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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hypoxia – A Word You Might Hear More Often In The Future

Human survival requires food, water and oxygen. The most critical and immediate of these basic physical needs is oxygen. An inadequate supply of oxygen is a subtle medical condition called "hypoxia" and may cause symptoms such as:

  • Lack of energy
  • Shortness of breath and asthma
  • Reduced mental clarity and fogginess
  • Suppressed immune system
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Premature aging such as wrinkles

If you suffer from any of these symptoms and the cause is mysterious, it might due to the fact that the human race is suffering from hypoxia on a mass level. Retreating to nature might be a better cure for what ails you than all of the allopathic treatments or prescriptions in the world. Naturopathic medicine such as acupuncture and mesotherapy can also help relieve the symptoms of oxygen deprivation.

The Modern Day Oxygen Crisis

Archaeologists who have tested the quality of thousand-year-old air bubble that was trapped in amber have discovered that the oxygen content of the air long ago was 38%.  Today, our air is composed of only about 20% oxygen, in heavily polluted cities and certain controlled environments (such as depressurized airplane cabins) oxygen levels can be as low as 9%.  Our ability to heal, repair tissue and get enough rest is quite dependent on our ability to consume enough oxygen.

Combine these reductions in available O2 to ingest with a hectic lifestyle that encourages shallow breathing, pollution and the overproduction of carbon dioxide in our water and air and it seems that we are all suffering from a slow suffocation by hypoxia. This is just a fact of contemporary living. This is why it is so important to exercise as often as possible in the cleanest most natural space that you find.  You might think you are doing your body a favour by going for a jog in the city, but doing aerobics in a smoggy place can do your health more harm than good.

Oxygen Deprivation Leads to Aging

Dr. Otto Warburg, who has won the Nobel Prize twice, determined that healthy cells might become cancerous as a result of oxygen-deprivation. Oxygen is needed to stimulate the growth and efficiency of friendly bacteria in the body. Nearly all known pathogenic bacteria and viruses are unable to survive in oxygen-rich environments. However human beings thrive in oxygen-rich environments.  These are places where there is a great deal of plant respiration or circulation of oxygen through negative ions in the air.  The fact that oxygen is so calming is why some of us may feel much more relaxed near a spewing waterfall or taking a walk in a wild, remote forest.

Get Into Nature Whenever Possible

If you want to stay young physically, mentally and also at heart it is important to get out and exercise in a place that is heavily oxygenated as often as you can.

As most of us are unable to change the declining rate of cell respiration in our water, vegetation or air,  taking a walk in nature may be one of the few ways one can increase their intake of oxygen without having to go through a major change of lifestyle.  Not only can this be a fun and revelatory experience, but it is also good for your health, mood, body, mind and spirit.
For more information or to book a consultation about our restorative diet and weight loss programs or any health issue you may be experiencing, visit the Pinewood Natural Health Clinic website that has a list of full services and products at www.pinewood.ca or call our Toronto Office at  (416)-656- 8100.  We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.

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