3 Things You Can Do at Home to Increase Your Blood Oxygen Level
Did you know? You can increase your blood oxygen level in natural, simple ways, daily?
In order to implement 3 simple ways to increase your blood oxygen in a natural way daily, we need to understand the importance of it. So why does keeping your blood oxygen in balance matters? In short, the oxygen keeps you energized, protects your body from any virus and disease by supporting your immune system, and more on a cellular level. You need to breathe and draw fresh oxygen into your lungs, so the red blood cells bind and carry it through your bloodstream.
Knowing your blood oxygen level helps you to know how well your lungs, heart, and circulatory system work. A good number for a typical blood oxygen level for a healthy-person ranges between 95% and 100%. If you have that range, you know that your red blood cells are doing a great job in carrying oxygen to your cells and tissues, which makes you function well to do your daily tasks.
So, what do we need to do to maintain or increase our blood oxygen level? Check out these 3 important things to do or have in order to stay healthy and overcome the challenges in life.
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- Surround yourself with plants!
When you can’t get out much, grow greens at home. Ferns are a great option for extra oxygen production in the house and relatively easy to keep alive. It also doesn’t require a lot of sunshine. Effective, right?
Check out a video from TED talk with business owner, activist, and researcher Kamal Meattle who shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.
- Open your window when the weather allows and create a good air circulation
First, monitor your local air quality, especially if you live in an urban area. If you can’t open your windows, you should maintain a good air quality inside the house. Check your local air quality here.
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You could also improve your indoor air quality! Three things you need to check. You can minimize pollutants in your home by turning your ventilator fan on while cooking. Also, consider the furniture and house materials you are using. Wooden flooring may improve air quality. It doesn’t harbor microorganisms, allergens, or pesticides that can be tracked in from outdoors. Hardwood floors also minimize the accumulation of dust, mold and animal dander.
- Practice breathing exercises everyday
Wake up and breathe deeply. Did you know that by doing a relaxed and focused breathing routine for five to ten minutes could improve your oxygen intake and reduce stress? It’s real. If you skip a breathing exercise for one or two days, it’s ok. Just get back right into it.
There are three ways to do breathing exercises as suggested by Dr. Abhijit Shinde, the Medical Director of Aayu Clinics at Lakeview Immediate Care in Chicago. First, diaphragmatic breathing or also known as “belly breathing.” With this technique, you need to sit up straight with one hand on the stomach and the other on the chest. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nostrils, as you feel your stomach expand with each full, diaphragmatic breath. Exhale slowly out of the mouth, and repeat six or more times each minute for up to 15 minutes.
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Second one is the 4-7-8 breathing technique. This exercise will provide relief from insomnia, mood swings and even food cravings! First, breathe out fully through the mouth, and make that “whoosh” noise. Keeping the mouth closed, inhale through the nose and silently count to four. Hold this breath while counting to seven. Then, exhale through the mouth for a count of eight, repeating the “whoosh” sound. Repeat steps two through four or five times.
Lastly, there’s Buteyko nose breathing. Invented by Ukranian scientist Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko in the 1950s to curb asthma attacks and treat other respiratory problems, this technique could ease physical symptoms without the help of medication and other traditional interventions. But if you have senior patients or relatives who want to try this exercise, it’s best they perform it under supervision to avoid improper technique that can result in hyperventilation. First, sit up straight and focus on breathing. Keep the mouth closed and inhale slowly through the nostrils to fill the lungs. Exhale through the nostrils, slowly expelling air from the lungs until you feel compelled to inhale. Repeat steps two or three to five times.
Have you done some of the tips you read before in your daily life? During the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s important to maintain our blood oxygen level at all times.
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Remember to check your blood oxygen level when you experience an abnormal circulation through these symptoms like shortness of breath, headache, rapid heartbeat and restlessness. And when you need to go out, always protect yourself with a high-quality mask such as masklab’s Korean Respirator (KF) Series. Have a look at our current favorite prints: