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                                    [article_content] => <p>One of the first words a Filipino child learns to say &mdash; aside from "Mama" or "Papa" &mdash; is "dirty." Many parents, especially first-timers, are germophobes. We never leave the house without a bottle of hand sanitizer in our bags because God forbid our kids might touch something unsanitary, let alone allow them to wander around without shoes on. Despite findings that show how <a href="https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/your-kids-health/our-toddlers-need-germs-and-bacteria-a1162-20170327">dirt is essential</a> in strengthening the immune systems of young kids, many of us feel more comfortable if our children were spotless at all times.</p>
<p>Now, new studies suggest that "earthing" &mdash; allowing ourselves and our kids to be in contact with Mother Nature &mdash; provides a host of other health benefits, including improved sleep cycles and fewer tantrums.</p>
<h2>What is earthing/grounding?</h2>
<p>Earthing also called "grounding" is the practice of reconnecting with the Earth. How is it helpful? In a nutshell, our bodies are made up of cells that are electrically charged. However, stress and free radicals can damage these cells, and eventually, this damage paves the way for inflammation and diseases, because our cells, which are electromagnetic in nature, have become unstable.</p>
<p>The Earth, on the other hand, is like a self-regenerating battery with an endless supply of free electrons &mdash; what our damaged cells need to pair with to become stable again. Advocates of grounding believe that simply going barefoot and feeling the grass or the earth "repairs" this imbalance.</p>
<p>Earlier this year, celebrity mom <strong>Bianca Gonzalez-Intal</strong> shared a photo that shows daughter Lucia grounding on the first day of the year. "Grounding on the first day of the year for energy from the earth," she captioned it.</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/BdaA4_iBbjt/]</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdcqfp5hdiV/]</p>
<p>In the comments section, actress and mom of three <strong>Judy Ann Santos</strong> seconded Bianca's caption by replying, "Grounding is the way!" (It sounds like the Agoncillos are also into the practice.)</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/hlANMbKFiP/]</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
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<h2>Benefits of grounding</h2>
<p>Articles on earthing / grounding claim the following benefits:</p>
<h3>1. Improved sleep cycles</h3>
<p>Cortisol affects our sleep patterns: high levels of cortisol keep us awake, while low levels make us feel sleepy. Those with sleeping problems are said to benefit from grounding because&nbsp;it synchronizes the secretion of cortisol so that it aligns with the body's natural circadian rhythm.</p>
<h3>2. Relief from body inflammation, improved circulation, and reduced pain</h3>
<p>A study monitored the pain levels of individuals suffering from back, neck, and/or shoulder pain. After sleeping on beddings that were connected to the ground through a conductive cord for several weeks, their pain levels were significantly reduced.</p>
<h3>3. Lower stress levels</h3>
<p>Research suggests that grounding helps improve symptoms of anxiety and emotional stress like headaches and palpitations in as short as 30 minutes.</p>
<p>Physician <strong>Laura Koniver, M.D.</strong> says she learned about grounding after she became a mom to a baby who had colic. She says "The only time I could soothe her was when I was outside, and I was barefoot and I had her in my arms. And every time we were outside, she relaxed."</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/205264910" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p>
<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/205264910">DOWN TO EARTH</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/bigpictureranch">Big Picture Ranch</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
<p>Premature babies are also said to benefit from grounding, says a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28601861">2017 study</a>, as it "may improve resilience to stress and lower the risk of neonatal morbidity."&nbsp;</p>
<h2>How to ground yourself</h2>
<p>The good news about earthing or grounding is that it is easy to do. You don't need any special equipment or be in a specific place to practice it. Just go out barefoot on a day when the weather is good and allow yourself to sit or stand on soil or grass. Tiles, marble, concrete, and bodies of water like a river or lake are also natural materials that will keep you grounded.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The study on earthing/grounding is relatively new, so more research is needed to prove its worth. Either way, a moment spent outside in one's natural surroundings is always a good idea. And the next time you feel the urge to stop your child from getting "dirty," you may want to reconsider.</p>
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<p>Now, new studies suggest that "earthing" &mdash; allowing ourselves and our kids to be in contact with Mother Nature &mdash; provides a host of other health benefits, including improved sleep cycles and fewer tantrums.</p>
<h2>What is earthing/grounding?</h2>
<p>Earthing also called "grounding" is the practice of reconnecting with the Earth. How is it helpful? In a nutshell, our bodies are made up of cells that are electrically charged. However, stress and free radicals can damage these cells, and eventually, this damage paves the way for inflammation and diseases, because our cells, which are electromagnetic in nature, have become unstable.</p>
<p>The Earth, on the other hand, is like a self-regenerating battery with an endless supply of free electrons &mdash; what our damaged cells need to pair with to become stable again. Advocates of grounding believe that simply going barefoot and feeling the grass or the earth "repairs" this imbalance.</p>
