If you’re into high-intensity exercise, are feeling stressed out or facing a health challenge, you may be interested in taking a stabilised liquid oxygen supplement.
It may also be helpful at high altitudes and if you live in a city with poor air quality.
Here's a question for you: why do we need oxygen?
It’s simple. Without oxygen, we can’t survive. Our bodies need it to function. It carries nutrients to every cell and keeps them alive.
Cells need oxygen to produce ATP, energy-carrying molecules that are essential for most bodily processes. Cells also need oxygen to eliminate waste and other toxins.
The more oxygen we have, the more energy we produce. We have stronger immunity, feel more energised, and our organs can function correctly.
In this article, we're going to look at low oxygen causes and symptoms, and ask whether taking a liquid, stabilised oxygen supplement could feasibly boost oxygen levels.
What causes low oxygen levels?
To obtain enough oxygen and feed our cells, we need:
• Enough oxygen in the air we breathe
• Lungs that can efficiently inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide
• Good circulation that effectively carries blood to the lungs to drop off and eliminate carbon dioxide, collect oxygen and transport it around the body to where it’s needed.
Oxygen deficiency or hypoxemia can stem from many sources:
1. Medical issues including anaemia, respiratory conditions including asthma, sleep apnea, congenital heart defects, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, lung disease, pneumonia, collapsed lung, pulmonary oedema, pulmonary embolism and pulmonary fibrosis.
2. High altitudes
3. Poor air quality, for example, if you live in a city and breathe in lots of car fumes (read 13 tips for reducing the health effects of air pollution)
4. An inadequate diet high in sugar and processed foods, causing toxicity and a more acidic environment.
This makes it harder to transport oxygenated blood effectively, and your health can start to suffer, with fatigue and lowered immunity among the first signs.
Sugar and other toxins can lead to chronic inflammation, leading to conditions like atherosclerosis which impedes blood circulation and oxygenation of cells and tissues.
Eating unhealthy trans fats and not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet can disrupt cell membrane structure making it harder to transport oxygen into the cells.
Lack of nutrients also plays a significant part; for example, magnesium influences the efficiency of red blood cells and their ability to carry oxygen.
5. Unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking, lack of exercise, and obesity can affect lung health and respiration, increase toxicity, and cause inflammation, which impacts blood oxygenation.
6. Stress can create acidity and affect your blood pH, putting added strain on your system and body’s resources, jeopardising circulation and oxygen transfer.
It can also alter your breathing, where you breathe faster and more shallowly, inhibiting oxygen delivery to your cells.
What are the symptoms of hypoxemia?
When your blood oxygen falls below a certain level, you might experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid breathing
- Impaired cognitive function
- Changes in the colour of your skin, from blue to cherry red
- Increased heart rate
- Slow heart rate
- Muscle aches
**If you’re concerned that you have low oxygen levels, seek medical advice immediately.
Can liquid, stabilised oxygen supplements boost oxygen levels?
There’s limited research in this area, and opinions differ as to their effectiveness. But some research does support the use of these kinds of oxygen supplements.
As always, we encourage you to do your own research and decide based on your findings.
Oxyrev is a stabilised oxygen supplement that contains 5% v/v of pure diatomic oxygen. In trials with athletes, it increased the partial pressure of oxygen in the blood by 5% for up to two hours.
In the US, clinical trials of diatomic oxygen have shown a reduction in systolic blood pressure between two and eight points and from six to 14 points for diastolic.
Oxygen therapy can also have an antibacterial action. For example, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves increasing your exposure to pure oxygen in a pressurised room or tube.
It acts as a bacterial agent against anaerobic bacteria by increasing the formation of free oxygen radicals. It encourages the bacterial-killing capacity of white blood cells in hypoxic wounds by increasing tissue oxygen.
HBOT can be used as either the primary or adjunct treatment for gas gangrene, necrotising fasciitis, diabetic foot infections, refractory osteomyelitis, and neurosurgical and fungal infections.
Oxygen supplementation may help to moderate pH balance, improve energy and enhance vitamin and mineral absorption. It can help support your body during stressful times and increase oxygenation if you live or work in a polluted area or at high altitude.
It may also aid oxygen deficiency symptoms, including fatigue, weakness, muscle aches and impaired cognitive function. However, be sure to seek immediate medical help if you’re concerned you have hypoxemia.
If you’re an athlete, you could find it beneficial during exercise, and it may also prevent excess lactic acid production in the muscles after exercise.
Oxyrev is a stabilised oxygen supplement combining pure diatomic oxygen with de-ionised Grander Living Water and unrefined Atlantic sea salt (providing electrolytes). It’s a pH-balanced formula providing an oxygen concentration of over 50,000 parts per million (oxygen in tap water is around 8ppm).
In research conducted in Japan, the USA, UK and Australia, marked increases in the partial pressure of arterial oxygen has been measured at 5 to 8% when using Oxyrev at doses of 6-15ml.
Written by Rebecca Rychlik, Nutritional Therapist and Homeopath. Follow Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook and Medium, @rebeccabitesback.
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In trials with athletes, Oxyrev increased the partial pressure of oxygen in the blood by 5% for up to two hours.