Hormones are the signs in your body telling each organ system how to function together.
Hormones are all about the interplay between organ systems and keeping the entire human body safe and functioning as one… that’s their role.
So when grounding supports our hormone balance, it’s so exciting, because that means grounding is not just helping one specific organ system but instead it’s impacting how you feel and function as a whole.
The classic example is how our gut interplays with our hormones.
Conventional medicine is just starting to realize how gut inflammation and what we eat affects many different processes in our body, including thyroid function, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders such as arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, renal diseases and even causing neuroinflammation in the brain, which may play a roll in increasing dementia risk.
We know now that constantly eating foods that cause inflammation, having food sensitivities, gluten intolerance and other inflammatory bowel conditions puts the body in a reactive state which goes beyond just the gut lining being inflamed, but actually increases the incidence of other inflammatory conditions and autoimmune disorders because our body is in a hyper-vigilant state.
We begin reacting to things that we normally shouldn’t react to. The incidence of food allergies, environmental allergies, asthma, all kinds of immune and allergic and inflammatory disorders world wide is dramatically increasing.
Because if we don’t touch the earth and we don’t get that natural conductive support, we become containers filled with inflammation that has nowhere to go. All day long, we’re just adding inflammatory triggers to our body and it’s just going to be a matter of time before something that would not normally harm our body overwhelms it.
If we can get back to the point where nothing is too much because we’re constantly discharging it to the neutralizing earth, we’re going to be more resilient.
It’s natural for us to interact with our environment, to eat a variety of foods, to have a certain amount of wear and tear on our body and for us to rebound and be resilient to it.
That’s the human condition.
We’re adaptable and we have a constant flow of energy and no cellular system in our body really stays the same. There’s a constant renewal process of all of your cells and all of your organ systems, and there’s a constant, ever-available process of refreshment to your body and to let go of the old and welcome in the new, and a constant system of repair.
Unfortunately, we’ve lost that resilience because we’ve lost that connection to the earth. And because we are now accruing inflammation, we’re not resilient anymore. So let’s get our resiliency back. That is what grounding is all about. Grounding is about getting you back into that state of constant repair and renewal.
So let’s look at how connecting to the earth really impacts the homeostasis of all our different organ systems and through the chemical signaling between the organ systems, which is our hormones:
As I touched on a few weeks ago in my review of grounding and sleep, a medical study published in 2004 in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative medicine showed that patients had normalized cortisol levels after sleeping grounded.
In this study, researchers looked at twelve participants who had a history of sleep disturbances. They measured cortisol levels and tracked sleeping patterns while these patients slept grounded every night on a grounded mattress pad for two months. After these eight weeks, the cortisol production of every single one of these grounded patients had normalized.
This study, published in 2011 in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, showed how just one night of grounding boosted thyroid function. Grounding statistically significantly decreased free tri-iodothyronine, increased free thyroxine and increased thyroid-stimulating hormone levels.
Some patients may actually be able to reduce their thyroid replacement hormone therapy and/or avoided going on it in the first place.
So make sure, if you are taking any kind of prescription thyroid replacement, that you work together with your personal physician to monitor your body’s response while you’re grounding, because most likely you will be needing to adjust that medication as your body’s thyroid function regains its balance.
Another thing you can do to decrease inflammation in your thyroid is to protect your thyroid from constant EMF exposures by wearing a protective scarf like this one, which wraps your thyroid in 360 degrees of shielding.
The same researchers that looked at thyroid function during grounding also designed a study looking at blood sugar levels while grounded. By stabilizing blood sugar over time, researchers postulate that this can impact insulin resistance.
In their double-blinded study, investigators followed 12 patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) who had unsatisfactory glycemic control (fasting plasma glucose >10 mmol/L) despite dietary and exercise advice and glibenclamide (doses 10 mg/day).
