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Cold water therapy

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Are you ready to embrace a new type of medication?

Cold water therapy by a young lady

Now dubbed as the Wim Hoff method, droves of us are dropping in to ice baths, lakes and seas, driven by The Iceman's alluring catchphrase "You are stronger than you think you are".

Finding an inner strength is without doubt one of the healthiest lifestyle choices we could make. However it goes deeper than this.

Possible Benefits and risks of Cold Water Therapy

The Wim Hoff Method (WHM) involves both cold water therapy sessions and deep breathing exercises with the suggestion of being able to influence our autonomic nervous system. This possibility sparked interest in some of medicine's brightest minds and research has now been carried out. Various studies have indeed shown that healthy individuals who practice the WHM could consciously activate their sympathetic nervous system and decrease the inflammatory response to endotoxemia.

Endotoxemia is associated with a number of chronic conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease and more.

These findings suggest that the WHM method has the potential as a novel treatment method for individuals with inflammatory conditions.

This is ground breaking research and exciting times for a more holistic approach to our health.

Depending on where you live, there will be far more swimmable lakes and rivers than you might at first of known about. In inner Bristol, just 3 miles from the main city centre train station, there is a fabulous stretch of river, now becoming more and more popular. This is just one example, there will be many more, hopefully close to your own community.

Are you stronger than you think you are?



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