How Grounding Can Benefit Your Health and Well-BeingAuthor: Coach Nick Book
Have you ever felt a deep sense of calmness and balance after walking on the sand barefoot or hiking in the woods? If so, then you’ve likely experienced grounding, also known as earthing. Grounding involves connecting your body directly to the Earth's electrical charge by walking barefoot, sitting on the earth, or wearing grounding devices. This simple practice may sound too good to be true, but it has a range of benefits for your mental and physical health. In this blog post, we’ll explore what grounding is and how it can benefit your overall health and well-being.
Grounding involves coming into direct contact with the Earth's electrical charge. The Earth's surface carries a subtle negative charge, which is continually replenished by lightning strikes and the sun’s radiation. When we ground, we absorb this charge, which neutralizes positively charged free radicals and reduces inflammation in the body, promoting healing and balance. Research suggests that grounding has numerous health benefits, including better sleep, less inflammation, improved circulation, and reduced stress and anxiety.
Reduced inflammation. Inflammation is a natural response to injury, infection, and stress, but when it persists, it can lead to chronic health conditions like arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. Grounding reduces inflammation by promoting the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body, which helps to remove toxins and waste. Additionally, grounding helps to neutralize free radicals, which can cause inflammation and damage to our cells.
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Another benefit of grounding is improved sleep quality. Many of us struggle with sleep problems, which can lead to physical and emotional health issues. Grounding has shown to improve sleep quality as it helps regulate the body's natural circadian rhythm, which governs our sleep-wake cycle. When our circadian rhythm is in sync with the earth's natural 24-hour cycle, we tend to sleep better, feel more rested, and have more energy throughout the day.
That Pesky STRESS!!!
Grounding is also an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Stress can wreak havoc on our physical and emotional health and lead to chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. Grounding can help us manage stress and anxiety by reducing cortisol levels, the hormone responsible for stress, and promoting a sense of calmness and relaxation.
Recovery from Training too?!
When we exercise, our muscles undergo stress, leading to inflammation and oxidative stress. Grounding has shown to reduce inflammation, which can aid in muscle recovery after intense workouts. Additionally, grounding has been shown to improve circulation, which can promote nutrient delivery to the muscles, leading to improved recovery and performance.