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Woman getting grounded
Oct

12

We all know autumn leaves can be a sight to behold and there are those of us who even revel in that first coating of frost and the chance to wear our new fall garb. There’s another reason, and every bit as important; the outdoors has treasures to tap into and nourish our bodies as well. Nature and the earth right beneath our feet — all free for the taking — can replenish your energy and revitalize your soul and soles.

In his much acclaimed work, Richard Louv, author of numerous books and the originator of the phrase “Nature Deficit Disorder”, speaks convincingly about the benefits of the outdoors and the loss of modern society’s connection to the scientifically proven health benefits of nature and absorbing the incredible birthright that exists in the greenery around us, and yes, the ground beneath your feet. Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix also speaks glowingly on the topic.

We call it “Vitamin Ground”
Grounding, also called Earthing, is our story. Two new studies just published in Pub Med join the over 20 scientific papers on the outstanding benefits of getting grounded. Pluggz, of course, wants you to also feel pretty, another wellness benefit, so we continue to feature super comfy and fashionable shoes so you can be an insider while being an outsider.

Pluggz Grounding Footwear
Jun

28

You may nostalgically remember hearing the saying, “Mother knows best.” You may have even heard it from your own mother as she was sharing her pearls of wisdom, half-listened as you rolled your eyes, and even silently snickered. But you might want to pay more attention now.  When it comes to a range of ailments, both conditions and even chronic diseases, Mother Nature can in fact help; that long-standing adage still holds true. And we’re not surprised, given the ills that await when we disconnect from the earth’s natural healing energy. As varied as the conditions are, at the very heart of many of them is chronic inflammation.
Different from acute inflammation – the body’s proactive healing response to infections, wounds and tissue damage, chronic inflammation means long-term inflammation, an unnatural unfocused assault on your healthy cells and tissues. It can persist for several months — even years. This type of inflammation does not look like that swollen knee you got after a hard run, or that egg-sized bump on your head after a bad fall. You can’t feel it or be tested for it. It is a silent enemy that lurks unseen inside your body. Left to run amok, it may eventually cause several conditions and diseases, too, including some cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, periodontitis, allergies and mood swings. There are literally hundreds of illnesses caused by inflammation and numerous more autoimmune diseases that trigger bad-for-your-body chronic inflammatory responses. We’ve included some of the most common conditions associated with inflammation and noted many others.  Grounding is one of the best natural inflammation fighters there is, so it just might be the right therapeutic step for anyone dealing with any of the following diseases.
Allergies – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year, with associated medical expenses exceeding $18 billion each year. And the numbers keep growing. All allergies involve inflammation. Back Pain – It can start with heavy lifting, a fender bender, an accidental fall, an age-related condition, or any number of other everyday causes – and 80% of us will experience some form of back pain at least once in our lives. Currently back pain is one of the most common reasons for medical attention in the United States, with problems often found in the muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments, discs or an underlying organ like the kidneys. Then there is Diabetes — the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. More than 29 million people in America have diabetes – that’s about one out of every eleven people – with 86 million more considered prediabetic.  Worldwide, it afflicts more than 380 million people, and the World Health Organization estimates that by 2030, the number of people living with diabetes will more than double.  Those numbers are staggering, especially because this life-altering disease affects the whole body and can have serious complications.  Eczema – an inflammation of the skin, is a common condition that affects people of all ages and races. It typically causes itchiness, discomfort and a dry, scaly rash that can improve over time or remain chronic throughout a person’s life. And one condition that affects many of us is Fatigue. Being tired, short tempered and unfocused from a lack of sleep is one thing, but fatigue is a different animal altogether. Fatigue is often a more chronic, long-term condition than sleepiness is and is usually linked to a more serious medical problem. If you feel a lack of motivation and energy and constantly look forward to crawling back in bed with the covers pulled over your head, then you might be experiencing true fatigue. Medical researchers agree that fatigue remedies that address inflammation are key to getting your energy back. These include natural and lifestyle therapies involving nutrition, stress reduction techniques, exercise, lifestyle changes and of course we prescribe, grounding.

