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5 Tips to Increase Blood O2 Levels
For those suffering from low blood oxygen levels due to lung disease, every little bit counts. Increasing one’s oxygen intake any way possible seems like a good idea. If your blood oxygen level is low and you’re finding it difficult to breathe, try these 5 tips to increase blood O2 levels:
- When the weather allows, open your windows. Access to fresh air is essential for breathing more easily. However, remember it’s important to monitor your local air quality. If you live in an urban area and can’t open the place up because of smog, consider investing in an indoor air filtration system. Choose electronic air purifiers carefully—many of them produce lung-irritating ozone.
- Grow green things. Introducing live plants into your home will increase available indoor oxygen. Ferns are a great option for extra oxygen production in the home. They are relatively easy to keep alive and don’t require a lot of sunshine.
- Exercise. Check with your doctor about the type and amount of exercise you should be doing each day. As your breathing rate and depth increases, your lungs absorb more oxygen, and that means you’ll feel better.
- Practice mindfulness. Begin a daily meditation or prayer routine that emphasizes deep breathing. Five to ten minutes per day of relaxed and focused breathing can improve your oxygen intake and reduce stress.
- Eat fresh, iron-rich foods. Your diet can, to some extent, influence your blood’s ability to absorb oxygen. Certain foods can help improve your oxygen levels in the blood. Focus on iron-rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, legumes and green leafy vegetables. These dietary choices can correct an iron deficiency, which could increase your body’s ability to process oxygen and make you feel more energetic.
Trying these 5 tips to increase blood O2 levels in combination with trying alternative treatment options, such as stem cell therapy, could help you on your path to easier breathing. If you or a loved one suffers from chronic lung disease, contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065 to speak with one of our well-qualified patient coordinator about improving your quality of life.