Oxygen is one of the most important keys to good health, but not everyone is aware of it.
The Importance of Oxygen
The air we breathe contains oxygen. Oxygen is the spark of life. Just as a fire can’t burn without oxygen our cells can’t produce heat and energy without oxygen. Oxygen is extracted from the air we breathe by the lungs. It passes into the blood vessels that surround the lungs and is carried to all the cells of the body by the blood. Most of the oxygen is carried by the red blood cells, though some of it is carried by the water in the blood. A deficiency of water means reduced oxygen delivery by the blood. So important is oxygen, that even where optimum water, protein, vitamin and mineral intake exists, ill health will still exist if there’s an oxygen deficiency. Under-breathing is epidemic among adults.
The mechanics of breathing determine oxygen supply. Shallow chest breathing gives rise to oxygen deficiencies, as there are very few blood vessels surrounding the upper lobes of the lungs. Most of the blood vessels surround the lower lobes of the lung. Deep, abdominal breathing is the answer to optimum oxygen levels.
The blood is one of the most important substances in the body. The blood sustains the vital activities and it nourishes the body. Therefore, it keeps the function of the tissues, organs and circulation pathway in good order.
When the blood is cleansed, it has oxygen. When it is dirty, it has more waste or carbon dioxide. The condition of the blood will determine the function and the condition of the organs. The heart, the spleen, the lungs, the liver, the skin, the muscles, all depends on the blood.
Most people breathe shallowly. Tight clothing and a lifetime spent rushing, sitting hunched over desks doing paperwork, studying, working computers and getting stressed out produces the bad habits of shallow breathing. Babies don’t chest breathe. Neither do drunks. They’re both so relaxed they breathe easily and deeply and their tummies rise and fall to the rhythm of this breathing.
For a majority of us, common sense dictates that oxygen is one of the most basic, and most important necessities for life. While we all need to eat, drink and sleep in order to survive, it is the simple act of breathing, filling our lungs, and our blood, with oxygen – that, which is most necessary for life.
However, oxygen does more than simply allow us to continue our existence.
Before we get to the benefits of oxygen , let’s look at the increasing problem of oxygen deficiency today and the symptoms of this problem.
The majority of people eat food that is excessively acidic. Their diet emphasizes red meat, coffee and even sodapop. This causes the development of an acid (less-than-optimally alkaline) constitution with an excess of positively-charged hydrogen ions (H+) in the entire system. When excessive numbers of hydrogen ions are in the tissues, they combine with and use up oxygen. This reduces the amount of oxygen available for the primary function of metabolism. Health problems follow.
An oxygen deficiency plays an important part in cellular contamination. Oxygen is a powerful detoxifier and when its quantity is deficient, toxins begin to devastate bodiiy functions and deplete the body of life-giving energy.
The fact is that in order to be suitable for life – any life; from plants to people, a planet’s atmosphere must have gradually higher densities of oxygen, dependent on the complexity of life supported. Thus, to sustain intelligent and complex life, such as us, an atmosphere requires high levels of oxygen.
Unfortunately, since ancient times, with the growing proliferation of technology in our society, and the decline of natural sources of oxygen such as trees, the increase of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere has been steadily matched by the decrease of oxygen levels.
This means that we aren’t getting enough oxygen – that most important of life’s requirements, from the air we breathe.
Symptoms Of Oxygen Deficiency Disease
It is no coincidence that diseases such as cancer have increased dramatically in the last one hundred-and-fifty years.
Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. All normal body cells meet their energy needs by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation. All normal body cells are thus obligate aerobes, whereas all cancer cells are partial anaerobes. From the standpoint of the physics and chemistry of life this difference between normal and cancer cells is so great that one can scarcely picture a greater difference. Oxygen gas, the donor of energy in plants and animals is dethroned in the cancer cells and replaced by an energy yielding reaction of the lowest living forms, namely, a fermentation of glucose.
The reason Food Therapies for cancer even exist today (beyond the fact that they work) is because someone once saw the connection between sugar and cancer. There are many food therapies, but not a single one allows many foods high in carbohydrates and not a single one allows sugars, BECAUSE SUGAR FEEDS CANCER.
As discussed by DR. Stephen Levine and Dr. Parris Kidd, oxygen is the source of life and energy to all cells. Body abuse through eating and drinking habits (including pollutants and toxic preservatives in our water and food), air pollution, use of drugs and lack of exercise can greatly reduce the amount of oxygen available to the cells. When there is insufficient oxygen to support the health of a cell, the cell turns to another source of energy called fermentation. This fermentation results in an anaerobic environment, which upsets the metabolism of the cell, and it no longer participates in the healthy functioning of the body. It causes the cells to start manufacturing improper chemicals, and soon a whole group of cells are unhealthy and weak. They lose their natural immune system.
