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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.

 

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.

 

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  • 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.

 

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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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1. Feed your body, mind and spirit, literally.  There’s no doubt that some foods are a lot more powerful than others, and that includes vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds; some spices like turmeric and cinnamon; and herbs, such as parsley and garlic.

2. Manage stress.  Stress is inevitable and if you don’t learn to manage it, your body will be flooded with those “fight or flight” hormones, cortisol and adrenaline.  If you’re a stress case you’ll probably toss and turn all night…and speaking of which…

3. Get enough sleep.  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.

4. Limit alcohol intake.  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.

5. Exercise can enhance your mood, by releasing endorphins which can make you feel better and reduce stress. It also controls weight and promotes better sleep. Exercise fights fatigue by carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells.  It also helps detoxify the body, by eliminating toxins, accumulated wastes and poisons.

6. Practice gratitude. Robert Emmons’s book, Thanks!  reveals that those who practice gratitude regularly are 25 percent happier, because you become more optimistic and that makes you healthier and happier, boosting your personal and professional life.  It raises your vibration and makes you feel even more connected, leading to clearer thinking and more decisive action.

7. Get enough rest and recreation.  Go out in the sunshine, play with the kids, pets or your friends. No, it’s not selfish!  If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you take care of others?