Many people communicate with us about their experiences during the first days and weeks of Earthing.
This brief article is a summary of our responses to various experiences.
In the vast majority of cases, people begin to feel better soon after they start Earthing. They adjust easily to the Earth’s energy. Remember that sleeping grounded or sitting inside your home or office with bare feet on an Earthing mat is the same as being barefoot outside.
Someone with radiant health and who sleeps well may not feel any significant difference. However, connecting to the Earth helps to preserve and perpetuate good health. Earthing should thus be regarded as a simple, effortless, and natural form of anti-aging and preventive medicine, whether you feel benefits or not.
By comparison, someone very ill or saddled with various symptoms, such as pain, may feel the difference dramatically.
Yet another person with a health problem may not be as aware of improvement as someone else. One older man adamantly told us he didn’t feel any difference but then admitted that he didn’t get up at night to urinate as frequently as he did before, and often slept right through the night. That’s a sign of deeper sleep and probable reduction of prostate inflammation, and welcome benefits.
For some people, the energy from the Earth can feel unusual in the very beginning. There may be some tingling in the body, as is sometimes experienced when strolling barefoot along the wet sand at the beach or on a dew-moistened plot of grass in the morning. The tingling usually disappears within a few days.
For some, the Earthing start-up may generate some flu-like symptoms that include malaise, achiness, headache, a foggy mind, and tiredness. There might be some muscle cramps. Our observations suggest that a healing, normalization process is underway because of Earthing’s ability to improve blood flow and oxygenation of the tissues as well as restore a natural electrical state in the body. Systemically, more efficient cell repair and function may be taking place and promoting a clearance of wastes and toxins. Such clear-out could manifest as flu-like symptoms, and nerve fibers may function better, resulting in unaccustomed sensations. Earthing has given the body additional resources to clean up and try to return to normal. Energy is expended in this process, so people sometimes feel initial fatigue before feeling increased energy.
Such manifestations vary in intensity and kind from person-to-person. They generally ease off within days or a week or two.
When starting Earthing, be sure to stay well hydrated, that is, drink plenty of water. Doing so, helps the body flush out wastes more readily. Moreover, the better hydrated the body is, the more conductive it is. Many individuals are dehydrated, a condition in which they do not take in an adequate amount of water. We have found that dehydration can impair the effect of Earthing in the body
Should the initial discomfort be too intense, we usually recommend stopping Earthing at night. Resume with shorter exposure, like a half-hour or an hour during the day. Exposure can then be gradually increased over a week or two, allowing you to adjust to the Earth’s energy, and to the point of being able to comfortably sleep grounded. It may take a bit of experimentation in such cases.
For individuals with Lyme disease, we strongly recommend following this go-slow approach.
If you take medication, be alert to the possibility that as the physiology improves because of Earthing the dosage level of your medication may need to be adjusted. You could experience signs of overdose. If you do, see your doctor right away. In any case, do not reduce medication on your own without consulting with your doctor.
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If you take a prescription blood thinner, consult with your doctor before starting Earthing because Earthing has a blood thinning effect as well. Your doctor may never have heard of Earthing but should be informed by you about the potential for a compounded blood thinning effect and the need to monitor the blood very carefully.
A European study published in 2011 indicates that Earthing affects thyroid function. More research is clearly needed, but quite a few people on medication for under-active thyroid (hypothyroid) have told us over the years that they have been able to reduce their dosage of medication after starting Earthing. Some reported feeling palpitations, a common sign of excess thyroid hormone. Our interpretation is that Earthing improves thyroid function and thus the prescribed level of medication may become excessive. If you take thyroid medication and start Earthing, be alert to the possibility of medication overdose. If that should occur, consult with your physician about adjusting your medication level.
Each of us is different and pursue different lifestyles. That’s why experiences can differ widely when starting Earthing. Benefits can come smoothly or with some discomfort in the beginning. They can come quickly and dramatically, or subtly and gradually over time. It is impossible for us to predict, or tell you precisely, how Earthing will unfold in your particular situation.
Earthing Care Tips
We would also like to remind you about taking good care of your Earthing pads and pillows. Remember NO BLEACH when you wash. Bleach will destroy the conductive silver in the products that carry the Earth’s energy.
Please avoid using creams, lotions, and essential oils on your feet or body before bedtime if you sleep on an Earthing product. The oils contained in these topical skin products become absorbed into the fabric and can destroy the conductivity of the silver. Try to use such body products at an earlier time.