November 17, 2019
The Wim Hof (Ice man) Method – What are the Benefits of Cold Showers!?

The Wim Hof (Ice man) Method – What are the Benefits of Cold Showers!?


Today we look at how taking cold showers in
the morning can benefit you throughout the day. To help us understand this, as well as understand
techniques on how to take cold showers, we look no further than the Iceman, Wim Hof. [Intro] If today’s video is of value please like the
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of uploads as otherwise YouTube won’t necessarily inform you of the latest videos. We again look at the Iceman Wim Hof and how
cold therapy can benefit us. Last week, we looked at his breathing exercises
to help prepare you for cold showers and care for the body. If you haven’t seen that part I would recommend
watching it first, and will link it in the description below. Today, while I understand most of us don’t
have access to the antarctic for cold therapy, we can still gain the benefits of cold therapy
by taking cold showers or even ice baths. However, before you do, it’s worth understanding
what benefits you can get from cold showers and precautions to take. So what are the benefits? 1. Increases Alertness
Taking a cold shower in the morning and feeling cold water pour down over our body can appear
to be a daunting proposition for many. This is because due to the sudden change in
temperature, our bodies naturally go into a state of initial shock and our breathing
patterns can be uncomfortable, or we even hyper ventilate. However, deep breathing, which we covered
in the previous video, in response to our body’s shock not only helps to keep us warm,
but it also increases our overall oxygen intake. As a result, our heart rate will also increase
and we release a rush of blood through our entire body, giving us a natural dose of energy
for the day. Wim Hof has experienced this himself, as after
his wife passed away he fell into a state of depression and one day when spending time
alone at the park alone, he saw an icy bed of water and immediately felt compelled to swim. [Wim Hof Story] He took off his clothes and went for a swim,
after which he felt energized and thus began the story of the Iceman. 2. Improves Hair and Skin
When it comes to hair and skin, cold showers can be highly beneficial and are one of the
most natural ways to maintain your appearance. The reason for this is hot water actually
dries out our skin, as it strips the skin of its natural oils that prevent it from drying
out and crackles or wrinkles appearing. Cold water on the other hand actually tighten
pores, which prevent them from getting clogged and prevent dirt from getting in. This is the same for your scalp too, which
contains numerous hair follicles from which your hair grows. Cold water also benefits your hair, as it
tightens cuticles making your hair stronger and smoother. This is often common practice these days,
as skincare specialists often suggest washing your face with lukewarm water to clense the
face and then end with rinsing with cold water. The principle is also the same when shampooing
hair, when rinsing, use cold water rather than hot. One final benefit is if you suffer from conditionsm
such as eczema, a cold shower can ease the itching sensations that can make the condition
worse. 3. Helps Stimulate Weight Loss
One of the lesser known facts about cold showers is they can aid weight loss. This is because the human body contains two
types of fat tissue, white and brown fat. White fat accumulates when we consume more
calories than our body needs to function, so essentially if you eat too much, a chronic
problem in today’s world, and we don’t burn these calories for energy. This body fat piles up, usually at the waist,
neck and thighs, and white fat is the many people struggle to deal with when trying to
lose weight. Now brown fat is considered a healthy fat,
which is used to generate heat to keep our bodies warm and is activated when our bodies
are exposed to extreme cold. Therefore, cold showers can promote brown
fat activity, helping our bodies care for itself and maintain body temperature. This activity within the body is done by burning
fat. A 2009 study found that exposure to extreme
cold temperatures activated brown fat in 23 and 24 participants by a 15-fold increase,
meaning someone could lose up to nine pounds in a year if they kept this practice up. 4. Improves the Immune System and Circulation
Cold water can improve circulation by encouraging blood to surround our organs, which can then
help combat some problems of the skin and heart. As cold water hits the body, it’s ability
to get blood circulating leads the arteries to more efficiently pump blood, therefore
boosting our overall heart health. It can also lower blood pressure as we relax,
clear blocked arteries and improve our immune system, making us physically healthier in
a number of respects. 5. Eases Stress
One of the greatest benefits of cold showers is they can ease stress. By jumping into the shower without letting
it heat up, you can help promote hardening, increasing your tolerance to stress and even
disease. Studies have shown that there is a drastic
decrease in uric acid levels during and following exposure to a cold stimulus. Uric Acid can cause gout, resulting in joint
pains and aches. In the studies, there was also an increase
in gluthathione, the antioxidant that keeps all other antioxidants performing at their
optimal levels. 6. Relieves Depression As discussed, cold showers can ease stress
and this in turn has been shown to relieve depression symptoms due to the intense impact
of cold receptors in the skin. This activity sends an overwhelming amount
of electrical impulses from the peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which in response
produces an antidepressive effect and boosts moods, acting as a pick-me-up. Studies have found that cold hydrotherapy
has an analgesic effect, which relieves pain, and does not appear to have noticeable side
effects. The treatment can include one to two cold
showers of 38 degrees Fahrenheit, two to three minutes long, followed by a five-minute gradual
adaptation to make the procedure less shocking. This process has been critical in Wim Hof’s
life as he struggled following his wife’s death and he has developed his methods for
his own recovery. 7. Speeds Up Muscle Soreness and Recovery
Many athletes take ice baths after training to reduce muscle soreness and speed up recovery. However, a quick cold shower after breaking
a sweat at the gym can be equally effective, particularly for relieving delayed-onset muscle
soreness. Studies have shown that people who rested
themselves in cold water after an intense workout found that 24-minute cold water baths
were effective in relieving sore muscles one to four days after exercises. This is incredibly important to athletes who
need to recover quickly after a sporting event, but equally so can be highly beneficial for
people who exercise regularly. [Wim Hof Speaks] Now before we finish up, there are a few precautions
to take when taking a cold shower. The key points are: 1) Don’t take too long in a cold shower. While a quick blast of cold can be of benefit,
spending too long can lead to exhaustion or lethargy and potentially worse conditions. Be fully aware of what benefits your body. 2) If necessary ease into it. For many it’s extremely difficult to get straight
into a cold shower, so instead you can either start by having lukewarm or cool showers,
or start the shower warm, but end it cold. 3) If you struggle with ailments or are older
then take care. Cold Showers are a shock to the system and
for people struggling with certain conditions, especially those susceptible to heart attacks,
or those who are older may be more at risk when taking them. And there you have it, the benefits of taking
cold showers and learning from the Iceman himself, Wim Hof. Give it a try and see the amazing benefits
yourself. [Wim Hof Speaks] Have you started taking cold showers and if
so, how have you found the experience? Let me know in the comments section below. If today’s video is of value please like the
video to let me know you enjoyed, share it with friends or family to educate others and
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80 thoughts on “The Wim Hof (Ice man) Method – What are the Benefits of Cold Showers!?

