Is it safe?
Can you ground yourself too much?
Is there any proof that it works?
What does it help with?
Are there any counter-indications?
How do I know it’s working?
What grounding product should I buy first?
How can I tell if I’m grounded?
Is going barefoot enough?
Is it safe for children?
Where can I learn more about grounding?
Yes. Grounding yourself indoors is energetically the same as standing barefoot on the earth. Grounding products contain conductive fibre that creates a direct link with the Earth’s natural energy grid. Grounding (also called earthing) is the natural rebalancing of effects caused by being insulated by flooring, shoes and pavements and thus being more prone to artificial electro-magnetic fields. The actual current inflow between you and the earth is small (and perfectly natural.) You might just feel it as a subtle warm or tingling sensation.
Grounding plugs are only connected via the earth connection: no current is drawn through the other two dummy plastic prongs. In the unlikely event that the earth line becomes live, a 150kΩ in-line resistor keeps the current well within accepted safety-levels.
CAN YOU GROUND YOURSELF TOO MUCH?
No more than you can stand on the ground too long. In fact, the more you ground yourself the better you’ll feel. However, if you know you are particularly sensitive to EMF or if you find the grounding experience too much at first, then begin by grounding yourself for 10 – 20 minutes at a time and build up slowly. It is also helpful to ground yourself for a while before you go to bed.
When you first earth yourself, you may experience some mild detox effects while your body readjusts, so be sure to drink plenty of water and be reassured that this is a temporary phase in a benign process. What’s going on is no different to if you sat or slept outside.
IS THERE ANY PROOF THAT IT WORKS?
There have been more than 30 published studies relating to a wide range of benefits for grounding, from better sleep, decrease in stress and recovery from injury. Although it’s early days, grounding is gaining increasing recognition among doctors, practitioners and sports scientists, especially in the U.S. where it was ‘re-discovered’ for modern times in the 1990s.
WHAT ELSE DOES IT HELP WITH?
There’s growing evidence that grounding promotes many positive changes, often at the cellular level. Your body is a bio-electrical system that evolved billions of years before modern technology, and many experts now think many conditions are caused by inflammation, with the trail leading back to free radicals over-taxing our immune systems. In natural conditions your bio-electrics run at near zero-voltage (the same as the voltage at ground-level) and you stay free from free radical build-up. Grounding restores these natural low levels. For some the difference is near-instant and clear, and for others the changes take time.
Earthing can also help people with high sensitivity to manmade fields, like wi-fi and mobile signals. Instead of being an insulated obstacle to man-made energy fields, a good ground connection keeps your body in a low-energy state with much less induced effects.
If you have any concerns about the impact of grounding on your health or medical condition please always check first with your doctor. Grounding is inherently benign, but because of the positive effect of grounding there are some areas where caution is required. Medical professionals familiar with grounding recommend that people taking medication for circulation, thyroid or blood-sugar conditions should consult their doctor for advice, and supervised introduction and monitoring of progress is recommended.
If your health is delicate in any way (particularly if you are compromised by sensitivity to EMF) then the watchword is that you build up your grounding time very slowly.
Often grounding is felt as a subtle kind of warmth and tingling, due to the fine in-flow of electrons coming up from the Earth to rebalance you. On the other hand you may feel little or no difference at all, especially to start with. However, all the time you’re grounded then the natural bio-electrical balance is working for you at every level.
If you don’t feel anything, it doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. Just as we don’t always feel the disconnection from the Earth (or the build-up of a health condition) many of the changes occur at a subtle level, like the shift in blood-cell spacing that can be seen with live-microscopy
Both grounded bedding and the grounding cushion are really useful. Grounding yourself in sleep is a high priority. Night time is the natural time for rest and repair. It’s easy to do, you get many hours for the process to work for you and it’s probably the biggest single change you can make.
On the other hand, it’s really good to neutralise the effects of computers and machinery, and the grounding cushion also gives a much-needed postural lift. The grounding cushion is the most versatile product (at a pinch you can use it as a pillow too) but the pillowcase comes in as the most economical.
Walking on the grass or in the sea is healthy and pleasurable, but it’s unlikely you’ll get enough sustained contact to make a difference: occasional grounding is not really enough. Much of the time we’re indoors and often amid a lot of static and electrical apparatus. Also it’s good to sleep grounded at night and let the Earth put something ‘back in the bank’.
IS IT SAFE FOR CHILDREN?
Just as it is for every living thing to be in contact with the ground.