by Mary Louise:Town Jaqua, Health Minister

Breathing is a natural, necessary life function that keeps the body alive.
Nevertheless, what is it about breathing that sustains the body ? The
answer is oxygen! Believe it or not, this vital element is more important
in keeping the body alive than is food and water. Therefore, when it
comes to survival, think oxygen!

Oxygen: The science
Oxygen is the third most abundant element in the universe by mass.
The word comes from the Greek "oxy" and "genes" which means acid-
Depending on temperature and pressure, oxygen can be a
solid, liquid or gas. Scientifically speaking, it is symbolized by the letter
'O.' On the Periodic Table of Elements it's atomic number is '8', for it

has a total of eight electrons: two orbit the nucleus in the atom's inner
shell and six orbit in the outermost shell. The outermost shell can hold
a total of eight electrons, which explains oxygen's tendency to react
with other elements. Since its outer shell is incomplete, its electrons
are thus free for the taking (and giving) which allows oxygen to be a
'free agent' within the body.

Oxygen: Its function
Oxygen is a multi-tasker within the body, its presence being pervasive
and therefore vitally important. The general functions of oxygen include

1. Cellular integrity- It fuels cells by providing the basic
building blocks that the body needs in order to survive;
produces proteins that build new cells; helps to replace
dead cells and build new ones.

2. Immune system support- It is used to help kill bacteria
and fuels the cells that make up the body's defenses against
aenerobic invaders such as viruses and free radicals.

3. Cardiovascular system support-

4. Nervous system support-

5. Eye health- Few blood vessels travel to the eye, so the
eyes absorb much of the oxygen that they need directly
through the cornea. The cornea is built in such a way to
diffuse oxygen directly into the body from the air.

Owing for the many important functions of oxygen, it is surprising but
true that the body's overall daily nutritional need is 96% oxygen
and 4% food.

Oxygen: The facts
The body is designed to perform best when it is nutritionally balanced,
having the right levels of elements, namely specific vitamins, minerals,
phyto- nutrients, etc. that keep it alive. This balance is measured by
testing various functions of the body such as heart rate, blood
pressure level, blood/urine content. These tests constitute what is
known medically as vital statistics. Included in these statistics is the
body's oxygen level.

The oxygen level of the body can be measured in two ways: an arterial
blood gas (ABG) test
that draws blood from a vein or by using a
non-invasive pulse oximeter device that estimates the amount of oxygen
in your blood by sending infrared light into capillaries in your finger, toe,
or earlobe. Then it measures how much light is reflected off the oxygen
gases. The pulse ox test has a two percent margin of error making it a
convenient option but one that is not as accurate as an ABG test.

The measurement of oxygen in the blood is known as the blood oxygen
saturation. When using an ABG test, the saturation level is called a PaO2,
whereas the pulse ox test terms the saturation level as SpO2.

According to an ABG test, the normal level of oxygen saturation (PaO2)
for healthy lungs falls between 80 and 100 millimeters. This differs slightly
from a pulse ox normal reading that is typically between 95-100 percent.

The oxygen saturation level ultimately determines the body's overall
wellbeing. A below-normal level, called hypoxemia, gives cause for concern,
since it can signal problems in body tissue and organs. When blood
oxygen level drops outside the typical normal range, the body
develops symptoms such as

  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • confusion
  • headache
  • rapid heartbeat

A low oxygen level can lead to symptoms of cyanosis, a blue discoloration
of nail beds, skin, and mucus membranes. These symptoms often signal
imminent respiratory failure. Other common complications involving low
oxygen levels include

  • COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema
  • acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • asthma
  • collapsed lung
  • anemia
  • congenital heart defects
  • heart disease
  • pulmonary embolism

Likewise numerous other health problems such as cancer are linked
to an insuffienct oxygen saturation level in the body. It is surprising but
true that lack of proper oxygen in the body produces a perfect
environment for precipitating pain, sickness, disease, and death.

