Oxygen: Energise Your Skin
Oxygen:The Essence of Energy
Oxygen is the essence of energy, it is the spark of life in every breath we take. This ethereal element generates the energy that our cells need to survive and thrive in a hostile environment. Skin treatments that are combined with energizing oxygen provide the skin with vitality and radiance. Pollution, shallow breathing, and stress can cause a whole array of problems for the skin.
Exercise and pure oxygen treatments can give the skin that extra boost that it needs. One of the best things you can give your skin is oxygen, so remember to breath deeply on a daily basis.
The body and mind needs oxygen to thrive. We can live for weeks without food, a few days without water. However, only a few minutes without the air that we breath.
Oxygen is invisible and intangible however, it is all around us. The air we take in actually consists of around 21 percent oxygen. The rest is made up of various other gases. Mainly nitrogen which comprises 78 percent of the air we breath.
In ancient traditions and therapies, they taught that air gives us health and vitality not food. Oxygen is the spark that releases the energy necessary for powering all of life’s processes.
In biochemistry oxygen reacts with glucose to produce carbon dioxide water and energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) ATP is essentially a cell’s energy make up. This process is going on continuously in every cell of our bodies, to make sure this happens efficiently on a daily basis, we need a constant supply of oxygen.
Every Breath we Take
With every single breath we take we draw oxygen deep down into our lungs. Our lungs are like spongy bunches of grapes, they have very fine walls, these walls are heavily supplied with blood capillaries. Every minute, the lungs receive as much blood as the rest of the body receives. Gases pass through lungs to the bloodstream, as oxygen moves into the blood, carbon dioxide moves out.
Oxygen is picked up by Iron rich haemoglobin, this is the red color that is present in blood cells. The oxygen is then moved to every cell in the body in blood vessel, they then reach the small capillaries that can be seen underneath the skin. Oxygen is then diffused out of the blood and into the cells.
Skin Loves Air
Fresh does not actually exist in our every day society however, skin still loves air. Our skin actually feels energized when we are near the sea or in the mountains where the air is a lot cleaner. Breaths of this much cleaner air bring a radiance to the skin, your skin feels alive, and you feel alive.
These days much of the air that we breath is polluted with chemicals, gases from factory production and car fumes. If you live in an area where air pollution is very high, your skin might not receive the right amount of oxygen that it needs. Therefore, your skin might look tired and lifeless.
To make sure that the skin gets the right amount of oxygen it is important that you keep your lungs in good condition. Research has shown that eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help us to breathe more easily. The more fresh fruits and vegetables you eat, the better your lungs will function. Vitmain A keeps the linings of the lungs healthy, and it protects them from the particles that are generated by pollution. Vitamin C and E also keep the lungs healthy.
-Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, buy organic if you can. Eat fruits and vegetables such as peas, broccoli, spring greens, oranges, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, parsley and courgettes.
- Drink plenty of tomato juice and use it in cooking too.
-Snack on sunflower seeds
-Marshmallow or sip elderberry syrup diluted with spring water. These are both amazing tonics for the lungs.
Purify the Air
Surround yourself with plants and flowers, plants breath out oxygen. Therefore, the more plants and flowers we surround ourselves with the better. A recent NASA study has revealed that house plants can actually help to clear the air of indoor chemicals. Spider plants are excellent for cleansing the air.
Cleanse your home because indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air. Chemical pollutants come from household cleaning products, paints, plastics, varnishes and glues. We also make this worse by spraying air fresheners into the air.
-Use cleaning products that are not ladened with chemicals. You can actually make your own, or you can buy these from health stores. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and dirt from your surroundings. Instead of using chemical products you can use warm water and lemon or lavender oil as a disinfectant. You can also use beeswax to buff and polish your wooden furniture.
- Do not use synthetic fragrances in soaps, perfume and other scented products. Instead you can use plant essential oils for your skin and home.
Give up smoking, this is very important if you want to purify the air that is around you. Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide which deprives the body of optimum oxygen supply. Smoking can also make you look and feel older than you actually are.
Take Deep Breaths
This is very important, taking deep breaths can actually do wonders for the skin and body. It ensures that you get enough oxygen to your cells, and it is also ensures the swift removal of carbon dioxide.
How to Enhance your Breathing
- When you breath in the ribs moves up and out, as you breath out the ribs move down. The breathing should be smooth and regular.
- To check that you are breathing right, lie on your back and put one had flat on your stomach. Put the other hand on your chest, breathe in and your chest should not really move, and your stomach should rise. If your chest rises and your stomach barely moves, this means that your breathing is shallow.
- When you breathe in try to visualize the air reaching deep down into your lungs. Let your stomach expand naturally and take in the air, when you are breathing out, imagine that the stale and polluted air is being breathed out. Now stop for a second before breathing in again.
Stop worrying, stress can actually affect your breathing. It can affect the oxygen levels and can actually contribute to damaging the lungs. When you feel stressed, take a deep breath and visualize a beautiful scene. Breathe slowly, in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Yoga can really optimize the oxygen levels in the body. It can also reduce stress and make you look and feel amazing.
Asthanga yoga is also known as ‘power yoga’ it is a very demanding type of yoga. With this type of yoga, your body moves fast from one pose to another.
In this type of yoga, you carry out precise poses that help to improve the posture and the centering of the body. You must breathe deeply and control your breath with this type of yoga. It can help to enhance your breathing and improve the oxygen levels in the body. This type of yoga is excellent for asthma and other respiratory disorders.
This type of yoga cultivates inner stillness and awareness of the breath or prana.
This type of yoga focuses on relaxing the body and stretching. This is really good for beginners, the chanting clears and quietens the mind.
Try and practice yoga on a daily basis to improve the breathing and cleanse optimize the oxygen levels in the body.