I hope everyone enjoyed last weeks start to our Wednesday Wellness Series. I will switch it up weekly with different interviews with people in the health and wellness space as well as some hot topics.
Today I want to talk about GROUNDING, or EARTHING as some people call it. It is the simple act of walking barefoot and being connected to the Earth.
Dave Asprey has a great explanation for it:
“The earth has a mild negative charge to it. As you walk around day-to-day, you build up a positive charge in your cells. Back when we were all walking around barefoot and sleeping on the ground, this wasn’t an issue; direct contact with the earth canceled out the positive charge and left us neutral. But now that you wear rubber-soled shoes and sleep indoors, you’re insulated from the earth, and your body doesn’t return to neutral. You just keep building up a positive charge, which saps your energy and causes inflammation and disease (according to the theory, at least)”
Dave also explains how back in the day he was traveling from the West coast to England for work a lot and was continuously jet lagged and feeling depleted. He had heard about this “grounding” concept and decided to try it for himself in attempts to cure his jet lag. He did 20 minutes of barefoot yoga outside on the first day after arriving and did not have any negative effects of jet lag for the remainder of the trip.
Okay SO some of it of course seems a little “out there” and I was definitely skeptical about all of this. When I think about it though, there have been plenty of times where I walk barefoot after a run to let my feet breathe or I do yoga outside with no mat, and I feel different after, like a weird sense of connectedness and a feeling much bigger than me. Whenever I do yoga outside, in the park with no mat I feel an overall sense of energy throughout the day and I definitely feel refreshed.
From emerging research on the topic, scientists are finding out that grounding can be beneficial in improving sleep, reducing inflammation levels, increasing energy, reducing chronic pain, relieving muscle tension and headaches, and helping to support adrenal health.
The best part about this is that it’s free and it doesn’t take much effort. 20 minutes a day walking barefoot, or doing some yoga or stretching in the park could be extremely beneficial to your health. Try it out for yourself and see how you feel, especially if you are traveling!
Happy Hump Day and enjoy the rest of the week!