthing can be beneficial in:

  • Reducing inflammation by defusing excess positive electrons
  • Reducing chronic pain
  • Improving sleep
  • Increasing energy
  • Lowering stress and promoting calmness by reducing stress hormones
  • Normalizing biological rhythms including circadian rhythm
  • Improving blood pressure and blood flow
  • Relieving muscle tension and headache
  • Lessens menstrual and female hormone symptoms
  • Speeds healing- used in some areas of the world to prevent bed sores
  • Can eliminate jet lag
  • Protecting the body from EMFs
  • Shortens recovery time from injury or athletic activity
  • Reducing or eliminating snoring
  • Helping support adrenal health

Some of the strongest athletes have even used earthing.

So how can you get grounded?

There are products out on the market such as grounding mats and sheets, but maybe the ancient way is the truest way. The beach or ocean is possibly the best place since not only are sand and salt water extremely conductive, but salt water is also very high in magnesium. But however you try earthing, remember to get barefoot in rock, dirt or water and wiggle your toes, feel the earth and. . . . ground.


The Biologic Effects of Grounding the Human Body During Sleep as Measured by Cortisol Levels and Subjective Reporting of Sleep, Pain, and Stress

Puja Shah

Puja Shah is a philanthropist and visionary poet who shares her voice with us through written and spoken word, guided meditations, and teaching. She reaches out to community health clinics and provides international outreach to women and children around the world.

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