O2 & Life

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Oxygen is our requirement on moment to moment basis. We can’t live without it even for a few minutes. We are not so aware that In-taking less oxygen every breath is directly associated to the health issues.

We take Less of O2 by breath– As per the common beliefs, oxygen concentrations in and around major cities is as much as 30% below normal (1). So it might be possible that people living in cities breathing less oxygen. In addition most people have developed poor breathing habits, thus further restricting oxygen intake. The resulting oxygen deficiency is having a negative effect on our health and our overall performance. Oxygen deprivation can be associated with many kinds of chronic diseases, including cancer (2).Most people use less of their lung capacity to breath. We may call it shallow breathing. We take breath just to exist. It is remarkable that we are all using a very limited portion of our potential in areas such as lungs, brain etc. Almost seventy percent of elimination from our body is through breathing (3). When we allow our bodies to accumulate toxins we are inviting illness and disease.

Oxygen and your diet – Our sedentary life style and eating habit is also responsible for oxygen deficiency. Junk and highly cooked foods deplete oxygen stores from the body (4). They may be called unhealthy foods as they use up more oxygen then they give off. Processed sugar, white flour, hamburgers, French fries and pizza and many others, are major oxygen users. To maintain a good health you need to leave the habit to eat junk food which absorbs your oxygen from your body. Healthy fresh and oxygenated foods are the best option for a good health.

Pollution and oxygen -It is well observed that nowadays the big cities are mostly polluted. The air pollution has become a major concern. It has a bad effect on children and the elderly as well. “Smog kills perhaps partly because pollutant particles are so deeply deposited in our airways,” says Anthony Wexler, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware. “As people breathe,” Wexler further explains, “a clump of fine particles called a bolus will rapidly disperse throughout the lungs. At the terminal alveoli – little sacks at the end of each respiratory branch, where oxygen and carbon dioxide trade places with blood – these particles take up water and expand, much like a sponge, because of hydroscopic effects. Yogis, Researcher’s and scholars suggest strongly that people should develop or initiate some way out to protect from the damage from pollution and give themselves more energy and clarity to make sure that pollution goes away and stays away. Breathing optimally may help people to cleanse their lungs from pollution and Practicing breathing (Pranayama) and yoga with the higher level of oxygen available and in a clean environment may help to rejuvenate the whole system.