What is Grounding and Earthing?

The Complete Guide To Earthing and it's Benefits

In the quest for wellness, we often overlook the simplest solutions offered by nature. One such remedy, grounded in both tradition and science, is earthing—also known as grounding. This practice, which involves making direct contact with the earth's surface, has been shown to offer a myriad of health benefits, from reducing inflammation to improving sleep. But how exactly does this connection to the earth work, and what effects does it have on the human body?

This article will explore the following key subjects:

  1. Introduction to Earthing
    • Definition and Overview
    • The Tradition and Science Behind Earthing
  2. How Earthing Works
    • The Principle of Negative Electrical Charge on Earth's Surface
    • The Flow of Electrons from Earth to Body
    • Global Atmospheric Electrical Circuit and Its Role
  3. Health Benefits of Earthing
    • Overview of Benefits
    • Reduced Inflammation and Pain
    • Improvement in Sleep Quality
    • Physiological Changes and Subjective Well-being
  4. Earthing in Electrical Safety
    • Importance of Grounding Houses
    • Protecting Inhabitants and Structures from Electrical Hazards
    • Principles of Electricity and Grounding in a Domestic Setting
  5. Conclusion
    • Summary of Earthing Benefits
    • Encouragement to Explore Earthing Further


Here's a more in-depth scientific explanation of how earthing works:

Earthing works on the principle that the earth maintains a negative electrical charge on its surface. When you make direct contact with the ground—be it through walking barefoot, lying on the earth, or using conductive systems while indoors—your body becomes grounded.

This connection allows electrons to flow from the earth into your body. The Earth's surface possesses a limitless and continuously renewed supply of free or mobile electrons as a result of a global atmospheric electrical circuit. Making direct contact with this supply of electrons through grounding can promote intriguing physiological changes and subjective reports of well-being. Essentially, earthing neutralises the positive charge—an accumulation of free radicals—by absorbing negative electrons from the earth.

man connecting to the earth's neurons

The human body is made up of electrically charged atoms, and in our modern lifestyle, we accumulate a positive charge due to the high levels of free radicals generated by inflammation, stress, and exposure to pollutants. These free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells, leading to inflammation and various chronic diseases.

Earthing helps to balance this electrical charge, as the negatively charged electrons from the earth neutralise the positively charged free radicals in our bodies. This process reduces oxidative stress and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.


What happens when you don't ground yourself regularly?

What happens when we lose this connection? When we're always wearing shoes, our bare feet never touch the ground, and our lives are spent indoors, disconnected from the natural world? The consequences, as emerging research suggests, may have profound implications for our health and well-being.

"Disconnecting from the Earth may leave us feeling more stressed, fatigued, and out of balance," says Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, a renowned cardiologist and an advocate of grounding. He suggests that grounding can "reduce chronic inflammation and improve heart health, pain management, sleep, and stress levels." 

The two graphs below show the rapid rise in diabetes and autoimmune diseases, which correlate with the us spending less time directly connecting with the earth.  

correlation between diabetes and not earthing
correlation between autoimmune disease and not earthing

Research into the health benefits of grounding has begun to shed light on the potential consequences of our disconnection from the Earth. A study published in the Journal of Inflammation Research highlights grounding's anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.

The researchers observed that grounding could reduce pain and alter the numbers of circulating neutrophils and lymphocytes, affecting various circulating chemical factors related to inflammation. This suggests that without regular grounding, individuals may be at a higher risk for chronic inflammation, which is linked to numerous health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and depression.

Another critical area of research focuses on sleep and stress. A pilot study found that grounding during sleep improved sleep quality, reduced night-time levels of cortisol, and helped normalise the body's circadian rhythms.

High cortisol levels and disrupted circadian rhythms are associated with stress, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Thus, the lack of grounding could contribute to the increasing prevalence of these issues in society.

Furthermore, the absence of grounding has been implicated in the deterioration of cardiovascular health. A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine revealed that grounding could reduce blood viscosity—a significant factor in cardiovascular disease. This indicates that our disconnection from the Earth might be silently contributing to the rise in heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide.

The human body thrives on its connection to the Earth, and the loss of this connection can lead to a host of health issues, from increased inflammation and stress to disrupted sleep patterns and cardiovascular problems. As we continue to explore the science behind grounding, it becomes increasingly clear that this ancient practice may hold the key to combating some of the most pressing health challenges of our time. Reconnecting with the Earth, it seems, is not just beneficial—it's essential for our health and well-being.


What are Free Radicals and what role does grounding play?

