Total Brain and Body Enhanced Oxygen
Why Do We Use Enhanced Air (Oxygen) With Our Treatment Program?
Your brain and nervous system need two things to survive: fuel and activation. Fuel comes in the form of glucose and oxygen. You get the glucose from the food you eat BUT, as you age, your ability to utilize oxygen decreases. On average, we’re only breathing about 21% oxygen, the remainder is nitrogen and other gasses.
It is well-established that by 50 years old, a person is absorbing about 50% of the oxygen that was available during their 20’s. This decline in oxygen absorption leads to many diseases as well as aging. Oxygen is the necessary material that every cell in the body uses to make energy efficiently. If oxygen doesn’t reach the tissue, diffuse into the fluids, then shuttled into the cell, energy efficiency is disrupted. When energy is inefficient the function of cells declines. Oxygen Multistep Therapy reestablishes oxygen absorption.
Brain & Chronic Condition Center has made Oxygen Multistep Therapy (also known as Exercise with Oxygen Therapy or EWOT) a growing part of our practice here in North Carolina. We’re proud to be one of the few that supply this therapy in the area.
You may be a tad more familiar with hyperbaric oxygen treatments…and while hyperbaric treatments are typically 60 – 120 minutes, Oxygen Multistep Therapy takes only 15 minutes. LiveO2 is an alternative to hyperbaric oxygen treatments, and we feel that is a very important alternative to consider when it comes to improving your overall health!
All it takes is 15 minutes riding a stationary cycle breathing 75% – 90% oxygen. During your therapy, we monitor heart rate, intensity and oxygen saturation.
Oxygen is Essential for Brain Activity
The brain demands at least 20% of the body’s oxygen supply, when it doesn’t get this supply it can lead to issues such as sleep apnea, poor concentration, forgetfulness, mood swings, restlessness, depressive thoughts and low drive.
“Extra oxygen has been shown to enhance mental performance and memory recall in healthy active adults in several clinical studies”. Ref. PMID: 10604851 (PubMed)
Every breath you take converts to energy. Human cells use nutrients from food and oxygen to create adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy source that fuels cell function. If your cells receive too little oxygen, they produce less energy. If your cells need more energy, they use more oxygen. That’s why your breathing rate increases when you exercise.
Unlike muscles, your brain cannot store energy. It needs a steady flow of nutrients and oxygen to function normally. Oxygen deficiency can decrease your alertness, memory and judgment.
“Insufficient oxygen means insufficient biological energy that can result in anything from mild fatigue to life threatening disease. The link between insufficient oxygen and disease has now been firmly established.” Dr. W. Spencer Way, Journal of the American Association of Physicians.
Oxygen plays a pivotal role in the proper functioning of the immune system; i.e. Resistance to disease, bacteria and viruses. The development of a shortage of oxygen in the blood could very well be the starting point for the loss of the immune system and the beginning of feared health problems such as Cancer, Candida, seizures, and nerve deterioration.
Basically, the body’s ability to transfer oxygen from the lungs to the cells is perhaps the most significant factor in whether you live a healthy life or not. This transfer mechanism becomes damaged with age, and then susceptibility to illness increases. However, our system aids the body in repairing this vital mechanism.
Oxygen’s solubility is heavily dependent on the pressure driving it. To understand how this works, think of an ordinary seltzer bottle. Seltzer is made by dissolving carbon dioxide in water. But you can’t just blow into a bottle of water and expect to get seltzer; you have to use a pressurized CO2 cartridge. It’s the pressure that forces the CO2 molecules into the water.
The oxygen in your body works in much the same way. When the blood carries oxygen to the capillaries, the oxygen must dissolve in the waters of the body in order to reach your oxygen-thirsty cells. And the way this oxygen dissolves is through pressure.
Unfortunately, this pressure tends to decline as we age. (Stress, free radicals, and hormonal changes all contribute to this decline.) So, while an average 30-year-old releases 55 mm of arterial oxygen pressure, the average 70-year-old releases only 35 mm. That’s a huge drop in the amount of oxygen that gets into your cells!
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