Advantages of Oxygen
Oxygenating the brain well supports proper brain function. This requires a balance of:
- Correct breathing for oxygenation
- Correct carbon dioxide and nitric oxide levels for circulation
Brain activities for growth stimulation
The brain uses about three times as much oxygen than muscles in the body do.
Brain cells are very sensitive to decreases in oxygen levels and don’t survive or function well very long without it. Breathing through our noses, with our mouth closed, and using belly breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing, allows us to get the proper amount of oxygen that we need for brain optimization.
3 ways to improve your brain oxygen
- Breathe easily and normally with your belly relaxed.
- Breathe through your nose, not your mouth.
Take short walks throughout the day. Short walks increase your circulation and oxygen to your brain.
Aerobic exercise, in particular, supports your brain by increasing blood flow, which carries oxygen and nutrients to your brain cells. Exercise that results in sweating and raises body temperature aids cellular detoxification.
The importance of antioxidants
Oxygen powers the energy supply to life on Earth. But when our cells use oxygen for energy, the oxygen breaks down into oxidizing agents. These oxidizing agents damage cells. Cells protect themselves with antioxidant mechanisms. If the oxidizing agents overpower the cell’s protective antioxidant system, then damage to the cell occurs. This includes damaging the DNA methylation process.
Therefore, it is important to avoid excess oxidation (charred meats), get plenty of antioxidants in your diet or through supplementation, and to support your DNA methylation process with methylated vitamins.