Last week we learned of 14 different ways to add more oxygen to your blood. We also learned how valuable that task is to our overall health and well-being. In case you missed Part 1, click here before proceeding. I hope you could utilize some of the ideas in last week’s article to increase the oxygen levels in your blood. Now that you know the importance of having high levels of oxygen in your blood, you won’t want to miss these remaining 14 ideas that are inexpensive, easy, and life-changing:
- Maximize Your Glutathione levelsKnown as your body’s most powerful antioxidant, glutathione is a tripeptide found in every single cell in your body. It is called a “master antioxidant.” Glutathione drips are available from some MDs. Check out our recent blog on Natural Sources of Glutathione for more ideas.
- Take Baking SodaPerhaps the first medicinal use of baking soda was written in 1924 by Arm & Hammer to treat and prevent colds and flu. They found that people who consumed baking soda in water either didn’t get sick or had lesser symptoms of the flu and colds. Those who already had the flu or cold could take baking soda in water and their symptoms would dissipate within 36 hours. It is also recommended for reducing cravings for sweets or cigarettes. Dr. Mark Sircus wrote a well-known book about the many medicinal uses of Baking Soda: Sodium Bicarbonate: Nature’s Unique First Aid Remedy. How to use Baking soda: 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda added to 1/2 glass of purified or filtered water (not tap water). This is taken once in the morning and once before bedtime.
- Take CoQ10 (Ubiquinone)Used by every cell in your body, it aids mitochondria during energy production. Aside from naturally protecting you from free radicals, it helps produce more energy for your cells, supports heart health, immune system, nervous system, and anti-aging. Diseases associated with low CoQ10 levels include Fibromyalgia, Post-myocardial infarction, Depression, Prader-Willi syndrome, male infertility, Peyronie’s disease, Migraines, and Parkinson’s. People under 25 can produce it, however, when you get older, you may need to take a CoQ10 supplement.
- Take a few drops of chlorophyll (or a tsp. of BarleyMax)Chlorophyll strengthens the blood-producing organs, prevents anemia, and gives the body an abundance of oxygen. Loaded with antioxidant power, chlorophyll exerts beneficial effects against cancer, insomnia, dental ailments, sinusitis, pancreatitis, and kidney stones. Dr. Otto Warbug established chlorophyll helps with oxygen deprivation, among other issues (Chlorophyll, Plant Blood, and Its Positive Effect on Our Health, n.d.). Chlorophyll has anti-aging and anti-microbial properties and helps strengthen the immune system. Choose foods rich in chlorophyll such as dark green leafy foods like spinach, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, and blue-green algae. Juice them for optimal results.
- Try Vitamin B-12 and FolateIf your diet lacks folate or vitamin B-12, eating foods rich in these nutrients might boost your blood oxygen levels. Folate, also called vitamin B-9, helps your body make red blood cells — the iron-rich cells that carry oxygen in your blood. Vitamin B-12 helps you make hemoglobin, the protein that contains oxygen-carrying iron. Boost your folate intake by including citrus fruits and dark leafy greens in your diet. You can get more vitamin B-12 through supplementation.
- Check Your Vitamin A,Vitamin A is critical to producing oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Your body constantly pumps out new red blood cells to replace old, damaged ones. If you’re deficient in vitamin A, getting more of it can boost your blood hemoglobin levels, so that blood cells can carry more oxygen. Sources of Vitamin A include red and orange produce such as sweet potatoes, carrots, mangoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, and leafy greens such as kale.
- Intermittent Fasting Improves Cellular & Mitochondrial FunctionMitochondrial dysfunction is at the core of virtually all diseases. It is not only important WHAT you eat. But WHEN and HOW OFTEN you eat are of key importance. You can optimize your mitochondrial health by eating real food, avoiding food at least 3 hours before bedtime, and practicing intermittent fasting. A study at Harvard proves this point, even pointing out how your lifespan can be increased with fasting. For more information, click here https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/11/intermittent-fasting-may-be-center-of-increasing-lifespan/. \ A great deal of research is available on intermittent fasting, sometimes called TRF (Time-Restricted Feeding) which promotes eating in a narrow window of time, typically 6-8 hours every day. A healthy diet that is timed well, appears to be an effective health strategy.
