YAPClassic: Wim Hof, The Iceman, on How to Conquer Your Mind and Take Control of Your Life
YAPClassic: Wim Hof, The Iceman, on How to Conquer Your Mind and Take Control of Your Life
Wim Hof is a Dutch extreme athlete, motivational speaker, and well-being influencer, known as “The Iceman” for a long list of incredible feats involving his ability to withstand extreme cold, including 26 Guinness World Records. He is also the founder of The Wim Hof Method, the science-backed practice of using breathwork, meditation, and cold therapy to voluntarily activate your autonomic nervous system and immune system response and consciously control your response to stress and pain.
In this episode, Hala and Wim will discuss:
– Role of the body vs. the role of the soul
– What’s wrong with always feeling comfortable?
– Why you should be curious about everything
– How do you know what your intuition is?
– Are we in the next stage in human evolution?
– How did Wim Hof become the Iceman?
– The importance of deep breathing
– The Wim Hof breathing method
– How Wim took control over his autonomic nervous system
– And other topics…
Wim Hof is a Dutch extreme athlete, motivational speaker, and well-being influencer. He is known as “The Iceman.” Wim earned this nickname after setting 26 Guinness world records, including swimming under ice, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle barefoot, submerging himself in ice for 1 hour and 52 minutes, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in just shorts and sandals.
Wim Hof is the creator of the Wim Hof method, a combination of breathing, cold therapy, and commitment to give you the tools to take control of your body. Wim is on a mission to share the potential health benefits of his method, working with scientists around the world to prove that his techniques work. He is the author of several books including, The Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Potential.
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[00:00:00] Hala Taha: Hey, young Anders. Today we're resurfacing my interview with Wim Hof, a k a. The Iceman Wim earned this nickname after setting 26 Guinness World Records, including swimming under ice, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle barefoot. Submerging himself in ice for an hour and 52 minutes, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in just shorts and sandals.
He's also the creator of the Wim Hof Method, a combination of breathing, cold therapy and commitment to help you gain control over your body. In this episode, whim and I explore the connection between cold exposure and deep breathing. The role of adrenaline and whims, signs backed method of combating chronic illnesses and boosting mental endurance.
I can't wait for you guys to hear this episode if you've never heard it before, and I think about this interview every single day. It's completely transformed the way I view my body and it's ability to heal itself. All right, yap fam. Let's dive into my classic interview with the Iceman himself, Wim Hoff.
Hey Wim. Welcome to Young and Profiting Podcast.
[00:01:17] Wim Hof: Thank you.
[00:01:18] Hala Taha: So happy that you're here. This might be one of my most anticipated interviews so far this year, and you are a living legend known as the Iceman, and this is because of your dozens of world records involving the cold, including climbing Mount Everest and shorts and running an ice and snow half marathon barefoot.
You've taken the scientific world by storm and you've helped humans reimagine the possibilities of understanding our brains and the conscious control of our innermost bodily functions and systems. And you seem to be truly enlightened and have tapped into ancient wisdom through your work. And so my plan is to cover a lot of ground in the next hour.
And I wanna be sure all of my young Anders hear your perspective on the meaning of life, the creation of life, and our purpose as humans. I wanna get some background into how you became the iceman and all the revolutionary findings that have come from your breathing techniques and the scientific studies that back it up.
And I also wanna understand how you envision the future of mankind. So we've got a lot of things to cover, so I wanna get straight into some of your beliefs. I wanna start off with your perspective on the purpose of life. I think you have a really unique perspective on the role of the body versus the role of the soul.
Could you explain that to us?
[00:02:31] Wim Hof: Yes. The body is the absolutely the vehicle. Of our soul. Without a soul, we stink in one day. It's because of the grace of the soul that you are smiling and looking at me and being conscious and so beautiful. You are beautiful, but the soul in the people all is beautiful. It is the light itself.
So in that body, it's able to express. And I've been studying my body's, uh, reactions as well as the limits of what a body and mind is able to do, say in a aggressive environment. The cold. The cold is really the dark. It's dark, it's cold. There is no life and testing my light, my power of my mind and body to go.
Into that matter and to see how far I can get. And then going in there, I found out we have a soul. We have a soul that is able to tap into areas of our brain and body, which is far more than in science is stated. And this is what I've learned to by going into nature, into the unknown past my fears. To venture, to want to know what is the soul.
The soul is like the unlimited power of the mind. Mm-hmm. And our physical body is like the radio who picks up the waves. The resonance and the unlimited power of the mind is the neur, a neurological connection we can have as being the receiver and sander. Of what is the unlimited power of the mind around us?
