We breathe an average of 20,000 per day, but as simple as it is, there is a chance that you are not doing it right. Add the fact that our atmosphere, which used to be made up of 21% oxygen, is slowly but steadily declining. If you live in a major city, the quality of air is even worse.
Many of us will not think about breathing as it is the most natural act any living thing does. However, if you are not breathing correctly and you don’t get enough oxygen, this can actually contribute to poor health.
A Very Important Nutrient
There are two major nutrients that we should always have in our body: oxygen and water. An average person can live 30 days without food, five to six days without water, and only two minutes without air. With oxygen, we get the energy we need to live when it is combined with food.
Having low levels of oxygen is a huge problem because this is the kind of environment that most pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, and cells that cause cancer thrive.
There are three causes of being anaerobic:
1. Poor Quality of Food: Most of the food we eat today is unhealthy – usually there’s absence of bioelectricity, essential enzymes, and oxygen. It is time to change your diet and start eating healthy, which include foods that contain high amounts of oxygen, such as:
- Sprouts (e.g. sunflower and buckwheat sprouts)
- Leafy greens
- Raw fruits and raw vegetables
2. Poor Quality of Air: The air we breathe is polluted and it becomes more and more toxic every day. As a result, oxygen content is lower.
3. Poor Breathing Technique: Many of us don’t know how to breathe properly. In fact, research shows almost everyone only use 15% of the capacity of their lungs, leading to blood that does not have enough oxygen.
Oxygen Levels Affect Our Health
We not only need oxygen for breathing, but also for our health, particularly for cellular respiration. Needless to say, without oxygen we cannot survive. Our body makes use of this nutrient in the cellular mitochondria, allowing the body to generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This ATP is the energy currency of the body and it is essential to our daily lives in order for us to perform day to day tasks as well as physiological functions.
Since oxygen is needed on a cellular level, it is a basic need that we should always receive and use. Low levels and poor quality of oxygen can give symptoms, such as fatigue, body weakness, and circulation problems. But most importantly, we cannot maintain life without oxygen.