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Pluggz Grounding Footwear

Most of us love that yummy feeling of swishing our bare feet on grass or in sand on the beach. There’s a reason. It’s physiological. The ground has natural energy stored inside called electrons which our bodies need – some crave. When our feet make direct contact with the ground these electrons flow into our body. It’s called grounding — also known as earthing.
Direct contact with the earth is the most direct and natural way to get grounded for sure. Other means are wearing shoes that are what’s called conductive that enable the flow of this energy into the body. And there are conductive products you can plug into inside as well through a simple grounding cord.
When outside in your bare feet watch out for the pitfalls and perils.  Having a clean patch of ground or perfectly manicured beach to walk on is key. And you don’t need to walk either. Just bare feet to the ground so you can see what’s underfoot is all it takes.
Regarding the perils there are many that lurk in public places. These include dog, town and city parks as well as beaches, lake sides and athletic fields. They all can be strewn with harmful and often not visible culprits.  For instance — dog pee and poop or just  residue; beverage can tops, broken bottle pieces, pigeon droppings and even more unsavory items such as condoms and even syringes. In addition to many puncturing your feet and creating a beeline for bacteria to seep into your body, germs and fungi invisible on the surface can have a hey day getting into your system just by coming in contact with your bare skin. Our skin is our largest organ of transfer into our bodies, more so than what we put in our mouths.
So beware the seduction of beckoning nature and its lure. Just watch where you walk when barefoot.

 

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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.

 

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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!

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We first published this blog post in early 2013 but we think it bares repeating. Earthing or grounding as it is commonly known is starting to come to into its own. More and more people are learning about the theraputic effects of grounding or earthing.

According to James Oschman PhD., a recognized expert in the area of energy medicine and its scientific basis, “People have known for a long time that walking barefoot feels good.” We all can attest to that. But walking around barefoot not only feels good it has the added bonus of being beneficial for our bodies, too! How, you ask? Well, because of earthing, also called grounding! But what is earthing. In the simplest of terms, earthing means grounding your body to the Earth.  So what does this mean?

Although the concept of earthing has been around since the ‘60s, earthing is still viewed as a relatively new health discovery according to Clint Ober, a pioneer in the field who coined the term.  Earthing or grounding, creates an electrical connection from the earth to the human body when a person makes direct contact with the ground. This electrical connection increases the number of negatively-charged electrons flowing into our body from the ground when we walk directly on grass, sand, soil, unsealed stone surfaces – even concrete city sidewalks when barefooted – or wearing footwear that is conductive to the earth. Why is this good?  Because of the added healthy benefits that occur with the increase of electrons into the body.

Earthing with pluggz shoesAccording to research studies, one such reported benefit is the reduction of chronic inflammation.  Let us go further. As the scientists explain, when the body suffers from electron deficiency, oxidation occurs.  Oxidation creates positively-charged molecules called free radicals or in other words, damaged cells which can lead to inflammation.  In order to reduce the number of free radicals in the body, we need an increase in the number of negatively-charged electrons. Earthing, or grounding allows us to do this. By earthing or grounding ourselves we are able to increase the number of electrons that flow into our body from the ground up and thereby, decrease the number of free radicals. This helps lower inflammation and creates a positive benefit for our bodies.  Studies also show that other physiological benefits from earthing include a reduction in tension and stress, more energy, more balance and a greater state of over-all overall wellbeing.

So, how can we incorporate the benefits of earthing or grounding into our daily life? For one, we can walk barefoot. By eliminating the barrier from earth to our body, walking barefoot is the best way to experience earthing.  With no barrier, electrons are freely conducted from the ground into our bodies. Great surfaces for earthing or getting grounded, are grass, sand, soil and unsealed tiles/stone, in addition to concrete. Since most of us can’t constantly walk barefoot, and many of us who live in northern climates or in urban areas hardly ever get that chance even on occasion, another way to incorporate earthing into our life is to find shoes that contain grounding technology.  Reality is, however, that most modern shoes today are insulating and keep us from this direct contact with the earth, One company called pluggz now offers footwear embedded with a proprietary technology that is conductive and allows for the flow of free electrons from the earth into the body in every single step and helps ground us. (if this is too sales-y/promotional by mentioning pluggz here just delete our company name). These shoes provide the same benefit as walking barefoot and can be worn anywhere, in any climate and in any geography — from city sidewalks  to the beach.

