Therapeutic Grounding Techniques for Optimal Health
Advancements in the medical field now ensure you receive superior treatments for illness. However, nothing can beat natural healing methods; utilizing therapeutic grounding techniques is one of them. Ancient humans were known to roam barefoot on the earth’s surface which always ensured they stayed connected with nature.
With time, we started wearing shoes with synthetic soles which have disconnected us from the earth. Grounding allows reconnecting oneself with mother earth and in the process facilitates natural healing for a greater well-being. This ancient healing technique is now gaining popularity among holistic living enthusiasts.
What Is Grounding?
Grounding or earthing is getting yourself connected electrically with the earth. It is done by walking barefoot, sitting, or sleeping in direct contact with the earth’s surface. Walk barefoot or sit on the ground, soil, grass, or concrete. It is best to walk on the ground when it is wet or humid, as it helps with conduction. The basic concept behind grounding is to balance the excess positive charge in your body for superior health.
Connecting with the earth helps to balance the body’s positive charge with the earth’s negative charge. Grounding your physical body with the earth is known to have profound health benefits. There are also devices that can recreate a similar response as that of the earth while indoors. This is especially helpful for those who stay in high rise buildings or are not in some way directly connected with the earth.
How Does Grounding Work?
Mother earth is a reservoir of natural magnetic energy and free negative electrons. There are certain ball points in your feet capable of naturally absorbing the earth’s energy. Grounding involves walking barefoot; during this your body builds an instant connection with the earth. When your foot makes contact with the earth’s surface, your body directly receives a flow of negative electrons and earth’s natural magnetic energy.
Getting your body negatively charged protects from free radical damage. Earth’s low electromagnetic magnetic frequency is 7.83 Hz – also referred to as the Schumann Resonances. Interestingly, it is within this frequency that your heart and brain works at their peak.
By reconnecting with the earth, your body is gaining direct access to Schumann Resonance as well as a reservoir of negative charges. Besides offering immense health benefits, therapeutic grounding techniques also help to neutralize the excess positive charges in your body, promotes EMF tolerance, alleviate AFS, and raises your body to peak working condition.
Why Does Your Body Require Grounding?
Why do you need grounding in the first place? Let us look into some of the reasons:
- Reactive oxygen species (ROS) is part of the defense system in your body. During the injury recovery process, white blood cells transport ROS to the injury site for killing harmful bacteria. However, with ROS being positively charged molecules that are highly reactive biochemically, they can damage the healthy tissues as well as harmful bacteria. Through grounding, your body gains direct access to negative charges which helps to neutralize positively charged ROS – thus protecting your body from tissue damage.
- Shoes with plastic and synthetic soles create a barrier between your body and earth. It hinders natural flow of the earth’s energy into the body. This makes you totally disconnected from the earth’s electrical roots.
- Modern electronics and Wi-Fi continuously emit electromagnetic radiation which is also referred to as electromagnetic pollution or dirty electricity. Exposure to electromagnetic pollution raises positive charges in your body. These positive charges can further cause certain chain reactions which are harmful to your health.
Incredible Health Benefits Of Therapeutic Grounding Techniques
Grounding provides your body with abundant negative electrons. Research suggests that the electron transfer through an earthing point produces an impact on the inflammatory process. Also, studies show that grounding has immense benefits on health.
Let us look into the amazing benefits that grounding offers:
- Ceases free radical damage
- Promotes adrenal health
- Reduces the effect of stress
- Promotes calmness
- Balances autonomic nervous system (ANS)
- Reduces inflammation
- Promotes psychological health
- Improves blood viscosity
- Reduces electro-sensitivity
- Improves heart rate variability
- Promotes better sleep
- Improves cortisol dynamics
- Accelerates healing
- Enhances energy
- Boosts immunity
- Improves digestion
Studies prove that an energy field runs through your body. Your body’s energy field is in an excellent state when you connect it with the earth’s natural magnetic field. Therapeutic grounding techniques help to reconnect your body’s energy with the earth’s natural energy. Connecting with Earth’s natural energy promotes improved heart health, rapidly heals even serious wounds, synchronizes cortisol, alleviates adrenal fatigue, induces energy and above all neutralizes the body’s energy.
Grounding And EMF Tolerance
Modern technology has made our lives comfortable but at the cost of our health. The real problem is we are all now living in an ocean of electromagnetic fields. Computers, vacuum cleaners, cell phones, electric heaters, refrigerators, air conditioners and wireless communication are all sources of electromagnetic field (EMF).
While some are insensitive to EMF, others can be highly sensitive to it. Symptoms associated with EMF sensitivity include constant fatigue, anxiety, sleep disturbance, headaches, heart palpitations, memory disorders, digestive disorders, heart palpitations, and others. Most of these symptoms are similar to that of AFS.
Magnetic radiation has been related to causing several health conditions such as adrenal fatigue, DNA damage, and cellular damage. The radiation effects include weakening cell membranes and contributing to extracellular matrix pollution and congestion. Damaged cells allow the body’s natural energy reserves to leak out and toxins to flow in; this makes your body weak and causing serious health problems including AFS. EMF also raises the level of electrons in your body increasing risk of several diseases including cancer and cardiovascular problems.
The radiation can be minimized to a certain extent by reducing the use of electronic devices, but you cannot escape completely from EMF radiations unless you are living in a remote location. The human body is not capable of naturally coping with the EMF radiations in the environment.
