by Jonás G. Chong Curiel
Head of Department – Psychology and Spirituality Programs


There are many things to consider when following a healthy lifestyle: the right diet, the right type and amount of exercise, the right supplementation, and a long list of things that culminate in our desired health goals. Most of us like to stay up to date and learn any new information that can support improved health and vitality.

The Earth’s Vital Energy

One thing that is rarely considered and yet of vital importance for overall health is to know if we are plugged into our vital source of energy. Because just like TVs, computers, and other devices are plugged into the light socket, human beings need to plug into their source to function at optimal levels. This source is the Earth. Many scientific studies show the direct correlation between connecting with the Earth and multiple health benefits. Also, being disconnected can contribute to many of the health problems that we face in modern societies.

As life has evolved on the surface of the Earth, these energies and frequencies have helped shape our constant change. In early civilizations, we lived connected to the Earth. We walked barefoot or with leather shoes that were electrically conductive when in contact with perspiration. We slept on the Earth on animal skins. Since the 1960s and the general use of insulated shoes, this connection has been lost. In today’s world, we rarely spend a significant amount of time receiving these energies.

The scientific study and practice of this phenomenon is called earthing and is sometimes referred to as “grounding” or “forest bathing.” Earthing is defined as “coupling your body to the Earth’s eternal and gentle surface energies.” Studies suggest that while connected to the Earth, you receive its natural healing energy.

The Body Responds Favorably to Earthing

Our body responds favorably to this Earth energy, stimulating healing responses by directly connecting our skin (preferably our feet) to a natural, electrically conductive surface like grass, dirt, gravel, or sand. It might seem surprising that one of the best things that you can do for your health is walking barefoot on natural ground.

Many scientists have been studying the effects of Earthing with very promising results. Research indicates that when we are connected to the Earth, the energetic output of our body becomes one with the Earth, thus canceling out other frequencies that can be harmful to our well-being.

One of the main health benefits of Earthing is being able to use the surface electrons of the Earth for our internal energetic processes. Electrons play a huge role in the cell’s ability to stay healthy, decrease inflammation, and create balance. Antioxidants are simply molecules that inhibit the oxidation of cells by donating an extra electron that free radicals normally steal from cells.

Also, some research suggests that being in direct contact with the Earth helps balance the stress hormone cortisol, which is implicated in many of the chronic diseases that we face. Earthing has been shown to stimulate the normal cycle of this hormone.

Benefits of Earthing

Some of the benefits of Earthing include:

  • Defuses the cause of inflammation and improves or eliminates the symptoms of many inflammation-related disorders
  • Reduces or eliminates chronic pain
  • Improves sleep in most cases
  • Increases energy
  • Lowers stress and promotes calmness in the body by cooling down the nervous system and stress hormones
  • Normalizes the body’s biological rhythms
  • Thins blood and improves blood pressure and flow
  • Relieves muscle tension and headaches
  • Lessens hormonal and menstrual symptoms
  • Dramatically speeds healing and helps prevent bed sores
  • Reduces or eliminates jet lag
  • Protects the body against potentially health-disturbing environmental electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
  • Accelerates recovery from intense athletic activity

This is possibly one of the easiest things that you can do for your health. Sanoviv recommends integrating the practice of Earthing into your daily routine. Spend at least 15 to 20 minutes walking barefoot on a natural surface such as grass, sand, or dirt.