The Wim Hof breathing technique has been proven to stave off viruses, disease and depression as it alters the body’s chemical imbalances using oxygen and CO2, which heals inflammation at a cellular level, as well as supporting relaxation.
You can download his app for free but, in a nutshell, here’s how you breathe like Wim:
- Take 30 deep breaths in through your mouth to a count of two and out for the count of one. You’re trying to get as much oxygen into your bloodstream as possible - you might become a little light headed.
- Once your blood is oxygenated, take a breath and hold it for as long as you can. When you can’t hold it for any longer, breathe out and then pause with all the air in your lungs for ten seconds
Heat is also your Friend
Heat is restorative and maybe your way into embracing the cold. A hot bath can not only be so relaxing, they can have so many other beauty benefits. Give these bath ideas a whirl:
- Epsom salt bath - your body will absorb the natural magnesium, making you feel more relaxed
- Apple cider vinegar baths - brilliant for detoxing and relaxing your joints. You could add some essential oils to mask the vinegary smell.
- Detox bath - add a cup of baking soda, a third of a cup of hydrogen peroxide and a cup of bentonite clay, which will draw out the impurities in your system
If you grab yourself a pop up infrared sauna, you’re on to a winner. A sauna can really help with those pesky cravings, improve your mood by lowering cortisol levels and increasing your serotonin, stimulate your lymph flow, get your bowels moving as the muscles in your abdomen relax, lessen fatigue, increase relaxation, reduce feelings of frustration and anxiety and stimulate your mitochondria, so you produce more energy.
When you sweat, you not only eliminate toxins from your body, but it also supports weight loss; when fat breaks down, it is released into your bloodstream and expelled in your sweat. If you don’t sweat them out, they will simply be reabsorbed into your body and continue to cling on for dear life. In a sauna, your heart rate increases, your blood vessels dilate and you begin to sweat more, which not only supports getting rid of fat, but also increases blood circulation.