Category Archives: Healthy Living

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.

 

California-poppies

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!

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.

 

 

conference-2

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!

Continue reading

healthyfood

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.

 

 

 

pets

 

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.

 

 

 

happyhealthyvibrant

“We’re close to another New Year,” says Jim Ryan, founder and president of Jim Ryan Talks, an organization dedicated to the cultivation and development of each individual’s potential for living a life full of joy, fulfillment and success. Jim is also author of Simple Happiness, 52 Easy Ways to Lighten Up.

He continues: “Take steps to make your life better, to accomplish something great. Come up with one thing that you intend to make happen in 2015.”

Need more inspiration?  Following are some excerpts from Jim’s blog:

  • Live with purpose and awareness:  Your life is made of both small and big things. Pay special attention to how you feel in each moment. That awareness will help you live a life of more purpose, with  better choices and better feelings.
  • Release the parking brake of your life. Our limiting beliefs are like a parking brake. Once we rid ourselves of those beliefs that tell us who we can’t be and what we can’t do, watch out—because we’ll start living life full speed ahead.

Many of us live our lives like we’re driving a car with the parking brake on…going through the motions but not really living.

  • Harness the power of your mind. Build a strong belief in yourself. Be determined. Be positive. What is your goal? Make the attainment of that goal your dominant thought. Visualize your achievement often during the day. When the negative thoughts arrive, acknowledge them and maybe even thank them for their service– but quickly turn to the affirmation of your success.
    Check out this short video. Refer to it often. http://bit.ly/kBkwBG
  • Enjoy your own company: “ I crack up laughing whenever I hear someone say ‘I was bored out of my mind. It’s okay to be bored. When we notice ourselves feeling bored, that’s the best time to work on enjoying our own company. It’s time to reflect, plan, dream, to connect with our divine side. Notice when you have nothing pressing to do. Sit for a minute or two and just think. Reflect. Consider what you love about yourself. Consider the many ways in which you are blessed. Be happy with who you are. Check out this video and enjoy one of nature’s beauties: http://bit.ly/lYEPZO.
  • Focus on your accomplishments:  What have you done that you feel good about? Look at everything: family, career, personal, health & fitness, money saved, debt reduced, books read, trips taken, volunteering. List the big things and the little ones. Feel good about what you have achieved. (Editor’s note:  We once knew someone who kept a “Success Log” and whenever she had a particularly difficult day, she’d pull it out to read.  Too often we just focus and beat ourselves up.)

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.

Happy_life   Tis the season: We make all kinds of promises and resolutions for the New Year, then forget about them by mid-February or March, but by just remembering to do a few simple things, we can always feel healthy and happy, with more energy than ever!

Are you guilty of making any of these wellness mistakes?

  • You skimp on sleep: We all have occasional sleepless nights, but when we’re chronically sleep deprived, we increase our susceptibility to illness and injury.  I mean, will you really feel like making that green smoothie after a sleepless night—or will you get the energy anywhere your body craves it, like with an easy-to-reach muffin and coffee? Health experts recommend between 7.5 to 9 hours of shut-eye a night; the exact amount will depend upon your own body, so you may need to experiment.
  •  You skip meals. No, we’re not talking about a nutritional cleansing where you flood your body with nutrients, while keeping the calorie count low. We’re talking about randomly skipping, like when you rush out of the house in the morning without any nutrition at all. In fact, one of the best ways to keep that energy going all day long is to fire up your day with something nutritious, like a green smoothie–and here’s the recipe for the one Dr. Oz and Oprah drink every day.

Here’s what happens when you randomly skip meals: Your body thinks it’s starving so it “protects” you by lowering metabolism. That means you could actually gain weight and you might even overeat at the next one, since the body insists on making up lost calories.

  • You ignore toxins, processed foods and chemicals: Eat whole, fresh foods and keep it clean—meaning no processing or chemicals. In fact, NY Times Best Selling Author, in his book, Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants, Michael Pollan, says we should eat foods our grandmothers would know–and never eat products that have 5 or more ingredients, especially if you can’t say the names.

Read labels and try to use green, environmentally-friendly cleaning products. The healthier and stronger you are, the better you can fight the ill effects of poor air quality.

  • You fight cravings, rather than making them a frenemy.  Bodies are remarkably smart and can give us valuable information, if we let them. For instance, did you know that a salty/crunchy craving can signal anxiety? Did you know that a craving for sugar is often the body’s cry for energy? Once you address with those issues, and “feed them properly, the cravings will be eliminated, your energy will increase and excess weight will release.
  • You don’t get enough physical activity:  Not everyone loves the gym–and bravo, if you do love it!. If you don’t, please do not use it as a reason to do nothing.  If you can’t, or don’t want to, go to the gym, you can hike, swim, play tennis or some other sport that you love, take the stairs rather than the elevator…you get the point.

Physical activity fights fatigue by carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells and helps detoxify the body, by getting rid of toxins, accumulated wastes and poisons. It improves our mood by releasing those natural, feel-good substances, endorphins which help us cope with stress and sleep better.

  • You don’t stay grounded: When you connect to the Earth, you absorb all of those great, positive electrons.  Those electrons keep us in balance, calm us and give us an overall sense of wellbeing.  The best way to do that is to walk barefoot—but that’s not exactly practical in this world, so the next best thing is a good and stylish grounding shoe like pluggz.

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.

 

Blue-Waterfall-Forest-1600x1200

  • Dehydration can be a major cause of headache.  In fact, some estimate that 75 to 80 percent of headaches are caused by not drinking enough water.
  • Water, when combined with sand, is a natural conductive material that will help you connect to that powerful energy source, Earth. You’ll absorb those great electrons that keep you grounded. That’s why you sleep better at the beach—it’s not just because of the fresh air and sound of the waves.
  • Our brain is made up of 85 percent water.  Our bones, 22 percent.
  • We can lose 3 to 4 cups of water a day just by breathing (vapors) sweating and through urination.
  • You can become dehydrated with just a 2 percent loss of water.

Water is pretty to look at, but it’s so much more, affecting every system in our bodies! If you become dehydrated, you’ll also be unbalanced, and those systems won’t be able to function optimally. You’ll be fatigued, moody, lack energy and concentration and can increase the risk of health problems, such as cardiovascular.

How much water should you drink?  A good rule of thumb to start with is to divide your weight by 2—that’s the number of ounces you should drink per day–BUT you also need to look at it on a case-by-case basis; for instance, do you eat primarily vegetables and fruit? They have a high water content, so you may not have to drink as much.  And, yes, there is such a thing as drinking too much water—but more on that in a later post.

So drink up, because:

  • Water boosts energy, leading to more successful exercise: If you’re dehydrated you’ll move slower and be fatigued—not too conducive to exercise, is it?
  • Water makes you look more youthful:  Water removes toxins, so the skin’s clearer; it contracts muscles so the tissue’s plumper.  Some even insist it gives them a glow!
  • Water will give you the ability to handle stress better: You’ll be more focused, more energetic and more clear-headed, able to handle challenges and problems.
  • Water helps your heat function better:  On its website, the American Heart Association said water keeps the body hydrated and helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently.  “If you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard,” added John Batson, M.D, a sports medicine physician with Lowcountry Spine & Sport in Hilton Head Island, S.C., and an American Heart Association volunteer.

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.