Earthing can help improve sleep, reduce pain and inflammation, minimise stress and boost your mood so it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume it could help with complaints such as menopause or PMS symptoms.
Earthing is all about having direct physical contact with Mother Earth. This allows the transfer of energy from the ground into the body. The earth’s surface is a conductor of free electrons and because the human body is composed mostly of water and minerals, when we have bare skin contact with the Earth, free electrons are taken up into the body. These electrons help to neutralise and balance out an excess of damaging free radicals in our body.
Hormones are a huge concern to women throughout the majority of their lives. Some people have found that earthing helps to balance hormones. This can benefit those suffering with PMS or menopause. There hasn’t been a great deal of research or studies done specifically to see if earthing improves symptoms for either of these conditions, however, other studies which have been carried out have given fantastic results when it’s come to added benefits for their female participants.
A pivotal study carried out in 2004 on cortisol levels showed that sleeping grounded resynchronised cortisol secretion more in alignment with a natural rhythm. Participants also provided comments on their health issues prior to and after eight weeks of sleeping grounded and five out of six women with either PMS and/or hot flashes said their symptoms were better.
One woman with a regular menstrual cycle had complaints such as daily headaches, trouble sleeping and PMS symptoms consisting of menstrual cramps, mood swings, bloating, irritability, depression, weight gain and hot flashes, reported that she had no more daily headaches, she was sleeping through the night by the third night and had decreased food cravings, bloating, depression and hot flashes.
It is well known that hormones work in harmony with each other so when the body’s production of one hormone is off balance, other hormones are affected. Cortisol is known as the ‘primary stress hormone’ and excess cortisol can contribute to high blood pressure, mood changes, weight gain and irregular periods. A prolonged stress response can interfere with other hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone and can cause these levels to decrease. Low oestrogen can cause irregular periods, fatigue, moodiness, hot flashes and night sweats. Low progesterone can cause abnormal bleeding, irregular periods, headaches, anxiety, depression and weight gain along with other issues.
In theory, getting your cortisol levels back in balance could then improve your oestrogen and progesterone levels resulting in less debilitating symptoms of PMS and menopause. You can read some success stories here for women going through menopause who have been helped by grounding as well as success stories here for PMS symptoms improving from grounding.
If earthing barefoot isn’t always possible for you or it’s not your cup of tea, take a look at our range of indoor earthing products to allow you to benefit from grounding from the comfort of your own home. We have a day time and night time collection available.
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