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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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How To Prevent Conference Fatigue:  How to stay grounded at your next conference, workshop, or long training.

conference-nametagLong days in chilly hotel rooms where you mingle with strangers (or friends), breathe in air conditioning, and stand for hours on end can be a mix of excitement and fatigue. You often leave these situations sick, tired, hoarse, overwhelmed, giddy, and just feeling a bit all over the place. Your feet often hurt, your digestion system out of whack, and even though you may be buzzing with new ideas, your whole body and mind are often just plain tired.

Here’s how to get through every conference taking with you the positive, but leaving behind the draining feeling, the sore feet, and (hopefully) the post-conference colds!

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medition1Anyone remember that scene from the movie “Eat Pray Love” where Julia Roberts travels to India and, during her first time meditating, she looks up at the clock, sees it only moved a few minutes, and opens her eyes to mutter “Kill me now.”

Well, sometimes it’s like that for us.  We get some of our best thoughts when our minds are quiet enough for us to listen (that’s why ideas often come to us when we’re brushing our teeth, showering or even dreaming), but sometimes this life just overwhelms us, what with bills, looming deadlines, sirens, noisy neighbors and more.

So how do you quiet your mind when you just can’t sit still?  Here are some tips:

1.  First, don’t try to force it.  That only creates stress.  Compare meditation and forcing the quiet mind to this example that we’ve probably all experienced:  You need to get up early, but have insomnia.  You keep looking at the clock and say “if I fall asleep now, I’ll get 4 hours of sleep…if I fall asleep now, I’ll get 3 hours of sleep…and so on.”  Doesn’t work, does it?  Rather, take a walk, daydream, do some yoga, read–and THEN go back to it.

Plus, it’s a major misconception that meditation means having an empty mind.  It doesn’t–but what it means is that meditation is really about keeping your mind active, with only the things on which you want to focus.

2.  Breathe.  Try some relaxation breathing techniques. Breathing is one of the best ways to calm the mind, relax and reduce anxiety; in fact, when we’re stressed and anxious, we tend to have shallow breathing.  One of the best breathing techniques is from Dr. Andrew Weil and is called the 4-7-8 breath.  For instructions, click here.

3.  Practice Gratitude.  We know, we know, you’re probably saying “Been there, done that.”  But here’s the point:  You just don’t want to focus on the difficulties of your day, and even the worst one has at least one or two good things about it.  Focus on the positive. And get specific “I appreciate so-and-so because…”

4.  Write it down.  Some people refer to it as “Evening Papers” or “Morning Papers.”  The idea is that they write down every single thing that has them worried, concerned or anxious–then they throw out the paper to make room in the mind for the positive.  You might want to develop your own scheduled “papers,” to coincide with your mediation.

5.  Connect with Nature.  This circles back to our earlier comment about taking a walk.  Or maybe just sit in a park or outdoor area–barefoot, and with your feet on the ground. Try to do it barefoot, so you connect with the Earth, which is one of the most powerful energy sources.  When you connect, you absorb all the Earth’s positive electrons–and that puts you in balance, gives you an overall sense of well-being and helps you stay grounded.  We call it “Vitamin EL.”

 

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.

 

 

 

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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Wouldn’t it be great to shine and feel and look great all the time?

Here’s the good news.  You can, just by adding certain foods to your daily diet.  Here are some of the foods to nourish, cleanse, detoxify–and ground!

1.    Grapefruit

Grapefruit supports the liver by flooding it with nutrient-rich juice, and that’s important, because the liver’s a vital organ, especially when it comes to removing toxins. You need to keep it in tip-top shape.

Grapefruit is also highly alkalizing. That’s important because, while disease and aging thrive in an acidic environment, it never does in an alkaline one.  That means you want keep your blood PH  on the alkaline side.

If you need more:  Grapefruit is effective for weight loss, because it helps the liver burn fat.

2.    Lemon

Many think of it as acid, probably because it’s a citrus. Once metabolized, however, it becomes alkaline.  Drink a glass of water with fresh lemon and you’ll support digestion and boost immunity, because you’ll send vitamin C to your defense cells.  Some also believe lemon is calming and increases concentration and alertness.

3.    Kale

With more iron than beef, kale is a nutritional powerhouse, packed  vitamins and other nutrients. It boosts immunity, fights arthritis, asthma and aids some autoimmune disorders.

Since kale contains sulphur and fiber, it’s also a great detoxifier.

4.    Water

Water’s not really a food,although some do insist that bottled water is a food.  Never-the-less, don’t ever underestimate it.

Some facts about water and dehydration:

1. 85 percent of all headaches are caused by dehydration?

2. The body is made up of at least 75% water. Water flushes toxins, increases metabolism and energy; it also contributes to youthfulness, because it plumps skin and muscles and decreases sagging.

Water has been found to aid heart health. A study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drank more than five glasses of water a day were 41 percent less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.

5.     Avocado

Avocado is packed with vitamin E, a natural antioxidant (often found in skin cremes) that supports everything from the brain to the heart and from the respiratory to circulatory systems.

