How Earthing Lowers Cortisol and Inflammatory Markers Naturally
Earthing, also known as grounding, is a safe and natural way of reducing both cortisol levels and inflammatory markers. It works on the principle that the earth’s surface is rich in free electrons, giving it a negative electrical charge.
When the human body is brought into conductive contact with the earth, these free electrons are transferred via the skin. This allows them to act as powerful antioxidants, neutralizing harmful free radicals which cause inflammation and disease.
Free radicals are a by-product of the immune response. They actually play a valuable role in breaking down damaged cells. However, left unchecked, they can begin to attack healthy tissues. This can cause chronic, widespread inflammation which has been linked to a wide range of conditions including depression.
By neutralizing these free radicals, earthing can stop inflammation in its tracks, thus reducing the risk of its associated problems.
Earthing also regulates cortisol levels naturally. It effectively resets circadian rhythms, increasing energy levels during the day and improving sleep at night. By bringing raised cortisol levels back into a normal range, earthing can help to relieve the symptoms of chronic stress and depression.
Earthing can be done by walking barefoot on conductive surfaces such as grass, dirt, sand or unpainted concrete. You can also use an indoor earthing system, a specially designed product made with conductive fibres. This is connected to the earth via a wire either attached to a conductive rod placed outdoors, or through the earth port of a powerpoint.
Find out more about what earthing is and the health benefits of earthing.