Wim Hof “The Iceman” Shares How to Change Your Biochemistry with Deep Breathing | Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

Key Takeaways

  • “We don’t know the power of our own breath and therefore we don’t know how to connect with our own biochemistry.” – Wim Hof
  • The cold teaches you how to deal with temperature and more importantly, how to deal with stress
  • Expose yourself to cold, learn to breathe, connect with nature, and tap into lizard brain
  • “In the cold water you don’t think. You go into the brain stem – you go into a non-thinking part of your brain because you have to survive at that moment.” – Wim Hof
  • We hold on through our thoughts: the cold allows us to reset and find the energy and purpose again

Introduction

Wim Hof (@Iceman_Hof) is a Dutch extreme athlete who has broken a number of records related to cold exposure – climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle barefoot, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes. Wim Hof believes everyone can unlock their inner potential and has a mission to share his learnings with others. He is well known for his Wim Hof Method of breathing which teaches people to control their body and mind to unlock their highest potential.

In this episode of Impact Theory, Wim Hof AKA The Iceman joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss unlocking your body’s potential, connecting to ancestral DNA, and uncovering your true self. Wim Hof describes his early life and influences that helped him find purpose and gain control over his body, and actionable steps we can take to do the same.

Book: The Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Human Potential

Host: Tom Bilyeu (@TomBilyeu)

Wim Hof’s Earliest Days

  • Wim Hof was the second born twin but they didn’t actually know there were two babies at the time
  • After the first twin was born, Wim Hof unexpectedly came out too and attributes this as his earliest trauma that shaped his life
  • At age 17 Wim Hof felt an attraction to go into cold water and immediately felt a connection with his personal trauma
  • His attraction to the cold taught him to fully breathe and naturally develop techniques to cope and unlock potential

Using Cold To Take Control Of Your Life

  • “We don’t know the power of our own breath and therefore we don’t know how to connect with our own biochemistry.” – Wim Hof
  • You can take control through intention: the intention is what you set by entering the cold
  • Expose yourself to cold, learn to breathe, connect with nature, and tap into lizard brain
  • The cold and methods alleviate inflammation and oxidative stress and allow us to connect deep within ourselves
  • “We have control over the mind and our brain – 100% of our brain, not 16% like they tell us.” – Wim Hof  
  • “In the cold water, you don’t think. You go into the brain stem – you go into a non-thinking part of your brain because you have to survive at that moment.” – Wim Hof
  • If we want to be the best within ourselves and live a fearless state of being, you have to deal with trauma and release it
  • The cold allows your body to heal and develop strength
  • We hold on through our thoughts: the cold allows us to reset and find the energy and purpose again
  • The cold teaches you how to deal with temperature and more importantly, how to deal with stress

Reconnecting To Nature

  • Modern society has disconnected us from what we’re supposed to do
  • We need to go back to ancestry, go back to purpose, go back to nature
  • The three principles: cold exposure, breathing, power of the mind
  • Let go of the restrictive way of thinking and obligations
  • “If you let your mind evolve naturally, it comes to great powers.” – Wim Hof
  • Our societal structure pollutes our power to connect with our souls
  • Once you let go, you can reset your intention

Interesting Anecdotes & Study Findings

  • In a study by Wim Hof and his team, people using breathing techniques lying in a bed released as much adrenaline as someone about to bungee jump
  • In another study by Wim Hof and his team, it took only 15 minutes to see noticeable improvements in the immune system
  • Breathing exercises can work the vascular system more than running
  • In depression, there’s a lack of serotonin and dopamine – if you increase adrenaline through breathing work, a rush of hormones are released and a strong wave of energy comes over the person
  • Without training and a self-professed non-runner, Wim Hof ran a marathon in the desert with no water; he attributes his success to his ability to deal with stress

More Ways To Follow Wim Hof

Website: wimhofmethod.com

Free App: wimhofmethod.com/wim-hof-method-mobile-app

Twitter: twitter.com/Iceman_Hof

Facebook: facebook.com/icemanwimhof

Instagram: instagram.com/iceman_hof

YouTube: youtube.com/user/wimhof1

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