Our medical director at Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics, Dr. Suneil Jain, recently did a local television spot on the topic of how to oxygenate our bodies through the foods we eat. We thought we’d include this vital information in our blog today, as well as additional lifestyle modifications that help to support proper body oxygenation.
According to Dr. Jain, oxygen-rich blood cells are healthy blood cells. However, when there is a lack of oxygen in the cells of the body, those deprived cells can become prime locations for cancer and other diseases. In order to protect yourself from disease, it is important to keep your cells properly oxygenated, as the amount of oxygen in your blood fluctuates depending on your lifestyle choices. One way to keep your blood cells as healthy as possible is to incorporate an oxygen-enriching diet.
1. FOODS TO OXYGENATE CELLS. A diet highest in oxygen is a raw-food diet with a high concentration of fruits, green vegetables and sprouted seeds and nuts. Reason being is that these foods are composed of water – hydrogen and oxygen.
Green vegetables contain chlorophyll, which is close in atomic structure to human blood. When you eat green vegetables, the chlorophyll allows blood to transport oxygen to cells. Foods rich in chlorophyll include spinach, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, spirulina, chlorella and blue-green algae.
Complex carbohydrates – fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes – can also significantly improve the blood’s ability to transport oxygen to cells.
Juices extracted from vegetables and fruit is another way to put antioxidants into the bloodstream to enhance oxygen uptake into our cells. Antioxidants help the body use oxygen more efficiently.
2. ONE CAN ALSO SUPPLEMENT WITH ANTIOXIDANTS. Vitamins A, C (with bioflavonoids), and E, are examples of powerful antioxidants, as well as selenium.
3. B-VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTATION. B vitamins help to synthesize a protein that carries oxygen in the blood.
4. VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENTATION. Vitamin D3 aids in oxygen uptake in the blood.
5. DRINK PLENTY OF PURE WATER. Properly filtered water helps the body to use oxygen effectively.
6. PRACTICE BREATHING EXERCISES. Diaphragmatic breathing (also referred to as “belly breathing”) helps to oxygenate the body. Proper breathing from the abdomen while sitting up can help to calm the nervous system and purify and enrich the blood stream.
7. EXERCISE. Activity improves circulation and increases the manufacture of red blood cells, which contain hemoglobin. Hemoglobin enables red blood cells to carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body. Exercise also increases the ability of the lungs to use oxygen.
Walking and rebounding are gentle forms of aerobic exercise that help your body use oxygen and also eliminate wastes through the lymphatic system. Whether walking or rebounding, listen to your body and avoid over-exertion or exhaustion. Slow and steady is the best approach.
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