  1. Thanks for watching, don't forget to watch part 1 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvUlcI0smhA

  2. Every now and then I take a Cold Shower ๐Ÿšฟ when I need to Cool Off. After a few seconds it feels really good. But can't imagine the Ice Cold waters tho. However great Information to know about the good benefits. Awesome video. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ’›

  3. I actually was talking about this (part of it) in my latest video! Iโ€™ve never done it before. I only did Scottish shower. First warm then cold, but only cold…wow ๐Ÿ™

  4. My favorite part about cold showers is how it saves you a lot of time. You want to get out as fast as possible.

  5. Very impressive! Wim Hof is a great man. He reminds us how powerful we are as human beings.
    I enjoyed this video ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. I think it has something to do with it's effects of circulation but I've noticed it helps my skin a lot, too. Saunas and cold showers were some of the most immediately impactful things I've done that I noticed my skin improve from ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’ฏ

    Great video! I love Wim ๐Ÿ’™โ„๏ธ

  7. Love how your channel has grown!!! Keep up the great work. Love a cold water shower and do them daily

  8. Really great story! Very impressive. This wisdom has convinced me to consider taking cold showers! ๐Ÿ’โค๏ธ

  9. ๐Ÿ˜Ž Wim Hof the โ„Ice manโ„ I've never heard of this concept before, and sounds like to many great benefits to pass up. 1. Increases Alertness 2. Improves Hair and Skin 3. Helps Stimulate Weight Loss 4. Improves the Immune System and Circulation 5. Eases Stress 6. Relieves Depression 7. Speeds Up Muscle Soreness and Recovery DOMS affect๐Ÿ’ช Great Video upload Dev! You always give all of us such great content! โœŒPeace and Love๐Ÿ’• my friend!

