(NaturalHealth365) We’re all pretty confident of the fact that if we didn’t breathe, we’d expire. Despite new records being set for holding one’s breath, there remains that one final exhalation for all of us. In case you’re curious, the magician David Blaine held his breath on Oprah Winfrey’s show for 17.4 minutes, and a German named Tom Sietas has officially held his breath for 22.22 minutes.
Deep breathing lowers stress and expands consciousness
According to many spiritual teachings, it is the breath that connects the mind with the body; thus, breath awareness becomes very important. Health wise, especially because of how we use oxygen in our bodies, understanding it is valuable for preventing cancer, heart disease plus much more.
While the air we breathe contains an assortment of chemicals, oxygen seems the most invaluable for sustaining life. Online, I found this very simple explanation of the oxygen cycle.
The following excerpt is from – water.me.vccs.edu/concepts/oxycycle.html
The Oxygen Cycle
“Almost all living things need oxygen. They use this oxygen during the process of creating energy in living cells.”
“Just as water moves from the sky to the earth and back in the hydrologic cycle, oxygen is also cycled through the environment. Plants mark the beginning of the oxygen cycle. Plants are able to use the energy of sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen in a process called photosynthesis.”
“This means that plants “breathe” in carbon dioxide and “breathe” out oxygen. Animals form the other half of the oxygen cycle. We breathe in oxygen which we use to break carbohydrates down into energy in a process called respiration. Carbon dioxide produced during respiration is breathed out by animals into the air.”
“So oxygen is created in plants and used up by animals. But the oxygen cycle is not actually quite that simple. Plants must break carbohydrates down into energy just as animals do. During the day, plants hold onto a bit of the oxygen which they produced in photosynthesis and use that oxygen to break down carbohydrates. But in order to maintain their metabolism and continue respiration at night, the plants must absorb oxygen from the air and give off carbon dioxide just as animals do. Even though plants produce approximately ten times as much oxygen during the day as they consume at night, the night-time consumption of oxygen by plants can create low oxygen conditions in some water habitats.”
A lack of oxygen promotes cancer cell growth
With just this basic understanding, we can appreciate the oxygen donation living plants share with us. Additionally, when we eat or juice live, raw greens, we charge our bodies with oxygen. But why is oxygen so important? Many of the diseases we experience are due to a lack of oxygen in the cells. As an example, anaerobic bacteria thrive in an oxygen-deprived climate, as do cancer tumors.
Even the simple act of getting out of bed or climbing a flight of stairs requires oxygen. 90 percent of our energy needs are provided by oxygen. I found this quote in Madison Cavanaugh’s fabulous little book, “The One-Minute Cure”:
“One of the most important discoveries supporting oxygen therapy occurred in 1931, when Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for proving that viruses cannot proliferate or exist in an environment with high levels of oxygen. That’s because viruses are anaerobic, which means they occur and thrive in the absence of oxygen.”
Dr. Warburg has been quoted as saying, ‘Deprive a cell 35 percent of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.’ He further stated that the prime cause of cancer is insufficient oxygen at the cellular level, and that cancer cells cannot survive in a high oxygen environment.
Perhaps, this is why all the basic approaches to great health revolve around clean air, water, living foods, exercise, and sunshine. There’s a lot of talk about how ozone can help increase oxygen.
Is ozone healthy for humans?
Of course, on the other hand, there’s much concern about the environmental damage caused by a hole in the ozone layer. Just what is ozone? Here’s a definition: Ozone has three oxygen atoms, while the air we breathe has only two. Sunlight breaks the oxygen molecule into two separate atoms, which are picked up by a third to form ozone. So, high above the earth, oxygen is converted into O3 from O2. Home ozone machines are believed to add oxygen to both our water and our air, which many folks claim has given them amazing benefits by providing extra oxygen.
Another popular therapy that’s taken the natural health movement by storm is the use of food-grade hydrogen peroxide. It has been popular since the 1940’s in the United States and much earlier in Europe and India, since it was discovered that hydrogen peroxide could maximize oxygen flow from the blood to the cells. H2O2 is just like ozone in that it brings an extra atom of oxygen to the blood, disrupting the anaerobic environment that disease-causing microorganisms, viruses, and bacteria live in.
Seeing the importance of oxygen, how can we take advantage of its benefits? If you decide on using H2O2, you must realize this isn’t what’s commonly sold in a drugstore. It’s a very pure, powerful, special type of 35 percent “food-grade” hydrogen peroxide that is diluted to 3 percent in distilled water. You can easily find it online at: OneMinuteCure.com or you can check other sources on Amazon.
Additionally, you can add more raw foods and green juices to your diet. Breathe fresh, clean air, making certain to fill your lungs from the bottom up. Be conscious of maintaining proper posture and not slumping. Also, consider losing weight. All of these will assist you greatly in having the oxygen you need and health you desire.
About the author: Pre-baby boomer Peter Ragnar has written over twenty-eights books and published courses on every aspect of personal development. He feeds the thirst for those special individuals who are on the quest for human excellence around the world. His fascinating and unique line of products, including “Magnetic Qi Gong,” can be found at: RoaringLionPublishing.com.