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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!

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 The Benefits of Grounding Shoes:

 

What do we have in common with Astronauts?

Upon first glance, you’re probably thinking that there is not much the average person has in common with an astronaut. On most levels, there isn’t a lot of common ground; however, we do have some fundamental commonalities. For one, we are all part of the human species and need benefit from direct contact with the natural energy in the earth in order to improve our health.

earth energyThe earth’s energy is essential, especially the earth’s electromagnetic fields. There is a disturbance in our bodies whenever we leave the comfort of the grounded energy of earth’s natural electromagnetic field. This disturbance occurs whenever a great distance is put between our bodies and the ground either by traveling by plane, or exploring the great unknown of outer space.

Grounding, also known as earthing, is a simple, easily accessible way to improve upon the deficiencies in our bodies and to be able to sustain itself when cut off when direct interaction with the earth.

Pioneering astronauts who resided in space for extended periods experienced discomfort in the form of severe nausea and major disorientation, to name a few. This severe discomfort was termed “space sickness”.

The cause, which was discovered by scientists shortly thereafter, was that this condition was a result of these astronauts being deprived of the earth’s “electromagnetic resonance”; in essence, the lack of direct absorption of the earth’s natural energy.

In subsequent missions, space vehicles were outfitted with devices that simulated this resonance, also known as the Schumann resonance, named after the man who made the core discovery. Research suggests that the earth’s magnetic resonances vibrate at the same frequency as human heart rhythms and brainwaves. This helps explain why the practice of grounding, also called earthing, is so beneficial for one’s body – and why it makes us feel good.  

Get grounded when you land Many of us will never walk on the moon, orbit the planet, or be in a plane that breaks the sound barrier. There are a great many of us who will travel by plane, however. Some travel regularly for business; others less so. Whether it’s for pleasure or business, there will be a brief period where you will experience separation for the earth’s grounded electromagnetic field. To recover from this separation faster, upon landing, find a piece of grass and put you bare feet on it. If this is not a practical solution, a great alternative is to wear shoes which conduct the earth’s energy through your body – grounded footwear; also called earthing or grounding shoes.  

Grounding has been with us forever Some people are claiming that grounding, also called earthing is a new discovery. This recent discovery only brings to light something that has been in existence since ancients walked the earth. The Native Americans have always known its importance and the land’s sacredness.  In the book about folklore and native wisdom, The Wind Is My Mother, a wise tribal leader, Bear Heart, had to say much on the healing properties of Mother Earth. “We look to the North for emotional, physical and mental health. We may have a loved one who’s ill or perhaps we’re sick and we want to get well.  Lay down on this Mother Earth with your navel towards her and your head to the North”. Crazy Horse, a warrior, also shares these sentiments. He was known for standing on the earth for hours on end to build up his energy. The good news is, we can still receive healing energy from this Earth, the same way our forefathers and natives did.

Almost as Good as Going Barefoot Recent findings indicate that our disconnection from the earth contributes to many conditions including; chronic aches and pains, listlessness, and poor sleep. This finding is not surprising since our disconnection relates to spending less time outside than our ancestors. As Richer Louv says in Lost Child in the Woods, we are “nature deficient”. Adding to this disconnection is the fact that many of us wear shoes insulated with synthetic or rubber soles. This man made material cuts us off entirely from the beneficial electrons from the earth passing up through our feet into our body. Have you ever wondered why it feels so good to walk barefoot on the grass, or sand? Well, there is a very good reason.

For over millions of years, our bodies were designed to reap the benefit of going barefoot. There are approximately 1,300 nerve endings per square inch in the soles of our feet; that’s more than any other part of our body. These nerve endings are what allow the flow of free electrons from the earth to flow up into our body and spread through your tissues.

