– an easy way to be close to nature again
The advantages of grounding the human body with a grounding mat
Grounding means making contact with the natural ground with our bare feet, i.e. simply walking over earth, grass and sand. Thus we are in direct contact with the earth. The earth’s surface is charged with electrons, which are absorbed by our feet when we are grounded. It is believed that these free electrons, which are negatively charged, neutralize the free radicals in our body, which are positively charged. These free electrons could therefore act as antioxidants and could help to prevent inflammatory diseases. Chronic inflammation is increasingly seen as the cause of most of the modern chronic diseases.
Most of us wear shoes with rubber soles all the time. This is why we are completely isolated from the ground all day – that is, not grounded. This is not self-evident for our bodies, as our ancestors walked barefoot for thousands of years or wore shoes that allowed them to be grounded (mainly made from animal skins; synthetic rubber was only discovered in the last century). Many people also slept on the ground or on skins.
As you probably know, our body works with weak electrical currents – the beating of our heart is controlled by electrical impulses, as is our brain. If we have to ground electrical devices, why shouldn’t our body be grounded even if we are an “electrical being”?
Grounding is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Let’s look at what science has shown:
These are the benefits of grounding that science has found out so far and that have been published in the Journal of Inflammation Research and the Journal of Environmental and Public Health [1,2]:
- Reduce inflammation
- Improvement of sleep
- Reduction of pain and muscle damage
- Improving the mood
- Reduction of blood viscosity (thinning of the blood)
- Reduce stress and promote relaxation
When you connect to the earth, which is enriched with electrons, a better balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system is achieved.
To benefit from grounding indoors, it is best to use a grounding mat to sleep, stand barefoot or sit on.
Grounding is perhaps one of the most important overlooked factors in public well-being. When grounding is restored, many people report a significant improvement in a variety of ailments.
Did you know that the energy of the earth can help you live a life of well-being? The concept is called grounding, and it is no more complicated than simply walking barefoot.
Your body needs a grounding mat
Research suggests that a general lack of grounding, also known as “electron deficiency syndrome”, has much to do with the advent of modern diseases.
When you are grounded, free electrons are transferred from the earth to your body, and these free electrons are among the most powerful antioxidants known to man.
Because electrons are negatively charged and free radicals are positively charged, any free radicals that occur in your tissue are electrically neutralized or canceled out by these free electrons. This is why grounding is so effective against chronic inflammation.
Even if you do not consider your body to be a generator of electricity, you are still an electrical being, and this is in large part why it is so important to use grounding to harness the electrical charge of the earth.
Advantages of Grounding mats
Although it may sound “too easy”, the simple pleasure of walking barefoot can be a powerful and health-promoting activity.
How and where to ground yourself
Barefoot training outdoors is a good way to integrate grounding into everyday life.
The ideal place for barefoot training is the beach, nearby or in the water, as salt water is an excellent conductor. (Your body is also somewhat conductive because it contains a large number of charged ions, so-called electrolytes, which are dissolved in water. Your blood and other body fluids are therefore good conductors).
Immediately after that, a grassy area is suitable, especially if it is covered with dew and/or bare earth.
Materials like asphalt, wood and typical insulators like rubber or plastic do not let electrons through and are not suitable for barefoot grounding.
While any amount of grounding is better than none, research has shown that it takes about 80 minutes for the free electrons from the earth to reach your bloodstream. Therefore, ideally, you should aim for 80 to 120 minutes of grounding every day.
How to ground yourself indoors with a mat
Just as walking barefoot was once widespread, people used to sleep on the floor. In the modern world, sleeping indoors serves to further isolate you from the earth. There is also the problem of height.
When you are grounded, your body cannot carry a charge, which is good. The greater the distance between your body and the earth, the greater the charge your body can carry. In fact, this has been calculated exactly. For every meter you are above the ground, 300 volts of charge build-up in your body.
So if you are in a bedroom on the second floor or higher, your charge would average 1,000 volts, and this increased charge can increase your risk of wellbeing problems.
Indoors and/or at altitude you can ground yourself as follows:
-Use a grounding mat to ground yourself on your mattress while you sleep.
-Hold your bare feet on an earthing mat while working. Grounding mats work well, provided you have a grounded outlet, and they can be especially beneficial if you live in a high-rise building. A grounded outlet is generally characterized by the fact that it is a 3-pin outlet with a ground connection (ground outlet).
If you use a grounding mat, make sure that your bare skin is in contact with it. There should be no layer of clothing between you and the mat.
-Use a grounded yoga mat when exercising indoors. Research has shown that indoor yoga on a grounded yoga mat helps reduce blood viscosity and movement-induced inflammation; the same effects you can expect from walking barefoot outdoors.
–Take off your shoes and place your feet (naked or with socks) on the steel struts of the chair in front of you when you fly in an airplane.
Grounding mats can be very helpful for life and wellbeing
It is important to understand that grounding is not a “treatment” or “cure” for any disease or disorder. Rather, it is one of the most important mechanisms by which your body maintains balance and health. The human body evolved in constant contact with the earth, and your body needs this continuous exchange of energy to function properly.
Stress caused by free radicals from pollution, cigarettes, pesticides, processed foods and electromagnetic radiation, to name a few factors, constantly deprive your body of electrons.
However, the earth is always electron-rich and can serve as a powerful and abundant supply of antioxidant electrons that destroy free radicals, provided you make an effort to stay grounded.
Where can I buy a great grounding mat?
If you are looking for a great product, we would recommend this grounding mat: The KenkoGround
Simply connect this grounding mat to an earthed power outlet and use it under bare feet or any other place with direct skin contact. Grounding consumes no power = the grounding cable only connects to the ground.
Product features and benefits
- Conductive fabric made of silver and nylon (20 % silver, 80 % nylon).
- Silver ions implanted by vacuum sputtering for high transfer efficiency.
- Water-repellent properties due to hydrophobic technology on the upper side.
- Size: 46 cm x 90 cm
- Weight: 254 g It is perfect for on the go.
- To use the grounding mat, a grounded power outlet are required.
How long do I need to stay grounded to feel the benefits?
Everybody is different – some may feel an immediate benefit. However, the more time you can
spend grounded the better.
When grounding via a mains outlet, does the socket need to be switched on?
Grounding uses no live current / power; it connects only with the safety line to earth.
1: Chevalier, G., et al., Earthing: health implications of reconnecting the human body to the Earth’s surface electrons. J Environ Public Health, 2012. 2012: p. 291541.
2:Oschman, J.L., G. Chevalier, and R. Brown, The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. J Inflamm Res, 2015. 8: p. 83-96.