On this special episode of The Wellness Breakdown, Eve sets her friend, Andrea, the Wim Hof Challenge. The Wim Hof method is a combination of cold water therapy and breathing exercises. Wim Hof, the man who developed this lifestyle routine, did so as a means to help manage his stress levels, and since then, champions of the routine have claimed it improves your overall feeling of wellbeing, reduces inflammation, and helps your skin.
So we wanted to put the Wim Hoff method to the test. Can this combination of breathing exercises, cold water, and meditation, really increase your mindfulness and reduce your stress? Or will our hosts have to pour cold water on the trend? Let’s find out.
The Challenge: Andrea will have to take a daily shower of cold water for an increasing number of seconds over one week - beginning at 15 seconds and ending at 1 minute. Andrea will also have a daily routine of breathing exercises for 15 minutes - paying close attention to her mood, energy, and concentration levels.
About the hosts
Eve Kalinik is a nutritional therapist and author. Previously working in fashion and PR, Eve later studied nutrition and set up her own nutritional practice in London. Eve regularly hosts interactive workshops, talks and retreats, and she also writes regularly on gut health and nutrition for leading print and online publications. Eve is a registered member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Eve is also the author of several books on gut health, such as her most recent published work: Happy Gut, Happy Mind.
Rosemary Ferguson is a nutritionist and a functional medicine practitioner. After a hugely successful career in modeling Rosemary decided to fulfill her passion for nutrition by studying at The College of Naturopathic Medicine. In 2009, Rose qualified as a naturopath and nutritionist, and now runs her own clinic on Harley Street in London. Rose also writes for publications like Vogue, and is co-founder of healthy junk food brand Filth. In 2015, Rosemary authored her book Juice, which features 100 juice recipes to help cope with modern life!
"By doing breathing exercises you're moving the body from the fight or flight mode, and into the rest and digest." - Eve
"Don't underestimate the power of breathing and breathing exercises. With the right methods, you can fundamentally reset your nervous system and your entire body." - Eve