<p>Earlier this year, celebrity mom <strong>Bianca Gonzalez-Intal</strong> shared a photo that shows daughter Lucia grounding on the first day of the year. "Grounding on the first day of the year for energy from the earth," she captioned it.</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/BdaA4_iBbjt/]</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdcqfp5hdiV/]</p>
<p>In the comments section, actress and mom of three <strong>Judy Ann Santos</strong> seconded Bianca's caption by replying, "Grounding is the way!" (It sounds like the Agoncillos are also into the practice.)</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/hlANMbKFiP/]</p>
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<p>Articles on earthing / grounding claim the following benefits:</p>
<h3>1. Improved sleep cycles</h3>
<p>Cortisol affects our sleep patterns: high levels of cortisol keep us awake, while low levels make us feel sleepy. Those with sleeping problems are said to benefit from grounding because&nbsp;it synchronizes the secretion of cortisol so that it aligns with the body's natural circadian rhythm.</p>
<h3>2. Relief from body inflammation, improved circulation, and reduced pain</h3>
<p>A study monitored the pain levels of individuals suffering from back, neck, and/or shoulder pain. After sleeping on beddings that were connected to the ground through a conductive cord for several weeks, their pain levels were significantly reduced.</p>
<h3>3. Lower stress levels</h3>
<p>Research suggests that grounding helps improve symptoms of anxiety and emotional stress like headaches and palpitations in as short as 30 minutes.</p>
<p>Physician <strong>Laura Koniver, M.D.</strong> says she learned about grounding after she became a mom to a baby who had colic. She says "The only time I could soothe her was when I was outside, and I was barefoot and I had her in my arms. And every time we were outside, she relaxed."</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/205264910" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p>
<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/205264910">DOWN TO EARTH</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/bigpictureranch">Big Picture Ranch</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
<p>Premature babies are also said to benefit from grounding, says a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28601861">2017 study</a>, as it "may improve resilience to stress and lower the risk of neonatal morbidity."&nbsp;</p>
<h2>How to ground yourself</h2>
<p>The good news about earthing or grounding is that it is easy to do. You don't need any special equipment or be in a specific place to practice it. Just go out barefoot on a day when the weather is good and allow yourself to sit or stand on soil or grass. Tiles, marble, concrete, and bodies of water like a river or lake are also natural materials that will keep you grounded.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The study on earthing/grounding is relatively new, so more research is needed to prove its worth. Either way, a moment spent outside in one's natural surroundings is always a good idea. And the next time you feel the urge to stop your child from getting "dirty," you may want to reconsider.</p>
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Lei is the managing editor of www.smartparenting.com.ph. Her interests, aside from collecting notebooks and pens, include interior design and theater. She doesn't regret giving her son Johann three names except on occasions when she has to fill out forms. When in the mood, she can whip up a mean batch of carbonara, but she can’t eat much of her own cooking.

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                                    [article_title] => Doctor Says 'Earthing' Practice Helped Soothe Her Colicky Baby
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                                    [article_content] => <p>One of the first words a Filipino child learns to say &mdash; aside from "Mama" or "Papa" &mdash; is "dirty." Many parents, especially first-timers, are germophobes. We never leave the house without a bottle of hand sanitizer in our bags because God forbid our kids might touch something unsanitary, let alone allow them to wander around without shoes on. Despite findings that show how <a href="https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/your-kids-health/our-toddlers-need-germs-and-bacteria-a1162-20170327">dirt is essential</a> in strengthening the immune systems of young kids, many of us feel more comfortable if our children were spotless at all times.</p>
<p>Now, new studies suggest that "earthing" &mdash; allowing ourselves and our kids to be in contact with Mother Nature &mdash; provides a host of other health benefits, including improved sleep cycles and fewer tantrums.</p>
<h2>What is earthing/grounding?</h2>
<p>Earthing also called "grounding" is the practice of reconnecting with the Earth. How is it helpful? In a nutshell, our bodies are made up of cells that are electrically charged. However, stress and free radicals can damage these cells, and eventually, this damage paves the way for inflammation and diseases, because our cells, which are electromagnetic in nature, have become unstable.</p>
<p>The Earth, on the other hand, is like a self-regenerating battery with an endless supply of free electrons &mdash; what our damaged cells need to pair with to become stable again. Advocates of grounding believe that simply going barefoot and feeling the grass or the earth "repairs" this imbalance.</p>
<p>Earlier this year, celebrity mom <strong>Bianca Gonzalez-Intal</strong> shared a photo that shows daughter Lucia grounding on the first day of the year. "Grounding on the first day of the year for energy from the earth," she captioned it.</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/BdaA4_iBbjt/]</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdcqfp5hdiV/]</p>
<p>In the comments section, actress and mom of three <strong>Judy Ann Santos</strong> seconded Bianca's caption by replying, "Grounding is the way!" (It sounds like the Agoncillos are also into the practice.)</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/hlANMbKFiP/]</p>
