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Spring is right around the corner, meaning it's warming up, the birds are chirping, and flowers are blooming; in other words, nature is beckoning us to shed some layers and head outdoors. As you ditch that winter coat, try ditching those shoes while you're at it (even if for just a few moments)! While not something most of us think about on a daily basis, taking your shoes off and grounding yourself is actually one of the most healing activities that you can do, and spring is the perfect time to start doing more of it.

Grounding can have a positive impact on many aspects of our health touching on the physical, emotional, mental and even spiritual levels. As a society we're dealing with a kind of "electrical toxicity" from constant exposure to power lines, WI-FI signals, microwave energy from cell phones and towers, and even normal electrical household appliances. These Electromagnetic Fields (or EMF's) can disturb the human body, contributing to common ailments such as headaches, brain fog, and chronic fatigue, or even more serious issues like chronic anxiety, depression, low immune function, and degenerative disease. This is why grounding becomes imperative to help combat the effects of EMF's and restore energetic harmony in the body; and it's actually easier to do than you might think! It's time to take off those shoes and wiggle your toes in some sand, grass, or dirt.

The Benefits of Grounding


1. Boosts Healing and Immunity

While we might not think about it on a regular basis, the earth is actually a massive electrical object, and your body is a conductor of electricity. When we are connected directly to the earth's electric field through direct contact with our skin, the earth's negatively-charged electrons flow through us, and our electric charge goes from positive to negative. Negative electrons (those flowing from the earth) are known as healing electrons, while positively-charged electrons are those that contribute to disharmony and disease. Negatively charged electrons, or "ions", boost the bodies resiliency and vitality, and help increase our bodies immunity and rate of cellular repair.

2. Is Anti-Aging and Fights Inflammation

What is one thing that literally all chronic diseases have in common? Inflammation. it's imperative that we know the causes of inflammation in order to properly treat these conditions. When you break things down to a scientific level, considering the fact that everything is vibrating with energy, one of the biggest contributors to chronic inflammation may actually be a lack of electrons - meaning too many positively charged ions and not enough negatively charged ions. Connecting directly to the earth is one of the best things that you can do to slow down the aging process by lessening inflammation and free radical damage.

If you've ever walked into a spa and immediately felt calmer just from the lovely scents wafting through the air, you've actually just experienced one of many benefits of essential oils: aromatherapy. While essential oils can definitely effect the senses, specific oils can also be used externally and even internally for the benefit of the body, as well as help create a cleaner and more comfortable living space.

What are they?

Essential oils are natural, concentrated oils which have been extracted from plants - most commonly through the process of distillation. These potent plant oils have many profound effects on the human body. Essential oils are rich with specific plant chemicals which can enter through our semi-permeable skin tissue, just as certain transdermal medications can (such as hormone therapy, nicotine or even vitamin B12). This means that essential oils can enter into our bloodstream and lymphatic system and interact with the tissues and organs in our body.

How to Use Them

*Applied directly to the skin

A joint refers to where two or more bones are connected together. Joints can be movable or rigid. They are important in ensuring bending of knees and elbows, movement of hips and also bending your back. Joint health ensures that bones do not rub against each other.  

Between the joints is a cartilage and synovial fluid that prevents friction between the bones. Healthy joints therefore help in providing efficiency of the cartilage in allowing bones to glide over each other. Poor joint health results in wear and tear of the cartilage and can later cause arthritis. It is therefore necessary to ensure joint health to protect against such complications. Below are some of the foods and nutrients that are essential in maintaining joint health.


Studies have showed that broccoli together with other vegetables help maintain health of the joints.  Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a compound that blocks enzymes that destroy joints thus inhibiting joint inflammation. Vitamin K is another component found in broccoli. An increased intake of broccoli leads to high amounts of vitamin K in the body thus slowing down wear and tear of the joints. Joint soother contains compounds of sulforaphane thus its use helps block joint inflammation and damage of the cartilage.


Omega-3 fats are mostly found in walnuts, flax seeds, salmon and sardines. These fats reduce inflammation by reducing the rate of production of enzymes that cause cartilage erosion. Reduction of cartilage erosion leads to little or no friction between joints of the bones hence less pain is experienced. Omega-3 fats, together with joint soother formula, play a major part in reducing rheumatoid arthritis related symptoms; this is mainly showed by patients experiencing less fatigue, reduced joint tenderness and swelling and also maximum reduction of body pain. Use of omega -3s from nuts and fish oils reduces depression caused by arthritis by boosting antidepressants effects. Omega-3 fatty acids also help in the reduction of cardiovascular diseases which can be a result of rheumatoid arthritis.