It's all there. Only my body has been tested and gone past our conditioned way of thinking and doing in enabling me to find things thought of in science impossible, like how to beat disease. How to beat depression, how to beat no one physiological loss and stay for hours in freezing cold and have no temperature chains within myself, or how to go into the deep at will into the deepest of the brain and, uh, the deepest of the bone marrow into the deepest of the d n A.
This was all thought. It's impossible for humans to do that willfully, but I know my body, I have been testing it out, me myself, not going according the books, but according my intuition, my instinct, and that brought me exactly where I want to be to see and feel the presence of something that is more than thinking.
Hmm. That right now is present within me and it enlightens me and I'm able to enlighten millions of people now.
[00:05:54] Hala Taha: So something that's really interesting, like you were just saying before, that. The cold is like the dark, right? You purposely make yourself uncomfortable, and here we are in modern day age.
We're wearing clothes. We keep ourselves warm. We've got temperature control, ac, heat. We're always comfortable, right? We're always wearing clothes. We never feel the environment. What's wrong with that?
[00:06:16] Wim Hof: That means we de stimulate our organs. It's the greatest of organs is our skin. So when we do not.
Stimulate our skin's, uh receptors, neural receptors, temperature receptors, pain receptors. It's all in the skin. It's millions of them. We always cover them up. So what kind of information do you give your body inside when it is de stimulated? When it is always sort of the same? Mm-hmm. There is no danger.
There is no deep stimulation. And that then is not able to stimulate and or make a grow internal neurological networks. Hmm. That is, was also known in science that people are able to regulate their internal neurological networks like the sixth Sense, the seventh Sense, and the eighth sense. It's all new.
Proprioception and interoception. And the sixth answer, which is intuition and instinct. Those are internally, but if we cover up our bodies, then of course something will not work fully. Mm. And then we think when we keep on going into this comfort zone behavior, then we will have to confront ourselves with.
Modern day problems. Yeah. Comfort zone, behavioral problems, and that is the cardiovascular related diseases, for example, is killer number one in our society. Mm-hmm. That's because in our skin, all 125,000 kilometers, like 75,000 kilometers, Of cardiovascular channels, they end up in the skin. When they are not stimulated, the internal vascular system is not stimulated as well and adjoin with the cardiovascular system.
Hundred 75,000 miles in each and every one of us are millions of little muscles. Mm. So if you don't stimulate them, they become mediocre and the heart needs to pump harder and it becomes stressful. And then we ask, why do we have burnout while we are able to run people to the moon and to Mars? And then not being able to regulate our happiness, strength, and health, and to be strong and vivid as we should, and we are built.
To be strong and vivid and, and enthusiastic and creative, and always positively radiant. We are built like that. Only we de stimulated our own potential. We de stimulated our capacity, and that's why we are facing so many autoimmune diseases, cancers, depressions, stress, uh, burnouts, fatigues, uh, Call it all kinds of names.
Yeah, all goes to the same problem, de stimulative comfort zone behavior. So going out of there is actually seeking real comfort or real power, and it is in initial stressful response you will get when you go into the call, but very soon. In a couple of days, the cold is gone and your energy is up. Mm. That is our natural state that we have a lot of energy all day long.
Amazing what you can do with that.
[00:10:15] Hala Taha: Yeah. It's so crazy. It, it's almost like as humans, as we got more civilized, we forgot about our own internal powers because we just got more comfortable, more comfortable, de stimulated, de stimulated, and we forgot. What power we actually have and how our our mind can actually change our body, which is why your work is so, so powerful, so whim.
I wanna take a step back. I wanna go to your childhood. So you were born in the Netherlands. You were born to a household of nine kids, and you were actually a twin brother, and you came into the world completely un inspected. Your twin brother was born first, and then you came next and your mom said to you, let this child live.
I will make him a missionary. So tell us, what is your mission in life today?
[00:10:59] Wim Hof: My mission is no less than changing the world through the heart of people, billions of people through the heart. I will show that unconditional love for life and for each other is a natural inborn capacity of every person in the world.
So that is where there is no depression, no disease. When people become unconditionally, love such a great power. When you feel it now, if we imagine if we could make that unconditional power cult love mm-hmm. Up and running within us without condition. Just you wake up and you are just in love. You know how strong love can be.
Yeah. When you love somebody, you fly. You don't think you got such a strong sensations and emotions. And you are lifted up, you are like flying. That power is also there unconditionally. Also, without the need of another person, it's there. And so I love my wife very much and my family life now, but I was born 63 years ago and then, My mother, yes, she set that slogan, said that invocation in the cold of the hall.
