Easy Ways to Add Oxygen to Your Blood

Recently, I saw an ad for some expensive product that said it would promote more oxygen in the blood flow 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 flowing with oxygen.

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 the blood flow, and premature aging.

In this article, we’ll dive into how oxygen is used in the body and 14 amazing ways to increase oxygen levels:

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 flow will help you avoid the effects of low oxygen levels and will improve your health.

Pulse oximetry is one method for indirectly monitoring oxygen saturation to ensure normal blood oxygen levels, so investing in a pulse oximeter is one of the easiest ways to monitor your health.

14 Ways to Increase Your Blood Oxygen Level

Restoring the oxygen levels in your blood is easier than you think; it takes just a few new habits and simple lifestyle adjustments. Don’t worry about using supplemental oxygen – instead, consider these tips as a form of natural oxygen therapy.

  1. Open your windows. Stale air stuck between the walls of your home can be easily replaced by fresh air when you open the windows and let the oxygen circulate.
  2. Place plants throughout your house. Plants take in carbon dioxide, so arranging fresh greenery and flowers around your home can increase oxygen levels in your living space.
  3. Invest in natural aroma diffusers. Stop buying commercial candles and air fresheners that are loaded with harmful chemicals. Organic options like natural beeswax candles can make it easier to breath in fresh air and get pure oxygen to your blood.
  4. Exercise. Physical activity improves your respiratory system, helping your lungs absorb oxygen. Aerobic exercise is the best option for body oxygenation, so try hiking, walking or bicycling.
  5. Increase your water intake. Considering water is made up of oxygen, staying hydrated throughout the day can ensure the element gets properly dispersed throughout the body.
  6. Remove salt from your diet. An eating regimen that’s low in sodium chloride can lead to increased oxygenation from the kidneys and the blood.
  7. Consume more essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids can increase the amount of oxygen red blood cells carry. Given the body cannot produce omega-6 essential fatty acids on its own, eat more walnuts and hemp, flax, pumpkin and Chia seeds.
  8. Follow a plant-based diet. Eliminating processed foods and animal products from your diet removes excess acidity from the body. A plant-based eating regimen that’s loaded with leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, Swiss chard, parsley, sprouts, collard greens and mustard greens can help alkalize the body.
  9. Avoid recreational drugs and alcohol. Oxidative stress is associated with an increased use of these unhealthy products. Stop using drugs and alcohol to keep your tissues and organs in good health.
  10. Maintain an alkaline body pH. When your pH level lowers, the amount of oxygen in the red blood cells decreases. Work on maintaining normal pH levels by staying away from processed foods and refined sugars.
  11. Check your iron. Did you know that normal red blood cells are full of iron? If you’re anemic, consuming more iron-rich foods like whole grains, nuts, seeds and dark leafy greens can increase iron absorption, which enables your red blood cells to carry oxygen.
  12. Dedicate time to prayer. Taking time to speak to God while relaxing and focusing on your breathing doesn’t only reduce stress; it can also improve your oxygen intake.
  13. Learn to breathe properly. While breathing is a natural habit, the right techniques can ensure you’re getting enough oxygen to the lungs. Breathe in slowly from the diaphragm and out through the nose.
  14. Improve your posture. The way you stand, sit and walk can impact your breathing process and inhibit the amount of oxygen that gets into your lungs. Work on improving your posture to inhale the most oxygen possible.

You now have 14 different ways to replenish the oxygen in your bloodstream. Start implementing these tips into your everyday routine!

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25 comments

  1. What a wonderful, informative article. But I have a question where you say: “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.” To me it sounds like a contradiction. First you say, deep breathing does not increase oxygenation, and in the next sentence you say for more oxygen use deep breathing techniques.

    • I noticed the same thing Charlotte. After reading it I thought, “what?” This needs to be explained more thoroughly, because it is contradictory. I’m about to be 60 so I’m researching material to help me do better taking care of myself. Other than the aforementioned, I do appreciate the information.

    • Watermelon is the highest alkaline fruit! It’s not acidic!

    • If you notice she says RAPID deep breathing versus SLOW deep breathing. She did not contradict herself.

      • She DID contradict herself. She wrote “deep OR rapid breathing techniques do not increase oxygenation!” Then in the following paragraph, she recommends deep breathing. I suspect it’s a typo and that deep breathing is recommended while rapid breathing is not.

