How to adjust your blood oxygen level
If your blood oxygen level is too low, you may need to boost your oxygen saturation. This is often done with supplemental oxygen.
Change Your Diet: when looking to boost antioxidant intake, the foods to focus on are blueberries, cranberries, red kidney beans, artichoke hearts, strawberries, plums and blackberries, most of which can be consumed in various juices and smoothies. Another critical protein to consider are essential fatty acids like Vitamin F, which work to increase the amount of oxygen the hemoglobin in the bloodstream can carry. These acids can be found in soybeans, walnuts and flaxseeds.
Get Active: Exercise is key to a healthy life. Through aerobic exercise, such as simple walking, the body is able to better utilize oxygen while removing waste through the lymphatic system. As recommended by the American Heart Association, 30 minutes a day of regular walking has greater effects on the circulatory system than spending as hour or more in the gym 2 to 3 time a week. Aside from the physical health benefits, walking has been shown to improve mood, confidence, and reduce stress.
Change Your Breathing: However, what is often an impediment to one’s breathing is the method in which they breathe. It’s recently been discovered that sick people breathe using the upper chest and inhale more air, which causes reduced oxygen levels in the body. In contrast, the correct method to proper breathing, is slow, from the diaphragm, and through the nose, rather than the mouth.
Hydrate: The human body is roughly 60% water, so it cannot be understated how critical water is to how the body functions: allowing body cells to grow, lubricating our joints and regulating body temperature when looking to get the full benefits of oxygenation, drink filtered water.
This provides high levels of hydration and oxygenation at the cellular level. Keep in mind that caffeinated beverages, alcohol and high sodium foods all dehydrate the body, so keep water with you during the day and get in the habit of drinking it throughout the day. Health professionals recommend 8-oz. glasses of water a day.
Yoga for Blood Circulation
Poor circulation can be caused by a number of things: sitting all day at a desk, high cholesterol, blood pressure issues, and even diabetes. It can also manifest in many ways, including:
- Cold hands and feet
- Muscle cramps
- Brittle hair and nails
- Dark circles under your eyes
Luckily, there are almost as many ways to combat it as there are symptoms. You can try:
- Avoiding Smoking
Movement is key to wellness on many levels, including for circulatory health. Yoga is not only one of the most accessible types of exercise (it’s low impact and can be done by people at all levels), but it’s also one of the best types of exercise for poor circulation.
The below sequence of poses will be a great addition to your self-care and wellness routine. This is especially true if you’re dealing with circulation issues, no matter what their cause or physical manifestation in your body.
Equipment needed: though yoga can be done without a yoga mat, one is recommended for the below sequence. It can help you maintain firm footing and is used is some of the instruction as well.
Written by Arshad. A