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The ancients knew and now we, too, are fast becoming well informed about the amazing wellness benefits of getting grounded. Also known as earthing, grounding is the term used when our bodies get in sync with the earth’s natural energies through the flow of stored electrons back in to our bodies. Some of us who thought grounding just referred to taking away privileges from teenagers who blew curfews or pushed our buttons way beyond our patience warranting a tad bit of discipline, grounding in the wellness context has an entirely different and positive meaning. And, it most assuredly would also be beneficial for those who did have to endure that “time out”.

If you studied Earth Science in school, chances are you can recall a few basic facts about the Earth’s surface that you probably haven’t thought about in years, let alone applied to your own health. You may remember that the Earth’s surface is electrically charged but you may not realize that every time you walk on it, you are coming in contact with a constant flow of electrons that your body needs to be in balance and function properly.

Our ancestors naturally took advantage of this earthly healing resource by staying in close constant contact with nature for thousands of years. That is until progress and its attendant modern-day technologies and cultural mores stepped in. Native American Indians first felt the unnatural effects and resultant debilitating diseases of “progress” when they shed their outdoor lifestyles, leather-soled moccasins included, for a sedentary existence indoors. Other cultures followed suit in dress and daily life, transitioning from farms and countrified towns to man-made urban environments and cityscapes at the turn of the 20th century.

More and more, mainstream wellness advocates and everyday consumers who just like to follow trends are singing the praises about the benefits of getting grounded.  Deepka Chopra just posted an informing article along with his new co-authored book with Kimberly Snyder, Radical Beauty lists “grounding” as one of the six pillars of beauty.  Dave Asprey of Biohacked and The Bulletproof Diet fame is including grounding in his soon to be released book Head Strong. Watch for its release next month.

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With all the global changes afoot – over the air waves – and in the news, it sure is a time to get grounded! Extensive research explains why this is a good thing. The Earth is a natural source of electrons and subtle electrical fields – energy that all living things use to thrive.  We know that life itself, when you boil it down, is a flow of electrons. Electrons are essential for the proper functioning of the immune, circulatory and nervous systems, and are also needed for the synchronization of biorhythms and other physiological processes that allow humans to live healthful lives.  Similarly, our bodies are electrical systems. Throughout our evolutionary history, our internal electrical homeostasis has been maintained and regulated by direct bodily contact with the Earth.

Your immune system also functions optimally when your body has an adequate supply of the Earth’s natural energy. When you touch the ground without interference, your body naturally absorbs its electrons. While any body part will do, you’ll get the bigger boost through the soles of your feet.  With more than seven thousand nerve endings in each foot, it’s no surprise that walking in conductive shoes is the best way to recharge your health, effortlessly. Even a quick walk at lunch time in a near by park, or a little patch of grass will do wonders if that is all that time permits.

 

nature and nurture with grounding

Grounding or earthing is all about taking little steps that can make a big difference in your life no matter where you live, work or play. The earth’s gifts abound everywhere, buoying spirits and benefitting bodies by nature’s sheer presence alone. In the past few decades a number of well-researched books by doctors and scientists have made the connection between nature and human health. Recently published new ones are springing up on the shelves at a fast clip. Included in many are the positive effects that just looking at nature can have on depression, immunity, vitality, productivity, creativity, memory and even cognitive functions.

In their book, Your Brain on Nature: The Science of Nature’s Influence on Your Health, Happiness and Vitality Eve Selhub, MD and Alan Logan MD relays that spending just 20 minutes in a vegetation-rich area of nature improves emotional strength, perspective and vitality. A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that people who lived within a half mile of a green space experienced less anxiety and depression than those living farther away. That’s sure sounds like an appealing alternative to taking medications — at least worth a try. And it’s free.

Then there are two studies by Roger Ulrich of the University of Delaware worth citing. His findings reveal that just viewing nature can encourage healing and lowers the amount of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood by 13 percent. A must read are Richard Louv’s works. He expounds on the topic and coined “Nature Deficiency Syndrome.” This phrase says it all.

The healing effects of a natural view are also increasingly being understood in stressful environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, and military sites as well as for people who work in windowless offices – that’s lots of us. Studies reveal that nature is an effective means of relieving stress and improving overall wellbeing. The Japanese call the grounding effect of looking at trees shinrin-yoku, which means “forest bathing”. They actually prescribe this for patients as part of medical care.

Newly published books, including Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder’s book Radical Beauty makes the connection between nature and being grounded as one of their six core pillars and The Nature Fix, by Florence Williams, just now hitting bookstores, shares rich data and findings supporting the outstanding wellness benefits of the outdoors.

