“All chronic pain, suffering, and diseases are caused by a lack of oxygen at the cell level.”
Dr Arthur C. Guyton, M.D.
Humans can survive weeks without food, days without water, yet only minutes without oxygen. Yet somehow this invisible, odourless gas, which makes up ~21% of our atmosphere is often overlooked when addressing health needs for an individual’s recovery or attainment of optimum wellbeing.
There is increasing (scientific and clinical) evidence that many diseases and even the ‘natural’ process of ageing are related, at least in part, to inadequate or inefficient cellular oxygenation. Oxygen is required within the body for a whole host of essential processes and functions for healthy living – and of course, optimising these processes and functions can help an individual move further towards optimum health.
Although it is possible for cells to produce energy in the absence of oxygen, the most efficient method of energy production (also known as ‘cellular respiration’) involves sufficient oxygen (making it an ‘aerobic’ process) – which can produce nineteen times the amount of energy compared to the no-oxygen method (‘anaerobic’ process). Therefore, at a basic level it is obvious that ensuring optimal availability of useable oxygen is important to optimise energy production.
Oxygen is not only key to energy production – it is also an essential component, in its different forms, of the body’s detoxification system (through the process of ‘oxidation’ of toxins into harmless basic elements), the immune system (for example, as the superoxide ion used by immune cells to fight invading pathogens), the optimal absorption and assimilation of nutrients from digestion in the gut, as well as the body’s own self-healing mechanism through the ‘oxidative response’. For recovery from any illness and movement towards truly optimum health, we really need to optimise the amount and quality (i.e. how available it is) of the oxygen we inhale, transport around our body and provide to our cells!
Do you ever experience:
‘Air hunger’ (a sensation of not being able to breathe in sufficient air or needing to take extra deep breaths just to feel oxygen is actually getting into your body)?
Unusually cold hands or feet?
‘Brain fog’ – impaired thinking or concentration?
Excessive fatigue, especially after any exertion?
If you've answered 'yes' to two or more of the questions above,
you may well benefit from improving your cellular oxygen levels.
The best method we’ve found for optimising oxygenation in your body is Activated Oxygen Therapy (AOT) – also known as ‘Singlet Oxygen Energy Therapy’ or ‘Active Air’, in which you inhale clean air that has been ‘energised’ through a safe singlet oxygen process – which optimises the availability of oxygen to your cells and ensures most efficient use of the oxygen in all your essential metabolic processes.
Activated Oxygen Therapy is well established in Germany though relatively new to the UK. Vital Air and Airnergy are the best known device brands and increasing research is demonstrating effectiveness of AOT as supportive treatment for many health conditions in addition to aiding peak performance in athletes and those seeking optimum health!
Find out more about AOT, how it might help you or loved ones and how to access this therapy by clicking here.
Other ways to work on your OXYGENATION Jigsaw Piece and improve your cells’ oxygen levels and usage, include:
Conscious Breathing: Regularly focus on your inhalations and exhalations. Ensure you are breathing in through your nose wherever possible and filling your lungs as slowly and deeply as you can. Modern living means many of us breathe in a very shallow way as standard – simply becoming aware of this and increasing the regularity of deeper, slower breaths in (and out!) can have a healthful effect. NB Avoid ‘over breathing’ or hyperventilation – the aim is slow and deep, but not to cause discomfort!
Breathing Exercises: There is a practice called ‘Pranayama’ in Yoga, which incorporates many different healthful breathing techniques. When practised regularly (i.e. daily or more often), intake and transport of oxygen can be improved, in addition to other lovely health benefits! Breathing exercises can also help calm your nervous system – another really helpful effect for many people in today’s modern world!
Exercise: As appropriate to your level of health and wellbeing! ‘Aerobic’ exercise literally means activity that aims to improve absorption and transportation of oxygen to your cells and brisk walking, swimming and rebounding (bouncing on a small trampoline) are good, straightforward examples! However, even if exercise options are limited for you, even gentle practices such as Qigong and yoga asana can aid your oxygenation as well as improve the detoxification processes in the body. Of course, as with any new lifestyle change, it is important to take account of your own particular needs and bodily state and consult a health practitioner as appropriate.
Enjoy Nature: Take a trip to the sea, a walk in the forest or a break in the mountains (whenever possible!) – the air by the coast, in woodland (especially after rain) and in mountains, away from the pollutants and intensity of the city, contains many more negative ions – oxygen particles that can improve your ability to absorb oxygen.
Increase your Greenery: Certain plants are particularly good in terms of providing a more oxygen-rich environment (NB yes, the differences if measured by scientific instruments would be miniscule – however, these miniscule differences can be highly relevant to some individuals). If you live in an urban area, you may particularly benefit from plants such as the snake plant (also known as ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’) and the gerbera daisy in your home (as many plants as you desire!)
“If you’d like to discuss which aspect of the Optimum Health Jigsaw should be your priority, or which implementation(s) would be most appropriate for you personally, please contact me via our contact form or on 01743-718-324 or email here. I look forward to working with you!”
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