How do you feel in your body and your mind currently? Do you desire energy, passion, and joy? Your breath is the gateway for optimum heath and full-body functioning. Did you know the human body is about two-thirds oxygen? Each breath, every day, every cell requires oxygen. The more we breathe it in, the more our bodies regulate, balance, and regenerate.
How Oxygen serves us
Molecular oxygen, known as O2, is essential for cellular respiration in aerobic organisms. In the human body, the available oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream, via the lungs, then transported to the cells where an elaborate process takes place. The living cell is the site of tremendous biochemical activity called metabolism. This is the process of chemical and physical change,
which goes on continually in the human body: the building of new tissue, replacement of old tissue, conversion of food to energy, and the disposal of waste materials. All of these are the activities that we characterize as “life giving.” Every function of our billions of cells is driven by O2 absorption. Oxygen is used as an electron acceptor or fuel in mitochondria, which are the powerhouses or “brain” of the cell. The nutrient compounds, inside the cell, are oxidized through complex enzymatic processes. Appropriate levels of oxygen are essential to support proper cellular respiration. This varies depending on many factors, health conditions, altitude, and environment.
Oxygen is found in almost all biomolecules that are important to, or generated by life. Only a few common complex biomolecules, such as squalene and the carotenes, contain no oxygen. Of the organic compounds with biological relevance, carbohydrates contain the largest proportion by mass of oxygen. All fats, fatty acids, amino acids, and proteins contain oxygen. Science shows us the only living cells that do not need oxygen are some anaerobic bacteria that obtain energy from other metabolic processes. These can drain energy from us, depleting reserves needed for regeneration and important system and tissue functions.
Do you need more Oxygen?
Improper respiration causes oxygen deficiency. Often caused by a sedentary lifestyle, pollution in our air, shallow breathing or a limited breathing capacity, decrease of oxygen supply to the brain is common, even though there may be adequate blood flow. Unfortunately, this can create fatigue, depression, irritability, poor judgment and potential long-term health problems. Increasing the oxygen supply to the brain and nervous system can increase energy, clarity, and boost all our body’s functions. Take the time to slow down, become aware, and hydrate. Ask yourself “Am I breathing now or holding my breath?”
Try these simple solutions
1. Deep breathing can be considered the most important of all the functions of the human body, as all cellular regeneration depends on it. Use the full capacity of your lungs by expanding both the chest and lower abdomen. Practice deep inhaling
for a few minutes every day. Don’t hold it. Deep breathing also contributes to moving the lymph. If you feel low energy, try inhaling slowly with a count of 2 to 4.
2. Brisk walking, body stimulating exercises, and eating green leafy veggies are easy options that quickly support efficient blood saturation. Aerobic exercise increases the capacity of the heart to pump blood and increases the capacity of the lungs. Recent scientific research found that relatively high-intensity aerobic exercise puts aging on hold for up to 12 years.
3. Oxygen bars (O2) or Ozone hydro-therapy (O3) are locally offered options that can quickly abate symptoms of low oxygen (inflammation, nausea, headache, sleeplessness, pain or fatigue). Consider using oxygen/ozone for accelerated sports and
fitness training to reduce inflammation and fast recovery.
4. Drink more water. To stabilize oxygen blood levels, always avoid alcohol and be sure to drink plenty of clean water. A recommended water (H2O) intake is 2 to 4 quarts daily. If you’re feeling thirsty, the body is telling you to drink more water.
Drink enough until your urine is clear. Pure water carries the electrical impulse and information through all our tissues.
A regular oxygen regimen improves overall health, alertness, reflexes, memory, and intelligence. As oxygen levels increase, due to exercise or O2/ O3 therapy, the lungs perfuse the blood more efficiently, allowing the body to reach its CO2/O2 exchange respiration requirements. The human body represents one of the most perfectly designed and coordinated structures. All of these structures are held in coherence by an inherently intelligent network of systems, which work synergistically 24/7 to keep us alive and well.
Dive into your full potential for health and wholeness with these simple and effective tools for life, health, and longevity. Understanding that everyone’s body has the inner wisdom to heal, we’ll transform stress into success, and explore new
dimensions of health in support of your journey.
As a modern day mystic, master massage therapist and body worker, wellness guide and yoga instructor, my goal is to support you on your holistic path to wellness. Together, we will customize your sessions to inspire your body’s regenerative capacity. As owner and operator, my commitment is to support and guide you in managing stress, chronic pain, and finding personal inner balance.
At Harmony Health Massage & Wellness Spa our unique wellness menu and time honored therapies will reshape your life into wholeness and balance. Peace, Inanna Hall. Appointments available daily at Harmony Health Massage & Wellness Spa, 326 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424. Visit my website for health services and wellness packages.
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