I was unexpected being born in the cold of the hall with the words, oh God, let this child live. I will make him a missionary. That was my mother. God fearing a person pious, but very strong in her beliefs, and that must have to been. The tattoo on my soul back then, and that made me different all my life.
So yeah, respect to the mother and the love and the power there is now it, it is so far that through the B, b, C, the series, I'm doing Hollywood and it's getting to hundreds of millions of people now.
[00:13:14] Hala Taha: Yeah, everybody knows the iceman.
[00:13:16] Wim Hof: Yeah. Uh, so my aim is nothing less, once again, as in the beginning, to change the world, to bring the understanding and the tools to connect with the power to unconditionally love life.
[00:13:35] Hala Taha: That's beautiful. So let's take it to your teenager. So when you were 17 years old, you were vegetarian, you tried different things like karate, kung fu yoga, and then something attracted you into ice water. You didn't really figure it out completely until later on, but you were attracted to cold water. So what were you like as a teenager?
Why did you, like, it's not normal to do kung fu and like to do yoga when you were a kid. Like what were you like when you were a teenager?
[00:14:03] Wim Hof: I was quite knowledgeable, a debater philosopher into esoteric disciplines, from Sufism to Buddhism, to Hinduism, to Karate of Japan, to yoga from India. Anything I could get my hands upon, I was of interest to me and I practiced it all.
I was very disciplined. No drinking, no smoking. Just going into these exercises and disciplines, the practice and philosophy a lot. And then I found at the age of 17, I was already at, read hundreds of books. I was just different. Maybe not a nerd. I can't say I was a nerd. No. I followed my feeling. Mm, my feeling wanted to know, to get to know more, more languages.
I speak many languages. It is because my feeling has always been open to learn. Mm. If you stay open, you will learn languages. Don't talk a language. Uh, if I went to France, I opened up to learn French and then to Spain. And then to Spanish. And that's the way I've learned it. And so, mm-hmm. So the moment you speak 10 languages is no problem.
And that is because you are an open being. We should not close ourselves up in our, our persona. Always be inquisitive like a child. A child's inquisitive nature is stronger than to be in their persona. That's why they are always so excited. They are beautiful cause they are directly present in the light.
That's what I want. I want to be in the light now and forever. So going uh, back then when I was 17, I found myself in the park a Sunday morning. I felt a attraction, intuitive and a attraction in instinctively. I went in. And I was hooked. And this is like 46 years ago. And since then I've been doing it every winter, every day going into the cold.
The cold is a doorway, as I say to the soul. Cause through the cold you automatically breathe deeply. And when you breathe deeply, you go past this comfort zone. Behavior, behavior, role conditioning. You get into deeper areas of your physiology of the mind and the body because you are feeling it. You know when you are alive.
Mm-hmm. When you feel it, then you don't need to know what is life what? No, you are there. That's what the call is able to bring you to this awareness, to a deeper depth than your conditioned mind of the modern times. Yeah, I followed that and then I became aware that my breathing deepened, and with the deepening, I began to exercise and to try out, uh, uh, different kinds of, uh, breathing, uh, that resulted in very effective techniques that now have shattered, uh, signs.
Yeah. For example, three weeks ago I got. A mother with two children coming to me and age five and seven, both brain tumors. They have to go into chemo and they are sick, sick, sick, sick all the time, nauseous and sick, and they lose their hair and all that because of their chemo. But since they are doing this, these breathing techniques, plus going into the cold, Their white cells of the immune system have tenfold multiplied.
Wow. It directly feeds into the depth of the system. And with that, the white cells, they multiply, uh, like crazy. And this is abso very effective. These breathing techniques, very effective to do it with the cold cause it goes into the depth of your. Physiology much deeper than our modern day conditioning, and then brings sous to say, two, two children of five and seven.
They are happy now. That's amazing. They are full of energy and they don't feel the chemo whatsoever. The mother is happy, the children are happy. I'm happy. So with that, the techniques I found, Because there is more than meets the eye, and I just began on the hunch when I was 17. Now it has been proven throughout my life to beat all kinds of world records and then signs itself.
[00:19:24] Hala Taha: Yes. And so we're gonna get into all the techniques and the studies that you've been into and exactly what the Wim Hof method is. We're gonna talk about all of that. But you mentioned something that I really wanna touch on, which is following your intuition. You did not read this in a a book. You figured this out by following your feelings, and I feel like a lot of people now, they don't know how to even understand what their own feelings and intuition is.