Patients were grounded for three days and measurements in their fasting serum concentration of glucose were made at baseline, after 24 hours and after 72 hours and were compared to ungrounded controls.
The results showed that grounding significantly decreased blood glucose levels by 17% after only 24 hours, and continued to decrease them by over 30% after 72 hours. Ungrounded controls had no statistically significant change in their serum glucose levels at all.
It’s very exciting research and I look forward to seeing more medical studies in the future on grounding to help prevent and treat type 2 Diabetes.
One imbalance in any single hormone will affect your entire body.
Inflammation in our gut impacts our thyroid hormones, which impacts our adrenal hormones, which impacts our sex hormones, which impacts our day/night rhythm.
Everything is interrelated between cortisol and thyroid and adrenal function and estrogens and progesterones and melatonin and serotonin and even insulin sensitivity.
So today, I challenge you to consider touching the earth as much as possible to stabilize the hormone signaling throughout your body today.
In fact, in light of how gut inflammation affects hormone and disease signaling so broadly, consider eating one of your meals today outside while grounding.
Whether you take your lunch outside to eat during your work day, with one foot resting on concrete outside while you sit at a park bench or a picnic table or a sidewalk, or if you relax tonight while eating a picnic dinner outside, or even if it’s tomorrow morning, grounding with a cup of coffee and fruit, yogurt or toast outside before heading to work (this is my daily routine)…
…grounding can help decrease whole body inflammation, including the inflammation in your digestive tract, which helps to calm and soothe the entire gut/brain axis.
Prevent triggering an inflammatory cascade while grounding during your next meal, and then meet me back here next week to talk about how grounding can support the resolution of even long-standing, chronic health issues.
P.S. Plus, here are 4 more holistic ideas to support your natural hormone balance:
1. Direct Grounding in AM Light
Support your natural healthy energy rhythm by combining morning light on your face with grounding. Giving your body the *clear signal* that it is daytime is absolutely crucial to feel your best.
Medical studies have shown that a few minutes of morning light on your face is actually **more effective** than a prescription anti-depressant in treating depression!
Combine this with the centering, adrenal supportive healing therapy of Grounding and this one daily practice could very well transform your entire life.
Even one minute is okay… just get out there and do it… all week long and see how your body responds. Your mood. Your energy. Your sleep. Even your sex drive!
In fact, try to allow this gentle routine to become a lifelong habit that will continue to help you feel the very best you can possibly feel, for a lifetime!
2. Assess Your Adrenals
Click the link below to print out my free Adrenal Assessment Quiz to see if your adrenals are functioning optimally. This assessment is part of my 5 Day Adrenal Recovery Online Class.
If you take the quiz and find your adrenals are in need of support, I would love to work with you to repair them! Just fill out this free adrenal assessment quiz to see if your adrenals could use a little TLC heading into spring!
If you have been through any kind of recent stressful situation or big life transition or change (even fun, positive ones!) chances are your adrenals could use some rejuvination.
In this healing class I’m going to share with you exactly what causes adrenal fatigue and all the absolutely CRUCIAL ways to address it. In fact, we are going to start actually repairing your adrenals together, right from Day 1!
And luckily, my class starts this fall! Click here to sign up and join in.
3. Eat thyroid and adrenal supportive foods:
What you eat matters.
Click here to print out a list of foods that naturally nurture your adrenals and boost your thyroid!
4. Thyroid supportive supplements:
In addition to consuming thyroid supportive foods as outlined in the printable food list, consider adding on a thyroid boosting supplement.
Grounding, taking thyroid supportive supplements and stopping gut irritation by decreasing or eliminating gluten, sugar and dairy is often enough to make a noticeable change in the need to supplement with thyroid Rx, so be sure to work closely with your in person physician to monitor and adjust (usually decreasing!) your thyroid Rx doses as your body is better supported, your gut heals, and your adrenal glands repair.
Find my very favorite pharmacy grade thyroid supplements in my online dispensary here.