  10. My Godness ! So many benefits .. sounds great ! Win hof looks such a strong personality in the thumbnail ๐Ÿ˜ณ . Dropped a massive like ! Keep sharing !

  11. โœ‹๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜ƒโค๏ธHi Dev! You know I'm down with this. Good times for sure. Namaste ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโ˜ฎ๏ธ

  12. When I hear this from you and see this man swimming like in the coldest waters of the planet I want to go even more extreme with my cold showers! ๐Ÿ˜€ I am taking them every day, but now I think …… "Its not enough! Its not enough!" ๐Ÿ˜€ This was another inspiring video my friend! You definitelly choose the perfect people to make these videos on!

  13. Natural dose of energy for the day wowww that is awesome it also increases the growth of hair wowww great share God richly bless you brother ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

  14. I will think of this inspiring video when the gym showers ๐Ÿšฟ go COLD ๐Ÿฅถ again. Thanks for sharing ๐ŸŒธ

  15. I have been ending my regular hot showers with a cold shower, for about five months so far. With the addition of taking some allergy pills, I haven't gotten sick. I usually get sick often, all my life, and this is a big first for me. personally.

    Now I crave or look forward to the cold shower, seems so odd not to do it. It always makes me breathe really hard too which invigorates me.

  16. 2 days ago I started the day by running to the ocean and did some push ups before I jumped into the cold water. I wasn't productive that day.
    1 day ago I just took a simple run. I was super productive.

    The differens?
    The weather was sunny and warm the first day and the second day the weather was cold.
    While keeping the temperature in my room cold with a fan blowing cold air I was able to focus to stay in a creative flow.

    Conclusion: Stay cold = Stay productive

  17. Thank you for this Dev Iโ€™ve literally been looking into doing this the past few days so this was bang on time! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ Iโ€™m gonna start

  18. Wow.. The Ice Man
    I love snowboarding but dare not do polar bear dive! Love your channel for the fresh perspective. Thanks #PracticalInspiration ! #SecretsSelfmadeBillionaires

  19. Iโ€™ve only recently have heard of Wim Hof! Itโ€™s incredible how he manages to endure such freezing waters. Cold showers have so many benefits so Iโ€™ll admit that as soon as winter shows up, I immediately switch to hot showers! ๐ŸคญโœŒ๐Ÿฝ

  20. Hey! Nice video! I just came across your channel! I like what I see! Keep uploading! You have potential to grow! We small Youtubers should stick together! What do you think?

  21. Cold shower improves hair and skin. Cold water tightens pores I didn't know that cold water can actually help your hair. I never knew this. Cold weather can help brown fat which is healthy weight. I have learned so much thank you for Sharing this ๐Ÿ’•

  22. Great video! Thanks for sharing. I'm also a big advocate of cold showers ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ thanks for sharing the benefits I wasn't aware of all of these. I certainly find them more challenging in the winter ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜…

  23. I just recently started the ice bathing.ย  I made a quick video of my experience.ย  As a dancer, I implemented the ice bath to my dance/popping training.ย  Iโ€™m interested to know if there are other dancers doing the same.ย  I would love to connect with dancers who practice ice bath as well.

    https://youtu.be/jK5PFFhjcuc

  24. Good video, I am having cold shower from last 10 years and wim hof breathing from last one year. Never sick since. Thanks.

  25. Been taking cold showers for 10 days..I suffer with panic attacks and anxiety esp apon waking ..once out of the water,the feel good and blood flow effect wakes me up and calms me down ..it clears my head and definitely lowers my stress .. Wim is an inspiration and gives hope that we CAN heal๐Ÿ™ thank you for the video ๐Ÿ‘

  26. Wim is a lifesaver. Iโ€™ve been practicing his method for a little over a year now. At first I just thought it was cool to hold my breath for over 3 min and I kind of started competing with myself to see how long I could go without oxygen. But it turned into something different for me when I got sober. Iโ€™m a recovering alcoholic and with that def comes some depression and anxiety. The breathing techniques mixed with ice baths and cold showers does wonders for both. And I donโ€™t remember the last time I was sick, I usually get sick once or twice a year but havenโ€™t since I started this. Itโ€™s badass, Wim is the man!

