Earthing: Sleep Better and Reduce Your Pain

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I reduced my pain by earthing. You can too.

What is earthing?

Go outside and touch the ground. You’re now earthing yourself.

Earthing is making sure our bodies are at their natural level of electrical charge. Earthing happens whenever we come in direct contact with the ground. Every time you walk around barefoot, come in contact with a tree, or touch rocks, you’re earthing.

History of earthing

For most of human history, we spent our time outside and often barefoot. We now live our lives mostly indoors at home or in the office and wear rubber-soled shoes outside. We’re insulated from the regenerative powers of the earth.

Our bodies were meant to come into direct regular contact with the earth. Without contact with the earth, our bodies can have trouble replenishing the electrons that we need. Free radicals are high-energy particles that lack electrons. They build up in our bodies and zip around like out-of-control bumper cars damaging our cells. When we have direct contact with the earth, the ground’s abundant free electrons can enter the body and stabilise our bioelectric fields. The earth has a limitless supply of free electrons maintained by the electrical circuit of the atmosphere. Now that our living patterns have changed, we need to make an effort to directly touch the Earth.

Benefits of earthing

Earthing has helped me personally and I advise it to my patients. Earthing reduces our stress, sleep disorders, hypertension, stroke, and many other chronic health issues. We can even earth ourselves while we sleep and reduce our cortisol levels, the hormone related to stress.

Earthing offers so many more benefits. It reduces our risk of cardiovascular disease as it prevents red blood cells from clumping. Earthing also reduces chronic pain. Subjects in earthing studies have reported relief from asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and hypertension. What’s more, earthing may also reduce inflammation and help our bodies become stronger against illnesses.

How to do it

Earthing is easy!

Spend more time walking around outside without shoes. I like to spend time barefoot when I garden.

Sometimes, however, we just don’t get the chance to be outside. Some companies also offer indoor earthing devices that connect you to the ground while you’re at home or in the office. You can purchase earthing mats for your bed or for elsewhere in your home or office. The devices use a ground rod system or the grounding port of any electrical socket. You can also make your own earthing device for your sock.

My bottom line

The simplest solution, and the most inexpensive, is simply to go for a walk outside barefoot. Play with some children. Jump in a lake! Find a way to earth yourself that fits your lifestyle.

Reference: Earthing, Ober and Sinatra

Heather Tick M.D.

Heather Tick M.D.

Using both the data of modern science and the time-proven traditions of complementary medicine, Dr. Heather Tick M.D. has helped tens of thousands of patients reach their peak levels of health. For over twenty years Dr. Tick has dedicated herself to researching evidence-based holistic treatments for pain and inflammation. A multiple-book author, including the highly acclaimed Holistic Pain Relief - An In-Depth Guide to Managing Chronic Pain, Dr. Tick empowers her patients to live free of pain and full of life. She is the first holder of the prestigious Gunn-Loke Endowed Professorship of Integrative Pain Medicine at the University of Washington and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the departments of Family Medicine and Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine.

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