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<h2>Benefits of grounding</h2>
<p>Articles on earthing / grounding claim the following benefits:</p>
<h3>1. Improved sleep cycles</h3>
<p>Cortisol affects our sleep patterns: high levels of cortisol keep us awake, while low levels make us feel sleepy. Those with sleeping problems are said to benefit from grounding because&nbsp;it synchronizes the secretion of cortisol so that it aligns with the body's natural circadian rhythm.</p>
<h3>2. Relief from body inflammation, improved circulation, and reduced pain</h3>
<p>A study monitored the pain levels of individuals suffering from back, neck, and/or shoulder pain. After sleeping on beddings that were connected to the ground through a conductive cord for several weeks, their pain levels were significantly reduced.</p>
<h3>3. Lower stress levels</h3>
<p>Research suggests that grounding helps improve symptoms of anxiety and emotional stress like headaches and palpitations in as short as 30 minutes.</p>
<p>Physician <strong>Laura Koniver, M.D.</strong> says she learned about grounding after she became a mom to a baby who had colic. She says "The only time I could soothe her was when I was outside, and I was barefoot and I had her in my arms. And every time we were outside, she relaxed."</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/205264910" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p>
<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/205264910">DOWN TO EARTH</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/bigpictureranch">Big Picture Ranch</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
<p>Premature babies are also said to benefit from grounding, says a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28601861">2017 study</a>, as it "may improve resilience to stress and lower the risk of neonatal morbidity."&nbsp;</p>
<h2>How to ground yourself</h2>
<p>The good news about earthing or grounding is that it is easy to do. You don't need any special equipment or be in a specific place to practice it. Just go out barefoot on a day when the weather is good and allow yourself to sit or stand on soil or grass. Tiles, marble, concrete, and bodies of water like a river or lake are also natural materials that will keep you grounded.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The study on earthing/grounding is relatively new, so more research is needed to prove its worth. Either way, a moment spent outside in one's natural surroundings is always a good idea. And the next time you feel the urge to stop your child from getting "dirty," you may want to reconsider.</p>
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                                    [article_content] => <p>One of the first words a Filipino child learns to say &mdash; aside from "Mama" or "Papa" &mdash; is "dirty." Many parents, especially first-timers, are germophobes. We never leave the house without a bottle of hand sanitizer in our bags because God forbid our kids might touch something unsanitary, let alone allow them to wander around without shoes on. Despite findings that show how <a href="https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/your-kids-health/our-toddlers-need-germs-and-bacteria-a1162-20170327">dirt is essential</a> in strengthening the immune systems of young kids, many of us feel more comfortable if our children were spotless at all times.</p>
<p>Now, new studies suggest that "earthing" &mdash; allowing ourselves and our kids to be in contact with Mother Nature &mdash; provides a host of other health benefits, including improved sleep cycles and fewer tantrums.</p>
<h2>What is earthing/grounding?</h2>
<p>Earthing also called "grounding" is the practice of reconnecting with the Earth. How is it helpful? In a nutshell, our bodies are made up of cells that are electrically charged. However, stress and free radicals can damage these cells, and eventually, this damage paves the way for inflammation and diseases, because our cells, which are electromagnetic in nature, have become unstable.</p>
<p>The Earth, on the other hand, is like a self-regenerating battery with an endless supply of free electrons &mdash; what our damaged cells need to pair with to become stable again. Advocates of grounding believe that simply going barefoot and feeling the grass or the earth "repairs" this imbalance.</p>
<p>Earlier this year, celebrity mom <strong>Bianca Gonzalez-Intal</strong> shared a photo that shows daughter Lucia grounding on the first day of the year. "Grounding on the first day of the year for energy from the earth," she captioned it.</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/BdaA4_iBbjt/]</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdcqfp5hdiV/]</p>
<p>In the comments section, actress and mom of three <strong>Judy Ann Santos</strong> seconded Bianca's caption by replying, "Grounding is the way!" (It sounds like the Agoncillos are also into the practice.)</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/hlANMbKFiP/]</p>
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<h2>Benefits of grounding</h2>
<p>Articles on earthing / grounding claim the following benefits:</p>
<h3>1. Improved sleep cycles</h3>
<p>Cortisol affects our sleep patterns: high levels of cortisol keep us awake, while low levels make us feel sleepy. Those with sleeping problems are said to benefit from grounding because&nbsp;it synchronizes the secretion of cortisol so that it aligns with the body's natural circadian rhythm.</p>
<h3>2. Relief from body inflammation, improved circulation, and reduced pain</h3>
<p>A study monitored the pain levels of individuals suffering from back, neck, and/or shoulder pain. After sleeping on beddings that were connected to the ground through a conductive cord for several weeks, their pain levels were significantly reduced.</p>
<h3>3. Lower stress levels</h3>
<p>Research suggests that grounding helps improve symptoms of anxiety and emotional stress like headaches and palpitations in as short as 30 minutes.</p>
