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Natural anti-inflammatory

Inflammation is the body’s way of fighting harmful stimuli that cause injury and infection. It is a process that is designed to eliminate the cause of cell injury, such as pathogens, and to initiate the repair of damaged tissues. Because inflammation is a generic response, unrelated to a specific cause, it is considered to be a part of the innate immune system. A downside of the generic inflammation response, is that prolonged inflammation can eventually damage healthy cells.

Prolonged or chronic inflammation can be triggered by factors such as a lingering infection, stress, or even a bad diet. Since it is related to serious health issues like arthritis, MS, asthma, allergies, diabetes, and fibromyalgia, doctors often prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) or corticosteroids to prevent inflammation from going rogue and attacking healthy cells.However, medicines from these categories can have serious side effects such as hypertension, kidney failure, gastric ulcers, anxiety, and depression.Luckily, several natural ways of fighting inflammation exist. A growing number of people successfully use the Wim Hof Method to reduce inflammation throughout their bodies. You can try the method yourself by following our free mini class.

Natural ways of fighting chronic inflammation

Scientific studies have shown that the use of anti-inflammatory drugs can have serious side effects in the long run, while they can also severely interfere with the healing effects of inflammation on muscles, tendons, and cartilage. The overuse of NSAID’s like Aspirin is even associated with approximately ten percent of all kidney failures per year. Because natural ways of fighting prolonged inflammation have no serious side effects, these behaviors are recommended over the long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs. Below are some natural behaviors that can help you in case of chronic inflammation.

An anti-inflammatory diet. A healthy diet can help you keep levels of inflammation throughout your body within a normal range. Especially foods high in antioxidants exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. Some examples of these foods are broccoli, avocados, artichokes, and berries.

Fish oil / Omega-3. Fish oil can prevent inflammation by inhibiting the conversion of acids into the proinflammatory prostaglandin. The working components of fish oil are Omega-3 acids. Besides fish and fish oil, chia seeds and flax seeds are rich in Omega-3.

Sleep. Scientists have shown that a lack of sleep can raise levels of inflammation within the body. Moreover, sleep deprivation is a recipe for stress, which in itself is an important cause of increased levels of inflammation. Therefore, getting a proper night’s rest is important for curtailing inflammation.

Exercise. Regular exercise has a positive effect on the release of the IL-6 protein. This protein acts as an anti-inflammatory myokine that inhibits the release of cytokines, which would normally spark inflammation. The longer you exercise, the stronger the positive effect it has on your levels of IL-6.

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Fight chronic inflammation with The Wim Hof Method

The Wim Hof Method was developed by ‘Iceman’ Wim Hof as he found out that certain principles helped him take control over his mind and his body, which in turn led to the accomplishment of extraordinary feats such as running half a marathon in snow and ice, without wearing any shoes. Currently, Wim Hof holds over twenty Guinness World Records related to cold and extreme sports. His method is based on breathing exercises, commitment, and controlled exposure to cold. Scientists have discovered that a combination of these principles can be used to consciously influence the body’s immune system, and with that its inflammation response.

In one scientific experiment, subjects who were trained in the Wim Hof Method for ten days, and control subjects who received no training, were injected with a harmless endotoxin and were subsequently monitored for related symptoms such as headache and fever. The followers of the Wim Hof Method showed increased activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in a suppressed innate immune response and fewer symptoms. Not surprisingly, patients with conditions that are characterized by an overactive immune system, can greatly benefit from the Wim Hof Method. Some examples of these conditions are arthritis, MS, asthma, and fibromyalgia.

Practice The Wim Hof Method


Starting with the Wim Hof Method is as easy as signing up for our Fundamentals online video course. This video course is specifically designed to give anyone the means to benefit from the powerful principles that define the Wim Hof Method. You will get lifetime access to more than 13 hours of video, featuring Wim Hof himself as he explains the principles of the Wim Hof Method to you, and the way you can incorporate them into your daily life. Besides the videos, you only need an internet connection and a quiet place to watch the videos and perform the exercises. Therefore, the Wim Hof Method is also suitable for people with a very demanding lifestyle, and people who are always on the go. You can watch some testimonials of those who are already benefiting from the method here.