So what is earthing?  Earthing restores the body’s electrons to a more balanced state thereby increasing healthy benefits to your body and oftentimes to your overall happiness as well.

To find out more information on earthing and grounding and its benefits, or about shoes containing earthing and grounding technology, visit Pluggz.

 

The Doggie Paddle/Swim is something you both can do to keep fit and healthy!

The Doggie Paddle/Swim is something you both can do to keep fit and healthy!

Editor’s Note: Our 4-legged furry friends do so much for our health, so we must do everything we can to keep them fit, healthy and grounded.

Animals now have many similar ailments as humans, such as obesity (according to the Association for Pet Obesity, an estimated 54% of dogs and cats were classified by their veterinarians as obese in 2014), high blood pressure, diabetes, insomnia, anxiety and more.

Colleen Demling offers some expert tips for keeping your furry friend healthy.  Guess what—some ideas you’ll even be able to do together!

BY COLLEEN DEMLING

As a dog owner, the owner of a dog training company,  and someone who is very focused on health and fitness, I know that the cost of taking care of your fury friend can be high, but much of that is often for emergency care.

I also know that research is constantly revealing ways animals can boost immunity, lower blood pressure, ease stress, and more for humans.

Just as with humans, focus on wellness and prevention. Here are some tips for keeping your furry friend (and maybe you, too) healthy and fit.

  • Talk To Your Veterinarian

While most dogs need 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day, just like us, no one form of workout is right for every dog so talk to your veterinarian before starting their exercise regimen. Make sure your vet educates you on the signs of exhaustion or overheating. If your pooch pants excessively or hyperventilates, if his tongue and gums turn brick red, or if he can’t keep up and stands or lies listlessly, stop exercising and seek immediate veterinary care. These may be signs of a heat stroke, which is potentially fatal.

  • Doggie Paddle With Your Pooch

Not only is swimming fun and a great work out for both of you, its great for dogs with arthritis as well as dogs with short noses that are not efficient for breathing. Taking a dip in the cool water can help overcome heat exhaustion that’s caused by exertion.

  • Interval Walking and Jogging

Dog owners walk an average of 300 minutes per week, whereas people without dogs walk about 168 minutes. Take longer walks a day and if your dog is healthy enough, try adding a few sprints in between to boost their metabolism as well yours.

  • Playing Fetch For Your Abs

Tone your tummy while your dog sprints for his favorite fetch toy. Sit on the floor and, as you hold the toy in your hand. come up for a crunch and pretend to throw. Alternate between throwing and faking it and you’ll get a good abdominal workout while your pup works its cardio.

  • Obstacle Course

Creating an obstacle course is great agility and circuit training for both you and your companion. For yourself, set up specific stations like jump rope, hula-hoop, kettle bells, etc. For your dog, set up stations like hurdles, mazes, and sprints.  There are several companies that even specialize in working out with your dog including www.leashyourfitenss.com and www.k9fitclub.com.

  • Puzzles

Just like us, it’s as important to keep mind agile as it is the body. Train your dog to think by teaching them to hunt or play hide and seek with their favorite toys or treats.

  • Nutrition

As hard as it may be to resist those big puppy eyes when they beg, it’s imperative to not feed your dog human food as it can take years off their life. Small, low-activity dogs need only about 185 to 370 calories daily, while a large pooch between 67 to 88 pounds may need between 1,000 to 2,000 calories, depending on activity level and gender. Yet many of our dogs get far more food than they need. More than one-third of U.S. dogs over 1 year old are overweight.  Consult with your veterinarian about your pets diet and what treats are right for them.

