When was the last time you felt the grass or sand (or even some gravel) under your bare feet?

As absurd as it sounds, exposing the soles of your feet to the earth, known as ‘earthing’ or ‘grounding’, has been scientifically proven to have several health benefits. Our ancestors have known about this for years, but it’s only now that we’ve begun to accept it as a form of natural healing.

How Does It Work?
To understand the concept of earthing, you have to know a few facts about the electrical energy that surrounds and sustains us.

The environment consists of electromagnetic fields (EMF) and continuous contact with these EMFs increases the free radical production in our body. Such positively charged free radicals cause illnesses and inflammation.

On the other hand, the earth is an infinite source of natural energy (electrons), which is one of the most potent antioxidants available to us. This energy has the ability to neutralize the effect of free radicals. The more your body comes in direct contact with the earth, the better will be your connection to this energy supply.

Thus, what may seem like a hippie activity is the simplest and most effective health insurance you can rely on.

Benefits Of Earthing
Step out of your shoes and onto some moist grass or sand. You will soon begin to feel its textures against your feet. Within minutes, it can help you calm down and relax. Earthing works well as a stress-buster, and relieves muscle tensions, headaches and menstrual symptoms. It also improves circulation and helps treat insomnia.

But that’s not all. Taking frequent walks amid natural surroundings have shown positive outcomes with chronic illnesses like cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.  The earth’s energy, when combined with fresh oxygen and natural beauty, can be the best remedy you need.

How To Do It
Run down to the park or beach and step out of your shoes. You can try this in your own backyard, too. Stroll, sit or even meditate when you’re out there. Spend at least 60 minutes each day for a rejuvenating experience.

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After pursuing her Masters in Journalism, Vanessa got her first big job as a health writer and since then, she has never switched paths. She has always been intrigued by the wonders of a holistic lifestyle, and believes it was destiny that led her to writing for the wellness industry. In her natural state, you can find her tucked under a blanket watching an Indie film, or reading obsessively. At Z Living, she writes about food trends and other daily life expeditions.