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Earth Day is held every April 22.  It’s the day we honor our Earth. Events take place around the globe to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

You may be thinking, “That’s great–but it doesn’t have much to do with me.”  Yes, it does–the Earth is the most powerful energy source and when you connect, whether walking barefoot or wearing a grounding shoe, you soak up all those great electrons–and that has enormous health benefits to you.

Click here to watch a movie about grounding.

 

 

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With an emphasis on the mind-body-spirit connection, Pilates  (originally called Contrology) is a system of exercise focused on improving flexibility, strength, and body awareness, with controlled movements, muscle strength, spinal alignment and deep breathing.

Pilates, which can be done either with special machines or on the floor, concentrates on the core muscles—the “girdle” around the abdomen and pelvis, as well as lower back, hips and thigh.

“Pilates is inherently grounding, says Award-Winning Master Pilates Instructor, Lynda Lippin, “because it brings you right into your breath, your spine, your core abdominal muscles, and your feet from the very beginning of the Footwork, and then forces a powerful focus on core and breath control in the Hundred (series).  By the end of a Pilates workout, which generally ends with standing exercises, you cannot help but be more grounded in every sense of the word.” Lynda’s clients are mostly highly stressed professionals and working parents who have significant injuries and need to bring their lives into balance.

The former philosophy and women’s studies teacher, Lippin is also a Usui Reiki Master and Kettlebell/TRX Specialist. She has her own private clientele and teaches at Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates, a studio recently named by WCBS-TV as one of “the five best Pilates studios in New York City.”

Grounding, or Earthing, is often associated with walking barefoot. It helps us soak up all the electrons from the Earth, calming us and giving us an overall sense of well being.  Grounding helps reduce inflammation, a cause of many diseases, and aids the circulatory, cardio and immune systems, as Dr.Stephen Sinatra recently discussed with Dr. Joseph Mercola. While it’s usually not practical to walk barefoot in these modern times, a good alternative is an Earthing shoe like pluggz.

 

 

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We agree!  You want pluggz for:

  • Fashion

Have you seen the pluggz footwear line? They include the most adorable ballet flats or loafers, with full-grain leather, suede, flannel or linen.  Some have patent leather toecaps. And the ballet flats?  They’re feminine and upscale–with just the right amount of “toe cleavage” to accentuate your legs.

  • Comfort

Whether you go for the ballet flats or loafers, all pluggz footwear has an insole that is moisture wicking and antimicrobial.  These insoles feature memory foam, under the heel and arch of the foot, for added comfort and support,

The heels all have the “trampoline effect,” a cut-out in the middle of the heel that adds extra comfort for the foot while supporting the ankle joint, maintaining a neutral position for the ankle joint and creating foundation for the entire body.  As a result of this design, there is no need for a shank, which further lightens the weight of the shoe and increases overall softness and flexibility.

  • Health Benefits

Have you heard of earthing, or grounding?

Here’s the theory: The Earth is a powerful, natural energy source. When we walk barefoot, we absorb the Earth’s energy through our feet in the form of electrons. This reduces the buildup of protons in our bodies, bringing us into balance.  Walking barefoot allows us to become grounded on a daily basis. Grounding is good for our bodies and makes us feel incredible.

Our ancestors walked barefoot; ever notice how slim and healthy-looking they were?  Well, we can’t do that because our lifestyles require us to wear footwear almost everywhere we go, and the soles of most modern shoes are made of rubber and plastic, which completely insulate us from the Earth beneath our feet.

Pluggz to the rescue!

Pluggz footwear offers us the comfort of a modern rubber sole with the unique addition of a carbon and rubber plug that ensures contact between our feet and the Earth’s surface.  This technology makes wearing pluggz the equivalent to walking barefoot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s often said that savasana —corpse, or final resting pose—is the most difficult yoga pose to master. That’s the time when we let go of our breathing, set our mind free and absorb all the goodness of the poses. Both our energy and vibration rises. We take action, have confidence and determination.

That’s exactly what happens when we meditate, even for 10 or 15 minutes a day. We shake the gunk out of our minds. We focus and set priorities; after all, most of the time we just don’t pay attention to those little internal messages that can give us so much valuable information.

Deepak Chopra explains that, although many think the purpose of meditation is to tune OUT, the real purpose is actually to tune IN—to find that inner peace, to find the space between the thoughts.

  1.  We experience mindfulness.  Most of the time we get so caught up in our busy lives that we neglect to pay attention to just what makes us happy or unhappy.  We forget to be grateful of any good things that happen to us.  We tend to ignore challenge and problems, rather than thinking them through to a solution.
  2. Improved mental clarity.  Empty the clutter and chatter, clear the overwhelm and you can set your intentions and explore your goals.
  3. Better Health.  Time after time, studies have shown that meditation can reduce stress and decrease anxiety—which aids sleep, one of the building blocks of health; in fact, chronic sleep deprivation leads to lower immunity, lack of focus, injury—and a host of challenges.
  4. Little things don’t bother you as much. When you’re stressed, little things seem like big things—and big things seem almost insurmountable. Since meditation helps us find that inner peace, we’re much more able detach and focus on the present, rather than the past or future.