They don't even know how to control that or how to even appreciate it or understand that. So talk to us about how do you know what your intuition is, what your feelings are, where you should go next? What are the things that you envision or feel?
[00:20:09] Wim Hof: First of all, know that your intuition is a neurological network.
Mm. It's called the instinct and the intuition, and those are neuro signaling coming from cognitive cells in the gut and in the heart. And they are very strong. Only we, with our thinking brain, we have developed a established complex of thinking mechanisms that suppress intuition, the neurology of the gut and the heart to the brain.
It blocks it. We keep on thinking, and thus it is very difficult. To sense it cause we are blocked therein. If you go many times one direction, then it's very difficult to get out of the trodden path. We should have developed those neurological pathways to the heart and to the gut much more than we did.
So we talk about that and that's why you don't feel it. That's why you don't understand it, because it hasn't got anything to do with this thinking. It has got to do with absolute feeling, a feeling more subtle, but more powerful as premonition, telepathy, clairvoyance, beautiful, subtle, imaginary images. If we come more from an intuitive way from our instincts, Having developed that, then we know what is wrong and what is right.
We can feel it. We can understand the messages, and we are built to be always in balance inside. We found now a way to top down regulate those neurological pathways so we are able to go back. Into reconnecting from our state of mind into those neurological networks called the Six Sense, seven Sense, eight Sense, or the intuition, the instinct, the knowing why you are here, the purpose of life.
All those things are not abstract things. It's physiology. And now I made it physical. Showing it in scientific brain scans and then showing that now we have found the keys of the so-called autonomous processes in the brain related to mood, regulation, or emotion. Mm. So the emotion can be regulated by us, and who doesn't want to feel happy, strong, and healthy?
That's our mood. And mood. You can also call it the mind. Hmm. So we got those keys now, and for those who are seeking intuition, instinct and do not even understand what it is, let me tell you, we found a physical keys to open it up. So you listen to this podcast and you give it a follow up by just trying out these techniques.
And get back into connection with your true self cuz it's beautiful.
[00:23:38] Hala Taha: It is. This is so interesting and so powerful to me. Something that I'm curious about is, do you think that we used to know this stuff in ancient times, or do you think that we are evolving now and this is the next evolution? What do you think?
[00:23:54] Wim Hof: It is the second one. Before, of course, there were less people, was much more trade, much more creativity, less industrialized copying of things, extension tools. It was a lot less so the other parts of the brain were much more stimulated. Dust developed, yes, but 50 years ago or 55 years ago, 1969 or seven.
It was when Apollo went to the moon. Mm-hmm. And all that, Houston did the data, the control, Cape Canaveral, the moon, the, the rocket, and uh, the Apollo that was all that together in data was a lot less than this. The phone. Yeah. And this iPhone, we all use iPhones and phones and is digital traffic that. Runs into our neurology.
Our neurology goes a lot faster now. Mm than 50 years ago. The thing is, our minds have evolved internally very fast, and now it's the time to take ownership control over our brain functioning at Will. And now that's exactly what I've been showing inside that goes. Fully against the understandings I say of psychiatry, neurology, neuroscience, immunology, all those sciences from the past, they are shattered.
I mean, take inflammation. Inflammation is the course and effect of disease, any disease. And in 2014, I showed very clearly after having received a bacteria injected. How to defy a bacteria injected on the, uh, which creates an aggressive reaction on the, uh, immune system becomes overactive. That's called inflammation, and I just brought it down and dealt with the bacteria like in the beginning so it could not grow.
I inhibited it. That is because I activated my immune system to a much deeper level at will, all at will. And then they said if you are able to do that, then that means you are able to bring down the cause and effect of disease. Mm. But you must be a freak of nature because nobody ever has shown what you have been showing in the results.
And then I said, no, anybody can do this. Our mind at Will is now able to tap in. Two, our say, immune system, endocrine system, lymphatic system much deeper than ever before has been stated in scientific literature. Of course, the whole pharmaceutical industry and all those people dependent on sick people because that's, uh, they a client, uh, a client.
It's gonna go away because people, uh, have a much more possible autonomy over that. What causes disease, whatever the name of disease. So the possible capacity of the state of our mind in our brain nowadays, not 50 years ago nowadays. And now we are also able to tap into, say, the past. Time space consciousness, which is a part in our brain.
Mm-hmm. But the soul doesn't know time or it's omnisci. It knows more than time cuz it's everlasting. It's unbreakable and everlasting. But you cannot ask a child what it is to be an adult. It never has experienced it. And we, it's very difficult to talk to people and say, do you know what it is to be timeless?
