In order to keep your body healthy and functioning smoothly and efficiently, it is important to keep it well-supplied with oxygen, so the blood cells and vital organs can be provided with the amount they need to carry out their respective functions. Getting some fresh air daily should do it for most people, but others, who are suffering from diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis, need to carefully monitor their oxygen levels, and ensure that they get enough. While the body naturally absorbs oxygen from the air you breathe, there are several things you can do to help increase the level of oxygen in your body.
- Make sure the quality of the air you are breathing is high. The air should be pure, and free of pollutants and toxins. Avoid areas where you might be exposed to second-hand smoke (make sure you don’t smoke yourself either), or enclosed spaces where the air is of poor quality or there is little ventilation, as you will not get sufficient oxygen this way.
- Master the art of deep, slow breathing, and practice it daily. When you breathe deeply, you increase your body’s capacity to take in oxygen, as both your abdomen and lungs expand to fill themselves to maximum capacity. Inhaling deeply will ensure your body is supplied with more oxygen, and this can then be distributed to all the areas that need it.
- Make sure you maintain a proper posture at all times. keeping your back straight and your shoulders pushed back will allow your lungs to fill themselves more easily, and to the maximum capacity.
- Exercise on a regular basis. Do a couple of cardiovascular exercises or take a brisk walk on a daily basis to keep your heart and lungs healthy, and improve their functioning. Regular physical activity will improve your blood circulation and increase your oxygen intake.
- Make sure you protect yourself from contracting illnesses like pneumonia and flu. Get all the prescribed shots, check with a doctor regarding a pneumonia vaccine, and avoid crowded places where the lack of air might constrict your lungs.
- Finally, make sure you consult your doctor on the matter on a regular basis. S/he will advise you on whether the level of oxygen in your body is sufficient, and recommend exercises and activities that can increase the oxygen in your blood. The doctor may also prescribe medication –e.g. if you have a low blood cell count, you might need iron supplements.