Category Archives: Healthy Living

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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.

 

 

 

Pluggz + vegetables+ gardening.  Could there be a better match??

Pluggz + vegetables+ gardening. Could there be a better match??

 

Think about vegetables and fruit: Many fruits and vegetables contain magnesium, an essential mineral that aids muscle and nerve function; boosts immunity; prevents inflammation; wards off depression and migraines; maintains normal heart rhythm and more

Dark leafy greens, like kale, spinach and beet greens, as well as bananas, avocados, green beans and nuts and seeds are some of the highest sources.

Now let’s think about grounding: Our bodies are very electrical. The Earth is one of the most powerful electrical sources and, because of our stress-filled and busy lives, we often lack electrons, causing an imbalance and a reaction called “static charge,” which can be pretty harmful to our health.

When we connect to the earth, we flood our bodies with electrons, reducing inflammation and making us calmer, happier and more grounded and able to cope. Speaking of inflammation, science is constantly revealing that it’s a cause of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disorders.

Now let’s think about shoes: One of the best ways to connect to the Earth is to walk barefoot, like the caveman did. That’s not always practical these days, though, is it?  Could you just see it—walking into a business meeting barefoot?!

Most shoes today have soles made of synthetic materials, making them insulators, not conductors, interfering with the absorption of electrons, and cutting off any flow of the earth’s energy to the body—but pluggz are different.

Every pair of pluggz grounding and earthing shoes contains soft black plugs made from a proprietary custom-formulated carbon and rubber compound that sit under the weight bearing part of your feet, carefully engineered and designed to simply conduct the flow of the earth’s electrons in to your body every time you take a step on the ground. When this happens, you get grounded effortlessly, your body is flooded with the antioxidant effect and inflammation is reduced.

To learn more about grounding, please watch the following video. Your health will thank you! http://youtu.be/XIuTbPkKx-A.

 

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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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You want a long and healthy life, right?

September is Healthy Aging Month, and that starts with nutrition, more important than ever, given our current world of toxins, depleted soils, processed foods, and chemicals. Eat right and you’ll have clear, glowing skin and eyes; shiny hair; wrinkle and sagging-free skin; healthy weight; good health; and more.

The nutrients in foods give our cells information on how to perform, so if unhealthy eating habits don’t affect you now, they probably will sometime in the future.

WHAT’S A SUPER FOOD?

A super food has an ultra-high nutrient content, and is often known for playing a role in aiding health or the anti-aging process. These foods aren’t anything exotic; in fact, you can find most of them in any supermarket, and they can either be eaten or included in your favorite juices or smoothies.

There are many super foods, but here are just a few suggestions from us at pluggz:

    • Grapefruit

Grapefruit floods the liver, where health really begins, with nutrient-rich juice, keeping that organ in tip-top shape and helping it to burn fat.

    • Pumpkin

Just one cup is packed with Vitamins A and C, minerals, and carotenoids, fiber and phytosterols.

 Combine 100&  pure canned pumpkin with another super food, yogurt, for a powerful snack.

  • Kale

A member of the cabbage family, this vegetable has more iron than beef and is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, meaning that it boosts immunity, fights arthritis, asthma and some autoimmune disorders.

Kale can be steamed, boiled, stir-fried, or eaten raw. Click here for some yummy, easy recipes.

  • Blueberries

One handful gives you vitamins, minerals, flavanoids and antioxidants, boosting immunity, lowering inflammation and aiding in the anti-aging process. Eat them fresh or frozen; there are some very good frozen ones on the market.

If you’re 20-something, you’re probably thinking, “So what’s all this got to do with me?”  Remember, though, our bodies are brilliant machines and they remember everything; in our youth, nothing seems to have much affect, but things like frequent partying, skimping on sleep, eating poorly and getting too much sun exposure, among others, will only get us in our 50s! So it’s never too early to start thinking about it!

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’ve all heard the comments: “40 is the new 20,” or “50 is the new 30,” but some insist that is not so.

“We are in such a youth-oriented society that we’re in denial,” Annabelle Gurwitch, comedienne and author, I See You Made an Effort, told Bill Mahar earlier this year.  Mahar is the host of the television show “Real Time.”

As we age, we have different nutritional, exercise, skincare, supplementation needs, and more, she said noting that, “No one who’s 20 or 30 is going to believe it anyway.”

So accept your age, embrace it, live healthfully, and be vibrant and sexy!

As you take your journey, remember:

  • Eat as healthfully as possible! We all know the Hippocratic Oath, “First do no harm”—but Hippocrates also said “Let food be thy medicine.”That said, fill up on fruits and vegetables. Besides vitamins and minerals, you’ll get loads of antioxidants, substances that destroy free radicals, rogue cells that are responsible for disease and aging—just think of a free radical as human rust.
  •  Incorporate physical activity in daily life. Not everyone loves the gym. That’s okay, but the alternative is NOT to do nothing! Incorporate fitness into daily life; we know someone who makes sure she walks at least 1,000 steps per day and always takes stairs rather than the elevator/escalator. Run, hike, swim, play tennis, garden, etc.
  • Get enough sleep. At least 70 million U.S. adults experience sleep disorders, says the Centers for Disease Control.

Chronic sleep deprivation affects all systems: immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular and everyone should aim for 7.5 or 8.0 hours per night/

  • Take care of your skin. Research shows that skin actually ages itself,” Dr. SteveTsoutsouras once said. “All skin contains an enzyme called Arnox that produces free radicals; everyone has it .He noted that the aging process begins in our 20’s; as we age, cells don’t turnover as fast and skin takes longer to heal. When we don’t take care of our skin, by smoking, excessive drinking, or being thoughtless about your skin care products, it speeds up the aging process even more.

 

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While most people think of New Years Day as a chance for a new start, many REALLY see September as the new beginning. School starts and work gears up. We’re back to our busy lives after those lazy, hazy days of summer.

September is when we’re revitalized, refreshed and determined—and how many times have you heard this? “I’ll finally start/finish that project now!”

With that in mind–compliments of pluggz–are some September resolution ideas:

  • Cook At Home More Often: Good for mind, body, soul and great for the wallet. Since YOU now control what you put in your body, it might see only the freshest, healthiest and most natural foods.
  • Jumpstart Your Day with Nutrition. It doesn’t need to be “typical” breakfast food, but it can also be a green juice, salad, leftover soup, or whatever you want–as long as it’s healthy.
  • Incorporate Fitness Into Your Daily Life: Physical activity enhances mood, controls weight, fights fatigue by carrying nutrients and oxygen to the cells, and even helps promote sleep. Take stairs instead of escalators and elevators; swim; bike; dance; hike or stretch.
  • Get More Sleep: Sleep deprivation leads to exhaustion leads to illness and injury. Experts suggest getting at least 7.5 hours a night.
  • Declutter: Clean house, garage, yard and closets. Get rid of that which no longer serves you.
  • Meditate every day: Even just 10 minutes daily can help!
  • Breathe: As Dr. Andrew Well says on his website: “Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems. To learn some techniques, click here.
  • Practice Self Care: Set aside a little time each day for “just you” and some quiet time. Read a good book, listen to a favorite piece of music, take a long bath, get a massage, hike, etc.
  • Keep a gratitude journal: At the end of each day—no matter how awful that day was–write down 2 or 3 things for which you are grateful; watch your perception change
  • Change your shoes, change your life: Pluggz (grounding) footwear is committed to keeping you well, happy and vibrant! Read this: http://blog.pluggz.com/2013/11/13/change-your-shoes-change-your-life/

Now let’s here from you.  What is your Autumn routine?  How do you get started for the “new year?”

 

 

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!