<p>Physician <strong>Laura Koniver, M.D.</strong> says she learned about grounding after she became a mom to a baby who had colic. She says "The only time I could soothe her was when I was outside, and I was barefoot and I had her in my arms. And every time we were outside, she relaxed."</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/205264910" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p>
<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/205264910">DOWN TO EARTH</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/bigpictureranch">Big Picture Ranch</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
<p>Premature babies are also said to benefit from grounding, says a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28601861">2017 study</a>, as it "may improve resilience to stress and lower the risk of neonatal morbidity."&nbsp;</p>
<h2>How to ground yourself</h2>
<p>The good news about earthing or grounding is that it is easy to do. You don't need any special equipment or be in a specific place to practice it. Just go out barefoot on a day when the weather is good and allow yourself to sit or stand on soil or grass. Tiles, marble, concrete, and bodies of water like a river or lake are also natural materials that will keep you grounded.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The study on earthing/grounding is relatively new, so more research is needed to prove its worth. Either way, a moment spent outside in one's natural surroundings is always a good idea. And the next time you feel the urge to stop your child from getting "dirty," you may want to reconsider.</p>
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                                    [article_content] => <p>One of the first words a Filipino child learns to say &mdash; aside from "Mama" or "Papa" &mdash; is "dirty." Many parents, especially first-timers, are germophobes. We never leave the house without a bottle of hand sanitizer in our bags because God forbid our kids might touch something unsanitary, let alone allow them to wander around without shoes on. Despite findings that show how <a href="https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/your-kids-health/our-toddlers-need-germs-and-bacteria-a1162-20170327">dirt is essential</a> in strengthening the immune systems of young kids, many of us feel more comfortable if our children were spotless at all times.</p>
<p>Now, new studies suggest that "earthing" &mdash; allowing ourselves and our kids to be in contact with Mother Nature &mdash; provides a host of other health benefits, including improved sleep cycles and fewer tantrums.</p>
<h2>What is earthing/grounding?</h2>
<p>Earthing also called "grounding" is the practice of reconnecting with the Earth. How is it helpful? In a nutshell, our bodies are made up of cells that are electrically charged. However, stress and free radicals can damage these cells, and eventually, this damage paves the way for inflammation and diseases, because our cells, which are electromagnetic in nature, have become unstable.</p>
<p>The Earth, on the other hand, is like a self-regenerating battery with an endless supply of free electrons &mdash; what our damaged cells need to pair with to become stable again. Advocates of grounding believe that simply going barefoot and feeling the grass or the earth "repairs" this imbalance.</p>
<p>Earlier this year, celebrity mom <strong>Bianca Gonzalez-Intal</strong> shared a photo that shows daughter Lucia grounding on the first day of the year. "Grounding on the first day of the year for energy from the earth," she captioned it.</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/BdaA4_iBbjt/]</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdcqfp5hdiV/]</p>
<p>In the comments section, actress and mom of three <strong>Judy Ann Santos</strong> seconded Bianca's caption by replying, "Grounding is the way!" (It sounds like the Agoncillos are also into the practice.)</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/hlANMbKFiP/]</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
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<h2>Benefits of grounding</h2>
<p>Articles on earthing / grounding claim the following benefits:</p>
<h3>1. Improved sleep cycles</h3>
<p>Cortisol affects our sleep patterns: high levels of cortisol keep us awake, while low levels make us feel sleepy. Those with sleeping problems are said to benefit from grounding because&nbsp;it synchronizes the secretion of cortisol so that it aligns with the body's natural circadian rhythm.</p>
<h3>2. Relief from body inflammation, improved circulation, and reduced pain</h3>
<p>A study monitored the pain levels of individuals suffering from back, neck, and/or shoulder pain. After sleeping on beddings that were connected to the ground through a conductive cord for several weeks, their pain levels were significantly reduced.</p>
<h3>3. Lower stress levels</h3>
<p>Research suggests that grounding helps improve symptoms of anxiety and emotional stress like headaches and palpitations in as short as 30 minutes.</p>
<p>Physician <strong>Laura Koniver, M.D.</strong> says she learned about grounding after she became a mom to a baby who had colic. She says "The only time I could soothe her was when I was outside, and I was barefoot and I had her in my arms. And every time we were outside, she relaxed."</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/205264910" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p>
<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/205264910">DOWN TO EARTH</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/bigpictureranch">Big Picture Ranch</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
<p>Premature babies are also said to benefit from grounding, says a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28601861">2017 study</a>, as it "may improve resilience to stress and lower the risk of neonatal morbidity."&nbsp;</p>
<h2>How to ground yourself</h2>
