Oxygen and the healthy heart!
The key to a healthy heart is supply of sufficient oxygen to the body. We are under the misconception that oxygen is free and we are getting enough of it. Certain conditions in our body, like our lifestyle and food habits, affect the supply of oxygen to the body.
Oxygen and energy.
Oxygen (O2) plus glucose (C6H12O6) through BMR yields energy in the form of high energy phosphate bonds (especially ATP, the primary energy unit of the human body) plus water (H2O) which dissolves carbon dioxide (CO2) and facilitates the hydrolysis of energy yielding phosphate bonds. Preliminary research demonstrates that ATP may be an analog to one aspect of what the Chinese call “Qi”, the Oriental Indians call “Prana”, The French Elan Vital, The Greeks pneuma, the vital force or life energy.
Oxygen makes up almost 50% of the earth’s crust by weight, 42% of all healthy vegetation, 85% of seawater, 46% of igneous rocks, 47% of much of aerated dry soil. It is the third most abundant element in the universe
A common factor in asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and the variations of COPD is insufficient oxygen to the blood.
“Insufficient oxygen in our cells causes pain to be experienced more acutely than when oxygen supplies are ample” Dr. Samuel C. West. The Golden Seven Plus 1. 7th printing. April 1998
Oxygen and the heart health
Oxygen shortage in the human body has been linked to every major illness category including heart conditions, cancer, digestion and elimination problems, respiratory disease, inflamed, swollen and aching joints, sinus problems, yeast infections and even sexual dysfunction. Fresh live foods and rain water contain oxygen. Cooked foods and stagnant water has much less oxygen. Oxygen is our primary source of energy. It displaces harmful free radicals, neutralizes environmental toxins and destroys anaerobic (the inability to live in oxygen rich environments) infectious bacteria, parasites, microbes and viruses.
It is the main energy source for our brain function. It calms the mind and stabilizes the nervous system. Without oxygen we cannot absorb important vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients our body needs. When our cells lack oxygen they weaken and die. Without oxygen, nothing works very well or at all..
More indicators of possible low oxygen levels in the body are muscle aches; forgetfulness; heart palpitations; circulation or digestive problems; damaged cell growth; excessive amounts of colds and infections.
The American Heart Association states that over 1.5 million people die per year from heart conditions and that 70% of our population has some evidence of heart condition. All heart attacks come down to the hard working heart muscle’s failure to receive adequate supplies of oxygen. Of course maintaining one’s arteries and capillaries for easy blood passage is indispensable to optimal health but the fastest way to get oxygen right now is to breathe.
Hypoxia, or oxygen starvation, over-stimulates the sympathetic nervous system causing heart rate increases and invites eventual cardiac troubles. The heart must work harder to replace get the oxygen it needs and eventually it will collapse.
Oxygen depletion weakens our immune system, which leads to viral infections, damaged cells, growths, inflamed joins, serious heart and circulatory problems, toxic buildup in blood and premature aging. Low oxygen allows damaged cells to multiply and form growths in our bodies because our cells are oxygen deficient. If the cells in our bodies are rich in oxygen, mutated cells are less able to reproduce.
Your lungs will deteriorate 9-25% per decade (Framingham study) unless you do something to maintain them . Exercise is mandatory. Excessive stress in exercising can actually cause breathing blocks that invite inadequate levels of oxygen. The more we tighten up these “accessory” breathing muscles the more we cause the alveoli (where the oxygen goes into the blood stream) in our lungs to begin to clog up with waste products. This will impede the body’s ability to absorb oxygen and we slowly suffocate or our life span shortens.
As our cells grow older they lose their ability to carry oxygen. As the liver ages it robs increasing amounts of oxygen reserves for detoxification often leaving the other body systems with an oxygen shortage. When needed, the cells send signals to send more oxygen. Our brains need it most so when the body is in short supply our brains suffer the consequences.
Oxygen causes oxidation which is the converting of nutrients into energy. This oxidation also helps eliminate toxins and waste. The greatest threat to oxygen intake is the deterioration our breathing system. Next comes our exercise and nutrition, and then the environment. Of course if you are in a highly toxic present time breathing environment you will want to make it a priority above all others.
Junk and cooked foods deplete oxygen stores. I call them negative foods as they use up more oxygen then they give off. Processed sugar, white flour, hamburgers, French fries and pizza are major oxygen users. If you MUST eat this way you can offset some of the loss by eating pounds of raw, “blended” fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Not portions…….POUNDS.
Both emotional and physical stress create very high oxygen loss. Most stress is partially or completely neutralized by any one of several key breathing exercises.
Summarizing the whole story, regular exercise, eating an alkaline diet and proper nutrition to nourish the cells is the key to provide ample oxygen to the body and help keep the heart healthy.
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