Other diseases and conditions are every bit as pervasive and as disruptive to wellbeing – many even more so.  They include Heart Disease, hands down the leading cause of death in the United States. The diagnosis of heart disease refers to several types, the most common is coronary artery disease or atherosclerosis – a disease whereby plaque builds up inside arteries causing them to become narrow or locked, ultimately impeding blood flow. Stress –  loosely defined as any reaction to a physical, mental or emotional stimulus that upsets the body’s natural balance. We are born hard-wired to handle some stress say researchers, pointing out that it is critical for the survival of living beings. But in today’s high–tech world, where time is money and there is hardly a nanosecond to stop, stress has not only become endemic, it has become an epidemic. Then there is Insomnia which Arianna Huffington explains in her book, The Sleep Revolution, as “the new smoking”. We agree wholeheartedly. Rubin Naiman, sleep specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, points to research Scientists have found that people suffering from sleep disorders don’t get cool enough at night because they’re inflamed”. “Go outside during the day and disconnect,” he advises, explaining that one of the main reasons for insomnia is hyperarousal. “We live in an age of velocity, speeding through our days, speaking faster than ever and even watching TV programs paced to race. The antidote is humility.”Humility?  Interestingly, as many linguists know, comes from the word “hummus” which means soil. So taken literally, humility means coming down to the ground, and reconnecting with the pace of nature, which goes and slows, enjoying a built-in respite from the rhythm of the day.
While we have covered some common conditions and diseases here, there are so many others. Grounding is beneficial for everyone’s well-being, health as well as disease prevention and treatment in many cases. Even if you are in the best of shape, free of any ailment or condition, and feeling on top of the world, grounding will be an extra contributor to your life. If you have found grounding practices as helpful as we have, please let us know how it specifically it has benefited you. We at pluggz would love to hear your stories so just email us at customercare@pluggz.com.

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.

 

free-radicals

We’ve all heard the phrase about the best things in life being free. It often is a truism, however, there are times when they are not the best; in fact to the contrary. We are talking about something called FREE RADICALS.

 Free radicals are scavenger molecules that are missing an electron. They can cause cell mutations, damage immune function, and exacerbate wrinkles and aging, and are a contributing cause behind many chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and vision loss. Disease also tend to create free radicals, as does modern living – environmental pollution, poor nutrition. Our bodies are constantly creating free radicals and at an astonishing speed. The antidote to free radicals is the antioxidant. We make some antioxidants naturally and others are traditionally supplied in our diets by eating fruits and vegetables. Environmental influences, among them stress and pollution, have increased our need for antioxidants well beyond what our bodies are capable of producing, and certainly beyond what we eat. Free radicals are ever present in modern lifestyles. We can certainly look to change our diets and lifestyles to avoid encountering these pesky irritants and harmful agents. They none the less are pervasive and will persist.

 There is another and natural solution, however, that helps mitigate against their proliferation – it’s called “grounding”. Also referred to as earthing, grounding is most rapidly accomplished by  getting your feet directly in contact with the earth. This helps restores electrons in to your body. The earth is a natural energy field and in early days people went barefoot as a way of life and then wore pure leather skins as footwear.  No longer do we live in a world where this is a way of life. Synthetic soles shoes also are a culprit in today’s world; they insulate us from the flow of this natural energy called electrons entering our bodies. So, get your barefoot tootsies on the ground whenever you can or wear footwear that is “conductive” and allow for the this amazing life force to enter your bodies and support your well-being.

grounded flip flop

Lady and the Tramp: A Grounded Take

Some of you may not remember this film, or may have never even seen it, but the name lingered on. Definitely catchy. In our world at pluggz, we have become very fond of this phrase. We are of course speaking about the classic Lady and the Tramp, but in the world of grounding shoes, tramp is abbreviated for trampoline, as in our trampoline heel. This is a core feature in our grounding shoes, also called earthing shoes. So what’s this all about?

