Your lungs extract oxygen from the air that you breathe. Air first travels through your mouth and nose. It goes through your wind pipe and enters your lungs where it dissolves in the water lining of the alveoli (smallest structural unit of your lungs). Oxygen then passes through the alveolar capillaries and diffuses into the blood. Every cell in your body needs oxygen to function properly and live. Oxygen deprivation in your blood can cause dizziness, slight shortness of breath and persistent fatigue. By employing all the remedies below, you can increase the oxygen in your blood and prevent unwanted symptoms and illnesses.
Add foods high in complex carbohydrates to your diet. These types of food drastically enhance your blood's capabilities to transport oxygen to all your cells. Foods rich in complex carbohydrates include whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Avoid foods high in fat which lowers the oxygen carrying capacity of your blood.
Maintain good posture. You can help your lungs take in more oxygen by rolling back your shoulders, keeping your chin up, pushing your chest out while squeezing your shoulder blades together and standing straight. Avoid bad postures such as stooping forward or rounding your shoulders, these can reduce oxygen intake. Practice good posture while looking in a mirror.
Do yoga deep breathing exercises every day. Breathing deeply through yoga breathing can maximise your oxygen intake and flood your cells with oxygen. Additionally, yoga breathing can relieve stress and help fight fatigue. You can watch a variety of yoga deep breathing exercises on YouTube.com (see Resources below for an example).
Do high impact exercises for 30 minutes every day. High impact exercises increases the pathways in your body that take oxygen to your cells. You can experience an instant increase in energy and oxygen usage. High impact exercises include aerobics, running, skipping rope and jumping jacks.
Quit smoking and steer clear of second-hand smoke. Cigarette smoke increases the carbon dioxide in your blood and reduces oxygen content. It also narrows your arteries, thickens your blood and promotes fatigue.
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- "Medical Diagnosis and Treatment," Stephen J. McPhee, MD, Publisher: McGraw-Hill 2006