Earthing: A Kiwi Guide to Connecting with the Earth's Natural Healing Power
Kia ora, and welcome to the wonderful world of earthing, also known as grounding. This simple yet profound practice involves connecting with the Earth's natural electrical charge, just like our ancestors did for centuries before us.
Have you ever noticed that feeling of relaxation and rejuvenation after time spent barefoot on the beach?
That feeling of calm and well-being may be down to more than just the salty air and sunshine. It could be the result of your feet directly connecting with the Earth.
The beach is a great place to earth because the sand and water are both excellent conductors of electricity.
When you walk barefoot on the sand, the negative ions from the Earth's surface are able to flow into your body and help to neutralize free radicals.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage healthy cells and tissues. Neutralizing free radicals can help to reduce inflammation, improve sleep, and boost your overall health.
In the past, we were constantly connected to the Earth through our bare feet, but with the advent of modern footwear and synthetic surfaces, we've lost that connection.
This disconnect, some believe, is a major contributor to chronic inflammation and a host of other health problems.
The good news is that we can easily reconnect with the Earth for free!
Even if we live in a city or don't have a handy beach nearby. There are a number of ways to incorporate earthing into your daily routine:
Walk barefoot: Whenever possible, take a walk barefoot on grass, sand, or soil. Even a few minutes of barefoot time can make a difference.
Use an earthing mat: If you can't walk barefoot outdoors, you can use an earthing mat in your home or office. Simply sit or stand on the mat with your bare feet, and you'll start to absorb the Earth's negative charge.
Sleep grounded: You can also sleep grounded by using an earthing sheet or pillowcase. This can help you to sleep more soundly and wake up feeling more refreshed.
Grounding products: There are a variety of other grounding products available, such as earthing wristbands, grounding shoes, and grounding blankets.
Four more reasons you feel so good after your visit to the beach;
The sand is conductive: The sand on the beach is made up of tiny particles of rock and minerals that are excellent conductors of electricity. This means that the negative ions from the Earth's surface are able to easily flow into your body when you walk barefoot on the sand.
The water is conductive: The water at the beach is also a good conductor of electricity. This means that you can also earth by swimming or wading in the ocean. In fact, some people believe that earthing in water is even more effective than earthing on land.
The air is clean: The air at the beach is typically much cleaner than the air in the city. This is because the ocean breeze helps to remove pollutants from the air. Breathing clean air can also help to improve your health.
The sun is healing: The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays that can be harmful to your skin in excess. However, small amounts of UV radiation can actually be beneficial for your health. UV radiation can help to boost your immune system and produce vitamin D, which is essential for bone health.
So, if you're looking for a simple and natural way to improve your health and well-being, I encourage you to give earthing a try. You may be surprised at how much better you feel!
Walk barefoot on the sand or soil: This is the best way to earth at the beach. Aim to walk barefoot for at least 20-30 minutes each day.
Kia ora, and happy earthing!