        About the watermelon–she mentioned that the SUGAR in the sweet fruits creates acidity in the body, not that all the fruits mentioned are acid producing/contain lots of acid. There are contradictions about the fruit which she needed to explain, as she later recommends citrus fruits for the vitamin C content. Basically, eating fresh fruit, both citrus and non citrus is very oxygenating and contains lots of vitamins, but it’s best to eat the fruit whole rather than in smoothies or juices because the latter is a concentrated form of the fruit and that’s where you wind up taking in too much sugar in the form of fructose. So if you have a fruit smoothy that should be it for the day, if you’re concerned about consuming too much sugar. (Everyone is different and has different levels of tolerance to sugar). Concentrated fructose (as in all juices but especially store bought made from concentrate) is higher on the glycemic scale than cane sugar, by the way. Eating whole fruits and drinking moderate amounts of fruit juice is healthy and not a problem unless you’re diabetic.

        Too much SUGAR PRODUCES ACID ash in the body.

        Lemons and vinegar which contain hydrochloric acid turn ALKALINE in the body which is a very good antidote for acid producing foods such as animal protein. It’s a good idea to squeeze lemon or lime juice in your drinking water routinely and use lemon or vinegar based dressings on your salad. The whole acid-alkaline thing is complicated because some foods that are acidic (like lemons and vinegar) turn alkaline in the body and vice versa. You can’t figure all this out by just reading one article.

        • Thanks Conchita. I use lots of fresh lemon juice squeezed on top of all sorts of things. I am so glad it is healthy!

  2. I would like to know how you can test to see if your body is alkaline? Or acidic?

  3. carolyn b. calhoun

    Thanks for this blog. So much good and helpful information, some that we didn’t know about. Anxious to see what the next addition is about. Reminding me about proper posture and even the importance of breathing correctly.

  4. Great Blog! One thing that stuck out the most to was about how a diet low in sodium chloride can lead to increased oxygenation via the kidneys and the blood. This blog gave some good information, I just LOVE #7 about Prayer and Meditation….I like to take my scripture and just remind God of how power his word is! When we meditate on the Word, we use the Bible to encounter God. We experience more of His love, understand His truth, and come to know Him more intimately.

  5. Thank you for that excellent article. There are many good suggestions to put into practice. I like exercising on the rebounder because it provides the maximum amount of exercise in the shortest amount of time. I want to get back to rebounding daily.

    Sometimes It is difficult to breath when my nose is closed off because of allergies. When my nose is stuffed up, I breath through my mouth with shallow breathing. Any suggestions?

  6. What is the correct way to discover your acid level? Is it to put the special tape into urine OR under the tongue first thing in the morning.

    Also, do you consider 96 low oxygen level?

    • i would think 96 oxygen is very good. I had my oxygen level taken it was 98 they told me that was very good. 100 is the highest. Hope this helps

      • Darlene Eberhardt

        O2 levels are 95 to 100 excellent 90 to 95 fair below 90 bad! Below 89 on down do some deep breathing asap!! This does bring your levels up. I don’t know all but have been on o2 for 4years due to copd the deep breathing is absolutely the best, posture , meditation exercise all in this blog is right on. To test o2 levels invest in an oximeter.

  7. I find a freshly made ,,beet juice prior to a workout increases energy. My reasonable belief was an increase in red blood cells allow the transport of more O2 in the blood streamm. My O2 levels are consistanantly are 95 to 96 %: at room air. Please correct me if I am mistaken.

  8. I do the article.

  9. Great info.

  10. Wow!! I have been on a mission to optimum healthy living, like the search of the holy grail, this info is fabulous. Seek and you will find!! The Bible says that the life is in the blood, and maybe more specifically the oxygen in the blood. Oxygen(air-70% Nitrogen, 20% Oxygen) water- Hydrogen 2, Oxygen!!! So why shouldn’t food not be oxygen based!! Just saying

  11. Great article especially for my COPD groups!

  12. One of the best articles on getting more oxygen in you body you will ever come across, especially by deep breathing…I have been deep breathing for years, I will bookmark this page and reread it occasionally for inspiration. Thanks for posting, young lady….

  13. I have tried cutting out the wheat David. Thank you.

  14. Thank you for 14 ways to oxygenate the blood. Now that the weather is cooling off, I’m looking forward to opening my windows.

    I did not know that natural beeswax candles are natural aroma diffuses. I have one at home. I’m excited to use it now.

    Good reminder of another reason to drink water and stay hydrated. So many people think wine is a health food. I can see that it is a form of oxidative stress.

  15. This was a very informative article with some great information!

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