The exceptional results obtained by “Iceman” are linked to measurable biological changes in the body
When the Solari Report announced that Wim Hof ââwould be the recipient of the Hero of the year 2021 price in December 2021, we have taken note. Calling Wim Hof ââone of the men most likely to make a huge difference in natural healthcare in the years to come, they shared its extremely practical, results-oriented and virtually free techniques.
Who is Wim Hof?
Wim Hof ââis a 63-year-old Dutch motivational speaker, extreme athlete and willing experimental candidate who has made it his mission to share what he has learned with the rest of the world. Nicknamed “The Ice Man”, Wim Hof ââis best known for his ability to withstand extremely cold temperatures, so much so that he holds the Guinness World Record for the longest ice bath (1 hour, 52 minutes and 42 seconds) plus 26 other world records for a variety of equally admirable feats.
The story of how he first experienced the method he claims saved his life is extraordinary, if sad. His wife, suffering from extreme depression, committed suicide by jumping from an eight-story building in the middle of the night, leaving him with four young children to raise.
What followed, as they say, is history.
A chance event – a swim in an icy lake – allowed Wim Hof ââto briefly but intensely escape the grief that consumed him after the death of his wife. After his first immersion in the frozen lake, he found himself drawn again and again to this icy water in an attempt to ease his suffering, if only for a few minutes each day, so that he could muster the strength he needed. needed to cope with her grief and continue to care for her young family. The effects of freezing water demanded nothing less than his full attention.
The Wim Hof ââMethod involves a particular method of breathing designed to stimulate and stress the autonomic nervous system of the body in such a way as to bring about health. It also includes cold therapy via ice baths, cold showers or brutally cold outdoor experiences.
While many of us may be hesitant to experience the extreme cold therapy that Wim Hof ââso powerfully demonstrates, any of us can start using his breathing exercises today. And once you discover the respiratory benefits, you might be excited (or at least curious) to explore the extraordinary cold therapy benefits it promotes.
What can the Wim Hof ââbreathing method do for you?
The Wim Hof ââMethod’s specialized breathing technique not only increases energy and reduces stress, but it triggers the body’s innate immune response, rendering deadly pathogens virtually harmless.
How is it possible ? And how effective is this breathing technique in reducing pathogens?
In a study conducted in 2014 at Radboud University Nijmegen, 12 young men trained in the Wim Hof ââmethod were injected with endotoxin. In this controlled study, 12 other young men received a similar injection, having received no such training.
âWe indeed observed that in the trained subjects, the release of inflammatory proteins was attenuated and that they presented much less flu-like symptomsâ, explains Dr. Matthijs Kox told Science Daily.
In stark contrast, the 12 untrained young men experienced a variety of intense and uncomfortable immune responses, including fever, chills, headaches, and general body weakness.
More adrenaline than a first bungee jump
The breathing technique taught by Wim Hof ââproduces twice as much epinephrine (adrenaline) as a first bungee jump. Epinephrine levels peaked in trained participants before and at the time they received the bacterial injection. This coincides with when they started their learned breathing techniques.
The researchers stated that this method of breathing resulted in “intermittent respiratory alkalosis and hypoxia resulting in significantly increased plasma epinephrine levels.” In other words, high levels of epinephrine limited the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (interleukin-6, interleukin-8, and tumor necrosis factor alpha), while simultaneously increasing anti-inflammatory interleukin-10.
The result? A noticeably marked decrease in the body’s inflammatory response. It should also be noted that the increase in epinephrine in the blood triggered an increase in white blood cells, those warriors of the immune system.
Simply put, within the first hour after receiving the endotoxin, the body’s immune system was at work rendering the toxin harmless.
While scientists previously believed that the body’s innate sympathetic nervous system and immune system could not be intentionally influenced, experiments involving the Wim Hof ââmethod arguably prove otherwise. These studies have important implications for the treatment of a variety of conditions associated with the destructive effects of inflammation.
Wim Hof ââand his team continue to work with research institutions to explore the potential of the Wim Hof ââmethod.
You can watch Wim Hof ââteach the technique to a volunteer on the Lewis Howe YouTube channel.
You can also read more about the scientific basis behind the Wim Hof ââmethod and the method itself on his website: WimHofMethod.com/science.
Note: The Wim Hof ââMethod may not be recommended for people with epilepsy, high blood pressure, heart disease, or a history of serious health conditions or migraines. It is also not recommended for pregnant women. If any of these describe you, please read Wim Hof’s book and speak with your doctor before considering using the Wim Hof ââMethod.
James Templeton founded Uni Key Health Systems in 1992 and now the Templeton Wellness Foundation as a way to give back and help others achieve the health and well-being they seek.