What is it all about
Earthing is one of the most fundamental things you can do to improve your health. It simply means that you have direct skin contact with our wonderful planet, nothing else. The most basic form of earthing yourself is to walk barefoot on grass, earth, sand and rocks as humans have done since time immemorial. Bathing in the sea, lakes and rivers is also a great way to get grounded. Unfortunately for our health, we have insulated ourselves from contact with our Earth by using shoes with rubber soles, walking on insulating wooden or plastic floors, sleeping without Earth contact and spending pretty much all our lives insulated from contact with the surface of our amazing planet.
When we restore direct contact with Earth a number of intriguing things happen. First and foremost, it is essential to understand that the surface of Earth is ”alive” with an unlimited supply of free electrons. This is a well established scientific fact although it is not well known to most people. What does that mean to you? Nothing if you do not have direct skin contact with the Earth, meaning the skin of your body, such as bare feet, making contact with the ”skin” of the Earth. With direct contact your body absorbs the natural, subtle energy on the ground - the free electrons. When you routinely stay in contact with the ground the electrons restore and stabilise a natural electrical state in your body and and reset your natural biological rhythms.. Keep in mind that your body - from the cells to the organs - work electrically. Think of your heart and nervous system as examples. The energy system from the Earth also appear to significantly reduce chronic inflammation, regarded as the primary cause of most modern illnesses.
These systemic effects leads to benefits for our health and wellbeing, all explained in detail in the book "Earthing" written by Clint Ober, Stephen Sinatra, M.D., and Martin Zucker. Benefits include better sleep, feeling more rested when waking up, reduced pain and stress and higher energy.
Co-author and renowned integrative cardiologist, Stephen Sinatra, M.D., who has over 30 years practicing in medicine says,
“I regard Earthing as the greatest health breakthrough in all my years in medical practice. Regular grounding (another name for Earthing) restores the body’s natural electrical state, calms the nervous system, reduces inflammation, and improves circulation. No pill on Earth can do what Mother Earth does!”
The discovery of significantly beneficial effects on health through earthing the body was made by Clint Ober, a retired cable TV executive, in 1998. Mr Ober is quick to point to the fact that many cultures throughout history have emphasised and honoured the importance of connectedness to the Earth. However, he appears to be the first to pursue research to substantiate the connection in modern, scientific terms. He did so by attracting interested researchers with expertise in electrophysiology and biophysics. To date, they have produced over 20 studies that reveal unique and intriguing changes in physiology, sleep, blood chemistry and inflammation. These studies, summarised in the Earthing book, have opened a new and promising field of environmental biological research - how the planet we live on affects our bodies. These scientific studies can be found on our research page or online at the Earthing Institute.
Recognising that most people will not - and obviously cannot - go barefoot each and every day, a variety of earthing products are available. These systems include conductive sheets, mats and bands. The earthing product you wish to use only needs to be connected to a ground rod, water pipe or the electrical ground. That’s it! All you have to do then is to sleep on the sheet, or place your feet on the mat under your computer desk or while you read or watch TV. Earthing pads are also available for placement on a chair, sofa or why not in your pet's basket. There is nothing else to do. The electrons will flow from the Earth into your body as you sleep, work or relax. It is the equivalent of being barefoot outdoors.
You will find the earthing systems on the shop page of this website. Think about how many hours you actually have direct physical contact with our Earth in a year and compare that with sleeping connected to the Earth every night. Do you see the benefits?
We at Earthingpeople aim to increase public knowledge about this revolutionising discovery and in doing so, helping others attain better health and quality of life.