Could This Be the Reason Why You Feel So Bad
Throughout our lives, most of us take our bodies’ function of breathing for granted. But once we begin to suffer respiratory difficulties and oxygen deficiency however, the affects become devastating.
Oxygen deficiency in the human body has been linked to every major illness category, including respiratory disease, cancer, and heart disease.
The American Heart Association reports that over 1.5 million people die each year from heart conditions. All heart attacks result from the failure of the heart muscle to receive adequate supplies of oxygen. Severe oxygen deficiency is called hypoxia, often referred to as oxygen starvation. This affliction invites cardiac trouble by over-stimulating the sympathetic nervous system and raising the heart rate. A common factor in asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and various forms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is oxygen deficiency to the blood.
The human body responds in many adverse ways to oxygen deficiency. Increased levels of hemoglobin are a frequent result of oxygen poor blood. To compensate for a chronically low supply of oxygen, hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood, may increase. This can thicken the blood and impair its ability to flow easily.
Another serious affect of oxygen deficiency is pressure in the lungs and heart. The arteries that carry blood from the heart into the lungs sense low oxygen levels and constrict to direct blood to more normal areas of the lung. This causes pressure in the pulmonary arteries to rise. The heart responds by dilating and contracting ineffectively, eventually causing the heart to fail. A common warning sign of this condition is edema or swelling of the legs.
Symptoms of Oxygen Deficiency:
- Increased Infections
- Sexual dysfunction
- Irrational behavior
- Muscle aches and pains
- Lung insufficiencies
- General body weakness
- Weight Gain
- Cancer and Disease
- Fatigue and Sleep Disorders
- Suppression of the Immune System
- Circulation Problems
- Poor Digestion
- Memory Loss & Poor Concentration
- And, overall body malfunction.
Factors That Can Create Oxygen Deficiency:
- Toxic stress
- Emotional stress
- Lack of exercise
- Improper diet
- Infections and physical trauma
Food for thought: You can go 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, but you can’t go 3 minutes without oxygen.
Levels of Oxygen Deficiency
Concentration of Oxygen Effects
|23-24%||Volume Considered Normal|
|19.5%||Minimum “Safe Level”; OSHA, NIOSH|
|17%||Impairment of judgment starts|
|16%||First signs of anoxia appear|
|16-12%||Breathing and pulse rate increases, muscular coordination is impaired|
|14-10%||Consciousness continuous; emotional upsets; abnormal fatigue upon exertion, disturbed respiration|
|10-6%||Nausea and vomiting, inability to move freely and loss of consciousness|
|6%||Convulsive movements and gasping respiration occurs; respiration stops and a few minutes later Heart action ceases|
|0%||Brain activity ceases; Death|