In writing most of the nearly 4000 posts in this blog, I have always felt a reasonable confidence and certainty about my grasp of the subject. I don’t know who said it first, but this time it’s different. I am the beginner. Before late June I don’t believe I had ever even heard of Earthing or its other name Grounding. I stumbled across it in one of the blogs I read – Learning From Dogs.
As a dog lover this title naturally attracted me. There turns out to be a great deal more to the posts than simple dog info. In late June I ran across this post – all about Earthing.
I confess the term ‘Earthing’ was new to me. As you can read in his post, however, the practice seemed to hold very high promise as far as being a healthy practice. Since sleeping on an earthing sheet, his prostate problems improved and he is closer to sleeping through the night. As a plus 70 year old myself, this was music to my ears. I decided to try Earthing.
What is Earthing? The book Earthing available from Amazon as you can see from the link, says earthing is walking barefoot outside on wet grass or sand. This allows one to experience the healing powers of the earth simply by touching it.
Regular readers know that I ride my bike with my dog just about daily here In Chicago. I take breaks around every 30 minutes to let the dog out of her basket and to stretch, etc. My part of the break is to drink something for energy and snack on something healthy (no more than 50 calories). So, when I decided to practice Earthing, I added taking off my shoes and walking around some of the grass on Chicago’s lakefront for around 5 or so minutes each time I took a break from riding. Also, later, when I was walking the dog, I would take a similar break and remove my shoes and walk on the grass, or just sit with my bare feet on the grass. I figure I was Earthing around 30 or so minutes a day in five minute intervals.
After a couple of days of this, I noticed the following changes: I slept better, ie., had to get up less often in the night to use the bathroom. Secondly, the pain in my hands from arthritis seemed to subside somewhat. So, it appeared to be reducing my inflammation. Early in the experiment, I took a bad fall on my bike and tore up my knee. I used emu oil and coconut oil as always on injuries like this, but I found that I healed way faster than usual. It was two days and no sign of the street burn on my knee showed at all. So, that was a third change. Finally, my digestion improved and intermittent signs of constipation disappeared completely. All these effects followed just 30 minutes a day of walking barefoot on grass at the lakefront.
I decided to take the next step and order the Earthing Sheet my fellow blogger had written about. That arrived yesterday and I had my first night of sleep on it last night. I slept uninterrupted for six hours which is about twice as much as I usually sleep. I look forward to learning more about Earthing, I have the book. I also look forward to further health benefits.
I called this post A beginner’s guide to Earthing because I wrote it and am a rank beginner. It is by no means meant to be definitive. I plan to post further on the subject with new developments.
As always your comments are welcome.
8 responses to “A Beginner’s Guide to Earthing (Grounding) – Part One”
That’s is incredible. I always knew the soothing aspects of walking in grass and clover. I learned that as a country girl growing up in the south. So I do not doubt there are health benefits too. I read more on this. I have a t-shirt that reads “Walk Barefoot on the Earth.” 🙂
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Thanks for your thoughts, Charlotte. I envy your early understanding of the benefits of grass and clover walking. I have to admit that I am enjoying it immensely. I still do it even though I have the earthing sheet and mat. Congrats on the cool t-shirt!
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Tony, thank you so much for the links and for your generous reference to my humble scribblings!
To Charlotte and other readers, there is much information freely available including a feature-length film on the importance of grounding. Sing out if you want me to post links as additional comments to Tony’s kind blogpost.
Regards to all, Paul
Thanks, Paul. Glad you enjoyed the post. Actually please feel free to post further links.
Tony, apologies for the long delay in passing on this information!
The website GoingBarefoot.org has much information, including real-life experiences from customers. That website suggests it is the work of Martin Zucker, one of the authors of the book. It also offers a testimonial video. All found by going here: http://www.goingbarefoot.org
One of the items in the earthing sheet kit was a 74-minute, professionally-made film that was fascinating. Guess what! That film is available as a YouTube video. Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgwF0tpioTU
The website of Kroschel Films who made that film is here: http://www.kroschelfilms.com
Also do a search on YouTube for the series of films by Dr. Mercola under the general heading of The Benefits of Grounding.
Any queries or questions can find my somewhere close to Learning from Dogs!
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I wanted to share this with you again as there are a lot of new readers since I first posted it. Also, I practice earthing regularly in the warm weather and thought you might like to try it.
I came across farthing about 6 months ago. It clears up the low grade inflammation in the body that cause all kind of different issue in the body. Issues that we’ve learned to live with.
I missed the sale price on buying an farthing bed sheet. Was told I could put a strip of Metal is tape across my regular bed sheet and then connect it yo a ground rod outside or plug it into the ground on my wall outlet (just want to be sure it’s not connected to the live power 😀 )
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Thanks for sharing.