Recently featured on the popular Netflix series The goop Lab, expert Wim Hof is trailblazing the practice of cold exposure and cold showers. Using the Wim Hof method he is able to calm the mind and improve the body’s defense against illness.
In fact, his methods have earned him the name Iceman and allowed him to accomplish astonishing feats. Hof can hold himself in ice water for nearly two hours, he has run a half-marathon barefoot through the Arctic, and he has allowed scientists to dose him with endotoxins. Through these tests – and 21 Guinness World Records – he has maintained his body temperature, controlled his heart rate, and avoided unhealthy immune responses.
While the majority of people will never attempt such things, his methods of cold exposure can apply to anyone looking to improve their mental and physical health. The positive effects of cold showers are holding up in research studies around the world, from Europe to America.
Four major benefits have appeared repeatedly for those who add cold showers to their daily routines: reduced stress levels, increased alertness, enhanced immune responses, and increased weight loss.
Let’s review these benefits in more detail.