Wim Hoffman Method
Breathing Technique Making Us Super Human
Mastering Body + Mind | ACTIVATING YOUR SUPERPOWERS
The cold is your warm friend and one of the three pillars of the Wim Hof Method. Proper exposure to the cold starts a cascade of health benefits, including the buildup of brown adipose tissue and resultant fat loss, reduced inflammation that facilitates a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins— the feel-good chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood.
Fact: Alkaline tissues hold 20 times more oxygen than acidic tissues.
In 1931 Dr. Warburg won his first Nobel Prize for proving cancer is caused by a lack of oxygen in cells.
“The cause of cancer is no longer a mystery, we know it occurs whenever any cell is denied 60% of its oxygen requirements.”
30 – 60 seconds | Pump Your Body With Vital Oxygen
Deep breathwork for 30-50 cycles leads to acid-forming carbon dioxide leaving your system and vital oxygen flooding your body, alkalizing your system. Respiratory alkalosis is associated with a variety of health benefits. You also expel stagnant gases from your gut, exercise your abdomen and also gently massage and invigorate your digestive system. At first, you may feel lightheaded and maybe even slightly euphoric.
By practicing the breathing technique you will influence the ratio between O2 and CO2 in the blood. Based on scientific research [Kox et al.,2012] Wim Hof’s blood levels indicated after 30 minutes of breathwork, a significantly low dose of CO2 in the blood. After an hour the CO2 levels were even lower. On top of this, the amount of O2 consumption has doubled after 45 minutes.
60s – 3 mins | Still Breath, Mind, and Inner Peace
The retention phase lasting around 1-2 minutes, lowers the oxygen tension in your blood. This signals your brain to awaken every cell and blood vessel in your body. This acts like a reset switch bringing you back into harmony. Just like giving your computer a quick defrag or restart when it slows down.
You feel a sense of calm and inner peace from deep within the brain and body. You may be able to say goodbye to sleeping pills and relaxants after doing this.
2 – 3 minutes | Energy rush
Your body signals that you now need more oxygen. Inhaling deeply makes fresh oxygen rush into your lungs, giving a sudden euphoric rush of vitality to every organ in your body, especially your brain.
A controlled release of adrenaline gives you a natural ‘high’
As your blood is now filled with carbon dioxide from respiration, a diffusion gradient is created, expelling acidic carbon dioxide with vital oxygen rushing into every cell of your body. This releases energy in the most efficient way humanly possible!
3mins – 20 minutes | Repeat
Repeat the process for at least 20 minutes for best results.
As you repeat the process you now feel more relaxed but alert with more energy and a pleasant glowing feeling inside. A bit like a cup of green tea or a morning coffee, without any of the jitters, cravings or side effects.
Special stretching and strengthening exercises create a more toned and fitter body.
20 – 25mins | Cold Shower is Your New Warm Friend
Time for a cold shower, or if you are feeling brave, maybe a dip in the ice bath?
Cold therapy using cold showers or ice baths, tricks your body, switching on your survival mode. You begin to produce health-promoting brown fat and become a super efficient fat-burning machine. This improves metabolic efficiency, boosting vital health markers, increasing your growth hormone and testosterone levels, lowering inflammation, releasing endorphins and happy hormones like dopamine.
This is why the Himalayan Sherpas who live in extreme cold conditions and why athletes like Lance Armstrong and Michael Phelps use cold therapy to create superhuman strength and endurance.
Pickkers a dutch scientist studying Wim Hof discovered that Wim Hof’s cold therapy using a combination of cold exposure and mental concentration techniques showed significantly lower levels of inflammatory proteins when compared to using just the concentration technique alone, showing cold exposure is essential for its inflammatory benefits.
Results also showed a reduction in cytokine production by white blood cells after just 6 days. Cytokines are involved in the regulation of the inflammatory response and high levels are associated with diseases of inflammation like arthritis, colitis and Crohn’s.
30> Minutes | Viva Las Vagus
Your most important nerve, the vagus nerve is stimulated. With further practice, you can learn to control it and your own autonomic nervous system, with some astonishing results.
With meditation/visualization techniques you can create a controlled stress response meaning you can suppress an overactive immune system or activate it whenever there is a threat. You can even learn to change your core body temperature, create superhuman strength and stamina, raise or lower your heart rate, and switch off stress at will.
60> Minutes | Astonishing Benefits
Control your immune system, change your core body temperature, create superhuman strength and stamina, sleep deeply, burn fat, reduce inflammation, have more energy and switch off stress at will.
People have also reported relief and even complete recovery from mental, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.