Do you know what it is to be the soul that is going past time and space? When time and space are no longer, then the fear of death is gone. Mm. And we are able to go past that time, space, consciousness. Originated from our neocortex and our prefrontal cortex, whatever the names. Uh, our present day consciousness is, uh, captivated within the time space consciousness, but we in our mind, are able now to tap in to the unlimited.
Today timelessness the unlimited power of our mind. It's just neurology, it's physical. It's no longer a philosophy. So we are able to tap into those areas, and that means all your people when you listen to this podcast, that we found the keys to go into the control of hundred percent. Of our minds. Brains, yeah.
Because the minds is what we receive and where we send it to. That's why it's called the unlimited power. It's everywhere and everything, but we are the radio. We are the sender and the receiver, and with that we are able to control our bodies with resonance, with neurology and neurologist controlling the cardiovascular system, et cetera, all that and emotions.
They all have purpose and now we are able to enter into that all willfully. It is saying to the person, what do you really want? Because you are able to find it and you are built to be able to find it. And if not, go into the eyes, do the breathing. Cause it makes you go partial, your conditioned, captivated mind.
So there we are.
[00:30:17] Hala Taha: Amazing. So I definitely wanna go back to this topic and talk about placebos in a bit. But first, I actually want my listeners to understand how you became the iceman. So like we were saying, when you were 17, you were dabbling in the cold, but really your true awakening came out of pain and grief.
And so from my research, I learned that your wife had schizophrenia when you were 35. She committed suicide. She left you with four children. To care for on your own. I can't even imagine how tough that must have been. I mean, the busyness of tending to four young children, you probably didn't have much time to grief or deal with the pain.
So help us understand how did you become the iceman from the death of your wife?
[00:30:57] Wim Hof: Yes, you become very fast conscious to find a way to deal with the situation when you have four kids and you have no money, and you are heartbroken. So all you overcome. Or you break. It's very simple. And then I found that the cold was able to bring stillness in my mind.
Mm. That was, uh, going past my emotional agony. Emotional agony is part of the mind, and it happens, but then suddenly we have no control over it, and we are delivered to the gods of emotions. And it's terrible and it's all day long, and it eats us alive. It's neurology and we are broken and we need the other half and it's not there.
So that is psychosomatically a very devastating part for anybody in our society and that there is quite little consideration for these people because they have to run with the train of daily life and keep on going. Especially I had to, so, The only thing that could stop that emotional agony, that was the icy water.
Hmm. So that gave me just a brief moment of opening the door to healing, to tranquility, to just purpose. Just being. Just being and feeling was great at that moment, even though I was in icy cold water, I felt. Relief of that emotional agony, which is much more stressful than icy water, I can tell you. Yeah.
But, uh, through the icy water I could find relief and that gave me back my control over my body, over my body and my emotions while I'm doing this.
[00:32:52] Hala Taha: So you were in the water and that made you gasp, right? Is that how you figured out the breathing?
[00:32:58] Wim Hof: The cold and gasping. Yes. If you gasp it is because you automatically need deeper breathing to withstand the stressful impact of icy water on the skin.
It needs a, uh, biochemistry change. That is being done by deep breathing. This is feeding your body from the inside and thus you can go longer into icy water. You subtly, because you make your body so powerful, it's unimaginable how powerful uh, the body can become. Your will is connected to the mind and your will is neurology.
So those are neural signals. Together with breathing. That is a powerful entity. And I began to become conscious of that, and that entity then made me, yeah, go into every day into, uh, more than one time until I, I was back fully in control and with all the energy I needed to, uh, have a happy of or, or a good, vibrant family life.
Without, uh, money even. I was happy, strong and healthy and for, and the kids could see it. I was more a child than, than they were. This is what they say now.
[00:34:24] Hala Taha: That's so beautiful. And so nowadays we don't breathe deep. Most of us don't breathe deep. We breathe shallow. So can you talk to us about what deep breathing does?
Like how does it clean our cells? Why is it so good for us?
[00:34:36] Wim Hof: Yes. Deep breathing makes our carbon dioxide. To breathing out. Not only it, it makes the co2, carbon dioxide goes off with the exercises of breath, deep breathing. But if you generally breathe deep per then your body does not become acidic. We walk in our society, we take on stress.
We have to exercise. And exert our bodies and minds, and we think we can do that without repercussions. And that's not, we have biochemical repercussions of that, making our bodies acidic. Uh, deep breathing simply gives us the food to, uh, deal with that stress and to go deeply into the lymphatic system, which is.
