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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.

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Our feet are extremely valuable, priceless even and yet often they go on with their daily tasks unnoticed, neglected and forgotten. For many of us, they work hard all day long, carrying us to and from without much thought or care. They are our foundation, our transportation; one of the primary ways we connect to the earth energetically; and one of the best tools we have for getting centered and grounded.

The very first thing you may notice in a yoga class is that it is done with bare feet. Our feet spend most of their time in socks and shoes but they come off and our feet connect with the floor and our mat.

Yoga teaches you the importance of connecting and rooting yourself to the ground and earth.  This is a first taste of grounding.  But what if I told you that this is just the beginning? That you don’t need to loose the feeling of grounding outside your yoga studio!  Instead of putting on synthetic soled shoes, which cut us off from the earth’s energy, there is an opportunity to continue grounding after you leave the studio.

In order to get the benefits of grounding we need 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.  Unfortunately most modern footwear and shoes do not do this.

How can we continue to stay grounded and building on the beneficial effects of yoga?

We have invented a shoe that helps connect you to this energy: pluggz.  Pluggz are made with a carbon and rubber ‘plug’ that is embedded into the sole of the shoe.  This 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.

Click this link to learn more information on grounding.

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Earthing/Grounding Shoes are Here to Stay

Every so often, a new and original and substantive product innovation hits the market.

Many so-called innovations surface but few are original enough to stay. Others boast claims that are untrue. On top of that, marketing messages bombard us day-to-day to the point of message overload. This results in not believing much of anything. All that has changed with the advent of pluggz – a fashionable footwear company that has created a stunning collection of year-round, closed toe earthing shoes and grounding shoes that can change your life — and have you looking good and being comfortable at the same time. Now that’s revolutionary!

The Birth of the Original Earthing Shoe

pluggz feet grounding earthing revolutionaryPluggz was inspired by the devotion of Clint Ober who re-discovered a God-given birthright: the beneficial aspects of being directly connected to the ground. This connection can be called either earthing or grounding. Clint dedicated years of his life and invested heavily in numerous independent, scientific research studies to prove the beneficial effects of earthing or grounding to one’s body; ones you could only otherwise get by walking barefoot on the ground.

Going barefoot is a totally impractical way to live these days, due to geography, locales, weather and modern life in general. He, therefore, created patented earthing products which enables people to get grounded whether they are indoors or sleeping by creating conductive earthing products (sheets, pads, patches) that plug in to an electrical socket inside enable grounding with the earth.

When the founder of pluggz, Sharon Whiteley learned about the scientifically proven benefits of earthing and being grounded while attending a health and wellness conference shy of three years ago, she had what she calls a rare “Mega AHA” moment.  She stopped in her tracks exiting a session on the topic and exclaimed,  “Shoes: What better way to get grounded than through your feet”.  The next year and a half  she undertook research on her own around and also forged an exclusive relationship with Clint Ober and Dr. James Oschman, the man behind a great deal of the scientific substantiation. During this time, she engaged a remarkable group of talented people to join in the pluggz vision.  And so, pluggz was born.

The Revolution — Change your Shoes, Change your Life

So, what’s this shoe revolution all about? It’s fairly simple. Earthing /grounding shoes involve connecting your body directly to the ground through your feet when you can’t go barefoot. For those that can going barefoot is the best direct connection, and for those that can’t, earthing/grounding shoes are the next best option. The ground, and by that we mean, grass, sand, soil, gravel, unsealed stone/tiles – even concrete sidewalks. (Concrete, although it may seem counter intuitive because it is seemingly solid, is in fact, a great conductor; it is made of sand and water).

The earth has potent natural energy inside, called electrons. In early days on earth, people went barefoot or wore conductive thin leather soles so had this direct connection with the earth and a flow of the healthful electrons in to their bodies. Since the advent of modern footwear and synthetic soles shoes, we have been cut off and insulated from the transfer of this natural energy in to our bodies. As a result, we are electron deficient.

In addition the earth is full of beneficial antioxidants that scientific studies report helps your body return to a more normalized healthy body state. They also aid in getting rid of harmful free radicals and energy that are rampant today due to pollution, poor eating and unhealthy diets.

Old Wisdom Put to Use in a New Way

Although this is an ancient, and a natural technology, closed toe, year-round grounding shoes and earthing shoes are not. They are a new concept in today’s busy, fast pace and for some, stressful world.

This is how pluggz shoes work: Every pair of their earthing shoes and grounding shoes have a custom formulated, carbon and rubber, proprietary plug that is carefully designed into the insole at the most sensitive conductive point in the foot – the metatarsal area or K-1 Point (the ball of your foot). What pluggz has done to expand the earthing movement is to bring earthing shoes and grounding shoes to the more fashion conscious and mainstream marketplace by creating closed toe shoes that are not only grounding, but also are technically well engineered with a trampoline heel, anti-microbial lining and memory foam heels and arches; as well as being beautifully crafted in supple leather, so they look great on and are extremely comfortable.  Let’s face it, most women won’t wear shoes every day that don’t look good and don’t feel good.

Pluggz debuted their year-round shoes last year with women’s earthing shoes and grounding shoes in closed toe ballet style flats, a classic and here to stay; as well as arch supported, blown “cushy” rubber women’s flip flops and men’s flip flops. Sandals and flip flops are great, and also here to stay, but pluggz knew most couldn’t wear flip flops or sandals everyday either. This season the company has added great looking smoking slipper style women’s loafers and new quilted ballet flats.

There have been a lot of shoes made for a lot of different merchandising and marketing reasons. Not pluggz. They are single minded in wanting to change the way that people can wear great looking shoes to get more out of their lives and also help mitigate against numerous unhealthy conditions. With various health issues on the rise, and many just escalating as the population ages, this trend is not one that will peeter out. Other companies, too, are making shoes that help ground people and this to pluggz is a plus as it creates more market awareness. Soon they believe that a new category in the industry will be proclaimed, called Earthing shoes – shoes that help ground you. Pluggz entrance on the market is further fueling the natural health revolution well underway. Their earthing shoes and grounding shoes have been wonderfully reviewed by many people and they are also affordable; many buying a three-pack – a pair for work, one for play and another for their nights on the town. For more about earthing, grounding and of course, pluggz, go to ww.pluggz.com.