ABOUT COLLEEN DEMLING

Colleen Demling, CPDT, CBCC owns, www.pawtopia.com, one of the most successful dog training companies in San Diego. She has been featured numerous times on local and national TV and Radio.

ABOUT PLUGGZ

Pluggz is a footwear brand featuring proprietary grounding technology. Pluggz shoes give people a direct connection to the Earth when they walk on grass, sand, soil and even concrete. To view our complete line, please click here.

 

 

 

 

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Sometimes it’s hard to sleep; in fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimated as recently as 2011 that over 70 million people suffered from sleep disorders.

We’re constantly assaulted by sirens and other street noises and noisy neighbors.

Now, get ready—we’re going into the holidays, so here comes the “monkey brain”—you know, that chatter that that keeps us tossing and turning and worrying about future tasks and deadlines.

Health experts advise us to get at least 7.5 hours of sleep at night. Some people do require more—but there’s no such thing as requiring less sleep. When we sleep, cells replenish and recover.  Without it, all of our body systems suffer. We become more injury-prone, and we hardly make good food choices when we’re tired, often reaching for those high-fat and sugary comfort foods.

Here are a few simple tips to help you get those ZZZs:

  1.  Be sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive.  We spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping so it’s a vital piece of furniture.  And don’t ignore the box spring; a good box spring absorbs shocks and stress.
  2.  Don’t drink water for 2 or 3 hours before bed, or you’ll be up all night. Same with exercise; everyone should incorporate some physical activity into their day, but if it’s just before bed, you might find yourself too alert and energetic to sleep!
  3. Learn meditation or some other relaxation techniques. There was a funny scene in the movie “Eat Pray Love” where Julia Roberts tries to meditate, looks at the clock and sees that only a minute has gone by—at which point she opens her eyes and says “Kill me now!” The more she did, though, the more she could do. Don’t get discouraged. It’s a process.
  4.  Establish little routines for getting ready for bed: Soothing music, a relaxing hot bath; reading; or taking a leisurely walk can calm and get you ready for slumber. Find what works for you.
  1.  Stay grounded!  Wear comfortable, grounding shoes like pluggz, especially when on those marathon-shopping trips. When you’re grounded, you’re making a direct connection with the all-powerful energy-source, Earth.  You’re absorbing all of those positive electrons, giving you a feeling of overall well being and calm. Best of all, pluggz are available for BOTH men and women.

Now we want to hear from you.  What do you do when you have trouble sleeping?

Pluggz is a footwear brand featuring proprietary grounding technology. Pluggz shoes give people a direct connection to the Earth when they walk on grass, sand, soil and even concrete. To view our complete line, please click here.

 

 

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Most of us know pumpkin as the iconic, orange symbol of autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving, but did you know that this fun object is also a super food that soothes body, mind and soul?

How, you ask?

Body: The pumpkin is ultra high in Vitamins C and A, beta-carotene, anti-oxidants and fiber. Most of us know about vitamin C’s cold-prevention properties, but it’s also essential in the production of collagen and, therefore, often found in skin creams to help keep skin tight, bright and wrinkle-free. Vitamin A keeps your eyes healthy. There’s a lot of vitamin A to begin with–just one cup contains more than 200 percent of your RDA—but there’s even more because one of the things beta-carotene does is convert to a form of vitamin A.

Weight loss is aided because fiber keeps us full longer and makes us eat less; immunity is boosted by the beta-carotene; in fact, some studies have shown that it may possibly play a role in preventing some cancers—and, remember, it’s an anti-oxidant and anti-oxidants fight the rogue cells known as free radicals (human rust), those substances known for causing disease and aging!

Mind: Pumpkin seeds are loaded with plant-based phytosterols, which studies reveal might reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.

They keep your moods on an even keel, too, because those seeds are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid, which helps produce serotonin, so essential in mood health.

Soul: Come on, does this really need explanation?

We tend to get even closer to nature in the autumn, what with our jumping, playing and taking leaves. We enjoy those bright gorgeous colors of the beautiful foliage and crisp, blue autumn skies. Halloween brings out our inner child and Thanksgiving is the time when ALL of us think about things for which to be grateful.

