What is ‘grounding’? The weird trend that makes influencers go barefoot everywhere

A NEW internet trend called ‘grounding’ has influencers walking barefoot – but what will science say about this?

Grounding, sometimes referred to as ‘grounding’ or ‘blue feet’, seems to have taken over social media apps like TikTok and Instagram, with some influencers suggesting it could benefit body.

Practice 'landing' with barefoot people everywhere.


Practice ‘landing’ with barefoot people everywhere.

The practice of grounding therapy (not to be confused with mental health treatment) includes walking around barefoot to reconnect electrically back to the earth.

A TikTiker driven by @AliceAllani told her 661,000 followers that although it was a joke at first, she now goes barefoot everywhere, including in the grocery store – this led some TikTokers to express concerns about hygiene issues as COVID-19 raged.

While grounding may have just hit the internet, the practice has been around for quite some time, with scientists having been interested in the technique since at least the early 2000s.

The basic theory behind grounding rooted in the science and physics of grounding asserts that electrical charges from the earth can have a positive effect on one’s body, according to a. research published in the Journal of Environment and Public Health.

“It is thought that the influx of free electrons absorbed into the body during direct contact with the Earth has the ability to neutralize reactive oxygen species (ROS) and thereby reduce acute inflammation,” the study said. and chronic”.

The study also points to history to support its hypothesis, with nothing suggesting that “throughout history, humans have mostly walked barefoot or in footwear made from animal skins … through direct contact. or through perspiration-permeable animal skin used as footwear or a sleeping mat, the abundant free-electron ground was able to enter the body, which is conductive.”

Another recent study has also stated that grounding can play a positive role in cardiovascular disease, muscle damage, chronic pain, and mood.

However, despite the promising signs of these studies, more research is still needed so that scientists can conclude that ‘grounding’ does indeed work.

However, for those who want to experiment for themselves, there are several different ways to ground.

Some techniques include walking around barefoot, laying on the ground, submerging in water, and extending palms to the ground.

There are also grounding boosters, which some find useful, such as grounding mats, bed sheets or blankets, socks, bandages and patches.

Many people believe that grounding has positive effects on the body


Many people believe that grounding has positive effects on the bodyCredit: Getty
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Caroline Bleakley

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