The Oxygen Advantage

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The Oxygen Advantage

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When we think of health, dieting and exercise are the first things that come to mind. So it may come as a surprise to learn that chronic over-breathing is actually the biggest obstacle to optimal health. Another surprise is that blood oxygen level does not determine how much oxygen is delivered to muscles and organs – it’s the amount of carbon dioxide. Red blood cells (RBCs) are normally 95-99% saturated with oxygen – enough for strenuous activity – but according to the Bohr Effect, CO2 is necessary to release and metabolize oxygen. How you breathe determines the level of CO2 in your blood; frequent heavy breaths raise CO2 levels above optimal levels and increase your need for oxygen.

“In terms of importance for survival, breathing is the top of the list, followed by water, with food in last place. Health professionals, athletes, and nonathletes alike pay far more attention to their food than their breathing, but what happens if we switch this focus around?”

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