Get Grounded

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Did you know that your body is mostly water and minerals? Did you know that this makes you a good conductor of electricity? Surely you know that if you are struck by lightening it will travel through your body and cause damage because we are such good conductors. There is a connection between humans and the naturally balancing electric frequencies of the earth. This is called earthing or grounding. However, unless your bare feet are touching the ground, we lose this connection and suffer the consequences.

Chronic inflammation is a primary cause of disease

It has become clear that the most basic underlying cause of disease is chronic inflammation. An intrinsic cause of chronic inflammation is positively charged free radicals. Free radicals are produced by metabolic processes in the body that are created by over active immune responses. Even with antioxidants in the diet, the amount of immune/inflammatory reactions may far exceed the neutralizing effects of antioxidants.

In our modern world we are bombarded with toxins and foreign particles our immune systems react to. Because of poor diet, chemical additives and damage to the gut lining, we are prone to hyper reactive responses to our environment.

Every time an immune response is activated, chemicals called cytokines are released. These cytokines are purveyors of inflammation. Therefore, each time an immune response is initiated, inflammation occurs under the radar. If the person’s immune response is unbalanced in the two arms (Th1 and TH2) the response may be inappropriate and will create inflammation.

We are disconnected

In recent decades the incidence of chronic diseases, allergies, auto-immune conditions, and insomnia has skyrocketed in modern societies. One overlooked reason for this situation is the disconnect between humans and the earth we walk on. We no longer actually touch the earth with bare feet or sleep on the ground. Since this disconnect from the earth’s energy, our immune systems began functioning less efficiently.

The human immune system evolved over a long span of time during which we were in virtually constant barefoot contact with the earth 24/7. In our modern society, we no longer walk barefoot. We wear shoes that insulate us from the earth’s energy. We live in homes high above the ground. We never come into contact with the earth — skin to skin.

As a result, we are isolated from the natural healing energies of the earth and many people may now be considered electron deficient.  Being electron deficient can lead to an abundance of free radicals and result in chronic inflammation which is now known to be an underlying factor in ongoing pain and many illnesses.

When we connect to the earth, the amount of the electrons we absorb is governed by the amount our body needs to balance the electrical charge of our body. It is always the perfect amount. It is nature working at her best.

Studies show that earthing affects the human body

In a study  published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine in April 2011, the authors, Karol Sokal, MD, PhD and Pawel Sokal, MD PhD, concluded that grounding… “may be the primary factor regulating the endocrine and nervous systems.”

In a study on the biologic effects of grounding during sleep, published in the same journal in 2004, the author tested cortisol levels of 12 subjects as an objective marker, as well as taking subjective reports from the subjects. The results showed that grounding the subjects at night via a grounded mattress pad, reduced night time cortisol levels and synchronized them to be more in alignment with the 24 hours circadian rhythm  pattern. The subjects reported that their sleep was improved and pain and stress was relieved.

A multiparameter double blind study conducted at the University of California, Irvine, by G. Chevalier, reproduced the physiologic changes in humans after grounding for 40 minutes. This research had been done before and he wanted to replicate it. And he did. He found that several physiologic parameters, such as, pulse rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygenation, etc. were changed. He concluded that grounding could become important for relaxation, health and disease prevention.

In an editorial article by James L. Oschman, PhD., published in the Journal for Alternative and Complementray Medicine in April 2011, the author reviews the Sokal research and concludes,

Evidence from the Sokal study, along with related studies reported in this and other journals, show that Earthing may be a major piece of the inflammation/chronic disease puzzle. The Sokals studied the effects of Earthing on the reaction to vaccination. This is the first study of its kind, and provides a foundation or a model system for future investigation of the role of Earthing in inflammation and for testing the inflammation hypothesis. While much more research is obviously needed to substantiate or refute the inflammation hypothesis and the role of Earthing, the subject is obviously of profound importance and worthy of further investigation, given the toll chronic disease takes on our health and happiness.

I don’t know about you, but I am sold on the beneficial effects of earthing. I’m always pretty skeptical about claims that appear to be out on the fringe of science. But I also know that many things are unquantifiable. Science doesn’t prove everything — maybe it proves nothing. There is no science proving the SCD or the GAPS diets. But I know they work.

Reading the book, Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever Made, revealed to me the importance of being grounded. We are also exposed to  many elctromagnetic fields (EMFs) from computers and other electronic gadgets all around us. The neutralizing flow of electrons that grounding imparts, can be protective against EMFs. I do have a concern about this because of the amount of time I am in front of a computer these days.

How to get grounded

Walk barefoot contacting the earth as much as you can. Go into your backyard and walk around barefoot or sit in a chair with your feet firmly on the ground.

Swim in the ocean. The salt water is a great conductor of the earth’s energy. This is not an option unless you live near the beach. I do live near wonderful beaches on Long Island, but I do not have time to go there everyday.

Dig a hole and lay in it, contacting the earth with your bare skin. Again this is clearly not much of an option for most people.

Buy grounding equipment such as grounding pads for working at a computer or grounding sheets for the bed.

It also makes sense, because I know I feel great after a day at the beach where I am barefoot all day. Of course, the fresh air, salt water and sun also play a part, but these studies were conducted inside with earthing equipment. I’m ready to buy some earthing equipment and change my ungrounded life into one that is more grounded… Are you?