Dr. Parris Kidd has stated that: “Oxygen plays a pivotal role in the functioning of the immune system; ie resistant to disease, bacteria, and viruses.” Dr. Stephen Levine has also stated that “We can look at oxygen deficiency as the single greatest cause of all disease.” Thus the development of a shortage of oxygen in the blood could very well be the starting point for the loss of the immune system and the beginning of the feared health problems such as cancer, leukemia, AIDS, candida, seizures, and nerve deterioration.
The renowned biochemist and Nobel Prize laureate, Dr.Otto Warburg, confirm this research. He stressed the importance of oxygen especially in its connection to cancer. Dr. Warburg summarized by saying, “The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the normal oxygen respiration of body cells by an anaerobic cell respiration.”
Dr. Freibott explains why oxygen and oxidation is so vital: “It is the lack of oxygen in proper amounts in the system that prevents oxidation and oxygenation, which energized the cells to biological regeneration. These Processes are the foundation of life and death.
“Without oxygen, there can be no nourishment.” Without nourishment, no heat and no energy can be created, and the body cannot purify itself. the unhindered development of this metabolic process results in a circumstance that we call sound health.
Some known medical symptoms of oxygen deficiency are:
- Stomach acid
- Bacterial, viral and parasitic infection
- Chronic hostility
- Circulatory problems
- Increased proneness to common infections such as the flu
- Bodily weakness
- Poor digestion
- Irrational behaviour
Oxygen levels are also vital in maintaining the balance of “friendly” bacteria over disease-causing bacteria, and other organisms in the body.
With one of the costs of modern life being the reduction of atmospheric oxygen levels through pollution in our air, oxygen can counteract the effects of this on your day-to-day life and provide the following benefits that you will notice:
- Heightened concentration
- Faster thinking
- Sharper sight
- More retentive memory
- Stronger heart
- Calm mind and stable nervous system
- Faster recovery time after physical exertion
- Natural remedy for headaches and hangovers
- Reduced muscle stiffness
- Resistance against chronic fatigue
- Stable and regular sleeping patterns
Oxygen provides 90% of our energy. With only 10% coming from food and water, this really drives home the point of how important oxygen is in our day-to-day lives.
Are you Getting Enough Oxygen ?
Oxygen plays an important role in the body acting as a guardian and protector against unfriendly bacteria and disease organisms. One of oxygen’s major functions is disintegration. Rubble, garbage, toxins, refuse, debris, and anything useless are destroyed by oxygen and carried out of the system. Just as a clean house holds little interest to passing flies, likewise, an oxygen rich body is a difficult fortress to assail.
Excerpts from http://altered-states.net/barry/newsletter395/
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Ways to Raise Your Oxygen Levels
Open Your Windows
Nothing helps you breathe easier than access to fresh air. It’s important to monitor your air quality though. If you live in a particularly busy area with a lot of smog, consider investing in an air filtration system.
Grow a garden.
Think back to middle school when you learned about photosynthesis. If you remember, plants are basically inverse humans; they take in carbon dioxide and create oxygen. This means by adding foliage to your home, you can increase the available oxygen.
Get some exercise.
Give yourself a respiratory workout. As your breathing rate and depth increases, your lungs absorb more oxygen, and yes, that means more oxygen-rich blood circulating through your body.
Refill your H20.
It’s right there in its chemical makeup. Water is made of oxygen, so increasing your water consumption can increase the amount of oxygen in your blood. Start chugging.
Fresh, raw green juices are chock-full of vitamins and minerals—like oxygen—that require little to no digestive work to attain.
Your diet can seriously impact your oxygen levels. Certain foods can help improve your oxygen levels in the blood naturally. Target iron-rich foods such as meats, poultry, fish, legumes and green leafy vegetables as they can improve iron deficiency, which in turn improves blood oxygen levels.
Slash the salt.
A diet low in sodium can lead to increased oxygenation of the kidney via blood. This means ditch the saltshaker and opt for low-sodium ingredients.
Be a lean green, raw food machine.
Oxygen-rich foods can naturally increase your blood oxygen levels. Stock up on green vegetables like kale, broccoli and celery in order to boost your oxygen levels and hopefully breathe easier.
Excerpts from https://lunginstitute.com/blog/improve-your-oxygen-levels/