Anyone that lives with chronic illness or chronic pain knows that we will try pretty much anything to relieve the symptoms, and most of us have taken more prescription medications than we’d care to admit; despite being painfully aware of the host of – not only worrying, but often dangerous and debilitating – side effects!

I’ve taken pharmaceutical prescription medications that did everything from making my speech unintelligible, cause bleeding that required two surgeries to stem, oh and the injection into the base of my skull that left me in even more pain and unable to manage the weight of my head without support for over 9 months BUT did nothing to bring even a hint of relief! So when I learned about grounding, I was eager to try it out because:

1. There are no nasty side effects
2. The scientific research confirmed it’s effectiveness and
3. It’s free!

“Grounding means connecting to the earth to support the specific functions of the organs of your body. It supports the body as a whole but it specifically supports organ systems down to the tissues and the cellular functions of the entire body!” Laura Koniva M.D. Physician/ General Practitioner

Now it does get a little challenging when it’s freezing outside (and anyone that knows me knows I really don’t like being cold) but once you watch this video ‘Down to Earth’ you’ll see why even in deep winter I’m happy to let mother earth be one of my ‘medications’.

Grounding at the beach is my absolute favourite, but at home I’ll walk or stand on the grass, it’s less messy than soil! Wood and concrete surfaces are insulators so not ideal for grounding, but we can even get some grounding in if the surfaces are wet!

Sophia Michel is an Independent Health Researcher, Health & Happiness Coach, Writer, College Lecturer, Electro-Mechanical Technician and Wife and Mother to three daughters. Find her on Facebook at and LinkedIn at