Earthing and Inflammation
Another way to reduce inflammation naturally is with earthing. Earthing, also known as grounding, works on the principle that the earth’s surface carries a subtle negative charge. This is due to a plentiful supply of free electrons created by constant lightning strikes across the world.
When you bring your body into conductive contact with the earth, these free electrons act as powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are one of the best weapons in fighting the harmful effects of free radicals and reducing inflammation.
In the past, people frequently walked barefoot or wore shoes made out of conductive animal skins. Now, we wear shoes with insulating, rubber soles and live in high rise buildings, isolating ourselves from the earth. Perhaps it is no coincidence that inflammatory diseases are on the rise.
A 2015 research study published in the Journal of Inflammation states:
“The disconnection from the Earth may be an important, insidious, and overlooked contribution to physiological dysfunction and to the alarming global rise in non-communicable, inflammatory-related chronic diseases.”
“Accumulating experiences and research on earthing, or grounding, point to the emergence of a simple, natural, and accessible health strategy against chronic inflammation, warranting the serious attention of clinicians and researchers.”
This study found that earthing improved wound healing, sleep, immune response and pain. It suggests that earthing could be one of the most simple and effective ways of reducing inflammation and all of its associated issues.
Earthing can be done by walking barefoot on the earth or by using a specially designed indoor earthing product such as an earthing mat, pad or sleep system.
View a comprehensive list of the health benefits of earthing.