Earthing, grounding, going barefoot.
Some love it, others hate it.
The companies selling the earthing kits and materials speak of it as some kind of ‘panacea'.
But what do we really know about earthing?
What does the science tell us?
A few days ago I came across a superb presentation on the subject.
Superb because in just a few minutes (7 minutes to be precise) with minimum mumbo-jumbo and maximum clarity it does just that.
It summarizes, clarifies, updates on what the science tells us about earthing.
The Number One Question
Laura Koniver, M.D says, “one of the most frequently asked questions I get is, ‘how much earthing do I have to do each day to make a difference'.
My answer is always, anything makes a difference. There’s no amount of earthing that is too quick or too small to make a noticeable impact on you and your body's physiology…. instantaneous is long enough. Of course the benefits continue to extend the longer you do it. I want to go over the scientific literature to tell you exactly what you're doing when you're just connecting for a second and exactly what you're doing you're connecting for years.”
Here's Dr Koniver's presentation:
Below I’ve summarized what Dr. Koniver says in her video.
What The Science Says About Earthing
“Muscle, skin, brain changes and also levels of pain are instantly shifted:
- Muscle tension immediately drops, measurable on an electromyogram
- the ambient voltage of your entire body shifts,
- your EEG brain waves change
- your skin conductance changes.
Sustain it for a few minutes
Medical studies have shown it impacts:
- your organ function
- your vasculature so blood viscosity changes
Sustain it for 20 to 30 minutes
Studies that have gone on for 20 minutes/30 minutes have found that within minutes you’ve:
- affected your circulatory system
- affected all of the end organs that are targeted by your circulatory system
- increased blood viscosity
- increased your respiratory rate
- increased oxygenation
- stabilized your blood glucose
So you have an immediate change in the metabolic function of your entire body.
Studies that have gone into hours
Sleeping grounded for one night is all it takes to:
- change your indicators of osteoporosis
- affect your bones, deep into your bones
- affect and change your metabolic panel – your electrolytes, your minerals, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron levels change
- affect and change your thyroid function
With thyroid changes…..we're talking about how [your organs] interrelate with each other……about structural support with your bones…….about the hormonal support with your thyroid. Higher cortisol levels can be affected by just one night of sleeping grounded your thyroid function panel changes and shifts dramatically so that thyroid function is actually boosted just in one night.
Studies that talk about several days
If you earth and are connected to the earth for several days straight you are more resilient and more adaptable to life's stress and demands on the physical body.
In one study men were given a heavy load to lift a very stressful amount of weight and then they were grounded, just one time, and they were grounded for one, two and three days afterwards. Grounded participants were not only able to meet that one challenge with less inflammation in the body and less stress on the body but they were able to recover easier meaning their body had less inflammatory markers afterwards. They recovered quicker and they had less pain and less physiological damage after the stress……Earthing for several days, decreases inflammation markers, decreases cortisol and stress on the body decreases pain and increases our recovery.
Studies over years
Over years I anticipate:
- anti-aging benefits and
- anti-cancer benefits
because most of the diseases that we are confronted with as a society are from chronic inflammation. Lot’s of cancers other chronic diseases that we used to think was just a result of aging are actually just repetitive injury or repetitive inflammation and stress.
Arthritic changes, dementia changes, stroke, heart attack, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and you know cancers that were thought to just increase with age are actually just increasing with inflammation and when we increase inflammation through poor diet or stress by EMFs and that kind of thing then we’re accelerating all those conditions. When we decrease inflammation on the body and stress on the body then we are relieving the incidence of these kinds of illnesses so we understand now that there's instantaneous change.
We understand now is that there is an immediate effect an immediate benefit to you when you go out for a split second……no time is too short…..
I believe an entire lifetime is not too long to live connected to the earth and in our best most optimal optimized state of well being.”
My View On Earthing
As you can tell Dr. Koniver is a big proponent of earthing. Others, like Kariann, have experienced near miraculous benefits from earthing.
I take a more balanced view.
I don't believe that earthing is good for everyone in all cases.
One of the biggest pitfalls is earthing in a ‘high EMF environment'. Another issue is stray electricity, those of you who are subscribed to my newsletter will be familiar with this.
In truth the only way to know if earthing works is to ‘suck it and see'. Start by taking your shoes off and seeing how it feels. If this works for you more elaborate ways to earth are earthing mats, earthing sheets.
Above all, listen to your body.