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Mother Earth − A Missing Link in Women’s Health

(One of a series of articles on Earthing)

By Martin Zucker


Despite all the health care that government, insurance plans, and doctors can provide, the fact is that the health of our society stinks. Among the common reasons are poor nutrition, a toxic environment, daily stress, and not enough physical activity.


For many women, there are added challenges such as hormonal imbalances, motherhood, and care giving.  The reality is that women suffer from many illnesses, such as auto-immune conditions, at higher rates than men.


One totally overlooked reason – a missing link − could be the disconnect with Mother Earth’s natural and nurturing electric energy that radiates from the ground. Throughout virtually all of history, humans have lived in almost constant physical contact with the ground.  We were connected.  Nowadays, we rarely walk outside barefoot, and we no longer sleep on the ground.  We are disconnected. 


New research strongly suggests that we may all be suffering as a result. Chronic inflammation, regarded as a major cause or component of most common illnesses, may be one such consequence of the disconnect.




Earthing, or grounding as it is often called, offers a simple and natural remedy for the disconnect by restoring a natural electrical state in the body.  Keep in mind that your organs, and, in fact, all the trillions of cells in your body, operate electrically, and throughout time they were synchronized and energized by the subtle rhythms of the Earth’s electrodynamic surface.


As strange as it sounds, the very ground beneath your feet may likely be the single-most powerful medicine on the planet, capable of significantly reducing pain and inflammation, improving sleep and energy, and speeding recovery from injuries and exhaustion.  Mother Earth, it turns out, provides all living things – you, me, the animal and plant kingdoms – with a surprising and overlooked source of sustenance: a virtually limitless supply of free electrons that give the ground we walk on its natural, subtle, and negative electrical charge. 


Think of this energy perhaps as vitamin G − G for ground. You can’t see it but some people can feel it as a warm, tingling, and pleasant sensation when out walking barefoot along the water’s edge at the beach or on a stretch of dew-moistened grass.  

For the last fifteen years, Earthing has been studied scientifically and the effects observed. Common benefits include the following:


Better sleep, even for insomniacs  (Earthing and Insomnia)

Less fatigue and more vitality

● Less pain, including headaches

● Less stress

● Greater sense of well-being

● Lessened PMS symptoms

● Less intense menopausal symptoms

● Reduced symptoms from auto-immune disorders

● Improved thyroid function, and frequently the ability to reduce thyroid medication

● Feeling and looking better, even after one hour of Earthing.  


As the co-author of the Earthing book, I receive considerable feedback from individuals and doctors throughout the world describing their Earthing experience, usually related to using Earthing sheets to sleep on, as well as grounded mats to put their feet on when working at the computer or watching TV.  Here are some typical comments:


● From a pain doctor in Illinois:  “I have repeatedly seen conditions healed or improved that typically never get better, or that are typically treated with medication simply to manage the symptoms.”


● From a psychiatrist in North Carolina: “One of the first things patients tell me after they start Earthing is that they sleep so much better at night.  This is a big deal for many of my patients.


Improving sleep can help normalize serotonin levels in the brain as it decreases cortisol (an anxiety-inducing hormone). As cortisol levels decrease and stabilize, we become more centered, peaceful and calm. For those with depression, Earthing can assist with decreasing symptoms. Energy levels improve and tolerance to stressful situations, pain, or discomfort improves.”


● From a naturopathic doctor in California: “I have seen particularly good results with perimenopause and menopause, with reduction of symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and irritability.”


Even just a bit of walking or sitting barefoot outdoors can make a difference, as this California science teacher told me: 


“I have been sitting daily on my front porch with my feet in the grass for about 30 minutes. The first thing I noticed was that when I get up in the morning, I am not as ‘groggy’ as before. I awake at 6 and am ready to hit the ground running. The second thing I noticed relates to digestion.  Food seems to move through me at an easier pace.  Now, my pants fit better!”


Mother Earth has real magic for all of us, a surprising natural endowment of health and healing that was known to cultures throughout history.  To receive it, just reconnect.  Go out and spend some time barefoot routinely on the ground (moist ground is more conductive than dry).  Or obtain an Earthing sheet or other Earthing product and connect to the Earth in the comfort of your home. 


You’ll be glad that you did.




What is Earthing?

Earthing, or grounding as it is often called, simply means connecting to the Earth’s natural, negative surface charge by being barefoot outdoors or in bare skin contact with conductive sheets, mats, or body bands indoors while you sleep, relax, or work.


For more Earthing information:

Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! By Clinton Ober, Stephen Sinatra, M.D., and Martin Zucker.  Buy from major book vendors.



Martin Zucker has written extensively on natural healing, fitness, and alternative medicine for more than thirty-five years. He has co-authored or ghostwritten more than a dozen books, including Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!,and written hundreds of magazine articles on a wide variety of health topics. He is a former Associated Press foreign correspondent who worked in Europe and the Middle East.


Previous Earthing articles: 

Earthing: Real Healing Power Right Under Your Feet

Reconnect to The Healing Earth

Mother Earth and Stress Relief:  Earthing

How the Earth Protects Your Cardiovascular System – Part One

How the Earth Protects Your Cardiovascular System – Part Two

Earthing and Insomnia




"It was good for the skin to touch the earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth... The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing, and healing."  -- Chief Luther Standing Bear, Teton Sioux

Touching the earth - getting grounded, centered. There is magic in touching the earth and feeling her healing power. This is especially healthy to do during a troubling time when our minds are racing or can't stop thinking or are locked onto fear or resentment. When I need to feel free I can go to the Mother Earth. The Mother Earth is full of life and love. She always gives her powers to those who come to her. The Mother Earth is alive.


Today, my Great Spirit, let me remember to touch the earth. Let me slow down and live just for today. Let me be gentle, patient and kind.