Oxygen: Causes of low levels
Science and medicine prove that without a proper level of oxygen in
the body physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual harm can result.
Lack of sufficient oxygen suffocates body cells. Dead cells cannot
keep the body alive. An oxygen-starved body is largely caused by

  1. Poor diet- cooked, processed, and animal-based foods
    (meat, dairy, seafood); fast/junk foods
  2. Lack of exercise- a predominately sedentary lifestyle
  3. Air pollution- breathing air that contains chemical particulates,
    smoke, or other toxic residues
  4. Smoking- depletes the body's oxygen, thereby suffocating cells
  5. Poor posture- cuts off circulation of oxygen to parts of the body

Oxygen: Raising the level
Increasing the body's oxygen level requires lifestyle improvements,
ones that often elude the average American for they are natural, simple,
and often inexpensive. Therefore for the sake of achieving optimum health,
lifestyle changes are not only necessary but imperative. To increase the
body's oxygen level

  1. Eat a healthier diet- eliminate cooked, processed, animal-based
    (dead) foods and adopt a diet of whole, plant-based, living foods.
  2. Exercise- start a simple exercise program, especially aerobics
    such as walking and rebounding.
  3. Deep breathing-
  4. Take in more fresh air- especially outdoors; invest in an indoor
    air purifier
  5. Stop smoking
  6. Practice good posture
  7. Supplement- with naturally-sourced products

Making small but steady lifestyle improvements as stated above prove
to restore and regenerate the body's innate ability to heal itself. While
boosting the body's oxygen level is a healthy practice, doing so comes
with a word of caution in that too much oxygen in the blood can lead to
oxidative stress, a condition that could precipitate heart and respiratory
problems as well as necrosis.

Oxygen: General benefits
Taking the necessary steps to nourish the body with an abundance of
life-giving oxygen ultimately increases quality of life, a prize that is well
worth seeking. It stands to reason that when the body feels better,
attitudes and relationships improve. Thinking more clearly results in
a better outlook in life. The health benefits of oxygen are thus found
to be marvelous if not revolutionary in that it

  • Creates energy
  • Transports gases across cell membranes
  • Helps to digest food
  • Helps weight loss
  • Helps to metabolize fats and carbohydrates
  • Eliminates toxins from the body
  • Increase memory capacity
  • Fuels body muscles
  • Manufactures hormones and proteins
  • Supports lung function
  • Boosts concentration, mental clarity
  • Develops stronger alertness
  • Raises energy levels
  • Improves stamina/strength
  • Builds endurance
  • Detoxifies the blood from viruses, parasites, bacteria
  • Reduces stress
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Calms anxiety
  • Improves sleep
  • Alleviates tension headaches
  • Remedies irregular sleeping patterns
  • Prevents lactic acid build up
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Helps the healing process
  • Improves wound healing
  • Helps the anti-aging process

The health benefits of oxygen are so remarkable that it is classified
by many nutritionists and practitioners as a medicine. Since it is a
nutrient and therefore a food, it rightly fits Hippocrates' famous
declaration, Let food be your medicine. So it is that oxygen has become
a more popular modality in relation to the healing arts. The efficacy of
oxygen therapy and ozone therapy for the resolution of chronic ailments,
including cancer, is an established fact of many years. Many terminally
ill have seen their lives restored thanks to oxygen and ozone therapies.
Futhermore, the remarkable ability of oxygen to sustain the body is
proven by Breathatarians whose sole food is oxygen.

Oxygen is a vital nutrient that sustains the body in multi-fold ways,
all of which contribute to a superior quality of life. Nevertheless, its
importance is largely unknown by most Americans because they are
caught in the web of ignorance. The human body was designed by
Almighty YHVH to be vibrantly healthy, but through lack of knowledge
countless people have and continue to suffer poor health.

Sickness was never part of YHVH's plan for His people, yet many have
settled for a low if not beggarly quality of what they call life, one that is
often riddled with numerous health problems. This ought not to be, for
there is a way beyond and above physical, emotional, mental, and even
spiritual ills. By applying the natural laws of the universe as created by
YHVH superior health can be achieved. It is possible to live without the
curse of sickness, pain, and disease, but we must take personal responsibility
for our well being. Improving quality of life is not difficult nor is a degree
in science or medicine necessary in order to heal ourselves. The healing
process can start by simply breathing the breath of life and flooding our
bodies with oxygen. It is that plain. It is that simple. Even a child can do it.

This being said, consider nourishing your body today with life-giving
oxygen, the great healer and sustainer of the body! Drink deeply and
experience the goodness, after all, it is FREE for the taking!

And the EVER-LIVING formed the man dust of the earth, and breathed upon his face the breath of life, and the man became a living soul. -Genesis 2:7

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.- Psalms 139:14 (KJV)


Recommended resources

Michael White- Breathing Coach

Mr. Oxygen- natural, oxygen-boosting supplements


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