Earthing – More Power to You!

By Donna H. Bowman

When walking outside barefoot, you and the Earth are exchanging something powerful!

Grounding your body, or “Earthing,” is simply skin-to-skin contact with the Earth. Throughout mankind’s history, people naturally walked barefoot or with heelless leather moccasins. They slept on the ground, on leaves, or on an animal hide.

What happened when we began elevating and insulating our beds and homes and wearing rubber or plastic soled shoes? We broke our connection to the Earth! Podiatrist Dr. William Rossi explains, “Every living thing, including human beings, draws energy (from the Earth) through its feet, paws, or roots.”

About 70 percent of the body is salt water, making us a terrific antenna to attract energies around us. Being around man-made electricity, Wi-Fi, etc., promotes sticky blood cells, and increases inflammation. Chronic inflammation torches artery linings that feed the heart and brain, possibly fostering heart attacks and strokes. Inflammation chews nerve cells in the brain, feasibly promoting dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The brain, heart, and entire body, is electrical. EKG readings show dramatic changes within two seconds of Earthing. Tapping into Earth’s energy allows blood cells to repel each other, and inflammation—believed to be the root cause of disease—is decreased. Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra said, “Grounding your body is like taking handfuls of antioxidants, only you’re getting them through your feet!”

Top athletes including Tour de France cyclists, NFL football players, triathletes, etc., routinely ground themselves. They report better sleep, less illness, faster performance recovery, and faster healing of injuries.

Earthing doesn’t have to be done on ground. Dipping your feet in a nearby lake can also help decrease or eliminate pain and inflammation. The wetter the connection, the faster the relief! (Note that chronic pain and inflammation sometimes takes longer to remediate than acute issues.) When was the last time you walked barefoot outside?

Earthing Tips
  • To increase conductivity before Earthing, boost your intake of water and electrolytes.
  • Any part of the body can exchange electrons with the Earth, but the foot’s 1,300 nerve endings per square inch seem ideally designed.
  • Walk barefoot on moist grass, dirt, sand, or unsealed cement. Sealants and asphalt contain petroleum which breaks our connection.
  • Garden without rubber gloves.
  • Take a dip in the ocean, lake, or river. Water with naturally elevated salt or minerals is extra conductive.
  • To ground your body from inside your home, look online for Earthing products.
Donna H. Bowman is certified in Foot Reflexology, a Reiki Master, and author. She’s a passionate researcher of hidden causes of dis-ease and nature’s remarkable array of gifts for healing.