WIM HOF METHOD
For Health and Longevity
HEALTH FREEDOM INFO NEWSLETTER -- Updated January 2023
Part Two of the HFI "Health & Longevity" series.
In our last newsletter we covered the subject of EATING FOR HEALTH & LONGEVITY. In this newsletter, which is Part Two of the Health and Longevity series, you will learn how to BREATHE FOR HEALTH & LONGEVITY and how to DRAMATICALLY ENHANCE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.
We know that a healthy diet and exercise are essential to create a healthy immune system. However, there is an even more effective, scientifically-proven way to increase natural immunity to viruses, harmful bacteria and even everyday stress. Just about anyone can do it and it does not cost any money!
WHO IS WIM HOF?
If you have never heard of Wim Hof then this newsletter may be life changing for you!
Wim Hof is a man from Amsterdam, Holland who is often referred to as "The Ice Man". He discovered a very simple way to breathe in conjunction with cold therapy that can enhance health and well-being in ways you cannot imagine until you try it.
Wim Hof set 26 Guinness World Book of Records for withstanding very cold conditions. For example, he swam with seals and ice in the Arctic Circle and swam 100 meters under ice with just one breath. However, one does not have to endure these extremes to gain the benefits from cold therapy. Just a simple cold shower after a hot shower can greatly beef up our immune systems, overall health and well-being. As Wim Hof states: "A cold shower a day keeps the doctor away."
Wim Hof allowed researchers at the Saint Radboud University Medical Center to inject him with an E.coli endotoxin which always gives people flu-like symptoms. An endotoxin is a toxin that is produced by certain bacteria and released upon destruction of the bacterial cell.
However, Wim Hof successfully used his breathing technique to fight off this attack on his immune system. No one else had ever done this before so the researchers' first thought that he had unique genetics. However, Wim Hof trained others in just four days to fight off the endotoxin attack on their immune systems just using Wim's breathing technique and cold therapy [2014 Radboud study ]. It is Wim Hof's mission to show that anyone can do this as revealed by this short video:
WIM HOF METHOD SCIENTIFIC VALIDATION
The video below explains how the E.coli experiments were conducted and the results:
ABOUT WIM HOF & HIS METHOD
In the video below Wim Hof explains his method and how it improves health.
THE WIM HOF METHOD BENEFITS
Here are some of the many benefits of doing the Wim Hof Method:
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH
INCREASE SPORTS PERFORMANCE
WORKOUT RECOVERY INCREASE WILLPOWER
BOOST CONCENTRATION DEAL WITH DEPRESSION BURNOUT RECOVERY
NATURAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FIBROMYALGIA RELIEF ARTHRITIS RELIEF
OVERCOMING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS POST TREATMENT LYME DISEASE SYNDROME
ASTHMA MANAGEMENT COPD MANAGEMENT MIGRAINE RELIEF IMPROVE CREATIVITY
IMPROVE COLD TOLERANCE AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE RELIEF IMPROVE YOUR MIND-BODY CONNECTION
Wim Hof also refers to his method as a "cardiovascular workout". In this article, Laura Hof, Wim's daughter and Wim Hof Method instructor, adds the following benefits:
LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
LOWER HEART RATE
STRENGTHENS IMMUNE SYSTEM
FLUSHES OUT WASTE MORE EFFICIENTLY
ABSORBS AND DIRECTS NUTRIENTS AND OXYGEN TO YOUR CELLS MORE EFFICIENTLY
THE WIM HOF METHOD -- PRECAUTIONS
Wim Hof conducts workshops and also has online courses for people who want to learn the Wim Hof Method. However, one can learn the breathing and cold therapy techniques free of charge by watching the videos below. If you would like to try the Wim Hof Method then it is very important to first watch the safety video below:
THE WIM HOF METHOD -- BREATHING
To learn Wim Hof's breathing method watch this video after watching the video above:
WIM HOF "BREATHING BUBBLE" TUTORIAL
It is very important to closely follow Wim Hof's breathing instructions. After watching the video above you can use the "breathing bubble" video below as a guide to try out the breathing. It is important not to push yourself too hard in the beginning. Do not overdo it. Listen to your body and stop if you need to. As Wim says: "Do not force it."
WIM HOF METHOD & THE NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE
The video below explains how the Wim Hof breathing exercise can create new blood vessels and increase red blood cells:
THE WIM HOF METHOD -- COLD THERAPY
WIM HOF COLD SHOWER -- What Precautions Should You Take When Taking Cold Showers?
Wim advises people not to over do it and not to shock the body--"Do not force it". Do it gradually and on your own level and in consideration of your personal health and well-being.
1. Understand Your Body: Cold showers take a toll on the body and overdoing it may not be what's best for you, so it's key do what's best for you as an individual.
