Recently, I saw an ad for some expensive product that said it would promote more oxygen in the blood by taking just a few drops. I thought, “Hmm, that sounds like it might just be helpful and add another segment to my already healthy regimen.” But, something made me dig a little deeper into finding out just how hard it would be to increase the oxygen in my blood. I am so glad I did, since I found numerous ways to keep my blood filled with oxygen.
This will be a two-part blog since I found so many wonderful ways to increase oxygen in the blood. The first half will include the first 14 ways and next week you will find just as many more ways. So, by the end of the next blog, you will have an army of ideas to increase your oxygen level without resorting to a product that is over-priced and likely under performs.
In a healthy environment, our cells are rich in oxygen, rejuvenated every night as we sleep. Optimum oxygen levels will give you more energy, enhanced brain function, and lower stress. Fatigue will be easily overcome, and you will look and feel younger.
A low oxygen environment deprives the cells of essential nutrients needed for energy to clean and rebuild. As a result, our body fluids and blood becomes dirty and toxic. Lack of oxygen weakens every bodily system and is the main cause of disease. It weakens the immune system, which can lead to viral infections, DNA mutations, pathogenic bacteria, inflammation, heart disease, toxic buildup in blood, and premature aging.
What Causes Low Oxygen?
The most common cause of low oxygen is a poor level of fitness – lack of blood and oxygen flow to the cells. Other causes of hypoxemia include Anemia, Acid Body pH, Fatigue, Toxins, Sleep Apnea, High Altitude, Respiratory Ailments, Stress, and Metabolic Diseases. The #1 primary cause of low blood oxygen, says 1931, Nobel Prize-winner Dr. Otto Warburg is:
“The buildup of carcinogens and other toxins within and around cells, which blocks and then damages the cellular oxygen respiration mechanism.
Many people don’t realize that oxygen is one of the primary catalysts for energy and optimal health in the human body. Oxygen plays a vital role, not only in our breathing processes but in every metabolic process in the body. Nutrient compounds inside our cells are oxidized by enzymes and this oxidation process is our main source of energy.
In addition, healthy cells in the body are aerobic, meaning they require adequate levels of oxygen for cellular respiration and growth. When cells are deprived of oxygen for any reason, decay sets in and cells can mutate or die.
The Oxygen Cancer Connection
Dr. Otto Warburg, discovered a close connection between oxygen and cancer. His studies showed that the primary cause of cancer is directly related to oxygen-deprived cells. In fact, he found that cancer cells are anaerobic and actually thrive in an oxygen-deficient environment.
Warburg also discovered that a slightly alkaline pH in the body meant higher levels of oxygen uptake. These days, having a low blood oxygen level is a normal clinical finding for people with chronic diseases.
How Oxygen Is Utilized in the Body
The simple version goes something like this: When we inhale, oxygen from the air we breathe is diffused through membranes and into red blood cells. The oxygen-rich blood then circulates throughout the body and finds tissues in need of oxygen.
Enzymes in the body combine with the oxygen molecules and initiate many metabolic (i.e., oxidative) processes in the body. One of the waste products of oxidation is carbon dioxide, which is then released from the cells into the blood. It combines with hemoglobin and bicarbonates and is transported back to the lungs — where the process starts all over again.
How Oxygen Supports Body Detoxification
Health in the human body depends to a large degree on how efficiently nutrients can be absorbed and utilized at the cellular level, as well as how effectively the toxins and wastes can be removed.
Cellular waste is removed from the body in several ways. Part of the waste is dissolved in water and transported to the kidneys and liver for filtration. It is then eliminated through the urine and bowels. Toxins are also excreted from the body through perspiration.
However, some of the most toxic poisons in the body can only be “burned up” and neutralized through oxidation. This is the job of oxygen-rich red blood cells that circulate from the lungs and into the deeper organs and glands of the body.
Minimizing your exposure to environmental toxins (e.g., using air and water filters, eating organic foods, using toxic-free personal care products, etc.) while restoring oxygen balance in the body is a commonsense plan for cellular rejuvenation and disease prevention.