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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  • Amber March 20, 2012, 11:42 pm


    This post is substantial! You’ve opened my eyes to an element of healing I never even considered. I felt very connected to these words. My body is riddled with inflammation in the form of Crohn’s Disease, Lupus, and allergies. I don’t know how or why it happened. But I do remember as a child…I was ALWAYS outside. I lived in the desert for a period of time. I was always digging in the dirt, would run around the in yard shoeless, climb trees (shoeless), and would often play in these huge desert dirt holes for hours and hours. There must be a connection to our increase risk of disease as we move out of these wonderful carefree childhood days (days usually spent outside and connected to the earth)? Just really eye opening, Jill. And I totally get it. This must be the reason (or one of the reasons) I’m addicted to gardening. When I’m out in the yard, digging in the dirt with my hands (and I’m often barefoot), I feel so calm and centered – balanced. Of course it’s the calming nature of gardening (with the sun, air, etc), but it’s the dirt I LOVE. I’m going to make concerted efforts to get some grounding time in everyday. And tell my kids to kick off their shoes when they go outside!

    Thank you for this post!!


  • Amber March 20, 2012, 11:44 pm

    I would love it if you would share this post with us on AFW ! This is important information!


  • Beth March 21, 2012, 7:56 am

    A year ago or so my alternative doctor recommended for me to go outside barefoot for a few minutes daily to get grounded. But he also said that when that’s not possible to touch a tree with both hands (left hand higher for some reason and palms flat). I know that sounds weird, but “tree hugging” really does help keep one grounded, lol.

    Anyway, all I can say is that I was skeptical, but after trying it several times when I was feeling really bad from sitting at the computer it made a world of difference with just a few moments. So… this skeptic became a believer.

    Does it mention that in the book?

    We don’t have any trees in our current house except for a few saplings we planted in the fall and all of the neighborhood dogs roam and mark all around our house (plus coyote scat is common up near our house) so with my weak immune system I’m hesitant to walk barefoot due to parasites (which I already have and need to deal with asap). For anyone else’s benefit that may in a similar situation that can’t be barefoot on the ground, I’ve found that even barefoot on the patio slab – although perhaps not as effective – still helped me feel better almost immediately (again, after computer use – that’s when I felt the biggest difference).

    • Jill March 21, 2012, 10:08 am

      Hi Beth,
      Oh yes, the book talks about all that. The computer is a concern of mine. Fortunately someone just bought me a grounding pad for sitting at the computer and also a half sheet for the bed. I am excited to see how it works for me!

  • Marilee March 21, 2012, 10:29 am

    I bought a grounding pad a little over a month ago for myself. I was slightly skeptical, but was sold on the idea that it might help regulate my stress hormones and help with my adrenal fatigue. I’ve been living a very hectic and stressful life due to the fact that my husband became severely disabled a little over two years ago when he was struck in a car accident. He sleeps very restlessly, so I get very little sleep most nights trying to make him comfortable. In addition to that, one of our children has learning disabilities and sensory processing problems. In any case due to all of the above, my quality of sleep is very poor, and my health has begun to suffer for it.
    Since the grounding mat has come, I have never slept better! I keep it under my pillow, so it doesn’t move around much during the night, and one of my hands is always in contact with it. I sleep very deeply, and my dreams are much more vivid (I used to dream very rarely). I feel more centered and calm. It’s nothing short of amazing.
    So, I bought three more mats for the rest of my family. I can’t wait to see the changes it will make in them!

    • Jill March 21, 2012, 10:49 am

      Hi Marilee,
      So sorry to hear about your challenges, but happy to hear about your success with grounding. I can’t wait to see how I sleep with it!

  • Jenni March 22, 2012, 11:05 am

    Very interesting… Thanks for sharing this info. 🙂

  • Rita March 23, 2012, 10:22 am

    I have Hashimoto’s for about 10 yrs now. Have been Gluten-free for 25 yrs & on the GAPS program for 7 months, forced to do GAPS following an elimination diet that left
    me reacting to almost everything! Am doing better, but still healing. . . Due to the “stresses” of life, my body does not respond well to stress anymore- my
    Naturopath likens it to post-tramatic stress syndrome. On top of that, our labradoodle
    was infected with a Lymes co-infection Bartonella from a tick last fall. She has been
    very sick all winter- joint pain, lock-jaw, nerve issues, etc.
    I have been sleeping on the grounding sheets & our dog has been sleeping on the pad
    for about 2 weeks now- what a difference it has made!
    I sleep like a rock, so does Brooke! The pain in my knuckles is gone! Brooke is moving much better too- wanting to “play”. We have not seen that in 5 months! I look forward to continued improvement. . .

  • jada March 24, 2012, 1:28 am

    Where do you get the pads and sheets?

    • Jill March 24, 2012, 7:13 am

      Hi Jada,
      At the bottom of the post is a link that says “where to buy grounding equipment. Click on that link — it goes to my resource page. The company is Radiant Life.

  • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom March 26, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Thanks for stopping by at Allergy-Free Wednesday. Hope to see you later this week!

  • nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma March 28, 2012, 6:13 pm


    intrinsically, the kids and i are always barefoot outside.

    now, there’s data to back up why. thanks, jill!

    i featured this post tonight at creative juice in hopes of reaching more people with this information. i’m also sharing this post at pinterest…

    thanks for stopping by creative juice last week.

  • Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network March 29, 2012, 12:52 pm

    Fantastic post and much food for thought! Rebecca@Natural Mothers Network x

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