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Camille Styles

I Tried Grounding Every Day for a Week and Here’s What Happened

April 16th, 2018

featured image via @makersandmuse

Growing up, I was always running around barefoot in my sunny East Texas backyard. Every day brought a new opportunity for dirty feet: a day at the lake with my family, at the pool following my after-school tennis lesson, and just wandering around on outdoor explorations. When I left to study at the University of Colorado at Boulder, I found myself endlessly bundled up from head to toe, and I always remember my favorite part of the day was to kickoff my boots and wander around my dorm barefoot. It wasn’t until recently that I realized there’s is a scientific reason behind why I craved being shoeless.

Introducing grounding (or earthing): putting the body in direct contact with the ground, such as through soil, water, sand, or any conductive surface in contact with the earth. To get a bit scientific, wellness expert, Dr. John Briffa, explains that the earth can neutralize the body by sending electrons through our system. In short, our metabolism generates compounds called “free radicals”, which aid in fighting viruses and bacteria, as well as take a major role in healing through inflammation. However, too many free radicals can cause chronic pain and accelerate aging, so to neutralize our system, we can feed electrons to these free radicals. We can obtain electrons through vitamins A, C, and E, as well as certain foods, and, you guessed it, through the earth!

So, after the seemingly long winter, I decided to appreciate the warm weather by soaking in all of our planet’s goodness, and discovered some things along the way.

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  1. Karin Pereira says:

    For my birthday 2 years ago, my daughter gave me a grounding yoga mat to plug in and its subtle but effective wen I do stretch and meditate. Its a calming way to start off my mornings without getting my feet into the dirt and bugs outside.

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  3. Eme says:

    Very interesting results you got on grounding, I always forget to try grounding / earthing but you’ve just reminded me how beneficial it can be.

  4. Michaela says:

    I honestly love doing that, but I currently don’t live in a neighborhood I would safe walking around barefoot in. I’m hoping this summer that’s all gonna change, because I’m looking to move somewhere much nicer and more woodsier. 🙂

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  6. Meagan H says:

    THIS HIT A MAJOR CHORD WITH ME. I grew up in Texas and am now living in Colorado. I was just thinking about how much I am longing for actual summer so that I can go barefoot again. Just when I feel like I can walk around barefoot when I’m at home, we get another round of snowy weather. Bring on the grounding weather! As a child in Texas, I was barefoot more often than not. I didn’t think there could be a reason behind the desire to be barefoot beyond the simple fact that I preferred it. I am really looking forward to making a conscious effort to try this this summer.

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