The Goop Lab And The Healing Powers Of Ice Water Baths
Marc Gordon - January 25, 2020

The True Meaning Of Life

By Pat A. FlemingPublished: July 2017

The Years have passed by,
In the blink of an eye,
Moments of sadness,
And joy have flown by.

People I loved,
Have come and have gone,
But the world never stopped,
And we all carried on.

Life wasn't easy,
And the struggles were there,
Filled with times that it mattered,
Times I just didn't care.

I stood on my own,
And I still found my way,
Through some nights filled with tears,
And the dawn of new days.

And now with old age,
It's become very clear,
Things I once found important,
Were not why I was here.

And how many things,
That I managed to buy,
Were never what made me,
Feel better inside.

And the worries and fears,
That plagued me each day,
In the end of it all,
Would just fade away.

But how much I reached out,
To others when needed,
Would be the true measure,
Of how I succeeded.

And how much I shared,
Of my soul and my heart,
Would ultimately be,
What set me apart.

And what's really important,
Is my opinion of me,
And whether or not,
I'm the best I can be.

And how much more kindness,
And love I can show,
Before the Lord tells me,
It's my time to go.

Actress and health guru entrepaneur Gwyenth Paltrow’s company Goop has taken over the health and wellness industry. And now with its very own Netflix series, people are obviously talking all about Goop. The Goop Lab is officially on the streaming platform just waiting to be binged. If you watch all six episodes you will find out about some interesting facts and tidbits including the ice water bath.

Episode two of the Goop Lab addresses the healing powers of ice water baths. Win Hof, aka the Iceman, is a big advocate of ice water baths. “Cold water is a great way to learn to deal with stress,” Hof said. “If you learn how to breathe deep, you can go into the cold water and adapt. And with that, you become the alchemist of life itself.”

Hof is known for the Wim Hof Method, which involves three pillars: (1) cold therapy (hence the chilly baths), (2) breathing, and (3) commitment. Hof says his program results in health benefits. The polar plunges and deep breathing techniques will balance your hormone levels, boost energy, reduce stress, strengthen your immune response, and more.

According to the Iceman’s website, the human body is naturally able “to adapt to extreme temperature and survive within our natural environment.” But because we sit around in temperature-controlled environments most of the time, we start to lose some of our “inner power.” His three-pronged approach is meant to help us tap back into it.