Q & A
Maxx 02 Q & A
Q: How many liters per minute (LPM) should should the oxygen generator be for my Maxx 02 system?
A: Since you are breathing from the bag, not the oxygen generator itself, you can use any LPM. However, the higher the LPM the faster the bag fills up. 10 LPM will fill in under 90 min. 5LPM will take over 3 hours. Keep in mind you can keep the oxygen generator running while using Maxx 02 to keep extra oxygen in it so your next fill time is faster. 10LPM system adds 150 liters to the bag during exercise. 5LPM will add half that.
Q: What is the difference between the Maxx O2 Basic & Maxx O2 ALTITUDE?
A: Basic does not include an oxygen generator. You need 1 to fill the bag. Basic allows you to use your own or buy one from us. The Basic system allows you to breathe 93% oxygen only. Altitude is a complete package. It comes with a retrofitted 10LPM oxygen generator to provide oxygen to two bags. The large 93% oxygen bag and the smaller 14% oxygen bag. Altitude package allows you to switch from 93% to 14% instantly for greater vasodialation. The effects are realized faster. This is suggested from top athletes whose heart rate does not peak while on so much O2. This is typical and requires them to go from 14% for 20 seconds then immediately to 93% for another 20 seconds, then rest for 3 min. Then repeat 4-5 times. Anyone with the ability to use altitude will benefit, however those who cannot exercise and get their heart rate of 110 BPM should not do altitude.
Q: What makes Maxx 02 better than Live 02?
A: View our comparison chart and video here
Q: What is the difference between a generator and concentrator?
A: For this answer, if you are comparing two oxygen units with the same LPM and purity, there are little differences. "Concentrators" require you to have a prescription to buy one. You don't need a prescription for a "generator." Anyone can buy a generator. Also, a concentrator typically has an O2 purity sensor to advise (beeping and LED light) you when the purity drops too low. This is required of you have an illness and your doctor prescribed a concentrator, which is also FDA registered. If you are seeking to do EWOT, all you need is a "generator."
Q: Can I use an oxygen tank and do I need a prescription? Are your oxygen generators portable?
A: Portable oxygen tanks require prescription from your doctor because they are explosive. Oxygen generators are not portable (you cannot go places like the store), but have wheels for moving around and are used with stationary exercise systems. You can own an oxygen generator without a prescription.
Q: How often do I need to use Maxx O2 EWOT and for how long?
A: Consider EWOT as one component of your exercise program. Target three days per week at 15 minutes max per session. Incorporate weight training and possible outdoor walking or swimming as additional components of your overall conditioning program. If you are in poor health, EWOT may be your only way to exercise.
Q: How strenuous does EWOT have to be to be effective?
A: Only light to moderate EWOT is required to see significant benefits. You will workout at a very low pace for 15 min, but every 3 min you will sprint for 30 seconds making sure your BPM (Beats Per Minute) is 110 or higher. You will repeat this cycle 3-5 times.
This question brings up an interesting discussion point about EWOT. The idea involves perceived level of exertion. When exercising with oxygen, tissues and muscles have higher levels of oxygen available for energy production. The human brain detects the higher levels of oxygen and thus perceives less physical stress. We can exercise longer with greater energy production. The result is increased caloric burn for each minute of exercise.
Q: I have sleep apnea and I use a CPAP machine. Is this a form of oxygen? Can this machine do something for me while I am exercising?
A: CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. Sleep apnea occurs when airway muscles naturally relax during sleep. The result is an obstruction in air flow leading to arousal from sleep. The CPAP machine provides continuous positive pressure to the airway to hold the tissues open and promote air flow. Normal room air is used directly without extra oxygen. CPAP is not EWOT and can not be modified for EWOT. CPAP does NOT provide high-flow, high-purity oxygen.
Q: Does breathing extra oxygen create free radicals?
A: No. 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.
Q: How do I know if it s safe for me to start EWOT?
A: The higher O2 levels is not the issue. For many, it's the sudden change in getting exercise. If you have not exercised in a long time, begin gradually, but consult your doctor. If you don't have any health concerns, breathing higher levels of O2 is considered safe. Consult your doctor before doing exercise and/or EWOT.
Q: What is the best exercise to take advantage of high O2 uptake?
A: The Sonic Vibration systems & PEMF treatment BEFORE Maxx O2 are suggested. This separates red blood cells to allow more O2 to reach more cells. PEMF brings the cell to the normal operating level of -20 to -25mV (7.35 to 7.45 pH). After PEMF or Sonic Vibration, riding an exercise bike, treadmill, elliptical, etc. is suggested with Maxx O2. We suggest a stationary upright bike as your head moves the least which is best for the O2 hose.
Q: Do you need a prescription for an oxygen generator?
A: No. Not with oxygen generators. There are machines called oxygen concentrators which in some states require a license. However, you are going to use an "Oxygen Generator" strictly for exercise.