Trampoline heel groundedThe trampoline heel is actually an original, well-engineered classic heel design. Over the years many shoes have been constructed boasting new and elaborate technologies and special exclusive features. We’ve gone the other way, back in time, however. We believe that tried and true “classics” are good – and always “in”. The custom designed cut-out in the bottom of all pluggz grounding ballet flats (also called earthing ballet flats) allows the heel bone — the calcaneus bone — to stay centered because of the soft spot in the center of the heel. This cut-out has a “trampoline effect” and offers cushioning during one’s heel strike and takes weight away, rather than adds to the load of solid rubber. This also makes our shoes more comfortable to wear.

The sole in all pluggz grounding shoes and earthing shoes made with this heel design is that they have the benefits of a wedge since the medial side/inside of the sole is filled-in, while keeping the look of a heel on the lateral/outside of the shoe. This helps support the foot and keeps it more stable. As a result of this design detail, there is no need for what’s called a shank and this keeps the shoe lighter and softer.

The simple version is, the trampoline heel designed in all pluggz shoes makes for a “light step” while supporting your heel bone at the same time. Some have shared with us this has also made a huge difference in how they stand (now straighter up without leaning to one side). Others have reported the reduction of full absence of back pain they used to have when wearing other shoes.

Further on the classic old news front is even what is more special about pluggz shoes. (We were saving best for last). In fact it goes back to ancient times, when man and woman first set foot on earth. It’s called grounding or earthing. What this is all about is quite simple to understand. It is also scientifically substantiated in numerous studies as well. The earth is an electrical body and has potent natural energy inside it in the form of electrons.

Our bodies, too, are electrical fields, and we were meant to have the flow of this natural energy in to our bodies when we first came on this earth to have a normalized body state.  This happened when we went barefoot much of the time and also wore leather skinned soles on our shoes. We don’t do either much anymore.

Over many centuries leading to the advent of modern times, most of us have lost this direct and constant connection to the earth. As a result, we are not getting this revitalizing energy in to our bodies. Put in other terms, we are “electron deficient”. So what, you say? Well, the so what is, this is not great for your body. Existing reports show that being more electronically balanced — which happens when you get grounded, helps recue inflammation, lower stress, increase circulation, boost vitality, make you more balanced – even happier. Who wouldn’t settle for some of this, let alone all?

So, here’s to the Tramp — and to the past. What’s old is fast becoming new.

Earthing with pluggz shoes

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.

This Thanksgiving it’s a…

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Our Thanksgiving sale is here. Now through Monday 11/30, as 20% on your favorite Pluggz with code “THANKS20” at checkout!!

Pluggz are perfect for:

  • Running around Christmas shopping
  • Standing for long hours baking
  • Walking downtown to see lights
  • Car trips to see relatives
  • Flying across country
  • Picking out that perfect tree
  • Giving as a gift to your favorite sister (or friend, or Aunt, or Mom…or YOURSELF!)

Comfort never goes out of style! Look awesome while staying grounded during the busy holiday season in a new pair (or two) of Pluggz!

Order your pair using code “THANKS20” at checkout here.

How to get grounded during times of fear

How to get grounded during times of fear

Our Pluggz have been to Pais and, like you all, we feel the sadness and emotional pains during these times.

pluggz-paris

When we are faced with moments of fear, sorrow and emotional upheaval, we must take time to get grounded. We can slow down and find our breath, our pulse, and the abundance of spirit to continue each day positively. Get grounded. Reconnect to the present moment. Find the strength and ability to face each moment through your own connection to the earth and the world around you. 

Here are some of our tips to help you get grounded in times of fear or emotional difficulties.

