Win Hahn, The Ice Man, spoke to us one afternoon and led us in a breathing exercise. It’s the breath and the mind, he said.
Connected breathing is the Golden Key to unlock your inner power. When the adrenaline is up bacteria cannot survive.
At 68, this Norwegian bundle of energy who looked like a mountain man said that when his wife died, and he had four kids to raise, he went to the wilderness to grieve. He said he went to nature, to the cold, to get a warm heart.
Win Hahn has set 26 world records for feats accomplished in extreme cold, Including climbing Mt Everest in his shorts, and with no additional oxygen. I don’t know how far he got, not to the summit.
Just standing on ice in his shorts was enough for me.
Hahn said it’s the mind and the connected breathing that’s the Golden Key to unlock your inner power. When the adrenaline is up bacteria cannot survive.
He led us in a breathing exercise—super oxygenating our bodies, then we held our breaths for a minute. Breathe again, hold for two minutes.
“Awk, heave, gasp.”
When asked if we ought to breathe through our mouth or nose, he said, “I don’t care which hole you breathe through, just breathe.”
His ice bath record is 1 hour and 44 minutes. When he climbed out, his skin temperature was normal.
Breath work naturally segwayed into the power of water.
In Dr. Ferrydoon Batmanghelidj’s classic book, (1992), Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, Dr. Batmanghelidj explained that as a political prisoner, placed in solitary confinement, he reasoned that without physical exercise food would become toxic in his body, so he didn’t eat. He drank water only and found that relieved his stomach pangs.
Later in the cell block with 250-300 prisoners, a fellow inmate was brought to him with severe abdominal pain. Having no medicine, he treated him with water. And although the man had peptic ulcer disease, the water relieved him. Dr. B prescribed two glasses of water every three hours for the next four months, and it seemed to be curing him.
Dr. B. treated 3,000 similar cases, and being a scientist, documented them carefully. Later the University of Pennsylvania hired him to further his research.
How much water should we drink?
One-half your body weight in ounces daily.
For a 200 pound person, they should drink 100 ounces of water. That is 6.25 pints or 3.13 quarts.
And now, for my event, seat companion, who asked if I would blog this information. I am placing it as I heard it.
First of all there is power in Living water and live foods. Our plates ought to be 75% water rich food, The other 25% can be protein, carbohydrates, fiber.
Tony emphasized that he gets his tremendous energy because he runs on fats, not sugar as do most of the rest of us.
Essential oils are paramount. Fish oil. Krill oil is even better, purer. Tony recommended the plant-based oil, Obur.*
- *Certified organic fresh omega-3, -6, and -9 oils from flax, sesame, and sunflower seeds, coconut, and evening primrose
- 100% plant-based (vegan), non-GMO, fish-, dairy-, and gluten-free, kosher
- Ideal ratio balance of 2:1 omega-3s to omega-6s
Its originator was in the arena, and he emphasized that it is made under the most stringent of conditions and is very pure.
Yesterday, I ordered some.
We know about pH, the acid/alkalinity scale, and how for optimal health we ought to lean toward alkaline. (pH stands for “Potential of Hydrogen.” 7 is neutral, the middle of the scale.)
Our blood needs to be slightly alkaline.
Whereas urine, saliva and the digestive tract should be slightly acidic. We tend to have an alkaline reserve which is stored until it’s needed to neutralize excess acid in the body. If the body becomes too acidic or depletes its alkaline reserves, the cells begin to weaken and break down.
Overweight and underweight problems tend to be an acid problem.
Cancer cells do not do well in an alkaline environment.
Have you ever smelled your baby’s breath when they are coming down with a fever? You know they are getting sick. One treatment is to drink water laced with apple cider vinegar and a blob of honey. Your baby probably won’t drink it, but you can. This isn’t from Tony, it’s from me. Yes, vinegar is acid, but it works the opposite in the body. And with a cold, it tends to restore homestacious, ( balance), which is out of whack.
For alkalinity, Go Green
Some alkalinity producing foods:
(Have you ever drank wheat grass extract” Wow, talk about green. Wheatgrass is packed with good things, guess I ought to try it again. It contains all 8 of the essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and it stimulates peristalsis and supports thyroid functioning.)
And it’s taste will curl your toes.
Meat and lobster are acid producing—eat with a salad.
Anaerobic exercise builds muscle.
Aerobic, builds health.
And this is delightful to hear:
The philosophy of “no pain, no gain,” is a fallacy!
Your goal should be to exercise for a longer period but in an enjoyable way.
And walk at a rate where you can talk.
This in the maximum heart rate:
220 minus your age = maximum heart rate.
Let’s say you are 35 years old. 220 – 35 is 185 your max heart rate.
To burn fat with aerobic use 180 – your age = aerobic training rate.
180 minus 35 equals 146 your aerobic training rate.
Stay well below this otherwise, you’re working anaerobically and just burning sugar.
I found that my exercising at the event helped my overall energy level. I talked of all the walking I did, and it was good for me, and the fact that we moved frequently throughout the day took away the back pain I had experienced at home.
I was drinking protein shakes for breakfast and at night, and eating a nut blend trail mix throughout the day. I did eat a hot dog for lunch because that was available, and I like hot dogs.
I like wine and coffee too which tends to dehydrate, so guess I will drink more water.
Tony said he hadn’t eaten a piece of chocolate for years. On the first date with his wife to be, she ordered a chocolate ice cream Sunday.
“What are you doing!” he exclaimed.
“It’s called Living,” she said.
His response, “I like that girl.” And, he said, “I even have chocolate once in awhile and a bit of ice cream.”