The solution? Grounding allows negatively charged electrons to freely flow into your overly positive electron-charged body. This process helps to neutralize the charges in your body as well as returns your body to its optimum health. It also helps to increase your EMF tolerance.
Grounding and Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
Despite the conveniences and luxuries offered by advanced technology, life has become more stressful than ever before. People worldwide struggle with stress almost every day. If you frequently experience extreme fatigue along with lightheadedness, insomnia, low concentration level, anxiety, difficulty in waking up, brain fog, constipation and stubborn weight gain, then you might be having the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS).
Damaged cell membranes cause EMF sensitivity. EMF radiation opens up the weak cell walls leaking out nutrients and allowing in toxins. Consequently, your body loses nutritional reserves and gets overloaded with toxins which lead to several biological issues including AFS.
Grounding is good for adrenal fatigue. It can help reduce EMF sensitivity and stabilize the body. People with AFS are stressed out, have weak adrenals and suffer from anxiety, insomnia, including low energy levels. Grounding imparts a sense of calmness, minimizes the effects of stress, boosts adrenal health, promotes sound sleep and increases energy levels.
Be careful with grounding though.
Adrenal glands produce cortisol, an anti-stress hormone. Cortisol levels need to be high during the day to fight stress and low during the night for good sleep. But in AFS, it is the other way around. The cortisol level is high during the night which causes disturbed sleep. You find waking up the next morning difficult and feel fatigued the entire day. As a result, your body gets out of balance.
Grounding during sleep can help in addressing the problem. The therapeutic properties of grounding techniques help to resynchronize the secretion of cortisol hormones thus inducing good sleep and alleviating AFS. Sleeping on the ground directly realigns secretion of cortisol. It is always best to start slow for short periods of time initially. This allows your body to adjust to it.
Grounding and NEM Stress Response (Detoxification Circuit)
Consistent stress can be harmful to your health. NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response in your body helps to combat excess stress. The NEM Stress Response system responds to the stressors through six circuits and complex systems which work jointly to protect your body from high stress. Multiple organs make up each of these circuits; the detoxification circuit plays a crucial role in managing stress.
The detoxification circuit is comprised of the immunity system, liver, and extracellular matrix which function together to eliminate reactive metabolites released from stress into the body. When this circuit functions smoothly in unison with the other circuits, stress is automatically alleviated.
Detoxification circuit dysfunction can cause devastating symptoms including insomnia, brain fog, constipation, anxiety, dizziness, and food sensitivities. The symptoms are similar to AFS. Stressors including EMF radiations can disturb your NEM stress response. Therapeutic grounding techniques promote the smooth functioning of body organs, enhances EMF tolerance, and impedes cell damage so your NEM stress response works efficiently.
When your body is under stress, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol hormones to cope with stressors for survival. During this phase, the other body functions such as digestion and immunity slow down. With high stress, cortisol secretion also raises simultaneously. Stress triggers your NEM response system. When the stressors disappear, the NEM system response also subsides.
However, when your body is under constant stress it overburdens the adrenals leaving them exhausted. Your adrenals can no longer secrete adequate cortisol reducing the body’s capacity to fight stress. This often leads to AFS. If left untreated, AFS can advance to adrenal exhaustion. Stressors such as continuous EMF radiation from electronics can trigger AFS.
Therapeutic grounding techniques effect on the adrenals in a positve way. Grounding along with nutritious food, mild detox programs, meditation, and adrenal breathing exercise helps to repair and restore adrenal glands. It realigns cortisol secretion and minimizes symptoms of AFS.
Cautions On Grounding
People with advanced AFS have a fragile body. Hence, they should be careful spending more time outdoors at the beach or in the sun. It would be ideal to start with five minutes of grounding every day and gradually increase it to a couple of hours. As you walk, steer your mind clear of thoughts and indulge in simple breathing exercises.
Certain grounding equipment such as earthing mats are designed to replicate the effect of grounding while indoors. However, it is crucial to first consider the EMF level in your living environment. Grounding equipment should be used under the supervision of experts to prevent harmful side effects.
Therapeutic grounding techniques are known to have a positive impact on the body along with delivering immense health benefits. Grounding is done by simply walking barefoot on earth, soil, grass, or concrete. The earth is a natural reservoir of the natural magnetic field and negative electrons. Your body gains an instant access to them by connecting with the earth. Your body is at its best when connected to the earth’s natural energy.
Grounding helps to neutralize the excess positive electrons in your body thus preventing free radical damage. Earthing mats can be used indoors but only under supervision and consideration of the EMF of your indoor space to prevent any side effects. Nothing can replace natural grounding by walking barefoot though.
Therapeutic grounding techniques can minimize AFS, stress, insomnia, chronic tiredness, electro-sensitivity, inflammation, and cardiovascular illness. Further, it also helps to promote calmness, better digestion, good immunity, and psychological health. It an also accelerate healing and EMF tolerance.
Grounding should be started slowly with a shorter time period and then gradually increasing the time. This will help your body to prepare and fine-tune with the technique. Those with AFS should especially keep this in mind while practicing the therapeutic grounding technique.
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Dr. Lam’s Key Question
How can you include therapeutic grounding techniques in everyday living?
Walking barefoot on moist soil, earth, grass or sand is the best grounding technique. Therapeutic grounding techniques can be included in everyday living by doing certain activities with bare feet such as working in the garden, playing in the beach, sitting on concrete pavement, going for a walk without shoes, or spending time in the nature.