<p>The good news about earthing or grounding is that it is easy to do. You don't need any special equipment or be in a specific place to practice it. Just go out barefoot on a day when the weather is good and allow yourself to sit or stand on soil or grass. Tiles, marble, concrete, and bodies of water like a river or lake are also natural materials that will keep you grounded.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The study on earthing/grounding is relatively new, so more research is needed to prove its worth. Either way, a moment spent outside in one's natural surroundings is always a good idea. And the next time you feel the urge to stop your child from getting "dirty," you may want to reconsider.</p>
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<p>Now, new studies suggest that "earthing" &mdash; allowing ourselves and our kids to be in contact with Mother Nature &mdash; provides a host of other health benefits, including improved sleep cycles and fewer tantrums.</p>
<h2>What is earthing/grounding?</h2>
<p>Earthing also called "grounding" is the practice of reconnecting with the Earth. How is it helpful? In a nutshell, our bodies are made up of cells that are electrically charged. However, stress and free radicals can damage these cells, and eventually, this damage paves the way for inflammation and diseases, because our cells, which are electromagnetic in nature, have become unstable.</p>
<p>The Earth, on the other hand, is like a self-regenerating battery with an endless supply of free electrons &mdash; what our damaged cells need to pair with to become stable again. Advocates of grounding believe that simply going barefoot and feeling the grass or the earth "repairs" this imbalance.</p>
<p>Earlier this year, celebrity mom <strong>Bianca Gonzalez-Intal</strong> shared a photo that shows daughter Lucia grounding on the first day of the year. "Grounding on the first day of the year for energy from the earth," she captioned it.</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/BdaA4_iBbjt/]</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdcqfp5hdiV/]</p>
<p>In the comments section, actress and mom of three <strong>Judy Ann Santos</strong> seconded Bianca's caption by replying, "Grounding is the way!" (It sounds like the Agoncillos are also into the practice.)</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/hlANMbKFiP/]</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
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<h2>Benefits of grounding</h2>
<p>Articles on earthing / grounding claim the following benefits:</p>
<h3>1. Improved sleep cycles</h3>
<p>Cortisol affects our sleep patterns: high levels of cortisol keep us awake, while low levels make us feel sleepy. Those with sleeping problems are said to benefit from grounding because&nbsp;it synchronizes the secretion of cortisol so that it aligns with the body's natural circadian rhythm.</p>
<h3>2. Relief from body inflammation, improved circulation, and reduced pain</h3>
<p>A study monitored the pain levels of individuals suffering from back, neck, and/or shoulder pain. After sleeping on beddings that were connected to the ground through a conductive cord for several weeks, their pain levels were significantly reduced.</p>
<h3>3. Lower stress levels</h3>
<p>Research suggests that grounding helps improve symptoms of anxiety and emotional stress like headaches and palpitations in as short as 30 minutes.</p>
<p>Physician <strong>Laura Koniver, M.D.</strong> says she learned about grounding after she became a mom to a baby who had colic. She says "The only time I could soothe her was when I was outside, and I was barefoot and I had her in my arms. And every time we were outside, she relaxed."</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/205264910" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p>
<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/205264910">DOWN TO EARTH</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/bigpictureranch">Big Picture Ranch</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
<p>Premature babies are also said to benefit from grounding, says a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28601861">2017 study</a>, as it "may improve resilience to stress and lower the risk of neonatal morbidity."&nbsp;</p>
<h2>How to ground yourself</h2>
<p>The good news about earthing or grounding is that it is easy to do. You don't need any special equipment or be in a specific place to practice it. Just go out barefoot on a day when the weather is good and allow yourself to sit or stand on soil or grass. Tiles, marble, concrete, and bodies of water like a river or lake are also natural materials that will keep you grounded.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The study on earthing/grounding is relatively new, so more research is needed to prove its worth. Either way, a moment spent outside in one's natural surroundings is always a good idea. And the next time you feel the urge to stop your child from getting "dirty," you may want to reconsider.</p>
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                                    [article_content] => <p>One of the first words a Filipino child learns to say &mdash; aside from "Mama" or "Papa" &mdash; is "dirty." Many parents, especially first-timers, are germophobes. We never leave the house without a bottle of hand sanitizer in our bags because God forbid our kids might touch something unsanitary, let alone allow them to wander around without shoes on. Despite findings that show how <a href="https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/your-kids-health/our-toddlers-need-germs-and-bacteria-a1162-20170327">dirt is essential</a> in strengthening the immune systems of young kids, many of us feel more comfortable if our children were spotless at all times.</p>
<p>Now, new studies suggest that "earthing" &mdash; allowing ourselves and our kids to be in contact with Mother Nature &mdash; provides a host of other health benefits, including improved sleep cycles and fewer tantrums.</p>
<h2>What is earthing/grounding?</h2>
