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The Link Between Grounding and Cold Plunging

Last Updated Mar 12, 2024

If you’re looking for a way to tap into nature’s power and seriously upgrade your life, there’s no better way to harness the earth’s energy than by combining grounding with cold plunging. These two practices have many synergies – most of the time, if you are doing a cold plunge, you are also grounding, and you don’t even know it. But if you want to learn more, keep reading as we jump into some science and our recommendations for getting the most out of your cold plunge.

Grounding

Grounding, also known as earthing, involves making direct contact with the Earth’s surface by walking barefoot on natural materials like grass, soil, or sand. What happens when you expose your direct skin and body to the earth is that you’ll absorb the Earth’s free electrons, which can:

  • Neutralize harmful free radicals in your body.
  • Reduce inflammation.
  • Improve overall health.

By bringing us back to nature and becoming one with our natural selves, grounding can help “charge” your body by transferring the Earth’s natural energy. This practice works to support the proper functioning of your biological systems.

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Cold Plunging

Cold plunging is the practice of jumping into very cold water. There are many benefits, like improved mood, decreased muscle soreness, and better sleep. We’ve dedicated almost an entire website to discussing the science of cold plunging, which can be found here.

Grounding and Cold Plunging: A Powerful Combination

  • A Profound Connection to Nature: There’s nothing more primal than grounding yourself during a cold plunge. You’re tapping into the Earth’s energy and embracing the healing vibes of Mother Nature like never before.
  • Say Goodbye to Stress: Grounding helps regulate cortisol levels and releases endorphins, while cold plunging gets your brain pumping out endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. Together, you’re certain to leave in a good mood with minimal stress and anxiety.
  • Supercharge Your Circulation and Reduce Inflammation: Grounding neutralizes free radicals and reduces inflammation, while cold plunging tightens up your blood vessels for better circulation. Combine these two, and you have a recipe for ultimate recovery and wellness.
  • Speed Up Your Recovery: With better circulation from cold plunging, those free electrons from grounding get distributed throughout your body way more effectively, making your recovery from workouts, injuries, or surgeries go as quickly as possible.

How to Get the Most Out of Grounding and Cold Plunging

  • Hit the Outdoors in Cold Weather: Find a natural body of water like a river, lake, or ocean with a shoreline made of sand, soil, or rocks. Make sure to walk barefoot before taking the plunge.
  • Accessorize Your Ice Bath: If you have an ice bath, consider adding a grounding mat to the pool itself. This way, you can soak up the Earth’s energy while bathing in the comfort of your own home. Some ice baths, such as the Morozko Forge, have this feature built-in.
  • Post-Plunge Grounding: You will feel super energetic and charged after your cold plunge. This is a great opportunity to walk barefoot on a natural surface to amp up the grounding experience and boost relaxation and recovery.

Final Thoughts

If you’re an avid cold plunger, there’s a good chance that you’re already into grounding. The two go hand in hand for biohackers. However, if you’re not adding grounding to your cold plunge practice, you’re missing out on a great way to get even more benefits. Cold plunging can be a spiritual practice, and there’s no better way to enhance your experience than with some grounding – so take those sandals/slippers off, and don’t skip on grounding for your next plunge!

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