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‘The Cold is your Warm Friend’ – Pioneering Daredevil Wim Hof.

Wim Hof is the Dutch pioneer and human guinea-pig affectionately known as the Iceman for his ability to endure extreme cold for prolonged periods of time. The bearer of 26 Guinness World Records for physiology-defying stunts including: withstanding the coldest ice bath for almost 2 hours; climbing 24,000ft of Everest without oxygen and just wearing his shorts; running a marathon in the Arctic circle in shorts; and marathon running in the Namibian desert without water! Remarkable achievements, but feats we can all accomplish with the right breathing techniques and cold exposure. Even more astonishing is Wim’s belief that we can all wilfully control our body’s autonomic immune and nervous system preventing us from, and curing, inflammatory diseases.

You’ll need your mind open for this interview; it might just change your life.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How Wim Hof’s first experience of ice-cold water as an inquisitive teenager changed his life.
  • Why deep-breathing and cold exposure is essential to a healthy life.
  • How to breathe correctly to prevent and cure disease.
  • Why Wim Hof was ridiculed for 35 years for his beliefs and practices.
  • Why he continues to encourage the world to breathe correctly.
  • Why scientists are eager to study the physiology of Wim Hof.
  • How science validates his claims that the autonomic nervous & immune system can be wilfully controlled.
  • Why Wim only eats once a day.
  • Why he is working with Facebook and Google to spread his message.
  • How Wim Hof can turn up his internal thermostat.
  • How Wim controlled his immune response when injected with an endotoxin.
  • How his methods helped him deal with the grief of losing his wife.
  • Why Wim is challenging everything we thought we knew about the human body.
  • What unending quest drives Wim Hof.

This is a fascinating interview, but before you listen, please note the following:

If you wish to practise the breathing exercises Wim discusses, you must always do so in a safe environment, such as sitting on your floor or sofa. Never, ever, never practice near water; before diving, swimming or even having a bath. Nor before or during driving; indeed any place where it might be dangerous to faint. The breathing exercises can have a profound effect and should be practiced in the way Wim explains. Wim strongly advises you gradually build up your exposure to the cold. Always train without force and listen to your body carefully. If not practiced correctly or responsibly, you risk hypothermia. And finally, if you have concerns or existing health complaints, please consult your doctor beforehand.

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Episode resources:

Wim Hof official website

Vice: Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman.

Wim Hof TEDx Amsterdam

Wim Hof Method – free online course

Wim Hof Method – 10 week course

Becoming the Iceman

David Wolfe – Raw foodist & author

Follow Wim Hof on TwitterFacebook and YouTube

Enjoyed today’s mind-blowing episode? We think you’d love this one too: Herbert Nitsch – The World’s Deepest Man. Surviving a 252m free-dive & breath-hold of over 9 minutes.

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6 Comments

  1. Ella Karmel

    Enjoyed listening in, very interesting interview, amazing how the power of the mind can affect the body. I had a cold shower this morning it certainly wakes you up.

    1. Victoria Author

      Indeed. What the mind endures, the body processes; what the body endures, the mind processes. They are one & should be working in harmony for well-being and longevity. x

  2. Kevin Heron

    Just listened to the Wim Hof podcast, what an inspiring and passionate man, I will definitely be trying his breathing method and take more cold showers.

    1. Victoria Author

      Fabulous! It’s great to hear people are giving cold showers a go! There’s growth in discomfort. :)

  3. Chaz Oliver

    So very interesting, This has to be my favourite podcast, this is something we can all do NOW.
    Truely inspirational, will be doing deep breathing and having cold showers.

    1. Victoria Author

      Fabulous to hear. Such simple, life-changing steps. :)

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