Imagine your body as a bustling city, where every cell plays a crucial role in maintaining the harmony and vibrancy of life. Now, picture free radicals as a swarm of unruly vandals, disrupting the peace and causing chaos at every turn. This isn't a scene from a sci-fi movie; it's a daily battle happening on a microscopic level within us all. Free radicals, unstable atoms that can damage cells, are at the heart of this turmoil, leading to aging and diseases. 

diseases caused by inflammation

Free radicals are generated both as a byproduct of normal cellular processes and from external sources like pollution, UV exposure, EMFs and unhealthy diets. When these free radicals outnumber antioxidants, the body's natural defence system, oxidative stress occurs, leading to cellular damage and a host of health issues.

"Free radicals are molecular species that exist independently and contain an unpaired form of an electron in their atomic or molecular orbitals," explains a study from the Journal of Clinical Pathology. These radicals are highly reactive, and while essential for life, their excess can wreak havoc on our cells, contributing to aging and diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

The damage caused by free radicals isn't trivial. It extends to the very DNA of our cells, potentially leading to mutations and malfunctions. Oxidative stress, the aftermath of free radical dominance, is linked with chronic inflammation, a silent threat that underpins many modern diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and neurodegenerative disorders.

The body's natural defence includes a variety of antioxidants, substances that neutralise free radicals, but our modern lifestyle often tips the balance in favour of these damaging molecules.

Grounding offers a promising countermeasure to this imbalance. Contact with the Earth's surface electrons restores the body's natural electrical state, helping neutralise excess free radicals, and reduce oxidative stress. 

"Grounding reduces pain and alters the numbers of circulating neutrophils and lymphocytes, and also affects various circulating chemical factors related to inflammation," reports a study in the Journal of Inflammation Research.

In essence, grounding reconnects us to the Earth, offering a natural, accessible way to bolster our health against the invisible threat of free radicals. 

Neutralising Free Radicals:

  • Antioxidant Effect: The electrons from the Earth act as natural antioxidants. They are thought to neutralise positively charged, damaging free radicals in the body, which can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.
  • Inflammation Reduction: Chronic inflammation is linked to various health issues. The antioxidant effect of grounding helps to mitigate these effects.


The Science of Grounding

Impact on Inflammation and Pain

Inflammation is the body's natural response to injury or infection, but chronic inflammation can lead to a host of health issues. Grounding has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect by neutralising free radicals. A 2015 research study published in the Journal of Inflammation states, "The disconnection from the Earth may be an important, insidious, and overlooked contribution to physiological dysfunction and to the alarming global rise in non-communicable, inflammatory-related chronic diseases"

pain decreased from earthing

One pilot study compared the pain levels of adults who were grounded to a control group following intense exercise. The results indicated that grounding reduced white blood cell count and pain perception, suggesting less inflammation and a faster recovery

wound healed by grounding

Sleep and Stress Reduction

Poor sleep and stress are common complaints in today's society. Grounding may offer a natural solution. A 2004 study indicated that grounding during sleep reduces night-time levels of cortisol and resynchronizes hormone secretion to its natural, 24-hour circadian rhythm, which may improve sleep. Additionally, a 2019 study found that grounding could enhance mood, suggesting a reduction in stress. Grounding can influence circadian rhythms, which can improve sleep, reduce cortisol levels, and regulate stress.

Cardiovascular Health

Grounding also shows promise in improving cardiovascular health. Research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that grounding can lower blood viscosity—a major factor in cardiovascular disease—by allowing blood cells to flow more freely and reducing blood clumping.

Studies suggest that earthing can improve blood flow by influencing the electrical charge of red blood cells, reducing their tendency to clump together.



Why Are Electrical Ports Grounded?

Without grounding, electrical appliances electric shock, equipment damage and fire hazards

Electronics catch fire if they're not grounded. Your body is the same. 

Earthing, or grounding houses is a fundamental aspect of electrical safety that serves to protect both the inhabitants and the structure itself from electrical hazards. This process involves creating a direct physical connection between the electrical systems of a building and the Earth itself. To understand why this is necessary, it's essential to delve into the principles of electricity and how grounding helps manage its flow within a domestic setting.

why houses use earthing

Electricity seeks the path of least resistance to complete a circuit, typically flowing from a source, through conductors, and back to the source or ground. In an ideal scenario, this flow is controlled and predictable, powering our devices and appliances safely. However, electrical systems can experience faults due to insulation failures, appliance malfunctions, or external factors like lightning strikes. When such faults occur, electricity may find unintended paths to complete its circuit, potentially through the structural elements of a house or, worse, through its occupants, leading to serious injury or even death.

