Reconnecting to Earth Energy for Health and Longevity

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In my practice, I take a holistic look at healing–mind, body, and soul. Fortunately, I’ve seen a beautiful surge of interest in holistic health and well-being in the past few years. One practice that draws many of us towards our connection with nature is called grounding, or earthing. Grounding is an energetic practice that allows us to connect with the Earth’s natural energy. Through grounding, we can find harmony in our physical, mental, and emotional realms. While grounding has been a part of cultural and spiritual traditions for centuries, its scientific underpinnings have now started to captivate the attention of researchers.

Given today’s lifestyle, we often disconnect from the Earth’s energy when we wear shoes, live indoors, and travel by car. This disconnection leaves us operating as closed loops, limiting our vitality and well-being. By simply touching the Earth, our organ systems can optimize their function because of the natural flow of DC energy. Grounding is a powerful way to restore balance, vitality, and vibrant health to our lives.



At its essence, grounding is about establishing a direct connection between our bodies and the Earth’s surface. We call this the living matrix

The Earth is enveloped in a natural energy current called a direct current (DC). DC flows through all living beings and our planet, creating a harmonious global electrical circuit. Proponents of grounding, including myself, believe that this physical contact enables us to absorb the Earth’s abundant electrons, which serve as powerful antioxidants. These electrons have the remarkable ability to neutralize harmful free radicals in our bodies, which are unstable molecules known to cause cellular damage and contribute to inflammation. Our bodies, being highly conductive, seamlessly integrate into this circuit, neutralize the free radicals, help reduce inflammation throughout the body, and promote a state of balance, well-being, and healing.



Studies have shown that grounding induces a healing state within the body, enhancing various physiological processes. From boosting heart rate variability and improving blood circulation to supporting immune function and reducing inflammation, grounding offers a myriad of benefits for our overall well-being. 

One benefit I like to focus on as someone who frequently changes time zones, is grounding during sleep. A study published in 2004 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that grounding the human body during sleep leads to a notable decrease in nighttime cortisol levels and a realignment with our natural circadian rhythms. Individuals have also reported improved sleep quality and decreased feelings of pain and stress when connected to the Earth during their slumber. Even our brain experiences immediate support, with grounding shifting our brain wave patterns and reducing stress levels, promoting deeper and more restorative sleep. Improved sleep quality and stress management are essential factors in promoting longevity and overall health.

Grounding also helps resolve inflammation and autoimmune signaling, potentially preventing hormone imbalances that lead to various health issues. A study published in the Journal of Inflammation Research in 2015 found that grounding can reduce inflammation and improve wound healing. This healing effect extends beyond humans; grounded plants exhibit vibrant growth and longevity compared to their ungrounded counterparts. Reduced inflammation is particularly significant for longevity, as chronic inflammation is linked to various age-related diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disorders. By neutralizing free radicals and reducing oxidative stress, grounding may help mitigate the inflammatory processes associated with aging.

Research conducted by Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a cardiologist and proponent of grounding, suggests that grounding can have cardiovascular benefits because it reduces blood viscosity and improves heart rate variability. Other doctors have seen improvements in circulation, arrhythmias, blood pressure, and neuropathy as a result of grounding practice. Another study by Dr. Stephen Sinatra and Dr. Gaétan Chavalier shows that grounding has a balancing effect on the nervous system, leading to alleviated stress and better heart function. 



So, how can we explore this practice in our daily lives for optimal well-being? If any of the following sound familiar, consider trying a few of the suggested grounding ideas!

  • Stress and Burnout: Consider planning a grounded vacation as part of your journey towards resilience and rejuvenation. Whether it’s lounging on a beach, immersing yourself in a serene lake, practicing yoga in a meadow, or hiking in the mountains, grounding vacations offer a powerful reset for your body and mind.
  • Digestive Issues: Incorporate grounded meals into your daily routine to support digestive health. Grounding while eating can reduce inflammation in the gut, making digestion more comfortable and efficient. Additionally, the boost in vagal tone from grounding enhances gut motility, promoting healthy bowel movements and alleviating bloating and indigestion.
  • Insomnia: Start your day with grounding in the morning light to help synchronize your circadian rhythm with the Earth’s natural cycle. Grounding in the morning supports deeper sleep at night by calming brain waves, regulating cortisol levels, and improving overall sleep quality.
  • Anxiety: Grounding during panic attacks can provide immediate relief by stabilizing the autonomic nervous system and soothing heightened anxiety levels. By connecting with the Earth’s energy, you can regulate your heart rate and deepen your breathing, creating a sense of calm and inner peace amidst moments of distress.
  • Chronic Pain: Embrace the Earth as your physical therapist by simply touching bare feet to the ground to relieve chronic pain in the body. Grounding supports the body’s natural healing process, reducing pain and promoting tissue repair. 
  • Heart Disease: Incorporate grounded exercise into your cardiovascular health regimen to optimize circulation and heart function. Walking barefoot outdoors or engaging in grounded physical activities can naturally increase blood flow, improve heart rate variability, and decrease inflammation. Enhance your overall cardiovascular health by embracing the healing power of grounding.



  • Skin to Earth: Spend time standing or walking barefoot outdoors on grass, sand, or soil. Even a few minutes can help you connect with the Earth’s energy.
  • Gardening: Engage in gardening activities such as planting, weeding, or harvesting while barefoot or with your hands directly in contact with the soil.
  • Outdoor Activities: Participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, or picnicking, where you can spend extended periods in direct contact with nature.
  • Grounding Mats or Sheets: Utilize grounding mats or sheets indoors to simulate the effects of grounding, especially if outdoor access is limited.
  • Mindfulness Practices: Incorporate mindfulness practices such as meditation or yoga outdoors to enhance your connection with the Earth and deepen your grounding experience.

In conclusion…

The science behind the spiritual and energetic practice of grounding offers compelling evidence of its potential health benefits. By incorporating grounding into daily life, individuals can tap into the Earth’s natural energy and support their overall well-being, leading to a longer and healthier life! As research in this field continues to evolve, grounding may emerge as a valuable tool for promoting longevity and vitality in the modern world.

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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