First, let’s talk about what earthing is. Essentially, earthing is the same thing as electrically grounding something. They use the term earthing to avoid confusion. There are several techniques for earthing that range from simply walking barefoot or lying on the grass to special mats that go on your bed and are directly wired to a metal stake in the ground.
Why would it have any benefit? The premise is that the earths surface has an abundant supply of free electrons (it does, this is why electrical grounding works and part of the cause of lightening). The atmosphere is positively charged, void of free electrons compared to the ground (most of the time). Lightening is a perfect example of the abundance of electrons, as the difference in the earth’s surface and atmosphere is enough to cause discharges that are miles long and millions of volts. This is also the theory that magnets and copper bracelets are based on. The reason why this should have health benefits is the same reason that vitamin c or any other antioxidant works. Oxidation occurs when something is exposed to oxygen and the oxygen robs the molecule of electrons. This can occur with metals as well as organic molecules (cholesterol for example). In damp environments this process is greatly accelerated as the water works as a conductor for the electrons. In the human body, which is over 70% water and rich in oxygen, this is added to by basic forms of metabolism, particularly aerobic metabolism which uses oxygen to breakdown food into energy. Antioxidants work by donating electrons to the oxidized molecules renewing them. This allows them to do their job again and prevents them from causing damage in other places, like arteries.
Most of the studies are small, so they have to be taken lightly individually, but cumulatively they can be taken more seriously. The first thing to notice is that upon earthing the human physiology changes immediately. These changes are in electrical charge, heart rate, blood pressure and an assortment of other physiological measurements. Changes that are noted with longer periods of grounding include lower cortisol, lower levels of inflammation, and less pain. There may be e reduction in the risk of chronic disease. Another important note was a reduction in DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness), and the duration of DOMS. DOMS is the soreness that sets in a day or two after you workout.
Personally I have experimented with earthing over the last several weeks and I have noticed a drastic reduction in by the intensity of DOMS as well as its duration (18 hour of sorenes versus several days before). I have also noted an improvement in my rate of recovery. In addition, most of my little aches and pains have virtually disappeared. And finally, I am sleeping like a baby.
My advice would be to spend 30 minutes a day or more earthing. This could be walking around barefoot in the yard (no concrete, it acts as an insulator), or lying in the yard, or you could take it to the extreme and buy some of the earthing gadgets. There is really nothing to lose by trying it.
By Jeremiah Jacobs