Now let’s hear from you. How do pumpkins “feed” your body, mind or soul?  Want to share a favorite recipe, or use?

ABOUT PLUGGZ

Pluggz is a footwear brand featuring proprietary grounding technology. Pluggz shoes give people a direct connection to the Earth when they walk on grass, sand, soil and even concrete. To view our complete line, please click here.

 

 

pluggz-feminine_power1Did you know many behaviors in the business world are associated with women, despite the fact that feminine power is still misunderstood by many, women included?

Even the Dalai Lama recently proclaimed that the world “will be saved by the Western woman.”

It IS pretty easy to misunderstand the concept of feminine power because, for years, it was seen as some kind of weakness, with tears and other outbursts.

It’s really strength, however, that combines inner wisdom, intuition and a need to nurture.

Last year, Gallup revealed in its 2013 State of the American Workplace report that 70 percent of workers are disengaged. Reasons included lack of fulfillment, challenge, and learning/growth.

That doesn’t exactly tap into the feminine power, does it?

Women make great leaders, and that holds true whether they work IN the home, OUT of the home or BOTH.

The Old Girl’s Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man’s World, by Sharon Whiteley (founder and CEO of pluggz), Kathy Elliott and Connie Duckworth,  was written specifically for the woman building a business—but this wonderful advice can be applied to any environment—and to any gender.

It explains that women make good leaders because of their ability to:

  • Multitask: They keep many balls in the air just as easily as they singularly focus.
  • Empathize: Women relate easily to others and nurture when needed.
  • Realistically self-assess: They recognize and understand gaps in their skill set and seek advice when needed.
  • Optimize natural resources: Women can make highly educated decisions by relying on their innate intuition when the facts and data are sparse.
  • Collaborate: They build teams, form partnerships and communities very well, often seemingly without effort.

Now let us hear from you (guys, too!)  What feminine trait do you use most often, and most successfully, in your environment?

 

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We wash, scrub and sanitize—but no one is able to live in a totally bacteria-free environment.  “If you’re breathing, there will always be some bacteria,” said Carol Alt recently on her health show.

We, at pluggz, think you’d be shocked to know that some of the most unlikely places that are full of germs, possibly leading to illness and disease.

For those concerned about chemicals, there are some pretty great organic green products on the market; also keep in mind that many essential oils, like tea tree and clove, have anti-bacterial properties.

Some of the most unpleasant surprises include:

  • Handbags

They have more bacteria than toilets, says Initial Washroom Hygiene. Of all the bags they swabbed, 20 percent had bacteria-related contamination that crossed inside to hand and face creams, lipstick and mascara.

Stick with the leather or vinyl bags, since they tend to be cleaner than cloth.  If you’re in a public restroom, hang your bag on a hook, rather than leaving it on the floor.

  • Shopping cart handles

They’re handled by many people every day, and swabs have revealed saliva, bacteria and more.  What’s more, raw food also carries some pretty nasty pathogens.

A lot of stores now have disinfectant wipes near their carts.  If yours doesn’t, bring your own or use a cart handle cover.

  • Money

This is one of the worst offenders. One paper bill can be handled by dozens of people. Also note that viruses and bacteria live on surfaces for several days.

If you handle money, wash your hands frequently, use disinfectant wipes—and for heaven’s sake, wash those hands before eating!

  • The kitchen sink 

Dirty dishes transfer a lot of bacteria!  Kitchen sinks also often house dirty, sometimes smelly sponges–and that odor is caused by bacteria!

Keep kitchen sink free of dirty dishes, and throw those sponges in the microwave to nuke for 2 minutes to kill bacteria. If that’s not possible, throw them in the washer or just replace them.

  • Bathtub

Kind of ironic, isn’t it? The very place you go to get clean is full of bacteria–even more so than toilets!

Make sure you clean the tub after each bath or shower.

So now we turn to you–what are some of the things you do to stay as bacteria-free as possible?  We’d love to hear!