When was the last time you connected with nature—like, really connected and not just admired from a distance?
If you’re based in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, or in the heart of any city, then your answer may surprise you, as the hustle and bustle of city life can be unknowingly consuming. Luckily, a simple practice such as “grounding” can ensure that you remain connected with nature, with some added health benefits—regardless of your housing situation!
What Is GroundingGrounding, simultaneously known as earthing, is a practice that you have likely participated in—it just means to be in direct physical contact with the Earth. While it’s as simple as walking barefoot on grass or lying on the sand, the term grounding actually extends to swimming in the ocean, a river, or a lake.
How to Practice Grounding
In this article, the focus is specific to walking barefoot on grass. Even if you live in a condominium, there is bound to be a patch of greenery nearby that you can use to your advantage!
Walking barefoot on grass is also the most effective form of grounding, as the sole of the foot has more nerve endings than any other area of the body. Why does this matter? Basically, the surface of the earth is charged with negative electrical frequencies, commonly referred to as free electrons, which can remove the presence of excess disease-inducing free radicals—caused by chronic stress of city life—within the human body as the free electrons bind with the free radicals.
This simple, yet beneficial practice is thought to be so effective that a trainer for Tour De France athletes recommended and implemented it as part of his training module!
So what’s the science behind his unconventional approach of using grounding for optimal performance?
The Science Behind GroundingAs of 2017, more than 20 scientific studies have been conducted on grounding, peer-reviewed, and then published within the medical literature. Based on a myriad of data, the most common benefit of grounding is the reduction of inflammation within the body. It may sound unimpressive, but it’s actually rather groundbreaking! Why? Well, here is a list of well-known health problems caused by inflammation within the body:
- Diabetes (Type 1 & 2)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cardiovascular Disease (e.g.: Heart Disease)
Other benefits of grounding include:
- Improves sleep
- Supports and balances bodily functions
- Accelerates recovery, particularly for athletes
- Reduces chronic pain, particularly menstrual pain and headaches
So, a gentle reminder to end with, in the words of Dr Gaetan Chevalier: “... We need grounding just as we need air and we need sunshine.”