Most of us know from our high school biology classes that breathing is what allows our bodies to get the oxygen that’s needed. However, chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can reduce your body’s ability to bring in oxygen, and this can lead to a host of problems, including brain function issues.
Why Does Your Brain Need Oxygen?
Some sources claim that the brain alone uses almost 25% of the oxygen you breathe in. Such a high amount of oxygen is necessary for your brain for several reasons. For one thing, your brain is constantly working. In fact, the brain continues processing information even when you’re asleep.
Another reason the brain requires lots of oxygen is that it has many parts that perform many tasks. The frontal lobe is responsible for movement, thinking and short-term memory. Sensory information, such as taste, touch and sound, is processed by the temporal lobe and interpreted by the parietal lobe. The occipital lobe has the task of interpreting the images you see and linking them to images stored in other parts of the brain. In order to accomplish all these and other tasks, your brain needs a large amount of oxygen.
What Happens to Brain Function When Oxygen Levels Are Low?
Patients with chronic lung diseases like COPD often have trouble maintaining normal oxygen levels in the body. Unfortunately, this can also have a negative effect on brain function by causing an issue known as cerebral hypoxia.
Also known as brain hypoxia, this condition can cause symptoms that range from mild to severe. A few of the mild symptoms of brain hypoxia include uncoordinated movement, a decline in your ability to think and episodes of poor judgment. If oxygen levels remain low, more serious symptoms like unresponsiveness, pupils that don’t react to light and respiratory failure may occur. For this reason, it’s critical that you seek help raising your oxygen levels immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.
Lung Health Institute Offers Treatment Options That May Help Raise Oxygen Levels
At Lung Health Institute, our team is dedicated to helping people treat the many symptoms of chronic lung diseases. There are 2 options we offer that may help patients reduce inflammation and raise oxygen levels.
One of the options is called cellular therapy. When patients receive cellular therapy, or platelet-rich plasma-platelet concentrate (PRP-PC), a small sample of the patient’s own blood is taken for the cells to be separated and concentrated. Concentrated cells, such as platelets, proteins, growth factors and other helpful cells, are then returned into the bloodstream. This may promote the repair of damaged tissue, reduce inflammation and allow patients to Breathe Easier™ to improve their quality of life.
Another treatment option offered at Lung Health Institute includes our 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans. Also called AI2™ plans, they offer information and tips that are intended to help you in 2 ways:
- AI2 plans are designed to help you take charge of your health by naturally boosting your immune system.
- These plans are also intended to train your body to use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel. Reducing your inflammation may help raise oxygen levels in your body.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.