The storage system, the garbage system of ours where biochemical residue is present. If you breathe deep, then it gets into the lymphatic system, and once it gets into the lymphatic, then it cleanses the acidity over there and then, uh, you will feel relieved again. And you feel energy because that's the way we are.
We are vibrant beings. Until we become acidic, then we feel sluggish, we feel tired, we feel, oh, it's too much. And uh, it's logical because the biochemistry is not clean. We should clean ourselves every day if we do this breathing, these breathing techniques. Mm-hmm. And they are very simple. Then it has been shown in scientific blood results taken of people doing this.
Then you become very alkaline. Mm-hmm. And then five hours later, they took the blood again. Of those people who did their breathing, they were still alkaline. That means it is a thorough way to cleanse yourself in the depth of your physiology. And then magic happens. Yeah. And it's free. It is freedom.
Freedom is the ability to go anywhere with your minds and to your body.
[00:37:05] Hala Taha: So how do you perform the Wim Hof Method? Exactly What is the Wim Hof breathing method?
[00:37:19] Wim Hof: Yes, it is starting with the cold. Gradual cold exposure. I always say a cold shower a day keeps the doctor away. Just take it on guys. It is. It's also the best skincare you can ever imagine because you, you stimulate all these receptors in the skin everywhere and that, uh, makes it, uh, the blood flow go, uh, to the skin.
And blood flow is nutrients. It's oxygen, it's vitamins, minerals, it's all there and it's feeding it from the inside. That is one. Two, if you go. Into the cold. You train your cardiovascular system. We think the cardiovascular system, you don't see it, but it has millions of little muscles, and going into the cold shower is stimulating deeply, dose millions of little muscles and thus the blood flow will go much better through your buddy.
That is the 75,000 miles. It will travel a lot better because all those muscles, they help with contracting and opening that is because of the stimulation of the cough. Do it and then the heart rate goes down like 20, 30 beats a minute, 24 hours a day. That means a lot less stress and because older millions of later muscles help the blood flow go through much better.
That's why reaches all the cells a lot better, by which the nutrients there are minerals. The oxygen they get into the cells a lot better, means a lot more energy. So energy goes up, the stress goes down. That is what is the cold is doing. Really, your energy goes, whoa. How much energy do you want? You will get it.
That's one. Two is the breathing. Naturally when you go into the cold, you feel deep breathing. Deep breathing cleanses the lymphatic system. You become, you de-acidify yourself, you become alkaline and alkalinity is, uh, the carrier, the right biochemical environment for the neurology to flow. That is our electrical system.
That is our nervous system, is electricity. Electrons and protons. Yes. And every cell is a battery and they, when you become alkaline, then every cell, trillions or other, but let's take one cell they are in, are electrons and protons when they are ma mingled. It's not able to charge up energy. Electrons and protons, I'm call it.
This is physiology. Yeah, electrophysiology. So when you become alkaline, then they get a part, their electrons and protons become a part. That means suddenly the battery is getting charged and thus that is very good for the cell mechanisms, but also for your energy in general. You will see that. If you do the breathing, for example, I hear a lot of CEOs saying at two o'clock in the afternoon, I'm sluggish in my mind.
Mm-hmm. And then I do the breathing. 20 minutes I'm fresh. Slug a chicken again. Yeah. This is making the energies, the alkalinity in the body. Making it alkaline by which the nervous system is able to run with the speed of light. The speed of electricity is the speed of light it's within, and we can make that happen anytime.
So that is great. That is the breathing. And you were talking a little bit about the placebo, but the placebo, I can tell you is no longer, I showed that in brain scans how to. Activate robustly, the endocannabinoid system, which is a name per ductal gray hemisphere. It's where the opioids, the cannabinoids, dopamine, serotonins, all is there and I'm able to activate that at will.
Yep. And with that, I'm able to rectify insight what needs to be, uh, balanced out because of inflammation, deregulation of the immune system whatsoever what is making me sick. I'm able to nullify it by activating my pharmacy inside and it knows exactly what to do.
[00:42:12] Hala Taha: Yeah. And so when you say placebos no more, do you mean you figured out what a placebo is?
It's actually people controlling their inner their bodies because they believe something. And before they never really knew that they had the power, but they took this pill and then they believe they had the power. Is that what it, what it is
[00:42:30] Wim Hof: exactly. It's no longer a suggestive power. It is the power innate capacity of ours to, uh, regulate what is out of what is de regulated in our bodies.
[00:42:43] Hala Taha: Yeah. There's two things that you talk that I wanna talk about. Alkaline, which you touched on, and adrenaline. So alkaline, usually we think we've gotta drink certain types of water, but I learned from you that, like you said, deep breathing can impact our alkalinity. We can have the perfect pH levels and our body so it can operate beyond what we're currently used to.
