Oxygen: A Breath of Fresh Air!

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Have you ever seen an oxygen bar?

I remember seeing one for the first time back in the mid 90’s. There was a row of people sitting at a bar with breathing tubes wrapped around their faces. I thought it was the strangest concept.

The oxygen bar had a sign that said, “Provides 4-5 times the amount of oxygen present in normal air.”  I thought, “What does that mean? Don’t these people know they are being scammed? Who would pay for oxygen when they could walk around and breathe it for free?”

What I didn’t realize at the time was that a lot of people suffer from a lack of oxygen and don’t know it. This can be caused by many factors including insufficient exercise, pollution, yeast infections, bad diets and not breathing correctly.  Oxygen gets rid of bad bacteria, viruses and fungi in our bodies. It also assists in digestion and eliminating toxins. Our brains need oxygen to function properly. When we don’t get enough oxygen our immune systems become compromised.

So how do we get more oxygen into our bodies? Exercise is important; especially the kind that gets your heart pumping. Aerobics, yoga and pilates are great forms of exercise that allow the body to take in a lot of oxygen. Meditation is good for correcting improper breathing and taking in deep breaths which both increase oxygen levels. Eating antioxidant rich foods like berries, red kidney beans and artichoke hearts help oxygen to enter the bloodstream properly. Furthermore, foods and oils that contain fatty acids like walnuts, flax seeds and sunflower oil also have this same effect.

It is easy to underestimate the value and importance of getting clean and proper amounts of oxygen into our bodies. It is our vital life force. So next time you run across an exercise class or oxygen bar you might just want to stop and join!

As always, to your health!

Autumn (check me out at www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

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