EssentialOilsEver notice how much calmer and more peaceful you feel after walking through a field of lavender–or how much cooler and more comfortable you feel in the sweltering heat when you drink some water with freshly cut mint?

THAT’s the power of essential oils. They are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants and have been used throughout history by many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits; in fact, ancient Egyptians used essential oils to improve both physical and emotional health—and now, more and more, they’re being used in alternative health practices.

Essential oils are remarkable in the versatility of their benefits. For example, they are widely used in aromatherapy to achieve varying physical effects — certain oils stimulate, while others relax and ease tension. Essential oils are also used to improve cleanliness; that is, releasing essential oils into the air removes bad smells and certain airborne pathogens. When added to laundry and surface cleaners, essential oils improve cleaning and purifying ability. At massage and beauty parlors, essential oils are rubbed into a person’s skin, with numerous positive health effects; the person becomes calmer, his or her emotional and physical well-being are restored, the skin quality is improved at the area of application, and the oils are absorbed into the bloodstream and travel through the person’s internals, where they act as a disinfectant. Certain essential oils are even used as dietary supplements, as many oils have powerful antioxidant properties, For instance, Clove Oil makes a great painkiller, so rub some on a sore tooth.  Use citrus oils, known for boosting focus and promoting a positive attitude, to make “lemonade” or to use as marinades. Just please be sure the label clearly states “can be ingested!”

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Using food as a reward can ultimately teach your kid some pretty bad habits.  Instead of learning lifestyle and stress management techniques, which they’ll definitely need as adults, they’ll just turn to food to comfort themselves. And let’s face it—almost every day we need to navigate difficult people and situations, and you want them to become happy, healthy and successful grown-ups.

Also keep in mind that if you only bribe your child to eat healthfully—“if you eat your broccoli you can have ice cream after”– it may actually do the opposite of what you want to achieve. They’ll never be encouraged to develop a taste for vegetables or fruit, so they might go for the sugary items first and just bypass the healthy.

 

Here are some suggestions from us on alternative ways to reward your child:

  • Give them some positive reinforcement.  They really want reassurance, love and attention—a hug, high-five, cute note—even a positive statement works.
  • Spend some time with them outdoors.  A family hike, a walk with the dog, a bike ride, etc. will help give kids a positive association with exercise.
  • Help them explore and validate their feelings. Remember, they have their frustrations and tough days, too. Don’t judge, just let them talk it out—and that talking just might lead to a solution.  What a valuable lesson for adulthood!
  • Teach your kids about healthy nutrition.  When they’re stressed, they need nutrients more than ever—not sugar and fat, which can only make the problem worse.
  • Let them get involved with food preparation.  No knives or sharp objects please!  However, this is a place where you all can bond, and it will develop a natural curiosity about food—so keep it healthy!
  • Read with them:  It creates a love for reading and stimulates the imagination.
  • Create a sense of community:  Maybe let them invite some friends over for little celebrations.  It will teach them the importance of connection!

 

Welcome to this week’s theme from pluggz:  Wellness as a family affair!

Ever wonder why you gained some weight when your diet didn’t change in the slightest?  That’s because you absorbed the energy from someone else, whether that person was stressed, depressed, sad, happy, etc.

You know, you can even pick it up in a shopping mall, just by being around other shoppers.

AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHY WELLNESS SHOULD BE A FAMILY AFFAIR

pluggz wellness family   It’s often said, “You don’t learn it from strangers.”

Family members exert a powerful influence over each other, and it often goes without notice even when it’s obvious, such as an overweight and inactive kid or a child who picks up a parent’s smoking habit or a tendency toward reckless driving. And all parents, men and women, have experienced the weight gain that comes with having a baby, with regular feedings and encouraging the child to eat.

And it’s a time-honored tradition—but a not-so-healthy one—to use food as a punishment or reward for the child!

So whatever you’re feeling or doing, chances are your kids will, too—and that goes for the pets, too, especially now that they are more and more seen as part of the family; they have many of the same lifestyle-based diseases as us, and their obesity rates have gone through the roof By the way, one veterinarian once said that if someone comes in with an overweight animal, the first thing he does is look at the owner!  Kind of says it all, doesn’t it?

Fun foods, staying active, playing outside, healthy snacks and more—these are all things that will help  increase fitness, decrease obesity-related health problems and keep every healthy in mind, body and spirit.

 

 

And you don’t usually learn that from strangers, either—and we are, after all, raising the next generation of adults.

