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BETTER SLEEP, RECOVERY, AND MORE — GROUNDING WITH NATURE EXPLAINED

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Grounding, also known as Earthing, is the practice of connecting with the earth’s natural energy. Our bodies — all of our atoms, in fact — have their own electromagnetic fields, and so does the earth. So the point of grounding is to get these fields aligned, or in “resonance.”


The result? Improvements in overall health and wellbeing. Grounding can even help alleviate chronic pain, fatigue, depression, cardiovascular disease, and sleep disorders.


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A Sampling of the Science



Grounding is still a somewhat under-studied topic. In the studies that have taken place, however, the results support many of the positive claims people who practice grounding have made. So, this just might be something you want to try out!



Blood Cell Fluidity


In a small study on the health effects of grounding on heart function, patches were attached to the hands and feet of ten healthy participants. While measuring their blood, the test took readings before and after grounding. Results showed a significant decrease in blood cell clumping following the grounding technique. This study suggests that grounding can benefit cardiovascular health.



Muscle Recovery


In a bigger study on the effects of grounding on post-exercise muscle damage, researchers measured participants’ white blood cell count, creatine kinase (a marker of muscle damage), and levels of pain experienced post-exercise. Blood work showed that after grounding, pain and muscle damage declined. So, grounding might be able to improve healing.



Sleep



Some studies support the claim that grounding can improve sleep duration and overall sleep quality. So if you’re injured, grounding can help not only by expediting recovery directly, but by doing so indirectly as well — that is, by improving sleep, when your body is primed to heal itself anyway!



Want to Ground?



There are several methods you can try:


  • Walking barefoot on grass or earth. This is probably the simplest way. When the soles of your feet touch the earth, you connect with its electromagnetic field.

  • Lying on grass or earth. Same idea as above! But if you’re in a public area, be sure to keep some clothes on!

  • Submerging yourself in water. Salt water is ideal.

  • Grounding equipment. Special grounding sheets, blankets, socks, and patches can help! They might be a bit pricy, though. So if it’s convenient, just take off your shoes and socks, and spend ten minutes performing a standing meditation in your garden or local park, and voila! Nature is free of charge.


Spiritualism Meets Science



Grounding in nature has been recorded as a health benefit since the times of Ancient Greeks. And recently, science is showing us that they probably knew what they were talking about!


Take some time out of your day to connect with nature — not just visually, but physically. Try it, and you just might find yourself feeling more relaxed and enjoying much better sleep.


Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.


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