Breathlessness is a common symptom of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Although oxygen therapy is commonly used to help with shortness of breath, side effects can include headaches and exhaustion. When using oxygen tanks as a major source of oxygen, there is a serious risk that the body will learn to intentionally block its own respiratory system. Here are 5 natural techniques to improve oxygen levels in seniors.
Hydrate Yourself Regularly
Because the human body is made up of around 60% water, the importance of water in how the body functions cannot be overstated: it allows body cells to proliferate, lubricate our joints, and regulate body temperature. Drink filtered water if you want to get the most out of oxygenation. Water that has been restructured or ionized is micro-clustered, with smaller groups of water molecules. At the cellular level, this results in high levels of hydration and oxygenation.
Make Sure Environmental Air Is Clean
Poor air quality is a common cause of flare-ups in COPD patients. As a result, it is critical to maintain the highest possible air quality in the home and office. With this in mind, a beeswax candle can be a useful instrument for reducing pollutants in the air and purifying oxygen. Unlike regular candles, beeswax candles do not emanate smoke when properly lit. Instead, they release anions, which help eliminate air pollution. Beeswax candles burn far slower than typical wax or paraffin candles, so they last longer and you’ll need to replace them less frequently.
Exercise is essential for living a healthy lifestyle. The body can better utilize oxygen while eliminating waste through the lymphatic system with aerobic activity, such as simple walking. According to the American Heart Association, 30 minutes of frequent walking per day has a higher impact on the circulatory system than going to the gym two to three times per week. Walking has been demonstrated to increase mood, confidence, and reduce stress, in addition to the physical health advantages.
It is critical to work your lungs on a daily basis to maintain good respiratory health. The manner in which one breathes, on the other hand, is frequently an obstruction to one’s oxygen intake. It was recently revealed that sick patients breathe more deeply and inhale more air, resulting in lower oxygen levels in the body. Instead, do make sure you breathe slowly from the diaphragm and through the nose rather than the mouth.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
As the adage goes, you are what you eat. Antioxidants are the lifeblood of a good diet as they allow for increased oxygen intake during digestion. Cranberries, red kidney beans, blackberries, plums, and strawberries are the foods to eat if you want to increase your antioxidant intake, and the majority of them can be found in juices and smoothies.
Good Oxygenation Is Not Defined by How Many Weights You Can Lift
A good workout does not necessarily mean lifting heavy weights three times a week. Instead, focus on giving your lungs some fresh oxygen with simple things, like a 10-minute walk in the outdoors.
Here at Discovery Village At Stuart, we are thrilled to offer our residents exclusive lifestyle programs that seamlessly integrate physical activity into their daily lives. Call us now to schedule a tour!