Happy_lifeEver wonder why we feel so good when walk barefoot on the grass or plant our feet in the sand? Notice that we seem to sleep so well at the beach? This is scientifically proven:  when our bodies make direct contact with the ground, this allows for the flow of the earth’s beneficial and free energy, called electrons, in to our bodies. We soak up the positive, let go of the negative—and our entire well being is affected (in a good way).

That got us thinking even more at pluggz—why do some people always seem calm and happy, no matter what the universe dishes out?

And notice that there seems to be a direct correlation between fulfilling and happy???

YOU can be one of those people, too!  Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Give yourself a little time off, even if it’s just 5 minutes:  Do something you love, whether it gardening, playing or just strolling.
  • Take care of YOU: a hot bath, a massage, a good book—these can all give you “quiet time” where you just focus on you.
  • Don’t gobble your food. This one’s a toughie, since our fast food culture seems to condone us eating on the run.  But enjoy, taste and smell—your digestion will be glad you did—and you’ll end up being a lot calmer and focused.
  • Feeling anxious?  Just breathe!  Calm down by taking a few deep breaths and exhaling.
  • Reach out and re-connect with someone: The Internet makes it easier than ever to find people whom you haven’t seen in years.  Not only does it “complete your story,” but you’ll start to remember some very joyous (and humorous) memories—things you haven’t thought of in years.
  • Practice Gratitude: This seems to be said time and again, but with good reason—it helps us focus on the positive, not the negative.  Even the worst day has a few bright spots, so every night, make a list of at least 3 things for which you are grateful.

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“Today, I behold all the abundance that surrounds me” –Deepak Chopra

Grounding, also known as Earthing, has been around for thousands of years; in fact, our ancestors walked barefoot just so they could stay connected to the earth.  Now, it’s getting a lot of attention again by health and wellness experts – and that’s the concept behind the Pluggz shoe.

Simply, the earth is one of the most powerful energy sources.  When our bodies make direct contact with the ground, we absorb the earth’s beneficial and natural energy, called electrons, allowing us to absorb the positive and let go of the negative.  Our entire physiology is affected and we become calmer, more peaceful, happier, and healthier.

THE EARTH RESTORES US AND HEALS US

According to some, their most powerful inner work is done just laying on a big rock in the sun, completely alone, being contemplative and receiving guidance—and when you stay away from nature for too long you cease to hear that voice.

“A few years ago I got the flu and as I lay in bed, I could hear that one of the reasons I got sick is that I need to adjust my work-life balance even more, that I am not getting out in nature enough, that I need to do it nearly every day,” says Business and Executive Coach Nina Cherry who takes women on nature retreats  “I need to balance what I receive from nature with the immense amount of energy that I put out to my clients, my grown children, and my community–as many professional women do.”

As a result, she loves to hike by herself to get into communion with Nature and Spirit—at power spots like the top of the 10,000 ft. dormant volcano on Maui, “ but you don’t have to go to such an exotic place, just remember how healing the earth can be.”

Nina also conducts retreats in Maui to help women reconnect with nature, empower themselves–and do deep transformative work, many times resulting in their making important lifestyle changes for their continued health and well-being.

 

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At Pluggz, we’re all about health and well being.  And connecting to the earth.  There are so many dietary theories out there, whether its to lose weight, gain weight, lower cholesterol, live a long and healthy life, boost immunity, increase energy, etc.

There really is no “one size fits all” diet.  You do need to listen to your body!

But whatever your diet is, the majority of your plate should always be vegetables and fruit—and that plate should always be colorful!

Here’s why: Each color in a fruit or vegetable has different vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients—and that means more health benefits for you.

Here’s a breakdown of what it all means:

  • Red colors:  strawberries, tomatoes and apples have been reported to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  Strawberries, like any berry, are loaded with antioxidants.  Tomatoes contain lycopene.
  • Greens, such as spinach, kale, collards, broccoli, asparagus, dandelions: These are considered a super food, which means they have an ultra high nutrient value. Greens have been reported to do everything from lessening depression to aiding immunity, fighting aging and more.
  • Oranges and yellows:  Oranges and lemons are packed with vitamin C, and that promotes collagen formation. They also work well with magnesium and calcium to bring you healthy joints and bone health.

NOTE:  Many think of lemon as an acidic, it becomes highly alkaline once metabolized.  You should know that because disease and aging thrive in an acidic environment—but not in alkaline. Thinking about it, though—most vegetables and fruits are alkaline!

  • Eggplant, grapes, blackberries, blueberries and other blues and purples. Contain vitamin C, fiber, lutein and reversatrol  to boost immunity, fight inflammation (so responsible for many diseases) and even improve mineral absorption.
  • Parsnips, bananas, mushrooms, potatoes and other whites: These phytonutrients increase immunity, balance hormones, decrease the risk of some cancers.