<p>Earthing also called "grounding" is the practice of reconnecting with the Earth. How is it helpful? In a nutshell, our bodies are made up of cells that are electrically charged. However, stress and free radicals can damage these cells, and eventually, this damage paves the way for inflammation and diseases, because our cells, which are electromagnetic in nature, have become unstable.</p>
<p>The Earth, on the other hand, is like a self-regenerating battery with an endless supply of free electrons &mdash; what our damaged cells need to pair with to become stable again. Advocates of grounding believe that simply going barefoot and feeling the grass or the earth "repairs" this imbalance.</p>
<p>Earlier this year, celebrity mom <strong>Bianca Gonzalez-Intal</strong> shared a photo that shows daughter Lucia grounding on the first day of the year. "Grounding on the first day of the year for energy from the earth," she captioned it.</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/BdaA4_iBbjt/]</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdcqfp5hdiV/]</p>
<p>In the comments section, actress and mom of three <strong>Judy Ann Santos</strong> seconded Bianca's caption by replying, "Grounding is the way!" (It sounds like the Agoncillos are also into the practice.)</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/hlANMbKFiP/]</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
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<h2>Benefits of grounding</h2>
<p>Articles on earthing / grounding claim the following benefits:</p>
<h3>1. Improved sleep cycles</h3>
<p>Cortisol affects our sleep patterns: high levels of cortisol keep us awake, while low levels make us feel sleepy. Those with sleeping problems are said to benefit from grounding because&nbsp;it synchronizes the secretion of cortisol so that it aligns with the body's natural circadian rhythm.</p>
<h3>2. Relief from body inflammation, improved circulation, and reduced pain</h3>
<p>A study monitored the pain levels of individuals suffering from back, neck, and/or shoulder pain. After sleeping on beddings that were connected to the ground through a conductive cord for several weeks, their pain levels were significantly reduced.</p>
<h3>3. Lower stress levels</h3>
<p>Research suggests that grounding helps improve symptoms of anxiety and emotional stress like headaches and palpitations in as short as 30 minutes.</p>
<p>Physician <strong>Laura Koniver, M.D.</strong> says she learned about grounding after she became a mom to a baby who had colic. She says "The only time I could soothe her was when I was outside, and I was barefoot and I had her in my arms. And every time we were outside, she relaxed."</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/205264910" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p>
<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/205264910">DOWN TO EARTH</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/bigpictureranch">Big Picture Ranch</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
<p>Premature babies are also said to benefit from grounding, says a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28601861">2017 study</a>, as it "may improve resilience to stress and lower the risk of neonatal morbidity."&nbsp;</p>
<h2>How to ground yourself</h2>
<p>The good news about earthing or grounding is that it is easy to do. You don't need any special equipment or be in a specific place to practice it. Just go out barefoot on a day when the weather is good and allow yourself to sit or stand on soil or grass. Tiles, marble, concrete, and bodies of water like a river or lake are also natural materials that will keep you grounded.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The study on earthing/grounding is relatively new, so more research is needed to prove its worth. Either way, a moment spent outside in one's natural surroundings is always a good idea. And the next time you feel the urge to stop your child from getting "dirty," you may want to reconsider.</p>
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                                    [article_content] => <p>One of the first words a Filipino child learns to say &mdash; aside from "Mama" or "Papa" &mdash; is "dirty." Many parents, especially first-timers, are germophobes. We never leave the house without a bottle of hand sanitizer in our bags because God forbid our kids might touch something unsanitary, let alone allow them to wander around without shoes on. Despite findings that show how <a href="https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/your-kids-health/our-toddlers-need-germs-and-bacteria-a1162-20170327">dirt is essential</a> in strengthening the immune systems of young kids, many of us feel more comfortable if our children were spotless at all times.</p>
<p>Now, new studies suggest that "earthing" &mdash; allowing ourselves and our kids to be in contact with Mother Nature &mdash; provides a host of other health benefits, including improved sleep cycles and fewer tantrums.</p>
<h2>What is earthing/grounding?</h2>
<p>Earthing also called "grounding" is the practice of reconnecting with the Earth. How is it helpful? In a nutshell, our bodies are made up of cells that are electrically charged. However, stress and free radicals can damage these cells, and eventually, this damage paves the way for inflammation and diseases, because our cells, which are electromagnetic in nature, have become unstable.</p>
<p>The Earth, on the other hand, is like a self-regenerating battery with an endless supply of free electrons &mdash; what our damaged cells need to pair with to become stable again. Advocates of grounding believe that simply going barefoot and feeling the grass or the earth "repairs" this imbalance.</p>
<p>Earlier this year, celebrity mom <strong>Bianca Gonzalez-Intal</strong> shared a photo that shows daughter Lucia grounding on the first day of the year. "Grounding on the first day of the year for energy from the earth," she captioned it.</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/BdaA4_iBbjt/]</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdcqfp5hdiV/]</p>