By enabling this natural and free flow of electrons, also known as grounding or earthing, we foster a shift in the electrical state of our body and enhance our bodies’ natural healing response. Research studies have also found the following results attributed grounding. For links to the actual scientific studies, you can visit http://ongrounding.com/ and search under research studies. Below are some of the findings from these papers:

  • Reduced swelling, redness, heat and pain in patients with acute inflammation
  • Faster healing
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced stress
  • Decreased muscle pain
  • Faster recovery from jet lag
  • Improvement in neuropathy
  • And a whole lot more

Time to Get Connected It’s never too late to “get back to earth” and reconnect. Your body will thank you in the long run. The first step to reconnecting with the earth is to get grounded. A simple 20-30 minute barefoot walk on the grass or sandy shores, weather permitting, is a wonderful gift you can give your body. When walking barefoot is not an option, there is an equally effective alternative– Pluggz, a new line of grounded footwear that enables you to connect to the earth’s natural and healthful energy when you make direct contact with the ground. These earthing  and grounding shoes allow you to get grounded when you walk directly on grass, sand, soil, gravel, unsealed tile/stone/brick/rocks – even concrete sidewalks which is great for city dwellers.

This means no more jay walking, as asphalt/black top seals concrete and is insulating, as opposed to conductive concrete.   Pluggz grounded footwear is proprietarily crafted with a custom formulated carbon and rubber plug technology that is designed in to the shoe’s sole and placed right under the most sensitive part of the foot for conductivity, the K1spot, or metatarsal area (the ball of your foot).

In addition the healthful benefit of getting grounded with Pluggz shoes, they are also very fashionable and remarkably comfortable. Pluggz blends fashion and function while maintaining comfort. This blend of fashion, without sacrificing comfort, comfort without sacrificing style, and functional shoes which are beneficial to health without sacrificing fashion is truly a first.

Yoga For Your Feet by pluggz

We all know yoga has many attributes, not the least of which is inducing tranquility and achieving a sense of balance and peace. What if this peace transcended through your body down to your feet – and up from your feet through your entire body? Yoga for your feet. This would be a very cool experience, right? So often we just focus spreading peace and energy in to our inner core, but peacefulness can also stretch into and from the most used parts of our body, our feet.

Simply put, our feet help to maintain our connection with the Earth, and they also allow us to be mobile and get to where we need to go. They are the stem to our roots – literally and figuratively. We may stand for hours at a time at work, push ourselves on power walks, spin while high speed cycling, or take an extra twirl dancing. All these activities and more can take a toll on our feet.

The everyday strains from working long hours can also take a toll and induce negative energies which seep into the rest of our body. The good news is it doesn’t take a lot of time or work to rectify this mistreatment. It’s as simple as taking a few minutes out of the day to ensure that our main connectors to the earth, our feet, are balanced and energized through yoga for your feet.

The way to do this is to have a more open, direct connection between our bodies and the ground we stand on. This enables us to have a direct connection to the earth’s powerful, natural energy sources and absorb its beneficial energy; kind of like yoga for your feet. Removing barriers such as modern insulating shoes is essential to achieving this optimal connection. Our feet are often forgotten and they are one of the most crucial parts of our body. They are also most worn and overused, dare we say “abused”. Most certainly, they are under appreciated.  We are hearing about this more and more in the press these days; the harmful effect that pinched toes and high heels have on our bodies. It’s vital we bring back peace and energy to and through our feet.

Another problem is that many shoes actually inhibit the beneficial flow of the Earth’s natural electrical currents. According to Dr. Mercola, “Traditionally shoes were made of leather, which actually conducts electrons and therefore maintains a conductive contact between the Earth and your feet. However modern day rubber and plastics are electrical insulators and therefore block the beneficial flow of electrons from the Earth to your body.”

There is good news, however, and a way to experience the benefits of being at peace and being balance to our bodies without taking out your yoga mat. There is a new line of footwear and they are called pluggz. What is so unique and special about pluggz is that they are infused with a piece of carbon and rubber in the form of a soft plug that sits right under the most sensitive part of our feet – the ball of the foot or metatarsal area. This is a conductor and enables the flow of the Earth’s natural energy in to our bodies, so even when we can’t find time to ground ourselves in a yoga class or stroll barefoot on the grass, we can still take a piece of grounding with is while on our way to work, or commuting home; even while out for a social time. Because of their unique construction, pluggz can act as yoga for your feet.