For many years ginger has been used in the maintenance of joint health. According to Journal of medicine Food ginger plays a very important role of acting as an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant by mainly acting as a blood thinner. According to Altman, “research shows that ginger affects certain inflammatory processes at a cellular level.” This is because it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. It is advisable to consult a nutritionist before taking ginger as a medication to avoid excessive intake and also to avoid the reverse of the effects of the other drugs you might be taking. Correct intake of ginger combines with the three components of joint soother to help nourish and support joint cartilage.


Vitamins which are essential in maintaining joint health include vitamin A, C and E. They are usually grouped under antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in fighting against free radicals that damage joints and also cause joint pain. Vitamin C can be obtained from fruits such as papaya and vegetables such as broccoli while vitamin E is mainly found in avocados and cereals. Avocado is one of the ingredients that have been used in the manufacture of Cosamin ASU 180 caps, an advanced formula for managing health joints.  Vitamin E extracts in Cosamin ASU 180 caps combine with chondroitin sulfate in joint soother to promote joint health.


There are other foods in addition to the ones mentioned above that help maintain joint health. These foods include sour cherries, parsley, pineapple, turmeric and green tea. Putting together an anti-inflammatory diet is the best solution towards maintaining joint health. In addition to enjoying an anti-inflammatory diet, it is advisable that one avoids foods such as meat, foods containing gluten and also caffeinated beverages.





Author Bio:

Ella James is an aspiring author who is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She is an active contributor to Consumer Health Digest . Her interests include reading and writing about Health Conditions, Fitness, Diet and Weight loss. Get connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.

As one of the busiest months of the year draws nearer (December), Thanksgiving marks an incredible opportunity for a valued shift in perspective. Irregardless of what type of diet you follow, the traditions you enjoy (or don't), or whether you spend the day with a large group of people or just a few close friends or loved ones, an attitude of gratitude can bring you into a state of more love, joy, connection and receptivity to the blessings in your life. 


1. Like Attracts Like/The Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction states that the universe is in a constant state of receptivity and reflection, giving back to us that which is in a resonant vibration to our current thoughts, words, and actions. Negativity brings more negativity, and positivity brings more positivity. If you're sending the Universe messages that you are full of gratitude, you'll get back more to be grateful for.


It's well past the lunch hour, you've still got a few hours to go before you can clock out for the day, and it hits you: the dreaded 4 o clock energy slump. We've all been there, and while reaching for something sugary or caffeinated can seem like the easiest option to boost your morale and energy, it isn't always the most healthful choice.

Here are 5 very effective ways to increase your energy levels instantly -  and they don't require ingesting a single calorie, mg of caffeine, or ounce of sugar. And the best news? The results are often longer lasting and won't result in an energy crash later on. Winning!

Inhale/Exhale - Focus on Your Breath

When you're feeling lethargic, the first thing to address is your breath. Often times you'll notice that your breathing is shallow and incomplete when you're feeling tired and unmotivated. Oxygenate those cells, expanding both your lungs and your belly with each inhalation. Often times fatigue is caused by simple under-oxygenation; enjoy a resurgence of pure energy flowing through your body by reclaiming a full, deep breath cycle. It can actually feel very euphoric.

Pump Your Blood - Office-Friendly Cardio

Sitting at a desk is enough of a reason in and of itself to cause anyone's energy to tank. If you feel this happening to you, get up and move! And you don't need access to a stationary bike or an indoor track to get your blood pumping. Try simply running in place for 30 seconds (with an emphasis on raising your knees towards your chest), doing some jumping jacks, or even 5-10 burpees. Yes, you may get some interesting looks from coworkers, but once they see your energy levels soar and productivity spike they'll soon be joining in on the fun.

Stretch Your Limits - The Power of Stretching

Nothing is worse than feeling your muscles tighten and lock up after sitting for too long, and many health experts claim sitting all day is actually the new smoking. Stretching, whether it's a simple abdominal side twist, lateral stretch, or forward bend, can help release tension and help energy flow more fluidly through your body. Synchronize your stretching with some breath work and you've got a winning combination sure to give you an instant energy boost.

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Sniff it Out - Aromatherapy

Smells are powerful mood influencers. Think about it: how many times has a whiff of a favorite scent helped so shift and uplift your mood? Certain plants harness an amazing aromatherapeutic effect that can be utilized to help increase energy levels, relieve stress or anxiety, and improve mental clarity and focus almost instantly. Some of the best oils for this purpose include all citrus (think sweet orange, lemon, lime, and mandarin), rosemary, and peppermint.