  27. I alternative weeks of ice baths with weeks of hot baths haha I love it, sometimes I skip the hot baths and go for the ice instead ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. Great video. WIm usually expands on the same thing he's been talking about and you never get a lot of different information at once, so making this was very helpful for the questions it answers.

  29. 1st day taking cold shower I only lasted 20 seconds on the coldest setting, 2nd day I was able to take full 4 min shower in cold water. I usually take like 10-15 minute showers but cold water makes u wanna get out asap

  30. Rhonda Patrick has said that cold exposure should be avoided for at least an hour after exercise, especially strength related training as it can apparently reduce adaptation. Heat shock is preferred immediately after a gym session to aid recovery such as a sauna or steam room.

  31. Actually he said in another video that he 1st started doing it when he was 17 yrs old… I think this part was how he started doing again after his wife died, not the first time tho

  32. The cold throws your body into "survival" mode .it's not for every body , n o t h a n k y o u .๐Ÿ˜จ… helps to be (mental) lol…

  33. I started and found it easier to get the water colder. Now it just seems itโ€™s not cold enough. I sleep better and seems to be helping my allergies because I have had no affect since showering in cold water but too soon to say on allergies.

  34. Well, I gradually cold the water and Iโ€™m feeling very well. The breathing exercises are very important too ! Gratitude ๐Ÿ™

  35. I wish that those that have a desire to self harm would 'self harm' by taking a cold shower, and those who feel the need to get high will do a massive amount of deep breathing for an oxygen high. These measures really can and do change things, particularly one's perspective of the day having endured the temporary discomfort of a cold shower.

  36. THE BEST therapy on earth !
    MAYBE SOME OF THE ELITE SHOULD TRY THIS?
    THEY NEED TO GET THERE MINDS BACK!
    REMEMBER IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT THEM!
    IT'S ABOUT HUMANITY!
    LOVE WIM!๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

  37. Will cold showers and baths effect my male raisins? Will my noodle shrivel up or will cold therapy heal my twig and berries?

  38. I was amazed how quickly I adapted to cold showers. I like most bearly lasted 30 second but by day 4 I was able get washed without too much trouble. Now I can basically stay in as long as I need to it doesn't feel cold. On another note it has help with anxiety, I remember the first time I kicked in. It was like my body took over and remembered my first cold showers and I was able to keep negative thoughts away with surprising ease.

  39. come on, we all know how to subscribe by now, so asking for that at the beginning and the end is a bit much and desperate sounding.

  40. Our ancestors had zero luxury but there was no stress or mental illness because the cold and hunger left them in survival mode which or bodies are designed to deal with.

  41. I gradually started taking cold showers this week making the shower colder each time. Today i done one minute in a frezzing cold shower never thought i could do it but i did and it feels amazing definitely be doing them everyday from now on.โœŒ

  42. cold showers everyday since beginning 2019: for me, was much easier and comfortable than I expected; invigorating, energizing; refreshing and liberating negativity: whether morning, noon or night: relax and step in.

    hot showers blanche skin: increasing loose, saggy, scolded skin.

  43. I have just started taking cold showers about two weeks ago. I start off with shower warm and end up with as cold as I can. I am up to two mins cold at the moment but biggest thing is for me is how I feel afterwards I feel more alert , fresh and when you put warm clothes on your cold body it's the best feeling ever through out the body. Also my sleeping has definitely improved! I am finding these addictive and look forward to my next cold shower I used to get a similar feeling when I ran many years ago, I am going to attempt the WH breathing technique soon but one thing at a time for now :)))) .

  44. Been showering cold since about 2014. Absolutely worth it!

    I live in Germany but l don't heat my bathroom in winter – after showering cold l feel surprisingly warm, sometimes wait 10 – 15 minutes before getting dressed. Inside temperature in winter about 14ยบ – 16ยบC.

    Go for it!

  45. It's been a year with cold showers in the mornings and it makes my day better went a month with out cold and I got depressed so don't stop it if you're gonna do it.

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