Those who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are familiar with the sense of being out of breath (dyspnea). Although using oxygen therapy (oxygen tanks) to cope with shortness of breath is common, the disadvantages of this can include fatigue, headaches, and dry or bleeding noses. Furthermore, by relying on oxygen tanks as a primary source of oxygen, the body risks learning to suppress its natural respiratory system. A list of natural ways to raise your oxygen levels has been compiled by Obinna Nwogu, a Canadian certified health and fitness trainer.
Here are a few ideas for reducing your use of oxygen tanks.
Stay Fresh, Stay Natural: There are natural ways to increase the amount of oxygen in your house. Plants like the areca palm, snake plant, money plant, gerbera daisy, and Chinese evergreens will naturally increase the amount of oxygen in your house. To help keep the air in your home cleaner, install natural air purifiers like salt lamps, beeswax candles, peace lily, and bamboo charcoal.
Maintain Hydration: It can be difficult to stay hydrated, but it can also help you increase your oxygen levels. Two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom make up water molecules or H2O. Staying hydrated is as easy as drinking enough water. It's easier for your blood to deliver nutrients and oxygen to the rest of your body when you're well hydrated.
Eat for Oxygen Success: While certain foods, such as dairy and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, may exacerbate COPD symptoms, there are several safe alternatives. Spinach, bell peppers, potatoes, carrots, and green beans are all good steamed vegetables to eat. Always consult with your doctor before beginning or changing your diet.
Excess fluid and bloating can be reduced by reducing salt consumption. Instead of salt, try herbs and spices like peppermint, oregano, and turmeric, all of which are good for your lungs. Your oxygen levels will increase as your lungs breathe more easily, making you feel better overall.