<p>In the comments section, actress and mom of three <strong>Judy Ann Santos</strong> seconded Bianca's caption by replying, "Grounding is the way!" (It sounds like the Agoncillos are also into the practice.)</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/hlANMbKFiP/]</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
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<h2>Benefits of grounding</h2>
<p>Articles on earthing / grounding claim the following benefits:</p>
<h3>1. Improved sleep cycles</h3>
<p>Cortisol affects our sleep patterns: high levels of cortisol keep us awake, while low levels make us feel sleepy. Those with sleeping problems are said to benefit from grounding because&nbsp;it synchronizes the secretion of cortisol so that it aligns with the body's natural circadian rhythm.</p>
<h3>2. Relief from body inflammation, improved circulation, and reduced pain</h3>
<p>A study monitored the pain levels of individuals suffering from back, neck, and/or shoulder pain. After sleeping on beddings that were connected to the ground through a conductive cord for several weeks, their pain levels were significantly reduced.</p>
<h3>3. Lower stress levels</h3>
<p>Research suggests that grounding helps improve symptoms of anxiety and emotional stress like headaches and palpitations in as short as 30 minutes.</p>
<p>Physician <strong>Laura Koniver, M.D.</strong> says she learned about grounding after she became a mom to a baby who had colic. She says "The only time I could soothe her was when I was outside, and I was barefoot and I had her in my arms. And every time we were outside, she relaxed."</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/205264910" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p>
<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/205264910">DOWN TO EARTH</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/bigpictureranch">Big Picture Ranch</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
<p>Premature babies are also said to benefit from grounding, says a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28601861">2017 study</a>, as it "may improve resilience to stress and lower the risk of neonatal morbidity."&nbsp;</p>
<h2>How to ground yourself</h2>
<p>The good news about earthing or grounding is that it is easy to do. You don't need any special equipment or be in a specific place to practice it. Just go out barefoot on a day when the weather is good and allow yourself to sit or stand on soil or grass. Tiles, marble, concrete, and bodies of water like a river or lake are also natural materials that will keep you grounded.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The study on earthing/grounding is relatively new, so more research is needed to prove its worth. Either way, a moment spent outside in one's natural surroundings is always a good idea. And the next time you feel the urge to stop your child from getting "dirty," you may want to reconsider.</p>
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                                    [article_content] => <p>One of the first words a Filipino child learns to say &mdash; aside from "Mama" or "Papa" &mdash; is "dirty." Many parents, especially first-timers, are germophobes. We never leave the house without a bottle of hand sanitizer in our bags because God forbid our kids might touch something unsanitary, let alone allow them to wander around without shoes on. Despite findings that show how <a href="https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/your-kids-health/our-toddlers-need-germs-and-bacteria-a1162-20170327">dirt is essential</a> in strengthening the immune systems of young kids, many of us feel more comfortable if our children were spotless at all times.</p>
<p>Now, new studies suggest that "earthing" &mdash; allowing ourselves and our kids to be in contact with Mother Nature &mdash; provides a host of other health benefits, including improved sleep cycles and fewer tantrums.</p>
<h2>What is earthing/grounding?</h2>
<p>Earthing also called "grounding" is the practice of reconnecting with the Earth. How is it helpful? In a nutshell, our bodies are made up of cells that are electrically charged. However, stress and free radicals can damage these cells, and eventually, this damage paves the way for inflammation and diseases, because our cells, which are electromagnetic in nature, have become unstable.</p>
<p>The Earth, on the other hand, is like a self-regenerating battery with an endless supply of free electrons &mdash; what our damaged cells need to pair with to become stable again. Advocates of grounding believe that simply going barefoot and feeling the grass or the earth "repairs" this imbalance.</p>
<p>Earlier this year, celebrity mom <strong>Bianca Gonzalez-Intal</strong> shared a photo that shows daughter Lucia grounding on the first day of the year. "Grounding on the first day of the year for energy from the earth," she captioned it.</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/BdaA4_iBbjt/]</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdcqfp5hdiV/]</p>
<p>In the comments section, actress and mom of three <strong>Judy Ann Santos</strong> seconded Bianca's caption by replying, "Grounding is the way!" (It sounds like the Agoncillos are also into the practice.)</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/hlANMbKFiP/]</p>
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<h2>Benefits of grounding</h2>
<p>Articles on earthing / grounding claim the following benefits:</p>
<h3>1. Improved sleep cycles</h3>
<p>Cortisol affects our sleep patterns: high levels of cortisol keep us awake, while low levels make us feel sleepy. Those with sleeping problems are said to benefit from grounding because&nbsp;it synchronizes the secretion of cortisol so that it aligns with the body's natural circadian rhythm.</p>
<h3>2. Relief from body inflammation, improved circulation, and reduced pain</h3>
<p>A study monitored the pain levels of individuals suffering from back, neck, and/or shoulder pain. After sleeping on beddings that were connected to the ground through a conductive cord for several weeks, their pain levels were significantly reduced.</p>
<h3>3. Lower stress levels</h3>
