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5 Simple Tips for Improving Low Blood Oxygen Levels

15 Jul 2016
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5 Simple Tips for Improving Low Blood Oxygen Levels

Take a deep breath…now let’s get started.

For anyone suffering from a chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis or emphysema, a common concern is typically: how can I get more oxygen? Between flare-ups, fits of coughing and general fatigue, just getting enough oxygen can be a constant source of stress for those living with lung disease. However, when looking to increase oxygen intake, the first step is improving low blood oxygen levels.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give you 5 Simple Tips for Improving Low Blood Oxygen Levels. So to start…

 5. Fix Your Posture

Poor posture can have a significant effect on breathing and oxygen intake. Although naturally, we tend to shrink a bit on our posture, simple adjustments can lead to an increase in lung capacity by roughly 5%. When making these adjustments, remember to stand straight, roll back the shoulders, puff out your chest, squeeze your shoulder blades and keep your chin up.

 4. Get Up and Exercise

As we’ve mentioned before it can’t be understated just how important exercise is to respiratory health. Not only can exercise improve one’s lung capacity, but it can also lead to weight loss and a healthier heart. The best way to get started is through aerobic exercise, and one of the best, low-impact exercises out there is simply walking. All it takes are 30 minutes a day.

5 Simple Tips for Improving Low Blood Oxygen Levels

 3. Change Your Diet

Diet is often more important than exercise when it comes to health. Your body requires a variety of vital nutrients and vitamins in order to function properly, so it’s critical to your health to give every organ the exact balance of chemicals that it needs. To build oxygen within the body, focus on antioxidants. These help the body to use oxygen more efficiently so that it enters the bloodstream in the proper amounts. For good antioxidants, try adding blueberries, cranberries, red kidney beans, artichoke hearts, strawberries, plums and blackberries to your diet.

 2. Change the Way You Breathe

It may sound strange, but in general, most people don’t know how to properly breathe. Whether it’s in running, meditation, weightlifting or even childbirth, we often need to be instructed: “hey remember to breathe”. In fact, improper breathing may lead to a reduction in blood oxygen levels by about 20 percent. To combat this, try the practice of deep breathing, which serves to create energy, cleanse the lungs and increase the amount of oxygen in the blood.

 1. Better Your Air Quality

Once you’ve made the changes to your own behavior, it’s time to look outside yourself. It’s time to address the air quality around you. It should come as no surprise that poor air quality can have a detrimental effect on oxygen intake. In addressing poor indoor air quality factors such as smoke or other airborne particulates, a variety of methods are available from oxygen-producing plants to natural air purifiers. By using natural remedies and innovations such as these, it’s possible to improve quality of life around the house.

When All Else Fails…

Although improving low blood oxygen levels are critical to oxygen intake and respiratory health, if you’re looking to take a more proactive approach to treatment, it’s time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy acts to directly affect disease progression, working to restore quality of life and pulmonary function within patients. For those who suffer from lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.

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  3. Cameron Kennerly

    3 months ago

    Hello Betty,

    First and foremost we’re sorry to hear about your recent health struggles and decline. However, in response to your question, stem cell therapy has been a largely successful treatment option for many of our previous patients. Although our procedure’s basic information is better explained here, the treatment entails collecting the naturally occurring stem cells within your blood or bone marrow, separating them, and reintroducing them back into the lungs where they work to stimulate healing and relieve inflammation. At this time we are proud to say we host an 84% success rate when treating COPD and many of our previous patients have found their lives to have been fundamentally changed for the better. For more information or to speak with a patient coordinator on what stem cell therapy could mean for you and your health, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 and we look forward to hearing from you!


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  4. Betty Sandy

    3 months ago

    I have pulmatory fibrosis. Am on oxygen 24/7, tire easily. I avoid high humid and heat. Lung transplant is out for me due to antibodies in my blood. Was turned down at Duke and UNC. Would this Adult Stem Cell transplant work for me. And what is involved. I an almost 64 and was always healthy. This is the only thing goi g on with my health. Thank you, Betty Sandy

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