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Exercise with Oxygen Therapy 101
When blood carries oxygen to our capillaries, oxygen must dissolve into the fluids of the body in order to reach our cells. This happens through pressure, which unfortunately, tends to decline with age. Anything from stress, lack of exercise, smoking, toxins, sedentary lifestyles and breathing bad air or free radicals can contribute to this loss of pressure. Over time, your pressure can decrease from 100mm of arterial oxygen pressure (average for a 20 year old) to 60mm (average for a 70 year old). Exercise with Oxygen-EWOT-actually raises arterial pressure back to more youthful levels. As long as you continue with regular EWOT sessions, you continue to make sure your cells are getting all the oxygen they need.
There’s really no limit to the potential benefits of EWOT, but they are all possible because of three major factors: EWOT’s ability to improve oxygen circulation, restore blood flow and increase ATP production. Here’s a breakdown of these three major benefits of exercise with oxygen therapy and how they trickle down to influence overall health and wellness:
1. Increases Oxygen Circulation in the Body
Exercise with oxygen therapy gets oxygen into the arteries, veins and even the smallest capillaries that make up over 74 percent of your circulatory system. By increasing oxygen circulation in the body, your cells are getting the O2 that they need to process the millions of bio-chemical reactions they undergo every day.
According to a 1984 article written by Dr. Manfred von Ardenne, improvement of the oxygen flux into body tissues is important for fighting against insufficient oxygen supply, which is a common cause of many diseases, disorders and complaints, especially with increasing age.
So why is getting enough oxygen so important? For one thing, research is pointing to a lack of oxygen in the blood (called hypoxia) as a leading cause of many cancers. According to researchers at the University of Georgia “low oxygen levels in our cells may be a primary cause of uncontrollable tumor growth in some cancers.” A study at Washington State University found that when high-pressure oxygen was used on a culture of human leukemia cells, it reduced cancer cell growth by 15 percent. On top of the increased risk of cancer when blood oxygen levels are too low, research indicates that during hypoxemia, oxidative stress leads to accelerated deterioration, causing our cells to lose their power of division and growth. The bottom line is that we can’t live without oxygen. And when our cells aren’t receiving enough oxygen on a daily basis, it will affect many aspects of our health.
2. Restores Blood Flow
All body processes require adequate blood flow, but stress and certain medical conditions can disrupt the blood’s ability to release oxygen into our tissues. We know that a decrease in oxygen supply to your blood can severely damage the function of your brain, liver and other organs. We need our blood to carry oxygen to our tissues in order for all body systems to work properly. This is another major benefit of oxygen therapy. As oxygen circulation throughout the body increases, our oxygen-rich blood is able to send the O2 to our tissues, vessels and organs. Restoring the flow of oxygen-rich blood also promotes the expansion of constricted capillaries. When our capillaries are deprived of oxygen, they begin to swell, thereby preventing further oxygenation. Oxygen therapy, particularly EWOT, reduces capillary swelling, enhances oxygenation and promotes circulation. One of the most well-known benefits of oxygen therapy is its ability to improve cerebral blood flow.
3. Increases the Production of ATP
When you exercise with oxygen therapy, you are allowing every cell to receive oxygen. This increases the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which acts as a source of fuel within the cells. Pierre-Marie Tebeau describes ATP as the “master healing molecule.” By increasing ATP, our blood cells separate so that they’re no longer sticking to each other and can therefore absorb more oxygen. When you make ATP at full capacity by giving the cells more oxygen, “the body can start healing as if we were in our teens,” says Tebeau. But when ATP levels are low, you cannot heal properly or quickly. All other benefits of EWOT are downstream cascading effects of these three very important factors. Because exercise with oxygen therapy increases oxygen circulation, restores blood flow and increases the production of ATP, it may also benefit the body in the following ways:
- Spikes immunity
- Accelerates recovery from illness or injury
- Boosts energy
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Supports lung function/respiratory system
- Improve physical performance
- Allows for faster recovery after workouts
- Improves vision
- Improves mental capacity/memory
- Reduces inflammation
- Assists in weight loss
- Promotes detoxification
Hyperbaric oxygen Therapy vs. EWOT: How Do They Compare?
Hyperbaric oxygen is a medical device that requires a prescription, and is often a slow process (20-40 sessions). You do not exercise in hyperbaric chambers. This means that there’s no CO2 buildup to equal the additional inbound O2. Exercise with oxygen therapy, on the other hand, works to increase your heart rate, allowing you to make more carbon dioxide, increase partial pressure and force more O2 to distal hypoxic tissues. This is a natural process and utilization of O2. Because EWOT increases your heart rate while also increasing oxygen intake, you will likely see results much faster. Although there’s certainly a time and place for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, as it helps with issues like decompression sickness, serious infections, wound healing and neurodegenerative conditions. Meanwhile, for the everyday person who is looking to oxygenate blood in their body — thereby reducing inflammation, increasing energy and maintaining health —EWOT is more effective and efficient.