We all know that oxygen is absolutely necessary for life. It’s required for our cells to function properly, for energy, and it’s a vital component of systemic alkalization.
So the question is, are you getting enough oxygen each day? It may surprise you to learn that there is more to oxygenating the body than simply breathing.
Today’s four valuable tips will help you get the oxygen your bones and your body need. But first, I’d like to briefly explain how oxygen works in the body.
What Is Oxygenation?
When you breathe, you take in many gases besides oxygen – nitrogen, argon, and carbon dioxide are a few of the main ones present in the air. About 20 percent of this gaseous mix is oxygen.
Your body has a remarkable and complex system for regulating the amount of oxygen in your blood. The ideal level of blood oxygen is 95 to 100 percent, with anything below 90 percent considered abnormal. Below 80 percent, an organ function may be compromised, including the brain and heart.
To obtain this vital gas, your lungs oxygenate your blood each time you inhale. The freshly oxygenated blood circulates throughout your entire body, delivering oxygen to various tissues and leaving behind metabolic waste products like carbon dioxide. These wastes bind to hemoglobin and bicarbonates, which then transport the blood cells back to the lungs to be re-oxygenated.
This is the moment-by-moment process by which your body stays alive and keeps functioning.
Benefits Of Proper Oxygenation
While total oxygen deprivation is deadly, we rarely consider the effects of slight, chronic oxygen deprivation that can occur when we are not taking in enough air on a regular basis.
For example, a chronic problem in the world today, poor posture, can greatly affect your ability to breathe deeply and take in enough oxygen. Other factors can deprive your body of oxygen as well, such as not drinking enough water, a sedentary lifestyle, and sealed homes and buildings with closed windows and no access to fresh air.
As we’ll see in a moment, these factors can be overcome with a few simple steps. Then, with adequate oxygen intake, you’ll enjoy various benefits, such as:
- Increased energy
- A more alkaline blood pH
- Greater mental clarity
- Stress reduction
- Better immune system function
- Stronger, more youthful bones
As you can see, your whole body benefits from the air you breathe!
Optimal oxygen intake involves more than just breathing, however. As we look into the following four ways to oxygenate your body, you’ll see that oxygenation goes beyond deep breaths (although that is also very important), and that the same steps you can take to oxygenate your blood are also excellent boosts to your bone health.
1. Exercise Regularly
Bone-building exercises like walking, jogging, and other aerobic, weight-bearing exercises give the oxygenation process a boost. Of course, you take in more oxygen while exercising as your breathing and heart rate increase. But exercise also helps with oxygenation in another way: by stimulating the lymphatic system.
Although it parallels the circulatory system, your lymphatic system does not have a “pump” like the heart. It relies on exercise and movement to flush out toxins and enhance the immune response. It’s a one-way system, with the circulation of lymphatic fluid ending in the elimination of byproducts via various organs, such as the kidneys, liver, and lungs.
Lymph itself contains oxygen. The lymphatic vessels transport the fluid into your veins, playing a role in oxygenation and defense against pathogens. And as Savers know, a healthy immune system is an important aspect of bone health.
2. Practice Proper Breathing
Breathing is something we do all the time, even in our sleep, so it’s easy to disregard it. When it comes to oxygenation, though, how you’re breathing makes a big difference in your blood oxygen levels.
One of the most common breathing errors is shallow, rapid breathing that doesn’t draw in enough oxygen. Also, too-rapid breathing doesn’t allow time for thorough oxygenation of the blood and tissues.
Slow, deliberate breaths are optimal. Inhaling deeply and exhaling thoroughly not only increases blood oxygen levels, but it also alkalizes your whole system. Exhalation is just an important, because it aids the elimination of the byproducts of oxygenation.
In order to take in deep, slow breaths, you need to be sitting up straight and have your shoulders back. In this way, deep breathing plays into proper posture, which is crucial for optimal bone health.
3. Drink Plenty Of Pure Water
Most of us do not think of oxygen and water together, but water’s chemical formula is H2O; the molecule itself contains oxygen. Without adequate water, your cells simply can’t perform their various functions, and that includes the transport of oxygen to your vital organs and muscles. Amazingly, cells are made up of about 70 to 90 percent water by mass.
While it’s a somewhat controversial topic, distilled water is best, particularly in this application. It’s pure H2O, which is precisely what is needed for the water to carry oxygen to the various cells without the presence of inorganic minerals and various other additives. Pure water is essential for carrying oxygen throughout your entire body.
And let’s not forget how important hydration is for your bone health. The human body is more than 70 percent water; without it, no body system can thrive. And that includes your bones.
4. Eat An Alkalizing Diet
A pH-balanced diet, rich in alkalizing foods to balance the acidifying ones, helps to maintain the body’s pH within the desirable range , preventing tissue acidification. Research has shown that a diet full of alkalizing foods has multiple health benefits that go beyond bone health.
And as Savers know, a chronically acid body environment weakens bones by utilizing their alkalizing calcium to balance the pH. So where does oxygen come into play? You see, the pH scale refers to the concentration of negatively-charged hydroxyl ions, composed of oxygen and hydrogen (OH-), and positively-charged ions (H+), with only hydrogen present , in a solution. Greater quantities of H+ lowers the pH and therefore acidifies the solution. Conversely, an alkaline solution is rich in OH- ions.
To prevent or reverse bone loss and other undesirable health conditions, it’s best to balance the pH within the alkaline range of 7.35 to 7.45 (reflected by a saliva and urine pH between 6.4to 6.5) by consuming more alkalizing foods than acidifying foods in an approximate 80/20 ratio respectively.
That’s why an alkalizing diet is also called a pH-balanced diet – it includes some acidifying foods, because many of them contain vital nutrients (such as the antioxidants in blueberries and the Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, to name just a few).
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This pH-balancing diet is at the heart of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. And because the Osteoporosis Reversal Program offers an integrative, whole-body approach to bone health, it also includes exercise and stress reduction (which involves deep breathing).
All of these techniques and lifestyle habits boost oxygen levels, leading to an alkaline environment that helps rebuild and rejuvenate your bones.
Now take a deep breath and have a great week!