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Are you getting enough oxygen?

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While it's clear we're really into juice cleansing, it's not the only way to extract 'the unwanted' from your beautiful body. Our ingenious beings have evolved to feature some very intriguing functions and quite frankly, they're worth sharing. So let's talk detoxing on a more subtle level. How do our bodies deal with its undesirables without us actively seeking it?

Your body’s most efficient method of eliminating waste is right under your nose. Unfortunately, chances are you’re not doing it effectively. While your bowels are the most obvious method of elimination followed closely by urine and sweat, we won’t be examining your poo today (sorry to disappoint you). You may be a little surprised at where the answer takes you...

LIFE GIVING OXYGEN

Obviously, without oxygen we could not exist - we need it to breathe. But many people are blind to the fact that oxygen is one of the chief commanders for energy and optimal health in our bodies. Oxygen plays a leading role in every metabolic process in the body. It facilitates the process from which our cells process nutrients to gain energy.

In addition, healthy cells in our body are aerobic, which means they need an abundance of oxygen for cellular respiration and growth. When cells are deprived of oxygen for any reason, cells can mutate or die (1). In the human body, oxygen is the single most abundant element, making up 65% of body mass (2). So like water, we want to make sure that we’re getting enough of it.

Oxygenation also neutralises acidosis, resulting in the body becoming more alkaline. Our lives are very acidic by nature - the food we eat, the polluted air we breathe, the tap water we drink and wash ourselves with, and most significantly, the stress we experience. Unfortunately, these things all contribute to creating an environment in our body that is more acidic than alkaline. Therefore, anything that enhances alkalinity in the body is going to help to bring it back into PH harmony.

OXYGENATION FOR DETOXIFICATION

So we’ve established that oxygen is a pretty essential chemical to us mere mortals, but how do we make sure we’re getting enough of it? Here’s the big 4: an alkaline diet, adequate hydration, proper breathing and daily exercise. For now, let’s focus on the last two.

Combining rhythmic movement with deep diaphragmatic breathing pushes fresh, oxygenated blood through the body like a pump. The stimulation that the internal organs receives from both movement, and the pressure from the expanding diaphragm, means that toxins can rapidly drain from tissues sending waste to the organs that specifically eliminate them (3).

Oxygenation is something we should consider each day. It is not a task that we do once and forget, but rather think “how have I contributed to by body's oxygen levels today?”. Some of our favourite ways to do this are:

  • Walking (on the beach for example) paired with slow, rhythmic breathing
  • Yoga of all kinds - focus on your breath as the primary objective in each class
  • Swimming laps - find a gentle breathing rhythm at a comfortable pace
  • Aerobic exercise - once again, remember to breathe properly

Even if you don’t have time to exercise, sitting at your work desk and focusing on slowing down your breath and sending it deep down into your diaphragm will stimulate your internal organs and oxygenate your blood more effectively than passive breathing.

Can you imagine how effective your next juice cleanse would be if you paired these simple techniques with it? Let’s take our detoxing to the next level!

References

  1. Hearn, Nancy. Oxygenate your body - How to restore oxygen balance and help prevent disease. <https://www.naturalnews.com/032096_oxygenation_body.html> April 16, 2011.
  2. University of Florida. Liquid Oxygen. Environmental Health & Safety. University of Florida, n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.
  3. Reid, Daniel. The Tao Of Detox: The Natural Way To Purify Your Body For Health And Longevity. Simon and Schuster, 8 Sep. 2016.