- Get a MassageMassage increases circulation which carries more oxygen to the individual cells of the body. Massage enhances all essential body processes by opening the passageways of liquid and energy movement within the body. It improves the circulation of nerves, blood, and lymph, which provide nourishment and remove toxins.
- Take Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)Aside from its free radical scavenging abilities, ALA is a powerful antioxidant. This can easily be found in foods, but it can also be found in supplements, though the research is inconclusive, there are some encouraging benefits suggested, such as protecting damage to the body’s cells.
- Laugh!Laughing increases oxygen levels in your body at both the cellular and organ level. When you laugh, you take in vast amounts of oxygen in huge gulps, in a sort of temporary hyperventilation session. And higher oxygen levels aren’t the only benefit you’ll feel. Laughing massages the organs and improves digestion. Laughter moves lymph fluids in your body by the contractions of laughing, which boosts your immune system function and helps clear out old, waste products from your cells. Lol!
Take a Vacation by the Ocean!High altitude makes a huge difference in your blood oxygenation. Take a break at sea level! Oxygen levels in the air decrease at higher altitudes. This has a significant effect on one’s blood oxygen uptake. A person may have a reading of 98% at sea level, but it may decrease to 95% at 5,000 ft. and further to 90% at 10,000 ft. Above 10,000 ft., a person may be unable to adjust to the low level of oxygen, and oxygen uptake may become dangerously low.
- At sea level, your oxygen uptake should be 95% to 100%.
- Mild Hypoxemia occurs between 90% and 94%.
- Moderate Hypoxemia occurs between 75% and 89% O2 in the blood.
- Severe Hypoxemia below 75% results in loss of consciousness and brain damage.
- Sleep in a High-Oxygen Environment – leave a window cracked openPoor O2 uptake during sleep destroys your health. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can cause dangerously low oxygen levels. Any poor breathing while sleeping, can disrupt the repair and rejuvenation that happens while you sleep. Even a poorly ventilated bedroom can cause hypoxemia. OSA is serious, as the tongue slips down against the back of the throat, blocking the flow of air. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears and the flow of air starts again, often with a gasp. Chronic low levels of oxygen during sleep can lead to very serious cardiovascular problems, daytime sleepiness, depression, ADHD, and poor concentration. Other more serious diseases and illnesses may be caused by poor sleep.
Practice Qigong ShakingVital circulation of energy, blood, and fluids is critical for your health. The brain needs highly oxygenated blood and clean body fluids to function at its best. Just think about it – the brain is only 2% of your body’s weight, yet it needs 20% of your available oxygen.
If you don’t have a rebounder, this is the next best thing!
Qigong Shaking helps get the day started in a positive way. It is believed to help clear your upper body liquids including sinuses, nostrils, brain, and lungs. It may also strengthen the lower body, clearing synovial fluids, lymph system, dissolving and flushing toxins, balancing energy flow in the meridians as it oxygenates blood and muscles. Here’s how:
- Stand with feet hip-distance apart, knees slightly bent and shake your arms as though they were a string of sausages.
- Relax and allow your legs and knees to also bounce in rhythm with your arms.
- Breathe naturally, inhaling through the nose and gently exhale through the mouth.
- Feel or imagine energy coming up from the earth into your arms, legs, and body.
- Shake for 5-30 minutes.
Eat Oxygenating Food. The Hallelujah Diet Can Increase Blood Oxygenation!The Hallelujah diet is comprised of mostly raw nuts, seeds, vegetables, and fruits. While nearly all nuts, seeds, vegetables, and fruits will increase blood oxygen some are outstanding at this task.
Oxygen Rich Foods
- Avocadoes, Berries, Carrots, Currants, Ripe Bananas, Celery, Garlic, Dates.
- Alfalfa Sprouts, Apricots, and Sweet Apples.
- Sweet Grapes and Pears, Passion Fruit, Raisins, Pineapple, Vegetable Juices.
- Fruit Juices, Chicory, Kiwis
- Asparagus, watercress, and seaweed
- Mango, parsley, papaya, limes, and melons
- Capsicum (cayenne) cantaloupe
- Agar Agar
- Leafy greens
- Watermelon – one of the best oxygen-rich foods
- Coconut oil
- Green tea
- Red kidney beans
- Artichoke hearts