So if we have shallow breathing, it's acidic. And if we have deep breathing, we can become more alkaline and our body performs better. Now, what does adrenaline have to do? I know adrenaline is a big part of this. So what does adrenaline have to do with this?
[00:43:18] Wim Hof: Yes, adrenaline is a great resetter. When you are in danger, then you, you can shit in your pants, you can pee in your pants.
Anything that is inside is done, instantly out. Cause you gotta be ready. You gotta be handling the situation with the utmost of functionality. That's what it is. And then not only shitting and peeing in the pants, but also bacteria and virus. They don't ate to the situation. Hmm. They are blocking it.
They're making you sluggish. It's like people who are entrepreneurs. They are not working for a bus, but they are having their own company and they have to go for a deadline. They are able to postpone their becoming sick because they have to do the deadline. That's adrenaline. So the adrenaline, when it, once it shuts down because the deadline has been reached and all, then they become sick.
Suddenly. I had this problem with the people of Space X, you know, the Elon Musk. SpaceX, I gave her the master class over there and those people going on the mission to, uh, the moon, to the space. It's every time a mission. They have to perform, perform, perform, adrenaline, adrenaline, adrenaline, and then when it's over, More than the half of the people become sick every time, but not anymore.
And that is because I teach people how to activate and regulate their own adrenal axis to an extent by which they are able to bring down. You know, when you feel not good, when you feel whatever, uh, should not be inside, you should be able to activate your adrenal axis. To spike it, to reset yourself and feel great again.
Yeah, so that is what we do with these breathing techniques. They are able to activate deeply the adrenal axis, and then once, because you are doing it, You get a willful connection with that adrenal access and then when you need it in daily life somewhere because you don't feel good, because you've gotta perform, you've gotta do a speech, a keynote speech, or this or that, or a marriage proposal or whatever.
Emotional, mental dis, something difficult, then you are able to activate it. And to be the best of yourself at that moment, and that's what we learn by going into the eyes and doing the breathing exercises. We learn to have a willful or a neurological connection with those areas of the brain that brings us to the ability to function well in difficult situations.
[00:46:32] Hala Taha: And you've scientifically proven this, and it's not just you, you are able to replicate this with other people. So you actually had a study that you did with 12 other people, I believe, where you guys injected yourselves with e coli and endotoxin, e coli. And usually people get violently sick, but nobody in the study really got sick.
So tell us about that study and anything else in terms of studies, maybe something new, whatever you wanna share in terms of how this is scientifically proven now.
[00:47:02] Wim Hof: Yes, there's uh, quite a lot now, uh, proven only the bastard to make money on us being sick and dependent. They, of course don't want that.
These are natural ways. And it's not bound to only the iceman. It is everybody is able to go much deeper in their physiology of mind and body than before was considered possible. It is really paradigm shifting material. So for the people who listening, I did that study in 2013. Where we had a comparative research done on 12 people who did not the training for four days, and the others did a training for four days and they all were subjected to an injection of a e coli bacteria within a endotoxemia model, experimental model.
And normally people become very sick. Fever, headaches, uh, agony, muscle ache, back aches, nausea, vomiting, things like that. Mm-hmm. And that's because of the inflammation and you cannot stop it. But these guys, 12 of them, and this is actually not, uh, only 24 people. It's 16,000 before they all became sick. And then suddenly 12 people did not.
Absolutely not a hundred percent not become sick. Wow. So that is at least, I would say, man, that's sick.
[00:48:43] Hala Taha: Wow. Great. It's incredible.
[00:48:48] Wim Hof: Yeah. These people were like making jokes. Oh, I think they, uh, e injected us with sugar water because nothing is happening. They did the breathing exercises and they had this cold training only for four days.
This was considered to be impossible in humans to tap into the autonomic nervous system that is the parasympathetic and uh, and and sympathetic nervous system, which we cannot control. And with that, the innate immune system, if there was a problem in the covid virus, Inflammation causing diseases. A pulmonary, what was it?
Endothelial leaks in, in the lungs and where people drown in themselves like patic emia, then it is caused by, uh, inflammation and we brought it down. Nobody wants to know about this. This is sick. This is a sick society where money is b being brought up. Hey, uh, that's our earning motto. We don't want to, uh, crash into that man.
Where have we gone with our soul happiness, strength and how, this is what I've showed through science. And even then people do not take it up. And it changed the books in the university. Yeah. It was been published in the best of scientific papers of the world. Why they are not taking it up is evident, but I tell to the listener right now, Hey, man, there is a way where you are able to get a much deeper hold of yourself to guarantee and maintain your own happiness, strength, and health.