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How to get grounded in times of fear:

1. Take a moment to breathe.

Inhale, exhale. Connect to your breathe. In times of stress we tend to lose the connection to our breathing. Just a simple reminder to breathe helps us to regain focus and reconnect to the present moment. Inhale. Exhale. Let the breath come in. Let the breath go out. Ahhhhhhh.

2. Practice grounding yoga.

Take of your shoes. Unroll a yoga mat. Practice standing poses, such as the Warrior Poses for strength.  Warrior Poses encourage you to connect you to your breath, provide feelings of power, and help to energize the body. Similarly, it may feel good to go within. Let yourself melt in safety in child’s pose.

3. Meditate

Meditation can be the hardest thing to practice during times of emotional upheaval, but meditation is one of the absolute best things to help acknowledge and alleviate feelings of discomfort.  You do not need to meditate for long. Even five minutes will help to restore your spirits and calm your mind. Set a timer on your phone to sit in stillness, find a guided meditation online or choose a personal mantra to repeat. 

4. Eat well and get plenty of rest!

Easier said than done, right? Often the first thing to go in times of fear, struggle, or emotional upheaval is proper nutrition and sleep! Instead of reaching for that bag of potato chips, take time to mindfully prepare a meal. Get friends or family together for a healthy night. Make sure you eat regularly, with an emphasis on grounding foods, such as root vegetables, squash, dark leafy greens, ginger and garlic. Try to maintain a normal sleeping pattern and go to sleep at the same time each night.

5. Talk a walk in your Pluggz!

Get outside! Step purposely and mindfully.  Allow your foot to fully connect to the ground, the sidewalk, the carpet in your office, wherever you may be.  But breathe into your feet. Take mindful steps and feel yourself slow down as you connect and recharge. Let that connection bring you back to your body, back to your sense of self, back to the here and now.

Make your walk

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As we head into Thanksgiving and the busy holiday season, walks can be the best form of self-therapy! Even a short walk (only fifteen to twenty minutes) can be rejuvenating, grounding and even a form of meditation.

A crisp Fall walk can leave you feeling energized, refreshed, more positive, and in the present moment.  Use your time outside as you would time on the yoga mat–as a chance to breathe, to practice self-love, and connect to the world around you.

Here’s How To Make Your Walk a Meditation In Motion

  1. Ditch the technology

Keep the cell phoned stored in your pocket, a running belt, or, if you feel safe, at home. Ditch the ear buds and silence your iTunes. Turning off technology allows you to tune into to YOU. Listen to your breath as you inhale and exhale. Hear the birds chirping around you, cars honking, cyclists passing you, and the buzz of life surounding you.  Music, texting, chatting on the phones to friends are all great but it can take you away from the present moment and make you less aware of your surroundings. Let your breathe and the noise around you be the music to move you along.

  1. Appreciate your surroundings

appreciate-walk

Find somewhere to walk that makes you feel good–preferably somewhere beautiful! The treadmill or mall walking may be fine for rainy days, but when the sun is shining (or if there are just a few flurries)–get outside, walk in nature and appreciate the sights around you. Even if it’s just a neighborhood filled with houses or apartment complexes, notice and appreciate your surroundings. Even if you walk the same route every single day, there is always something different to find pleasure in. Feel the air on your skin as you walk, the sun beating down (or clouds covering the sun), the feel of the ground beneath your Pluggz, and experience the wonder that is the great outdoors

  1. Smile

Try smiling while you walk. Even if you must force a small grin, you will soon find yourself better connect to the world. Smile at a stranger. Smile at a leaf falling down from the sky. Smile at the feel of your heel striking the ground. Smile at the light shining from someone’s house. Smile because you’re giving yourself a much needed treat–the gift of presence.

The most important thing is to just move, breathe, and feel your feet firmly planted on the ground.  Bonus points if you are wearing your Pluggz for added grounding and present moment awareness!

Do you schedule time for walks? How do you create a few moments of mindful meditation as we head into the busy Fall season? Let us know in the comments below!