<p>Research suggests that grounding helps improve symptoms of anxiety and emotional stress like headaches and palpitations in as short as 30 minutes.</p>
<p>Physician <strong>Laura Koniver, M.D.</strong> says she learned about grounding after she became a mom to a baby who had colic. She says "The only time I could soothe her was when I was outside, and I was barefoot and I had her in my arms. And every time we were outside, she relaxed."</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/205264910" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p>
<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/205264910">DOWN TO EARTH</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/bigpictureranch">Big Picture Ranch</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
<p>Premature babies are also said to benefit from grounding, says a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28601861">2017 study</a>, as it "may improve resilience to stress and lower the risk of neonatal morbidity."&nbsp;</p>
<h2>How to ground yourself</h2>
<p>The good news about earthing or grounding is that it is easy to do. You don't need any special equipment or be in a specific place to practice it. Just go out barefoot on a day when the weather is good and allow yourself to sit or stand on soil or grass. Tiles, marble, concrete, and bodies of water like a river or lake are also natural materials that will keep you grounded.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The study on earthing/grounding is relatively new, so more research is needed to prove its worth. Either way, a moment spent outside in one's natural surroundings is always a good idea. And the next time you feel the urge to stop your child from getting "dirty," you may want to reconsider.</p>
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<p>Now, new studies suggest that "earthing" &mdash; allowing ourselves and our kids to be in contact with Mother Nature &mdash; provides a host of other health benefits, including improved sleep cycles and fewer tantrums.</p>
<h2>What is earthing/grounding?</h2>
<p>Earthing also called "grounding" is the practice of reconnecting with the Earth. How is it helpful? In a nutshell, our bodies are made up of cells that are electrically charged. However, stress and free radicals can damage these cells, and eventually, this damage paves the way for inflammation and diseases, because our cells, which are electromagnetic in nature, have become unstable.</p>
<p>The Earth, on the other hand, is like a self-regenerating battery with an endless supply of free electrons &mdash; what our damaged cells need to pair with to become stable again. Advocates of grounding believe that simply going barefoot and feeling the grass or the earth "repairs" this imbalance.</p>
<p>Earlier this year, celebrity mom <strong>Bianca Gonzalez-Intal</strong> shared a photo that shows daughter Lucia grounding on the first day of the year. "Grounding on the first day of the year for energy from the earth," she captioned it.</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/BdaA4_iBbjt/]</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdcqfp5hdiV/]</p>
<p>In the comments section, actress and mom of three <strong>Judy Ann Santos</strong> seconded Bianca's caption by replying, "Grounding is the way!" (It sounds like the Agoncillos are also into the practice.)</p>
<p>[instagram:https://www.instagram.com/p/hlANMbKFiP/]</p>
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<h2>Benefits of grounding</h2>
<p>Articles on earthing / grounding claim the following benefits:</p>
<h3>1. Improved sleep cycles</h3>
<p>Cortisol affects our sleep patterns: high levels of cortisol keep us awake, while low levels make us feel sleepy. Those with sleeping problems are said to benefit from grounding because&nbsp;it synchronizes the secretion of cortisol so that it aligns with the body's natural circadian rhythm.</p>
<h3>2. Relief from body inflammation, improved circulation, and reduced pain</h3>
<p>A study monitored the pain levels of individuals suffering from back, neck, and/or shoulder pain. After sleeping on beddings that were connected to the ground through a conductive cord for several weeks, their pain levels were significantly reduced.</p>
<h3>3. Lower stress levels</h3>
<p>Research suggests that grounding helps improve symptoms of anxiety and emotional stress like headaches and palpitations in as short as 30 minutes.</p>
<p>Physician <strong>Laura Koniver, M.D.</strong> says she learned about grounding after she became a mom to a baby who had colic. She says "The only time I could soothe her was when I was outside, and I was barefoot and I had her in my arms. And every time we were outside, she relaxed."</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/205264910" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p>
<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/205264910">DOWN TO EARTH</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/bigpictureranch">Big Picture Ranch</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
<p>Premature babies are also said to benefit from grounding, says a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28601861">2017 study</a>, as it "may improve resilience to stress and lower the risk of neonatal morbidity."&nbsp;</p>
<h2>How to ground yourself</h2>
<p>The good news about earthing or grounding is that it is easy to do. You don't need any special equipment or be in a specific place to practice it. Just go out barefoot on a day when the weather is good and allow yourself to sit or stand on soil or grass. Tiles, marble, concrete, and bodies of water like a river or lake are also natural materials that will keep you grounded.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The study on earthing/grounding is relatively new, so more research is needed to prove its worth. Either way, a moment spent outside in one's natural surroundings is always a good idea. And the next time you feel the urge to stop your child from getting "dirty," you may want to reconsider.</p>
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