Grounding provides a safe pathway for this stray electricity to dissipate into the Earth, which is a vast reservoir of charge with the capacity to absorb virtually unlimited amounts of electrical energy. The Earth's surface has a negative charge, abundant with free electrons due to its size and conductive properties. By connecting the electrical systems of a house to the ground, any excess charge (which could cause harm if allowed to build up) is safely transferred to the Earth.

This is achieved through the use of grounding rods—conductors driven deep into the ground—and grounding wires that connect these rods to the house's electrical system. The grounding rod acts as a bridge, tapping into the Earth's negative charge. When a fault occurs, the grounding wire provides a direct path for the excess electricity to flow from the electrical system to the rod, and then into the Earth, effectively neutralising the potential danger.

dangers of not grounding appliances
The practice of earthing houses is a critical safety measure that leverages the Earth's capacity to absorb excess electrical charges. It provides a safe pathway for fault currents, stabilises voltage levels, and, most importantly, protects against electrical shocks and fires. This system ensures that, in the event of an electrical fault, the dangerous currents are diverted away from people and the structural components of the house, minimising the risk of injury or damage.

The electrical shocks and fire hazards are a metaphor for what happens in our bodies, but instead of shocks and fires, our bodies create inflammation and disease our free radicals aren't neutralised by the earth. 


Why Practice Earthing?

Reconnect with Nature: In our modern world, we spend most of our time indoors, losing our natural connection to the earth. Earthing brings us back to nature, fostering a deep, intrinsic link with the planet.

Health Benefits: Earthing has been associated with numerous health benefits, including:

  • Reduced Inflammation and Pain: By neutralising free radicals, earthing can help reduce chronic pain and inflammation.
  • Improved Sleep: Connecting with the earth's natural energy can improve sleep patterns and aid in the regulation of circadian rhythms.
  • Decreased Stress: Earthing can lower stress levels by reducing cortisol production, promoting calmness and wellbeing.
  • Enhanced Circulation: It can improve blood flow, boosting oxygen and nutrient delivery throughout the body.


How Our Grounding Products Work

  1. Electrical Outlets and Grounding: In Australia's electrical systems, standard outlets have 3 prongs. The top two prongs connect to electricity and the bottom prong connects to 'Earth' or 'Ground'. This ground is literally connected to the Earth, usually through a rod that's driven into the ground. This connection is designed primarily for safety, to prevent electrical shocks.
    earthing sheet port adapter
    australian earthing plug
  2. Grounding Products: All of our products have plugs with plastic prongs at the top and a metal prong at the bottom. When you plug our grounding products into an outlet, it doesn't use the regular electrical current that powers your lights or appliances. Instead, it only connects to the grounding part of the outlet. This means the product isn't using the electricity flowing in the other wires; it's just creating a path to the Earth.
  3. Connection to the Earth: Once plugged in, our grounding products become an extension of the Earth's surface. The products have conductive stainless steel threads that carry the Earth's energy.
  4. How You Receive Grounding: When you make physical contact with the grounding product your body becomes connected to the Earth. This is similar to how you'd feel if you were walking barefoot outside.
  5. The Key Benefit: The idea is that this connection allows electrons to flow between your body and the Earth. These electrons are thought to neutralise free radicals in your body, reduce inflammation, and produce other health benefits.

We think of our grounding products as "nature's extension cord." They brings the Earth's natural energy to you, just like an extension cord brings electricity from the wall outlet to your lamp or computer. This allows you to be "grounded" to the Earth even when you're indoors and not in direct contact with the ground.


earthing as part of a balanced lifestyle


Integrating grounding into a healthy lifestyle will complement other habits like regular exercise, adequate sleep and a balanced diet. Grounding can be as simple as walking barefoot on grass, using grounding equipment, or incorporating grounding techniques into daily routines, thereby stabilising the body's innate electrical rhythms and contributing to a holistic approach to health.


Why Choose Premium Grounding's Products?

Quality: We manufacture the most conductive grounding products available. Cheap imitations will not provide the same grounding benefits.

Our products are designed with the utmost care, ensuring a high-quality grounding experience. 

Scientifically Proven: All our products are backed by scientific research, ensuring they effectively reconnect you to the earth's natural energy.

Customer Satisfaction: Our customers are our top priority. We provide exceptional service and are always available to answer any questions about our products and how they can benefit you.

3 Year Guarantee: We are confident that we sell the highest quality grounding products in the world. To support you on your grounding journey, we offer you a 3 year guarantee on our products.