An Introduction to Wim Hof
Wim Hof, the Dutch adventurer, is the original Iceman, having broken world records for submerging himself in the cold.
Wim has climbed both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest in his shorts, he has swum under the ice for 66 metres, and he believes his breathing techniques and cold water shock therapy are the solutions to many of our mental and physical health problems.
The Wim Hof Method
His Wim Hof Method combines cold therapy and breathing techniques, to control the immune system response, stimulate endorphin production, and master the body & mind.
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I love Wim’s message to bring back love and happiness for all people by encouraging them to get in touch with the cold.
With an ultimate goal to end all disease and facilitate a paradigm shift towards health, with the current global health crisis I thought there’s never been a better time to hear from Wim.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Wim has been sharing solutions for strengthening our immune systems, so the next time this virus hits, we are more prepared as a species.
Cold Water Therapy as Immune Support
Wim Hof believes that stimulating our body through cold therapy helps us not only survive in natural climates but also increases the production of natural antibodies, but because of our use of artificial temperature and clothes, we don’t get that stimulation like we used to.
We now know coronavirus creates inflammation throughout the body, especially the lungs. Curbing inflammation can be lifesaving in this pandemic and this can be done through cold water therapy.
Cold water therapy also stimulates the production of endorphins which are vital in the processing of certain, nutritional minerals and vitamins. To successfully accomplish cold water therapy you need to create a strong body-mind connection, this can be done through meditation and deep breathing which brings us full circle to Wim Hof’s breathing techniques.
Wim Hof Breathing Method to Build Immune Strength
Wim Hof explains that his breathing technique influences your innate immune system by introducing more oxygen into the body on a cellular level. We’re constantly breathing during every living moment but even still, we’re really disconnected from the actual process. The amount of oxygen we intake determines the function of every other process throughout our body!
That means the more oxygen we take in the more energy our cells have to expend. Wim Hof’s method is based on creating control throughout the body. Breathing is an easy thing to control and is known to, not only, calm the mind but also influences the body on a cellular level.. The technique at it’s simplest is breathing deeply and exhaling without any use of energy.
Immune strength directly comes from how your cells are expanding energy and progressing internal processes like digestion, this is why the Wim sees his nethod as integral to your protection from coronavirus.
The last step in completing the Wim Hof Method is commitment! This method is designed to alter your entire life. Through a deep commitment to the process, you can be on your way to creating a deep mind-body connection.
Boosting Your Immune System in a Pandemic
It can seem like a daunting task to strengthen your immune system in the middle of a worldwide pandemic but it’s more important to do so now more than ever. You don’t need fancy supplements or treatments to work with Wim Hof’s method, just your own breath, and a cold shower or ice!
Not only will practising this method protect you further from the coronavirus, but it will also benefit how you feel on a cellular level.