5 Natural Ways to Improve Your Oxygen Levels
Out of breath? Looking to decrease dependence on oxygen tanks?
The feeling of being out of breath (dyspnea) is a sensation that is well known to those who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Although it is common for those experiencing shortness of breath to use oxygen therapy (oxygen tanks) as a method to cope, the downsides can include fatigue, headaches, and dry or bloody noses. However, when depending on oxygen tanks as a primary oxygen supplement, there exists a severe risk: the body can learn to actively suppress the its natural respiratory system. With your health in mind, we of the Lung Institute have put together a shortlist of 5 natural ways to improve your oxygen levels that should help in reducing your dependence on costly tanks.
5. Change Your Diet
As we’ve mentioned on our blog before, diet is everything. Antioxidants allow the body to use oxygen more efficiently increasing oxygen intake in digestion. When looking to boost antioxidant intake, the foods to focus on are blueberries, cranberries, red kidney beans, artichoke hearts, strawberries, plums and blackberries, most of which can be consumed in various juices and smoothies. Another critical protein to consider are essential fatty acids like Vitamin F, which work to increase the amount of oxygen the hemoglobin in the bloodstream can carry. These acids can be found in soybeans, walnuts and flaxseeds.
4. Get Active
Exercise is key to a healthy life. Through aerobic exercise, such as simple walking, the body is able to better utilize oxygen while removing waste through the lymphatic system. As recommended by the American Heart Association, 30 minutes a day of regular walking has greater effects on the circulatory system than spending an hour or more in the gym 2 to 3 times a week. Aside from the physical health benefits, walking has been shown to improve mood, confidence, and reduce stress.
3. Fix Your Breathing
According to our findings, exercising your lungs regularly is crucial to maintaining ones respiratory health. However, what is often an impediment to one’s breathing is the method in which they breathe. It’s recently been discovered that sick people breathe using the upper chest and inhale more air, which causes reduced oxygen levels in the body. In contrast, the correct method to proper breathing, is slow, from the diaphragm, and through the nose, rather than the mouth.
2. Cleanse the Air
Often the triggers of flare-ups in those with COPD is poor air quality. Because of this, it is imperative to maintain the purest quality of air possible within the home and workplace. With this in mind, a helpful tool in reducing pollution in the air and purifying oxygen is a beeswax candle. Unlike traditional candles, beeswax candles do not emit smoke when lit properly. Instead they produce negative ions that help in the removal of air pollution. An added touch is that the beeswax candle burns much slower than traditional wax or paraffin, so the candles themselves last longer and you’ll replace them less often.
The human body is roughly 60 percent water, so it cannot be understated how critical water is to how the body functions: allowing body cells to grow, lubricating our joints and regulating body temperature. When looking to get the full benefits of oxygenation, drink filtered water. Restructured or ionized water is micro-clustered with smaller groupings of water molecules. This provides high levels of hydration and oxygenation at the cellular level.
We’d like to a give a special thank you to Senior Directory for the opportunity to present our findings. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, or any lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (855) 414-9003 to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy and Happy Holidays from the Lung Institute!
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