Since the cells cannot store sufficient levels of oxygen for more than a few minutes at a time, the body needs a steady supply of oxygen from the environment. Several natural methods of increasing oxygen levels in the blood will help you avoid the effects of low oxygen levels and will improve your health.
How to Restore Oxygen Balance in the Body
- Open your windows
Fresh air will bring additional oxygen into your home. Whenever you talk or open your mouth fresh air containing higher oxygen levels can be drawn into your body. A major issue with our modern construction methods is how air tight our houses have become. Opening the windows allows for the stale air to be replaced by fresh, oxygenated air from the outside. You’ll read later in this article about how the foliage around your house works to create more oxygen in the air. Open your windows and let that fresh air in!
If you live in a smoggy area then you could consider investing in an air-filtration system.
Carbon monoxide and fluoride interfere with the amount of oxygen the body takes in and sends to the bloodstream. Get fresh air whenever possible, especially in areas free of gas fumes, vehicle emissions and other chemicals. Try to avoid areas and regions where the concentration of carbon monoxide and similar gases are higher. It is hard to find such areas in urban regions though. Nevertheless, try to avoid roads where traffic congestion is high.
When you spend more time in regions where pollution is less and fresh air is available, your bloodstream gets a large supply of oxygen. You may want to plant trees and shrubs in your garden as they soak in CO2 and release oxygen into the atmosphere. You may also consider jogging or a morning walk by the water, a park or green areas where air is fresher to take in more oxygen through breathing. Ensure all the rooms in your house are properly ventilated as well.
- Add Plants to Your Home
They are the opposite of us as they take-in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen. Thereby increasing the foliage and plants in your home will decrease the carbon dioxide and increase the oxygen levels in your home.
Many of the chemical-filled candles and various other incense or air freshener type products contain carcinogens. Instead, it is better to burn all-natural beeswax candles as then you’ll have better luck breathing in oxygen. You may also want to research certain aromatherapy essential oils to assist you in breathing in quality air.
Even a small amount of exercise will help to improve your respiration ability. As your breathing rate increases and deepens, your lungs can absorb more oxygen.
Walk an hour a day, in addition to your regular workout regimen. Try to limit sitting to less than three hours a day, because the mere act of standing up triggers beneficial changes in your body. Avoid sitting as much as possible.
To ensure your blood is infused with oxygen, you need to work out regularly. When you work out, the cells in the body burn oxygen faster than the regular rate. As the carbon dioxide levels in the body increase, your brain increases the respiration rate to get more supply of oxygen. Your lung and heart perform at optimum capacity during the exercise to intake more oxygen. It has been observed that people afflicted with COPD and the resultant low oxygen saturation can enhance blood oxygen levels through exercise.
Increase aerobic exercise such as walking, hiking or bicycling. Aerobic exercise will help your body utilize oxygen and remove waste through the lymphatic system. Whereas the circulatory system has the heart to pump blood throughout the body, the lymphatic system has no pump. Lymph gets circulated and flushed primarily through movement. Thus, from the standpoint of health and body oxygenation, you would be better off walking for 15 minutes a day rather than spending an hour or more in the gym 2 to 3 times a week. The most effective exercise I have found for flushing lymph is the mini-trampoline (rebounder). Two minutes of rebounding can flush the entire lymph and triple the production of white blood cells – a super immunity booster.
Your fitness level is the largest determining factor in your oxygen level. Being Out of Shape Causes Poor Oxygenation! To get in shape, you need to periodically challenge your body through movement 3 times a week or so – not every day. Don’t overdo it, but rather slowly build your regimen. Intermittent exercise allows time for your body to repair and adjust to your new level of fitness comfortably. For example, if your fitness goal is to walk 15 miles a week at a fast pace, start with one mile 3x a week, and increase slowly to 5 miles 3 x a week to reach your goal. Getting in shape takes time and patience. Be careful. Warm up before you start, cool down at the end. If you’re elderly, overweight, or out of shape, take it slow and get your doctor’s opinion first. Find a walking buddy, or a fitness coach to guide you.
For maximum benefits, aim for 7,000 to 10,000 walking steps or 3-5 miles per day.