The three pillars

The powerful principles behind the Wim Hof Method are breathing exercises, commitment, and controlled exposure to cold. Wim Hof teaches you to combine these principles in a way that gives you control over your mind and your body to an extent that was previously thought to be impossible. This will ultimately help you become a stronger, happier, and healthier person. The Wim Hof Method has numerous benefits and applications, which are described in more detail on our website

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Wim Hof Method References

Wim Hof Method is assesed on average with an 9.5 out of 10 based on 2147 experiences written by participants

Franco, Testimonial Wim Hof

Franco, USA

Wim I hope to train with you someday. I love to jump into that cold water and climb that mountain with you. Your method has truly helped me with psoriatic arthritis. I am no longer taking Humira injections for my symptoms. I am controlling it with breathing, cold showers and ice baths.
Matthew, Testimonial Wim Hof

Matthew, Australia

I would have paid $10,000 for this, but that would not be enough because this has changed my life. I feel like I have taken Valium yet am supercharged. As a clinical psychologist my days can be very stressful. There is a stillness inside me now, and what I am really amazed by is the peace lasts.
Benjamin Testimonial Wim Hof

Benjamin

I started the Wim Hof method in October of 2018, and now the holes I had in my brain are gone. My neurosurgeon was so impressed by the scans that he told me I don't have to come back anymore. I take this as proof that this method works to regenerate brain tissue.
Per Kristian, Testimonial Wim Hof

Per Kristian, United Kingdom

After 3 weeks of daily practicing my medication (Naproxen) for long-standing sciatica has been cut by 80%, and my arm pain and 'pins and needles' following a neck injury 50 years ago has been halved!
Arthur, Testimonial Wim Hof

Arthur, USA

I got anxiety 2+ years ago, and have had panic attacks every day since. Medicine helped a little. I came across your videos and started to walk my 2 miles a day in only a t-shirt at 20F degrees. Within 2 weeks my anxiety went away! I found it to be a miracle.
James, Testimonial Wim Hof

James, USA

I’ve had astonishing results battling addiction with the Wim Hof Method. It has saved my life and is the only thing that worked on getting clean and healthy. I go ahead and get my suffering over with in the cold showers, so I don't have to suffer throughout the day. Pretty good trade to...
Gregor Testimonial Wim Hof

Gregor

After 8 months of daily Hoffing, puffing and cold showers I can claim to be cured of my 5 year burnout. Not having had a single cold or flu, my sore knee is working perfectly again, which was very painful the last 2 years. It is like a miracle, and I’m really grateful that our paths crossed.
Mino, Testimonial Wim Hof

Mino, Germany

Learning Wim’s method is like studying from one of nature’s best students. My life long fear of cold is history. I now fully enjoy cold immersions, but the benefits are not limited to cold. I am now a better person and a happier being. I smile when facing life challenges.
Monic, Testimonial Wim Hof

Monic, The Netherlands

It’s only been 4 weeks since I started, but the results are remarkable! Thank you from the heart for changing my life, my health, and my understanding about my own power and the influence I have on this. I’m looking forward to a nice cold winter in the Netherlands.
Aivar, Testimonial Wim Hof

Aivar, Estonia

I am 52 years old, and after 10 weeks of the Wim Hof Method I am in the best shape I have ever been. I did 30 push-ups as a test before I started the course, and when I finished I did 100 push-ups for the first time in my life. The Wim Hof Method gives you a good mood, it’s addictive!
Albert, Testimonial Wim Hof

Albert, The Netherlands

For 12 years now I have had rheumatism. Thanks to the Wim Hof Method I have been able to halve the amount of anti-inflammatory drugs. My goal is to completely stop the use of anti-inflammatory drugs after finishing the video course.
Tineke, Testimonial Wim Hof

Tineke, The Netherlands

I have severe arthritis in my left hip. By implementing the Wim Hof Method in my daily life, I can deal with this without getting surgery. I love Wim’s purity. His coaching inspires me and gives me energy. I’m almost 66 years old and by practicing the Wim Hof Method I feel much more...
Georg, Testimonial Wim Hof

Georg, Germany

Cardiac and respiratory arrest began my life. Heart defect and cleft palate pushed diseases. Depression, lack of self-efficacy, and post traumatic stress disorder followed. The Wim Hof Method frees me: I am twenty-nine years old, and I love to live. Thank you!
Grant, Testimonial Wim Hof

Grant, Australia

I was born with Spina Bifida, and was told I would end up in a wheelchair. After incorporating the Wim Hof Method into my daily life I have begun to see results in my pain levels and athleticism. I am no longer looking down the barrel of becoming a paraplegic, and I attribute that in part to the...
Raúl, Testimonial Wim Hof

Raúl, The Netherlands

From the 90s to 2012 I developed hayfever symptoms and had to take daily medications in order to cope. The effect of these medications only lasted for several hours. By using the Wim Hof Method training daily, my body has conquered hayfever symptoms since 2013.