Just take it on, follow up on this and look into it. Just try it out once. If it doesn't work, blame me. But if it works, hey man, congratulations. You have a great control over your own systems the way nature meant it to be. And then afterwards I get that's where we actually, uh, shattered sign. Signs the fou foundations of science.
We shattered it over there. This was impossible, uh, considered in all the hundreds of years of science that the autonomic nervous system willfully can be activated, influenced, changed, uh, controlled. It was not there, and now it's there. It changed a whole paradigm. So that's history. Yeah. That's historical guys.
It's historical for your own health, happiness, and strength in your life. Just take it on. This is more than reading matter or entertainment. These are real facts. The real tools. It's called the breathing and the A gradual cold exposure to bring you back to your real natural condition wherein you are able to maintain and activate your own happiness, strength, and health.
It's all there guys. And with that, the ability to control a hundred percent of your own brain, which we also showed in another study in Hanover in Germany, with whom I'm going to have a podcast after this with the doctor, so O of them. We found out through these breathing exercises that we are able to activate hundred percent neural activity inside the brain and then, The mind, which is omnipresent, omniscience, and omnipotent.
We can reach it. We can tap into that, and we can use it for whatever we need in our subconsciousness through our intuition and our instincts. The six sense we can all learn to control and listen. It's not difficult. It's not complicated. Just bring it on cause you are now innately, our mind in the field of consciousness where everybody actually is connected to now is ready to be entered by us at will.
Mm. So that's another study I just did and I'm doing right now a study with cardiologists of the world, Montreal, ber and Hanover. Big universities and the best of equipment, and they saw heart films and they saw like five times more blood flushing into the heart and into the brain doing these breathing exercises.
That was one, but then every drama has an cardiovascular imprint in everybody of us. That's the way it stores up. When it happens in the moment, it's too much. Yeah. But it is imprinted in our cardiovascular system. It remembers it's stored up now. Doing these breathing techniques, you go into extreme contraction and extreme dilatation or opening of the vascular system by which you shake off the cardiovascular imprint, which is the future of psychiatry.
Breathing is the future of psychiatry and cardiology because cardiology means, hey, if you are able to reboot your heart, the electrical currents in your heart by flushing five times more blood inside, it's like reboosting, like, uh, your car in the winter, the battery needs a booster. It's like you boost your from the inside.
And we are doing this study with, uh, 600 people right now. The data is, uh, being processed, but this is all revolutionary. And so I got more. I, uh, I did these studies in, uh, Detroit, in brain scans and FM MRIs, and it shows that we now found keys to enter into emotion willfully. Only using the will we have to awaken the people toward that fact.
It's a fact that your neurology of your brain now is capacitated to willfully control your emotion. And your emotion can be perturbed by disease, by stress, by fatigue, by divorces, but you can re outbalance that back again. Willfully, but you have to exercise it. Don't think you cannot think you can, and thus you neuro signal within yourself and you will see miracles.
Life is a miracle. Life will happen. Miracles happen.
[00:55:55] Hala Taha: This is so powerful. Honestly, I feel like this is only the beginning. I feel like you're so revolutionary. You're changing the world. I hope you live to be 200 years old so you can keep telling everyone to do this and keep teaching, and I'm gonna spread the message as much as I can.
Okay, so we ask the same two questions to all of our guests at the end of the show, and then we do something fun. So what is one actionable thing that our listeners can do today to be more profitable tomorrow?
[00:56:23] Wim Hof: Take cold shower. And breathe deeper.
[00:56:27] Hala Taha: Both love it. And what is your secret to profiting in life?
[00:56:31] Wim Hof: Energy. Money is energy. So tap into your body, cleanse your body and energy will be yours. And then you will experience unconditional power that is energy flow without being blocked. And then you don't need compensation from the outside. You are fulfilled inside. You feel like a million dollars only. You can never, ever buy it with a million dollars your unconditional love, but you can be it.
[00:57:04] Hala Taha: I love that. And whim, where can our listeners learn more about you and the Wim Hof Method?
[00:57:09] Wim Hof: As the name says, Wim H is my name. And then method.com. There you find all the, you know, on YouTube, Instagram, the things you find, the signs you find, the breathing bubble, the exercises. Are you ready? Because it's a great journey awaiting.
[00:57:28] Hala Taha: I love that whim. I had such an amazing conversation with you. Is there any last words you wanna say to our young Anders?
[00:57:34] Wim Hof: I love you all guys. I love you.
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