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According to The Global Impact of Respiratory Disease, respiratory diseases are among the leading causes of death worldwide. It’s estimated that over a billion people suffer from acute and chronic diseases. Respiratory diseases cause an array of symptoms, but one of the most common is difficulty breathing.
Difficulty breathing can lead to psychological stress and limit physical activity.
One method of combating these diseases and improving your quality of life is experimenting with EWOT (Exercise with Oxygen Therapy). Keep reading to learn all about the basics of EWOT as well as six potential health benefits.
The air we breathe is about 21% oxygen. The body uses oxygen to supply cells with energy so they can carry out basic functions. The purpose of EWOT is for the body to breathe in higher concentrations of oxygen than it normally receives.
The best way to do “EWOT” is to use a Maxx O2 System. These systems consist of an oxygen concentrator, which generates increased supplies of purified oxygen. The oxygen is contained in a bag that is connected to a mask that delivers oxygen during exercise.
This influx of oxygen leads to a host of health benefits.
1. ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
One of the most compelling benefits of oxygen therapy is that it enhances athletic performance.
Athletes performing at intense levels require large amounts of ATP. ATP is the body’s source of energy, which is produced with the help of oxygen. When an athlete has greater levels of ATP, it improves their stamina and endurance.
EWOT can be achieved with a variety of fitness equipment, like treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes.
2. MUSCLE RECOVERY
When the body runs out of energy or oxygen to generate energy, it creates lactic acid. Lactic acid build-up leads to fatigue. It can also cause muscle pain or cramping.
Higher oxygen levels reduce fatigue and boost the recovery rate of muscles after intense exercise.
3. IMPROVE CIRCULATION
Fatigue, cramps, cold hands and feet, or difficulty concentrating are all symptoms of poor circulation. Circulation is important for maintaining normal functioning in the body. Oxygen Therapy strengthens the blood flow and improves circulation.
4. BETTER IMMUNE SYSTEM
As the body’s blood circulation improves, so does the immune system. Circulation is necessary for supplying the body with blood. Blood transports essential nutrients as well as blood cells and platelets.
White blood cells are crucial for helping the body fight infection. Platelets repair damages in the body by helping blood clot.
5. ENHANCED BRAIN FUNCTIONING
The brain needs a constant supply of oxygen to work properly. In addition to benefiting physical performance, oxygen therapy benefits mental performance.
Higher levels of oxygen in the brain may improve cognitive functioning. This includes information processing, decision making, memory, and concentration.
As oxygen enhances brain functioning, it also promotes better sleep. Studies suggest that exposure to high levels of oxygen may lead to deeper, more restorative sleep.
High quality sleep allows the body to heal and prepare for activity each day.
TAKE A BREATH
EWOT benefits the health and well-being of all individuals. Whether you’re an athlete looking to improve performance or someone that suffers from respiratory disease, oxygen therapy is worth trying out!
Contact an EWOT team member to learn more about how this system or therapy can improve your quality of life.