Facts & Myths
10 Oxygen FACTS
- Each stressful event in our life can drop our oxygen level drastically
- We are at best breathing 21% oxygen (depending on altitude and pollution level)
- Our oxygen level drops on average of 5 points per ten years of life after 40.
- Between ages 30-40 our oxygen level drops the most (up to 10 points)
- The danger zone is an oxygen level of 60 or less
- You could live longer if properly supplied with oxygen and are in good health
- Our best oxygen score is 100 (normally found in young children)
- We may be able to keep your oxygen level at 99-100 if we do EWOT Maxx 02 regularly
- You do not need to be a doctor or have one prescribe oxygen. Only 100% pure oxygen requires a prescription (oxygen tanks).
Examples of oxygen killers
We can help to neutralize the results of these stress factors by simply breathing higher levels of O2 during exercise. It's that simple.
- smoking (each time you smoke you can drop 10 points)
- alcohol (one molecule of alcohol kills 3 molecules of oxygen)
- mental overstrain (death of a loved one, yelling at someone, etc.)
- physical overstrain (boxing, marathon running, heavy weight lifting, endurance cycling) lack of exercise
- total bed rest
- drugs (most)
- extensive burns
- traveling (business & pleasure)
Stop the morning hangover:
Breathe oxygen for 10 minutes before you go to bed and ten minutes when you wake up. Your blood alcohol level can drop by up to .01% (reducing a hangover greatly). Every molecule of alcohol kills 3 molecules of oxygen. This is why you feel "drunk." Lack of 02!
Exercising with Oxygen...
- Increases the amount of oxygen in the blood plasma
- Increases strength during exercise which allows you to burn more calories in the same time frame (i.e., you can exercise harder than usual without fatigue)
- Can increase your pO2 levels higher than that of a healthy 20 year old
- Can be done while riding a stationary bike, elliptical, or using a treadmill.
- Can provide a higher level of mental clarity
- Can provide an increase in energy
The heart goes into spasm largely due to lack of oxygen. Deep breathing increases oxygen levels and reduces strain on the heart.
A: Exercising "increases" the oxygen intake and therefor increases your body's oxygen content. Quite the opposite. The more strenuous the exercise, the more oxygen consumed than what you breath in.
B. Oxygen is only for elderly or injured. If the elderly used O2 during exercise in their younger years, they many not have to be on "medical grade oxygen" during their later years.
C. Breathing higher levels of oxygen can cause free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive oxygen, nitrogen and oxygen/hydrogen atoms which create cell damage through their effect on fats and proteins. Free radicals are not in the food we eat, the water we drink or the air we breathe. Triggers for free radicals include infection, trauma, stress, toxins, allergies and the sun.
The free radical reaction we call oxidative stress is the result of cellular metabolism. Excess exercise increases oxidative stress. Specifically, oxidative stress is increased when the muscle cell outstrips its oxygen supply and is forced to produce energy through anaerobic glycolysis. Therefore, exercising to the point of anaerobic glycolysis increases free radical propagation.
Exercise With Oxygen Therapy reduces free radical propagation for each watt of power produced by the human body. Testing was conducted at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The athletes competed in three randomized trials in which they performed a standardized interval workout while inspiring a medical grade gas with oxygen concentrations of 21%, 26% and 60%. Post-training testing was performed on blood and urine. Noted, there was no significant difference between the supplemental oxygen trials and the control trial in serum lipid hydroperoxide and reduced glutathione or urinary malondialdehyde and 8- hydroxyl-deoxygenase.
It can be concluded that Exercise With Oxygen Therapy enhances exercise tolerance without inducing additional oxidative stress.
D. Running high in the mountains is the best way to get "fresh air." Not true. The higher the altitude, the lower the O2 purity. Strenuous activity at high altitude is a major oxygen killer.