Avocados also contains nearly 20 other vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, such as potassium, magnesium, folic acid, vitamins B6 and C and fiber.

 

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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The immune system is probably the most important one in the body, because it influences the entire body.  It’s the defense force, fighting, and stopping, those invaders both within and without the body.

Keep your immune system in tip top share. The better it works, the better the body will cope with all the toxicity it will come across—and vice versa, because the lighter the toxic load, the better your immune system will work.

Here are some common things that weaken it.

  • Allergies: These are really a malfunction of the immune system because the body will see everything as a potential enemy and attack it. The immune system will keep working and working, which eventually results in a weakening and even more allergies.
  • Stress:  Whether the threat is real or imagined, the physiological reaction will always be the same, including increased cortisol and adrenaline, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and inflammation. You’ll also experience sleep deprivation, possible weight gain, and hair loss (or gain, in places you don’t want it, like the face). Practice stress management techniques, including meditation, breathing exercises and self-care like massages.
  • Processed foods: Today’s fast-food mentality includes packaged “convenience” foods that are often laden with sugar, salt, fat and chemicals. A healthy diet should include plenty vegetables and fruit; nuts, seeds; some spices like turmeric and cinnamon; and herbs, such as parsley and garlic.
  • Sleep deprivation:  A few years back, the Archives of Internal Medicine conducted a small, contained study.  They gave 153 people the rhino (common cold) virus by nose and those who got less than 7 hours were 300 percent more susceptible to getting a cold.
  • Alcohol.  Although some studies reveal that moderate alcohol intake can actually aid the immune system, alcohol overall has detrimental effect on health, including the brain and cardio system.
  • Lack of exercise. It enhancesmoods, by releasing those natural feel-good hormones, endorphins, which also promotes better sleep. Exercise carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells and helps detoxify the body, by eliminating toxins, accumulated wastes and poisons.

 

 

 

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On his website is one of the many articles on the health benefits of pet ownership, Dr. Andrew Weil says that bonding with your pet is one of the 10 steps to having a better life. “ Studies have shown that pet owners, particularly the elderly, have lower blood pressure, are less likely to be depressed and have higher self-esteem than people who don’t have pets, “says Dr. Weil, adding that, “Among the more tangible rewards: A 1999 study in New York, Missouri and Texas found that medication costs dropped in nursing homes that allowed pets. In another study, 70 percent of the families surveyed reported an increase in happiness and fun as a result of acquiring a pet. In 2000, the American Heart Association’s study of stockbrokers found that those who had the companionship of a dog or cat experienced a calming of the “stress response” that can contribute to high blood pressure. After learning the results of the study, many of the pet-less stockbrokers decided to invest in a pet of their own.”

In a nutshell, pets:

  • Give us a sense of connectedness, purpose and responsibility, no matter what our age.
  • Boost our moods: They make us smile and laugh, which protects the heart, relaxes and calms us, and releases those natural feel-good substances, endorphins.
  • Give us a hefty boost of the “love hormone” oxytocin. Just looking at them can give us a dose of that stress-relieving hormone, making us bond even more. If you question the power of oxytocin, it’s been associated with pain relief to acting as an antidepressant.
  • Make us exercise and play.
  • Pets are great listeners, and they’re a captive audience. According to the American Humane Society, almost 50% of pet owners say they they sometimes talk to their pet—and 80% of those people claims the animal responds with sounds, facial expressions, or body language.

We’d love to hear, so please tell us how you bond with your cat, dog, horse or other pet.

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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We know, we know!  We write about sleep a lot.  That’s because it’s so important!

We all know it’s recommended that we all get between 7.0 and 8.0 hours of shut-eye at night. We all know that without adequate sleep, we’re more prone to injury, experience lack of focus and moodiness. We might even gain weight, since sleep is associated with several hormones directly related to appetite and energy.  Come on—we all do it—we’ll go for anything within easy that offers the body energy—seriously, are you really going to feel like making a healthy meal when you’re so tired?

But we also know it’s easier said than done. A lot can stand in our way—racing minds, worry, sirens, noisy neighbors—you name it.  But here are some simple things that may help you.

  • Don’t minimize the importance of a good mattress and box spring. We do spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed, so a good mattress is a vital.  So is the box spring, Even though we can’t see it, it has a big job, absorbing shocks and stress.
  • Don’t drink water right before bed, or you’ll be up all night running to the bathroom.
  • Incorporate some self care techniques, such meditation, soothing music, a relaxing hot bath; reading, doing some gentle stretching, etc.  Do NOT use the bedroom to watch television, eat or do any other non-sleep activities.
  • Invest in one of those “white noise boxes.”  They do exactly what it says—create white noise.
  • Play some soothing tapes, such as those with sounds of tweeting birds, rushing water, etc.
  • Turn off those electronics, like cell phones, beeping computers, radios, etc.
  • Write a “Nite Nite” paper–jot down every single thing that has you worried, annoyed or distracted in some way.  Then throw out the paper! The idea is you’ve just cleared your mind to make room for a peaceful sleep.

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.