- Increase your water intake
Water is made up of oxygen so by increasing your water consumption you can increase the amount of oxygen in your body. Drinking enough water daily is essential not only for the utilization of oxygen in the body but also for transporting the blood and other bodily fluids. Without adequate water, all bodily functions are diminished, including cellular respiration and the removal of toxins and metabolic wastes. Drinking filtered or distilled water is necessary to get the full benefits of oxygenation.
If you want to try other fluids, fresh vegetable juices and smoothies can be a good choice. Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, therefore juicing them or blending can help you absorb their benefits in a more easily digestible form. Remember to avoid sweet fruit juices – for example from oranges, pears, grapes, mangos, watermelon, and pineapple – which have a very high sugar content, and therefore increase acidity in the body.
- Go Green
Even though there are many conflicting charts and articles online about how to increase body alkalinity through diet, it’s quite simple. Increase the amount of plant-based foods in your diet and reduce the amount of processed foods and animal-based foods, which are acidifying. If nothing else, increase the amount of dark, leafy green vegetables, such as kale, spinach, Swiss chard, parsley, sprouts, collard greens, and mustard greens, just to name a few. Organic super green supplements that contain chlorella, spirulina, barley grass, and alfalfa grass also help to alkalize the body.
- Prayer and Meditation
Daily prayer and meditation or just simply sitting quietly and focusing on your breathing and taking deep breaths for a few minutes can greatly help in reducing stress and improving your oxygen intake.
- Check Your Iron
You need 8 to 18 milligrams of iron daily to prevent anemia, depending on your age and sex. An ounce of cashew nuts or a medium baked potato each offers 1.9 milligrams of iron, while 1/2 cup of kidney beans boosts your iron intake by 2 milligrams. Lentils contain an impressive amount of iron — 3.3 milligrams per 1/2 cup.
Normal red blood cells are full of iron, found in hemoglobin. Low iron levels are very common. In fact, low iron anemia is considered the #1 nutritional cause of hypoxemia (poor oxygenated blood), according to Harvard Medical School and Stanford Blood Center.
To treat anemia, consume iron-rich foods such as okra, sunflower seeds, nuts, beans, whole grains, black strap molasses, dark leafy greens (like spinach), and dark chocolate. But along with these also take Vitamin C rich foods (citrus fruits etc.) as it increases absorption of Iron among other benefits.
Iron binds to oxygen from the air you breathe, carries it throughout your body and releases it so it can enter your cells and tissues. It is essential for transportation of oxygen through your body.
- Cut Out Salt
A diet low in sodium chloride can lead to increased oxygenation via the kidneys and the blood.
- Consume Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids like vitamin F increase the amount of oxygen the hemoglobin in the bloodstream can carry. The body cannot produce the omega 6 essential fatty acids linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, so you need to eat small amounts of foods that contain these substances. The George Mateljan Foundation reports that sunflower oil, canola oil, sunflower oil and safflower oil contain linoleic acid. Other good sources of it are seeds and nuts.
Good sources of alpha-linoleic acid include pumpkin seeds, walnuts and flaxseeds.
Omega 3 fatty acids: These increase your blood flow and your metabolism. Pure Fish oil capsules, Flax seeds, Hemp seeds and Chia seeds are good natural sources.
- Breathe Properly
The University of Missouri-Kansas City reports that improper breathing may reduce blood oxygen levels by 20 percent. Shallow breathing also reduces the amount of oxygen carried in the bloodstream. Improve your blood oxygen levels by performing deep-breathing exercises. These exercises increase energy, cleanse the lungs and increase the amount of oxygen in the blood.
Dr. K.P. Buteyko is a physiologist and clinical physician who devoted 50 years of his life to the study of respiration. According to Buteyko, sick people breathe using the upper chest and inhale more air, which causes reduced oxygen levels in body cells. Chest breathing causes us to take in too much air per inhalation and constricts blood vessels. Healthy breathing is slow (about 12 breaths per minute), from the diaphragm (rather than the chest), through the nose (rather than mouth) and is quiet and light. Contrary to popular belief, deep or rapid breathing techniques do not increase oxygenation!
