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.
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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