How the Wim-Hof-Method can improve your health
Wim Hof was born in the Netherlands and has developed his own method which consists of breathing techniques, cold exposures, and a specific mind set.
This has brought him not only more than 20 Guinessbook worldrecords, but has led to scientific research showing that this method is able to influence the human immune system.
Wim Hof has been a guest on many podcasts before; e.g. the Tim-Ferriss-Show, Joe Rogan Experience, Ben Greenfield, Rich Roll, or Bulletproff Radio, just to mention a few.
But my plan was to go beyond what has been already discussed with Wim.
In this interview, Wim and I are talking about
his view on fear,
how his collaboration with science has started,
the latest news from research,
and how breathing has helped him raising four children on his own.
A study that has been published in 2014 in the high-ranking journal “Procedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) has shown that a group of participants who were trained by Wim Hof were able to influence their immune system while they had been injected with endotoxins.
Endotoxin is a structure composed of lipids and sugar complexes. This structure is called a lipopolysaccharide or LPS. It is a necessary component for gram negative bacteria to maintain cell wall integrity. We known that bacteria release small amounts of endotoxin as a part of their normal metabolism.
Injecting only LPS is widely used in science to study the acute inflammatory response. But before your body will notice that this is only the LPS, and not actual bacteria, you will have subjective symptoms of distress (chills, muscle aches, headache, nausea, perceived fever, sensitivity to light, and arterial line discomfort).
By comparing Wim’s group to a control group dutch scientists from Nimwegen could observe that the flu-like symptoms of distress were highly reduced. They concluded that voluntary activation of the sympathetic nervous system resulted in a vast adrenaline release and a subsequent suppression of the innate immune system.