Oxygenate your body - How to restore oxygen balance and help prevent disease
(NaturalNews) In my health practice, I have found 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.
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
The Oxygen Cancer Connection
Warburg, 1931 Nobel prize winner, 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
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
How Oxygen Is Utilized in the Body
utilization is a highly complex process in the body, but the simpler
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.
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 "burnt 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.
your exposure to environmental toxins (e.g., using air and water
filters, eating organic foods, using toxic-free personal care products)
while restoring oxygen balance in the body is a commonsense plan for
cellular rejuvenation and disease prevention. The following are just a
few simple ways to improve oxygenation in your body.
How to Restore Oxygen Balance in the Body
Even though there are many conflicting charts and articles online about
how to increase body alkalinity through diet, it's really 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, in particular, also help to alkalize the body.
Adequate Hydration. 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 water is necessary to get the full benefits of
oxygenation. Restructured or ionized water
is micro-clustered (creating smaller groupings of water molecules) and
will thus provide higher levels of hydration and oxygenation at the
Proper Breathing. 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! See resource below for Dr. Buteyko's
do-it-yourself Body Oxygen Test.
Daily 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
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