2. Adjust How Long You Spend: You want to understand your body's natural responses to how long you should spend in the shower. Despite the many benefits of taking a cold shower, spending too long in one can work against you as it takes a lot of energy to have a cold shower.
3. Reduce Intensity with Age or Illness: If you are unwell or are a little older, try to reduce the intensity of cold showers, meaning easing yourself into it and maybe not going really cold. This is because you need to care for your health and wellbeing first and foremost, where you don't want to exacerbate potential problems.
4. Don't Start With Ice Cold Water: You shouldn't make your cold shower too intense until you develop your coping mechanisms and adjust to it. Try instead to adapt progressively, even starting out with relatively warm water and gradually reducing it to be cooler with time.
5. Avoid Heavy Meals Beforehand: When you eat a heavy meal the body needs to use blood to help in the digestion process, meaning it uses a lot of energy for this. Therefore, this causes a problem if you have a heavy meal before a cold shower, as due to the need of blood for the digestive system, it can take away from blood flow from other parts of the body. [Source]
It is important to note that Wim Hof actually uses both heat and cold therapy since he uses a sauna after cold therapy. Saunas are well known for their health benefits and heat and cold therapy have been used for health benefits since time immemorial .
"The interesting part of the Wim Hof Method is that the impact of cold exposure, as well as the WHM breathing, strains these little muscles in the veins to fully close (vasoconstrict) to keep the heat in, and to fully open up (vasodilate) to get the heat out of the body. When these muscles work properly, you are also giving a rest to your heart, as it doesn’t have to pump that hard!" [Source]
LONGEVITY & HEALTH BENEFITS WITH WIM HOF METHOD
Deep breathing is exercise that actually strengthens the muscles in the abdomen and chest to increase lung capacity and enhance lung function. Deep breathing exercises can be done in a chair or lying down and can be done while watching TV or working at a computer.
The Framingham Heart & Lung Study, which followed 5,200 individuals for three decades, demonstrated that the greatest predictor of health and longevity is actually lung volume.
Those with higher lung capacity were healthier and lived longer than those with decreased lung capacity.
Clinical studies including thousands of participants spanning a 30-year period offer persuasive evidence that the most significant factor in health and longevity is how well you breathe.
The Framingham study focused on the long-term predictive power of vital capacity and forced exhalation volume as the primary markers for life span.
"This pulmonary function measurement appears to be an indicator of general health and vigor and literally a measure of living capacity".
“These researchers were able to foretell how long a person was going to live by measuring forced exhalation breathing (flow rate) aka FEV1* and hypertension. We know that much of hypertension is controlled by the way we breathe.”
[*FEV1 is the maximum amount of air you can forcefully blow out of your lungs in one second.]
"Long before a person becomes terminally ill, vital capacity can predict life span." William B. Kannel of Boston School of Medicine (1981) stated, "The Framingham examinations' predictive powers were as accurate over the 30-year period as were more recent exams." [Source]
Another study conducted in Buffalo, NY concluded:
“Pulmonary function is a long-term predictor of mortality in the general population: 29-year follow-up of the Buffalo Health Study”.
WIM HOF METHOD ON AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE
WIM HOF METHOD TESTIMONIALS
BURN VICTIM TESTIMONIAL
OVERCOMING AUTO-IMMUNE DISORDER TESTIMONIAL
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS TESTIMONIAL
For more testimonials go to Wim Hof's Testimonial page.
If you have a Wim Hof Method testimonial, please send it to email@example.com.
"Inside the Superhuman World of the Ice Man" Documentary:
The 2014 Radboud study showed that WHM practice upregulates your immunity by increasing the production of white blood cells and B-lymphocytes. These are the little critters that protect you from foreign marauders such as viruses. WHM practice won’t keep COVID-19 from invading your body, but a strengthened immune system means a bigger arsenal to combat the infection, and therefore fewer and less severe symptoms.
Now, if you’re not feeling too well, and you’re looking to use the Wim Hof Method to fight off the infection: do not do the cold training parts of the method. When you’re sick, your immune system has its hands full just fighting off the virus. If you then expose yourself to the cold, you add another stressor, forcing the immune system to divide its capacity and fight a war on two fronts. We all know how that worked out in the past.
Everybody can benefit, so be proactive in recommending the WHM to friends and family. The Wim Hof Method is very accessible and we offer many avenues for practice. There is the free app available on the Google Play and Apple stores; the guided breathing bubble on YouTube; and our free MiniClass. This is a great moment to fire up your video course and rekindle your WHM practice.
Stay strong, stay happy, and stay or get healthy,
-- Wim & the WHM team
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes an evolutionary act.”
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