Oxygen – the natural energy provider
We’ve all heard the expression to “take a deep breath” when we’re stressed. We know that we yawn when we’re tired. And we all understand that we breathe harder when we exert ourselves.
In every case, it’s the body demanding more oxygen. Oxygen fuels our brain and our muscles and actually provides 90% of our nutritional energy.
Here are some interesting facts about oxygen:
- Two thirds of the mass of the human body is oxygen
- Oxygen concentration in our blood is around 60% to 70% – anything below 52% and life becomes extinct
- Before the industrial revolution oxygen levels on the planet were as high as 38% – in some places now they are as low as 10%
- Oxygen is colourless, odourless and tasteless. But as a liquid or solid, it’s pale blue
Canned oxygen is becoming increasingly popular – celebrities like Simon Cowell and Lady Gaga are using it, and sports stars are increasingly incorporating oxygen into their training and nutrition plans, both to help peak performance and to aid recovery.
One way to think about oxygen is to imagine it like an energy drink – it really does give you that kind of boost, both mentally and physically. But the big benefit is that unlike most energy drinks, oxygen has no calories and no sugar in it, and you don’t suffer from a post caffeine “low” in the same way as you do with most concoctions.
They recommend a few “shots” if you’re feeling tired or lethargic. For exercise, they suggest up to 5 beforehand, as many as are needed during the workout, and 5 more at the end during your recovery phase.
As well as booost focusing on the sports benefits of using oxygen, there are many other uses for canned oxygen:
- There’s plenty of research that headache symptoms (particularly so called “cluster” headaches) can be relieved
- Oxygen is well known as being helpful for hangover symptoms
- People living in areas of high pollution may certainly benefit from breathing pure, clean oxygen
- It’s helpful at altitude, so anybody visiting high places for skiing, snowboarding or hiking could use the product
- Canned oxygen is no substitute for medically administered oxygen, but for scuba divers, when there is no alternative, puffing canned oxygen can help until any decompression symptoms are being properly treated
- Although it can’t help with weight reduction, using it to keep you motivated whilst exercising could contribute to a weight loss programme
Written by the team at booost Oxygen