For a year now, Trent and I have both been wearing leather-soled moccasins. They are pretty cute and they are super comfy. I absolutely love wearing them!
But they are more than a style statement. We wear them to be in connection with the earth’s electricity, which is called grounding or earthing.
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Our electrical body
Let me explain a little about the science behind grounding.
Our bodies have an electrical charge. The earth also has an electrical charge. Our bodies are healthiest when they are the same electrical charge as the earth. In order to equalize the charge in our body, we have to touch the earth.
This is where the problem sets in: many of us don’t touch the earth in the course of the day. We live in a house off the ground, we wear rubber-soled shoes, and we don’t usually touch plants or the ground. When we live our life like this, our body builds up a positive charge, which isn’t good for our health. We start to get inflammation, our blood is more viscous, and we tend to have more chronic pain.
But when we go barefoot, touch plants, or touch the ground, our body immediately starts working better. The earth is a powerful, free natural medicine. These are some of the benefits:
- Reduced inflammation
- Reduced chronic pain
- Better blood flow
- Reduced stress
- Increased energy
- Better sleep
- Increased wound healing
Who doesn’t want that?!? The longer sessions we can have of being in connection with the earth’s energy, the better it is for our body. But even a short touch to a green plant leaf will have some health benefits.
These are some of the substances that conduct electricity:
- Natural fibers (such as wool)
These don’t conduct electricity:
- Clothes made of synthetic fibers (which is pretty much all clothes, unfortunately)
Our grounding experience
Ever since we heard about grounding, Trent and I have been intrigued by the idea. It is such a simple concept that makes a lot of sense.
For a year now, I have been wearing leather-soled moccasins, in addition to going barefoot whenever I can. My feet are stronger, I am more aware of the surfaces I am walking on, my feet feel more free, and I stand up straighter when I wear my moccasins. I can run really fast in them, too! On top of all that, I love the way they look.
Beyond just going barefoot or wearing moccasins, there are a lot of things you can do to connect yourself with the earth. There are many products at The Earthing Store that can connect your body with the earth when you are inside working or sleeping. There are grounding sheets, pads, blankets, and bracelets.
We have been using grounding bracelets on our ankles while we sleep for about a year. To be honest, they are a little annoying. We just went with this option because we are super cheap and this was the cheapest option. But it is worth it to me to wear them because I know for a fact that I sleep more deeply and peacefully when I wear it. (When my kids let me sleep deeply and peacefully, that is.) It is great to ground while you sleep, because it helps your body as it renews cells overnight.
I can’t say grounding has changed our lives, but I do believe it is one thing in many that we practice to maintain good health.
Buy the shoes!
If you want to buy moccasins from the Etsy shop that we got ours from… Check out this shop. Gary does excellent work and has great customer service. They are the best, most unique shoes you will ever buy. This is not sponsored– I just really love his product.
These sandals are a good summertime option if you want to be grounded, but not barefoot.
Read the book
Watch the movie
I hope you enjoy discovering this wonderful concept and how it applies to your life. There is so much more to this world than we can see with our eyes… and I find that so wonderful and mysterious.