The Importance of Getting Grounded: My Experience Using a Grounding Mat

I think we can all agree that in a world of digital EVERYTHING, it’s pretty easy to get disconnected from nature. We move to big cities, depend on our phones for pretty much everything in our daily lives and spend a lot of our time on mainstream entertainment. We have forgotten how important it is to ground ourselves every day to the Earth in order achieve and maintain optimal health. As an Ayurvedic, Sports and Holistic Nutritionist and Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda Author, health is of upmost importance to me  So when I first heard about the Grounded Wellbeing Sleep Mat from the Jiyo team (Deepak Chopra‘s amazing social network where I host an Intro to Ayurveda show!) I wasn’t sure it’d do anything for me since I’m already a healthy person, but I decided to give it a try anyway. After the first night of using it, I immediately noticed that my lower back pain, something I’ve been dealing with for the last couple of years, had significantly reduced. This was an eye-opener for me because it was then that I realized that perhaps this pain was actually due to the lack of grounding in my body. How It Works Grounding yourself connects you electromagnetic frequencies of Earth to receive its healing energies. Historically, we walked barefoot on the soil and were constantly receiving the negative ions the Earth provides us with to balance out the positive ions in the atmosphere. However, research shows that since the invention of rubber soles, our health has deteriorated, which may be attributed to not receiving the balancing negative ions Earth naturally provides us with. Benefits of Earthing & Grounding According to emerging research, earthing may be beneficial in: Reducing inflammation Reducing chronic pain Improving Sleep (I totally experienced this!) Increasing Energy Lowering stress and promoting calmness by reducing stress hormones. Normalizing biological rhythms including circadian rhythm Normalizing blood pressure and blood flow Relieving muscle tension and headache (I noticed this) Improving menstrual and female hormone symptoms Speeds healing- used in some places to prevent bed sores Reducing jet lag Protecting the body from effects of EMFs Shortening recovery time from injury or athletic activity Reducing  snoring Helping  support adrenal health   For a person like me that lives on the 16th floor of an apartment building with over 40 Wi-Fi connections channeling through me day-in and day-out, you really notice how much Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF) actually affect your health. EMF is electromagnetic radiation that runs through your body because of wifi, laptops, cell phone reception, etc. It can affect your energy levels, clarity of thoughts and in worst cases lead to long-term illness without manifesting any symptoms for years. Crazy right? Grounding helps you reverse those frequencies so you can think clearer, feel more energetic and balanced in your body. The Mat Brings Earth To You So you may be thinking “Yes I know spending time by the Earth is so good for me, but how can I do so when I’m working in an office all day and by the time [...]