Another matter of related impact is of that one of top reported causes of feet and leg (and body) soreness is due to inflammation. Studies show that grounding has been found to help alleviate this condition through our entire bodies. It is important to keep grounded, not only in peace of mind, but to find footing in soothing remedies for all parts of our bodies. Let pluggz introduce yoga for your feet through their unique sandals and flats.

A more in depth look at grounding (earthing) and all of its benefits, in layman terms

For 4.6 billion years, the Earth has been around and throughout many changes, it has held a serious long-term relationship with humans. Human beings have connected with the earth in many ways, from ancient civilizations worshipping the sun, to using the earth’s raw material to build pyramids; to harvesting the land for both sustenance and commerce –humans have always had a natural connection with the very ground we walk on.

Since the advent of technology, however, we have grown more and more disconnected from nature and the earth with each progress that has been made. From walking on the ground, to driving around in cars (just take a look at the freeways in rush hour), we are slowly losing our direct connection. And this increased distance between us and the ground has been ever growing. Although new discoveries are to be celebrated, we should never lose touch with our natural, powerful and beneficial roots. This way of thinking has sparked a new way to live: grounding.

Grounding: The Science Behind The Hottest Wellness Trend by pluggz

So what actually is grounding? You may have already heard of it, but don’t quite understand its full powers and benefits. Grounding is allowing you to connect with nature and help restore the balance of being one with the earth, especially important in today’s high-tech world. So often we may find ourselves spending the bulk of the day indoors, whether it’s on the computer for work or even as a cure for boredom; or shuffling between meetings. It’s very important, however, to carve some time out of your day to reconnect yourself directly with the ground. The Earth’s you see is an electric field and stored inside is a potent, natural energy source, called electrons. Walking directly on the ground – barefoot on the grass, on a sandy beach for instance, or even on concrete sidewalks, is a great way to absorb the earth’s natural electrical charge that the ground emits. So it makes great sense to pause for a moment and taking an extra breath or two, is also a good thing.

Grounding, simply put, is reported to promote tranquility, reduce stress and foster a sense of peace, relaxation and overall well-being — a must in today’s hectic world. Getting stuck in traffic, being frustrated at work, or just flat out having a bad day — whatever the reason, carries negative energy. Grounding, also called earthing, is a way to release the negative, and embrace the positive. Sound a little hard to believe? Well, it may be a lot to take in, but the next time you feel like you’re about two seconds away from “losing it”, just pause and take a walk outside, find a piece of ground, kick off your shoes, or put on a pair of grounding shoes, ones that are conductive to the earth, and you will absorb the its natural energy and return to a more balanced state. You will become a believer.

Think back to our ancestors and the many archeological wonders they left in their paths. Think of how much of their time was spent outdoors, not just for work, but for leisure as well. We slowly lost that direct connection with the Earth with each step we took away from being part of our natural surroundings.

Rather than walking on the Earth directly, barriers such as most contemporary shoes, increase the gap and disconnect we have with the ground. They actually insulate us from this natural flow of energy. We’re not suggesting walking barefoot to work, or to the neighborhood store; that’s downright impractical for most of us. But by taking a few minutes to ground yourself, wherever you live, you’ll feel more of a sense of being connected. Taking your lunch outside, or sitting on the grass when the weather is nice are small steps we can take to absorbing all the benefits that grounding or earthing, has to offer.

Grounding: The Science Behind The Hottest Wellness Trend by pluggz

Once your body is grounded, the rate of influx changes immediately, and your body will absorb the amount of electrons it needs to rebalance the same electrical potential as the Earth and to restore what is missing in the body’s internal system.

Grounding has started to make itself known again in a new way; and rather than blocking it out with modern barriers again, we can appreciate the fact that Earth has been around for 4.6 billion years already. And, we all know it is not going anywhere soon. We need to take steps to embrace our surroundings and ground ourselves in understanding that there is a reason why it feels good to take a break, step outside and get our feet on the ground.