Body Oxygenation for Health and Vitality - 4 How To's
by Nancy Hearn

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Oxygen is involved in every metabolic process in the body and it is the primary catalyst for energy production. 

Nutrient compounds inside our cells are oxidized by enzymes and this process of oxidation is our main source of energy. 

In addition, healthy cells in the body require adequate levels of oxygen for cellular respiration and growth.

If cells are deprived of oxygen for any length of time, cellular damage or decay sets in, which can lead to all forms disease including cancer. Thus, it is easy to understand why body oxygenation is so important.

Oxygen Deficiency and Cancer

Dr. Otto Warburg was awarded the 1931 Nobel Prize for Science and Medicine for his discovery of the cause of cancer.  

He discovered that hypoxia—oxygen deficiency at the cellular level is the underlying cause of cancer. Unlike healthy human cells, cancer cells are anaerobic and thus they do not need oxygen for reproduction and growth. 

Cellular oxygen deficiency is due primarily to the accumulation of toxic waste in the body.

These wastes come from various sources, including air and water pollution, heavy metal toxicity, and excess acidity from poor eating habits, dehydration, and a lack of exercise. Other contributors include excess body fat, nutrient deficiency, as well as emotional suppression, mental anguish, stress and anxiety.   

Interestingly, Warburg also found out that a slightly alkaline pH in the body meant higher levels of oxygen uptake.

In fact, today it is a common clinical finding that people with chronic diseases have low blood oxygen levels.

Body Oxygenation Supports Detoxification

One of the reasons regular body detoxification is so important is because the degree to which toxins and wastes can effectively be removed from the body is directly related to how efficiently key nutrients (such as stable oxygen) can be absorbed and used at the cellular level.

Water plays a key role in the detoxification process of cellular waste, which is removed from the body in a few key ways:  through urine and bowels, sweating, and breathing. 

Some of the waste is dissolved in water and then transported to the kidneys and liver and is then eliminated through the urine and bowels. Perspiration is another way the body removes cellular waste in the form of a watery vapor. 

So guess what happens when the body is dehydrated and there is not sufficient water to transport the toxins out of the body? It is called autointoxication, or self-poisoning.

Some of the most toxic poisons in the body can only be neutralized through oxidation. This critical task is accomplished by oxygen-rich red blood cells that circulate from the lungs and into the critical organs of the body.

Even though a certain amount of oxidation in the body is necessary, it can become a problem if an excessive amount of toxins are present. In this case, oxidative damage can occur since these oxygen molecules become unstable (and are commonly referred to as free radicals).

4 Body Oxygenation Tips

The fact of the matter is that we don’t really need to do anything out of the ordinary to oxygenate our cells.  

It comes down to the basics we all know:  (1) drinking enough clean water to stay hydrated, (2) getting moderate exercise, (3) healthy eating and (4) deep breathing.

  1. Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water daily is essential for the absorption and utilization of oxygen and other nutrients at the cellular level. Water is also needed to help move toxins through the pathways of detoxification. The key is to drink enough of the right type of water to get the full benefits of body oxygenation. Mineral rich water that is filtered of contaminants is a good option. Ionized water provides even greater oxygenation benefits because of its alkalinity, superior hydration and antioxidant potency. Find how much water you need to drink to stay hydrated.
  2. Walk or run daily. There is no way around it. Physical activity and exercise are essential when it comes to body oxygenation and removing waste through the lymph system. The main way that lymph gets flushed is through exercise, and it needs to be flushed daily. Thus, if body oxygenation is your priority, moderate exercise (such as a walk or run) 15 minutes a day is going to be healthier than an hour of intense exercise at the gym a couple times a week. 
  3. Eat healthy foods. Increasing body alkalinity through diet will improve oxygen uptake at the cellular level. Even though there are complex acid-alkaline food charts you can find online, it really comes down to increasing the amount of plant-based, fresh foods in your diet and reducing the amount of fast food, processed food, and animal-based foods. Taking a green superfood supplement (formulas that contains greens such as chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass, barley grass, etc.)  can also be helpful in cleansing and alkalizing the body.
  4. Slow diaphragm breathing.  Diaphragm breathing will not only increase oxygenation, it is one of the most effective ways to minimize the negative effects of stress and anxiety on the body. According to Dr. K.P. Buteyko, when people are sick, they tend to breathe deeply using mainly the upper chest and inhale more air, which constricts blood vessels and reduces oxygen levels in the cells. Normal breathing is slow (about 12 breaths per minute), from the diaphragm (rather than the chest), and is quiet and light. The following simple breathing exercise will increase oxygenation. It’s easy to do throughout the day and will also reduce the effects of any immediate stressors.

Breathing Exercise to Increase Body Oxygenation

  • Inhale from the diaphragm. 
  • Hold the breath 4 counts. 
  • Exhale completely. 
  • Hold the breath 4 counts. 
  • Repeat several times as needed.

Last but not least, try to reduce your daily exposure to environmental toxins.

Every home could use a good quality air filter, drinking water filter and shower/bath filter. Eat organic and non-GMO foods when possible.

Use non-toxic personal care and household cleaning products. And consider using an oxygen-based colon cleansing product at least once a month. 

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