When you want to take in more oxygen, use deep breathing techniques. Slow and deep breathing methods enable more oxygen to enter your lungs and get into the bloodstream eventually. Deep breathing technique is better than a higher rate of breathing for oxygen absorption.
Adequate oxygenation and a healthy body pH are essential to health and vitality. Just a few of the potential benefits of maintaining body oxygenation at a balanced level include: enhanced brain function, stress reduction, increased energy, and a longer and healthier life.
Diaphragmatic Breathing uses the entire lungs. We can take in much more oxygen as well. This has been measured in laboratory tests. In normal breathing, most people inhale five hundred cubic centimeters of air, and exhale out the same. After an exhalation, the lungs are almost empty, but there is residual air in the lungs. To optimize your breathing, after the normal exhale, pull the abdomen in slightly, and you can exhale some more air.
Full exhalation and inhalation with the diaphragm uses about sixteen hundred cubic centimeters. You will find that your lung capacity will increase over time and may even double. With regular practice, you can make every breath a full one and take in more oxygen.
“Breath is the life of beings and so is called ‘THE LIFE OF ALL’.”
The Upanishads, 800 BCE.
The diaphragm is a circular horizontal muscle that connects to the rib intercostal muscles all the way around. As you inhale, put your thumbs on your back lower ribs (floating ribs). Squeeze, and notice the expansion of the air in the BACK of the lungs. Using this method, you can optimize your oxygen intake and greatly expand your breath capacity. Slow, relaxed, even breaths without tension are the only way to build strength. Count or use a stopwatch. Inhale to a count of 6, hold 4, exhale 6, and repeat 6-8 times. This is recommended to do before meals. It relaxes the nervous system, stimulates the organs, and improves digestion.
Poor blood oxygenation is the #1 cause of declining health and disease!
- Avoid Drugs & Alcohol
Alcohol and drugs impact the oxygen level in the blood due to the oxidative process used to metabolize and remove these substances from the body. Avoid drinking alcohol or using drugs to avoid harmful effects on your tissues and organs.
- Improvement in Posture
You may not have thought about posture and its link with enhanced oxygen in the blood, but they are linked! When you stand, walk or sit in a slouched posture, it hinders the breathing process to an extent. As a result, you end up taking in less oxygen. Sitting or walking with an erect back and straightened posture enables more oxygen to be inhaled, and that can enter the bloodstream as well.
- Maintain an Alkaline Body pH
There is a proportional relationship between oxygen and pH level. As the pH level lowers, the amount of oxygen in hemoglobin molecules also decreases. Therefore, as the body becomes more alkaline, more oxygen is released.
The pH scale goes from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. Below 7 is acid and above 7 is alkaline. The blood, lymph and cerebral spinal fluid in the human body are designed to be slightly alkaline at a pH of 7.4. When the body is alkaline, you will stop craving addictive substances like donuts, sugar, coffee, tobacco. Hooray!
In 1931 Dr. Warburg stated:
“The cause of cancer is no longer a mystery, we know it occurs whenever any cell is denied 60% of its oxygen requirements.”
Cancer, like other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. Poor oxygenation is usually associated with a buildup of carcinogens and toxins within and around cells, which blocks and damages cellular oxygen respiration. Clumping up of blood cells slows down in the bloodstream, and restricts flow to capillaries. The cellular mitochondria become damaged by lack of oxygen, leading to unwanted cells and ill health.
“Alkaline tissues hold 20 times more oxygen than acidic tissues.” – Annelie Pompe (athlete)
Alkaline eating means focusing on fresh vegetables and fruits, and living foods. Stay away from acidifying substances like sugar, processed foods, alcohol, sodas, dairy, coffee, sweets, and microwaved foods.
You now have 14 different ways to begin to replenish your blood with oxygen. Considering there is only one week before you read the next 14, you have a lot to do in a short time.
Seriously, please consider adding several of these ideas to your daily regimen. And of course, next week, you will learn 14 more ways to oxygenate your blood. Let us know which ones you will implement and how it is working for you.