My family and oldest friends gave me up for crazy several years ago. I have, for the most part, stopped eating what they eat 4 times a day. I have chucked the antibacterial dish soap out of my cupboard while hissing about microorganisms having the right to live. And I have set up “do not mow-areas” on the lawn, where some of my little herb friends were growing.
I’m kinda hoping someone soon will ask what that strange wire hanging from my bedroom window is, but I don’t even think they dare ask those questions anymore.
The truth of the matter, is that I now sleep grounded and earthed, and have done so for a month or so.
The theory (yes, my inner Victorian is pleased with this) is quite simple. The earth has negative ions. This is easily observed with a multimeter, and it is common knowledge. Just rub your hair on a balloon, and then set your naked toe down in the grass – you get rid of the static electricity just like that – you are earthed and grounded and part of the earth’s own circuit.
But then, we don’t walk around barefoot anymore. We have rubber soles, live in insulated houses and have quite literally lost our connection to the earth. Instead, though, we handle electrical stuff every single day, right now I’m sitting with a mini-PC on my lap and my smart phone just beside me. We get charged every day, for many hours at a time, without being able to release it into earth.
The big question, though, is if this means something or not.
Some think it does.
And some has done some research.
Results indicate that grounding the human body to earth (“earthing”) during sleep reduces night-time levels of cortisol and resynchronizes cortisol hormone secretion more in alignment with the natural 24-hour circadian rhythm profile. Changes were most apparent in females. Furthermore, subjective reporting indicates that grounding the human body to earth during sleep improves sleep and reduces pain and stress. The biologic effects of grounding the human body during sleep as measured by cortisol levels and subjective reporting of sleep, pain, and stress.
Grounding increases the surface charge on RBCs and thereby reduces blood viscosity and clumping. Grounding appears to be one of the simplest and yet most profound interventions for helping reduce cardiovascular risk and cardiovascular events. Earthing (Grounding) the Human Body Reduces Blood Viscosity-a Major Factor in Cardiovascular Disease.
They even think that grounding/earthing reduces inflammation in the body, making it a potential cure for everything from fibromyalgia to dementia to arthritis. I’m not claiming it does. I don’t know. But I do find this idea intriguing.
This is a picture showing the effect after only 30 minutes of earthing/grounding:
It is pretty amazing, huh? Just imagine the impact of this, if it indeed turns out to be a link between our disconnection to the earth in this very practical sense, and everything that inflammation does to our health.
It’s as easy as taking your shoes off and stepping outside.
Or touching a flower.
Really, it is.
However, I do live in Norway where it seems to alternate between ice ages and monsoons, so I decided I should just buy an earthing mat to at least have a connection to earth while sleeping, and see what happens.
This is the point where I really wish I had a home lab or at least the sense of having before/after pictures and the whole shebang. I’d so love that.
But all I know, is this:
I have slept deeply ever since I set my toe on the grounding mat.
A constant infection on the wet line in my eye is gone.
And the psoriasis I’ve had on my elbows for more than 10 years is going away, which in all probability means that the cortisol level IS lower now for whatever reason
I didn’t do this scientifically; I have also done other things to improve my skin, but the thing is, most of those things I have tried before without these results. I follow Rose Cole’s psoriasis regime, which made it a lot better before, but not as good as this, and I’ve gone bananas with my coconut oil, which also made it a lot better before, but not this great.
I mean, just look at it.
It’s almost completely healed.
Lucky coincidence? Could very well be, as I said, I didn’t do this scientifically, and there could be a lot of wild cards; maybe the quality of the supplements has varied, maybe the tanning beds are different, maybe what I’ve been eating has all kinds of effects…
But as for now, I’ll continue to earth and ground myself as much and as often as I possibly can.
Have you tried it? Do you have an earthing/grounding system, or do you have the opportunity to touch the earth every day? Tell me! I’m highly intrigued.