It goes without saying that living in the suburbs, near a park or close to the water offers endless opportunities to restore yourself. But even if home is in a concrete jungle or you can’t get outdoors easily from your high-rise office perches in the city, there are steps you can take to get grounded and partake in nature. One of the best things about grounding is that it is accessible almost anywhere, at any place and at any time. Sounds like early tree huggers knew a thing or two!

free-radicals

We’ve all heard the phrase about the best things in life being free. It often is a truism, however, there are times when they are not the best; in fact to the contrary. We are talking about something called FREE RADICALS.

 Free radicals are scavenger molecules that are missing an electron. They can cause cell mutations, damage immune function, and exacerbate wrinkles and aging, and are a contributing cause behind many chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and vision loss. Disease also tend to create free radicals, as does modern living – environmental pollution, poor nutrition. Our bodies are constantly creating free radicals and at an astonishing speed. The antidote to free radicals is the antioxidant. We make some antioxidants naturally and others are traditionally supplied in our diets by eating fruits and vegetables. Environmental influences, among them stress and pollution, have increased our need for antioxidants well beyond what our bodies are capable of producing, and certainly beyond what we eat. Free radicals are ever present in modern lifestyles. We can certainly look to change our diets and lifestyles to avoid encountering these pesky irritants and harmful agents. They none the less are pervasive and will persist.

 There is another and natural solution, however, that helps mitigate against their proliferation – it’s called “grounding”. Also referred to as earthing, grounding is most rapidly accomplished by  getting your feet directly in contact with the earth. This helps restores electrons in to your body. The earth is a natural energy field and in early days people went barefoot as a way of life and then wore pure leather skins as footwear.  No longer do we live in a world where this is a way of life. Synthetic soles shoes also are a culprit in today’s world; they insulate us from the flow of this natural energy called electrons entering our bodies. So, get your barefoot tootsies on the ground whenever you can or wear footwear that is “conductive” and allow for the this amazing life force to enter your bodies and support your well-being.

StellarCleenz

Many civilizations dating back to 4,000B.C. used silver – a precious metal — for a variety of wellness and medical applications. In fact it was considered the primary antimicrobial agent prior to the advent of pharmaceutical antibiotics dating back to the early 1940s. Today, silver – a time-tested and well documented solution to many of life’s daily concerns is being introduced back into our mainstream lives.

Pure silver kills germs, fungi and viruses, as well as inhibits the growth of bacteria that can cause odors, including stinky feet. Pluggz is among those who value this amazing natural element which led them to introduce a new pure silver cloth, called Stellarcleenz, into their pluggzSPA line.

Bacteria and viruses are becoming more pervasive today. And increasing global travel makes it easier for them to be well seasoned travelers. Many chemically based anti-microbial products (a surging market), build up resistance after long and repeated use. And those containing 62% alcohol or ethanol – a common formula – can dry and crack skin and expose bodies to vulnerable gateways into our internal systems. (Moms in particular dislike alcohol based products. Who wants to put what can equal a 120 poof level of alcohol into a kid’s systems? Most say “no way”). In addition, alcohol based sanitizers all note they can be harmful if ingested or get in one’s eyes, as well as being flammable under certain conditions. Silver has none of these warnings.

We are increasingly being introduced to new nutritional ways of living and bombarded with messages that we should care a great deal about our diets. Our skin, however, is the largest organ of absorption into our bodies. What we put on it is as important as what we eat; maybe even more so.

Stellarcleenz are made of 99% pure silver and not Nano particle technology. They are made using an ionic technology in a bath process where pure silver is plated to fibers. It will not wash out. They contain no chemicals or toxins and not only are safe, they are portable and easy to stash anywhere. They are natural and have lasting re-usability making them more economical than many a squirt, pump of a spray, or swipe with a disposable sheet. And they are uniquely multi-purpose — discreet to use in social or business occasions (no more sweaty palms and reluctant clasps with new acquaintances); useable on surfaces and electronic devices; as well as on any parts of the body and skin.

Stellarcleenz have been laboratory tested for over 10,000 wipes without laundering and over 500 washes under scientific protocols without any reduction in the silver’s sanitizing effects. They don’t need to be regularly washed (bacteria does not grow on silver); some nonetheless chose to do more often. You can toss in a washing machine or simply put a dab of soap and rub under a faucet – just use mild soap no bleach in both cases). Stellarcleenz are also useable dry, damp or wet.

Bacteria, fungi and viruses are here to stay and you don’t have to be a germaphobe to be concerned about their potentially compromising effects to want to fend them off. Stellarcleenz provide a stellar solution.