The blood delivers oxygen to all cells. When you breathe and draw fresh oxygen into your lungs, red blood cells bind with the oxygen and carry it through your bloodstream. On a cellular level, oxygen helps replace cells that wear out, supplies energy and supports immune system.
Diet: Few antioxidant foods which boosts oxygen in body are like blueberries, cranberries, red kidney beans, artichoke hearts, strawberries, plums and blackberries which can be consumed through juices and smoothies. Other food items like soybeans, walnuts and flaxseeds are good source of Vitamin F creating fatty acids to increase hemoglobin in the blood stream.
Exercise: Simple walk of 30 minutes a day has greater effects on the circulatory system than spending an hour or more in the gym 2 to 3 times a week. Besides walking also improves confidence ,mood and reduces stress.
Breathe Easy: We breathe more than 25,000 times each day. Simple breathing exercises improves physical health and a renewed sense of mental alertness and positive energy to the body.
Correct way to breathe is through nose and never from mouth.
A proper breath will draw air into the lungs, pushing the diaphragm down and expanding the belly. This is why diaphragmatic breathing is also called “belly breathing.”
- Inhale slowly and deeply through the nostrils, feeling the stomach expand with each full, diaphragmatic breath.
- Exhale slowly out of the mouth.
- Repeat six or more times each minute for up to 15 minutes.
Cleanse the Air: There are a number of air purifiers on the market that can filter the environmental pollutants. Another helpful “low-tech” tool in reducing pollution in the air and purifying oxygen is a beeswax candle. They produce negative ions that help in the removal of air pollution. Indoor plants also helps remove toxic in air.
Hydrate: The human body is 60 percent water, water hence is important for body cells to grow, lubricating joints and regulating body temperature. When looking to get the full benefits of oxygenation, drink filtered water. Health professionals recommend 8 8-oz. glasses of water a day.
Does lying face-down in ‘prone position’ improve oxygen levels?
“This position helps in improving oxygen flow in patients who are critical, in turn ensuring that they are less likely to require ventilator support,” said Dr Praveen Gupta, director and head of department, neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram