The official blog of the Lung Institute.
5 Ways to Improve Your Oxygen Levels
Want to improve your oxygen levels? Let us help with these tips.
For those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the ability to take in oxygen is a constant struggle. It’s possible to increase oxygen levels in other ways, such as stem cell therapy. If you or a loved one is finding normal breathing difficult, the Lung Institute has compiled the top 5 ways to improve your oxygen levels.
5.) Stay Fresh, Stay Natural
There are natural alternatives to increase oxygen in your home. Adding plants such as the areca palm, snake plant, money plant, gerbera daisy or Chinese evergreens can actually increase the oxygen in your home naturally.
Try adding natural air purifiers such as salt lamps, beeswax candles, peace lily and bamboo charcoal to help keep the air in your home cleaner.
4.) Be Calm
Relaxation techniques can help someone with COPD. When you’re calm, deep breathing becomes easier, stress levels lower and your oxygen levels can improve. You can try meditation, yoga, positive thinking exercises and writing in a journal to help you relax, breathe and improve your oxygen levels.
3.) Healthy Fluids
Staying hydrated can be challenging, but it can also help you improve your oxygen levels. Water molecules or H2O are made of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Drinking enough water will help you stay hydrated. When you’re hydrated, it’s easier for your blood to deliver nutrients and oxygen to the rest of your body.
If you want to try other fluids, then fresh juices and smoothies might be a good choice. Because fresh fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, juicing them can help you receive their benefits in a more easily digestible form.
2.) Eat for Oxygen Success
Even though certain foods such as dairy and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli can cause COPD symptom flare-ups, there are other healthy options. Try eating fresh, steamed vegetables such as spinach, bell peppers, potatoes, carrots and green beans. Before starting or changing your diet, be sure to discuss it with your doctor.
Cutting down on your salt intake can help you reduce excess fluid and bloating. Instead of salt, try herbs and spices such as peppermint, oregano and turmeric, which are all herbs that can help your lungs. When your lungs are breathing more easily, you’ll have improved oxygen levels, helping you feel better overall.
1.) Stem Cell Therapy to Improve Oxygen Levels
Oxygen is important to all of the functions of the body. However, for someone with a chronic lung disease, it can be difficult to get enough oxygen. For many people, stem cell therapy has helped them improve their oxygen levels, breathe easier and improve their overall quality of life. Stem cell therapy may promote the healing of lung tissue, potentially improving lung function. When lung function improves, you are able to take in more oxygen as well as expel carbon dioxide because your lungs are working more effectively.
Like many people with chronic lung diseases, Lung Institute patient, Joseph O., was on supplemental oxygen 24/7. Ready for a change, Joseph came to the Lung Institute for treatment. After his treatment, Joseph feels better than ever and is off of his oxygen completely. You, too, can improve your lung health like Joseph did. We’re here to help you every step of the way, so take that first step and contact us at (800) 729-3065.
Have you tried any of our steps? Tell us about your experience! Share your thoughts and comments on the 5 Ways to Improve Your Oxygen Levels below.