Introduction to Earthing

Many people notice that they feel better when they walk barefoot on the Earth. A worldwide Society for Barefoot Living promotes the benefits of removing shoes and socks and walking naturally on the Earth.

On the basis of their experiences, and support from medical research in the field of biomechanics, barefoot enthusiasts are convinced that many foot and back problems are partly caused by stresses and strains created by wearing shoes, which force us to stand and move in ways the human body was not designed for.

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More recent research has shown that the feeling of well-being that comes from walking barefoot on the Earth is associated with important physiological benefits. The Earth is a natural source of electrons and subtle electrical fields, which are essential for proper functioning of our immune systems, circulation, synchronization of biorhythms and other physiological processes.

Of major importance is the fact that modern biomedical research has documented correlations between chronic inflammation and all of the chronic diseases, including the diseases of aging and the aging process itself. Inflammation is a condition that can be reduced or prevented by grounding our bodies to the Earth.

It has also been suggested that the modern epidemic of chronic and stress-related diseases began when the leather that was used to make the soles of shoes was replaced with rubber and plastics. When leather becomes moist, as a result of perspiration from the feet, a channel of conductivity for electron flow is created between the Earth and the feet. Rubber and plastics are electrical insulators and therefore block the beneficial flow of electrons from the Earth to our bodies.

The biological benefits of Earthing involve subtle electric currents and fields from the Earth. These subtle phenomena take place in the presence of a variety of fluctuating stronger and weaker fields produced by the wiring in homes and businesses and various electronic technologies such as cell phones.

Some people are concerned that Earthing may increase one’s exposure to so-called “electromagnetic pollution” or “dirty electricity.” Earthing actually decreases one’s exposure to these potentially disruptive fields. To understand why this is so, one must look at the basic physics and biophysics of electricity and magnetism.

Confusion about this topic is due in part to the fact that research on Earthing the human body is opening up new perspectives, and requires a fresh examination of the basics of electricity and magnetism as applied to physiology and medicine. Another source of confusion arises from a belief that the unnatural frequencies referred to as electromagnetic pollution and dirty electricity flow through the wiring of homes and can be removed with filters.

The reality is that these signals are present virtually everywhere in our environment as electromagnetic radiations, and cannot be completely removed with filters in the wiring. Earthing actually decreases one’s exposure to these potentially disruptive electromagnetic fields, in addition to the other important benefits and effects of Earthing.

The Benefits of Earthing & Grounding

For more than ten years, Earthing research and feedback from individuals who have grounded themselves, primarily while sleeping at night, demonstrate a multitude of benefits.

Here is a short list of them:
• improvement or elimination of the symptoms of many inflammation-related disorders
• reduction or elimination of chronic pain
• better sleep and faster to sleep
• increased energy
• lowered stress, more calmness by cooling down the nervous system and stress hormones
• normalization of the body’s biological rhythms
• thinner blood, improved blood pressure and flow
• muscle tension and headache relief
• lessened hormonal and menstrual symptoms
• dramatically faster healing and reduction/prevention of bedsores
• reduction/elimination of jet lag
• protection against potentially health-disturbing environmental electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
• accelerated recovery from intense athletic activity.


The most important health benefit of Earthing is providing the body with abundant electrons from the Earth. The scientific research and hypotheses related to Earthing point to a major impact on the inflammatory process as a result of this electron transfer.

The human body has evolved a means to kill bacteria using reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are delivered to a site of injury by white blood cells. Although very effective at this task, ROS are also highly reactive biochemically and can damage healthy tissues. ROS are usually positively charged molecules that need to be neutralized immediately to prevent them from diffusing into healthy tissues. For that purpose negative charges are needed.

Nature has solved this problem by providing conductive systems within the human body that deliver electrons from the feet to all parts of the body. This has been the natural arrangement throughout most of human history. Negative charges have always been available, thanks to the Earth, to prevent the inflammatory process from damaging healthy tissues. All of this changed when we began to wear shoes with rubber and plastic soles, and no longer slept in contact with the earth.

A variety of measures of physiological stress show that the person who is grounded is less stressed and more relaxed. Earthing generates a shift from sympathetic to parasympathetic activation, reduction in muscle tension, and increased heart rate variability. Regardless of whether or not Earthing reduces exposure to environmental fields, these studies firmly demonstrate that Earthing does not stress the body; in fact, Earthing reduces every measure of stress we have used in our studies.

The Earthing book documents cases in which people who are hyper-sensitive to environmental energy fields have benefited from Earthing their bodies. 1 Observations over the years also include substantial relief from Earthing among many people who live in homes with very low levels of environmental fields and who developed crippling diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Earthing is an overlooked factor in public health. We regard it as a missing link with broad and significant implications. When Earthing is restored, many people report major improvements in a wide range of ailments, including chronic fatigue. These changes often occur within 30 minutes. Individuals who reported that they had inflammatory issues have benefited from Earthing. This includes people with various severe autoimmune diseases.

We do not describe Earthing as a “treatment” or a “cure” for any disease or disorder. Instead, it can be said without any equivocation that the human body evolved in contact with the Earth and needs to maintain this natural contact in order to function properly.


Related Earthing Products:

Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? (book)
Earthing Universal Mat & Cover
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Digital Earthing Volt Meter by Equus



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