10 Ways to Increase Oxygen in Your Life
Everyone knows that we need oxygen – we can’t go mere moments without breathing it – but what does oxygen have to do with raw foods? A lot, I say!
We also get oxygen in various ways in our lives (but many of us are falling short). With the increase in fossil fuel burning and rising levels of smog in busy cities, the average level of oxygen in our air is decreasing. This means we have to try a little harder to increase it in our bodies for optimal health. Especially on days when there are smog warnings, the oxygen level in our city has been compromised, which makes it harder for everyone to function. We can increase the amount of oxygen – not only in our lungs – but in our bodies and our cells by eating live, raw living foods rich in oxygen (and some other ways including plants you don’t eat – below). Chlorophyll (found in all green foods like dark leafy greens) in fact, is so rich in oxygen that it can be substituted for blood in the need of a blood transfusion. It is a rich oxygenator and releases carbon dioxide from our blood, which is why it is such a powerful detoxifier. It quickly gets rid of impurities in our blood and is referred to as a “blood builder”, since it is also so high in iron. 10 ways to ensure you are getting a steady supply of oxygen to improve your life: 1. Start consuming fresh, raw green juices and lots of water (reverse osmosis if possible). See a great green juice recipe here. All the vitamins and minerals in fresh green juice are instantly absorbed into our systems with minimal digestive work. Try alternating green juice days and green smoothie days. Just wait to see the increased vitality in your life. 2. Next, make sure to eat more fresh, raw foods, especially dark leafy greens (attend this comprehensive workshop if you need inspiration to get started). Also, try to eat as locally as possible (organic of course) since the oxygen content in local foods is higher (as well as the nutrient level). 3. Consider adding a supplement like wheatgrass or E3Live to your diet (results are amazing!). Learn about my wheatgrass class here. 4. Establish an exercise or walking routine, if possible, in an area with many trees (hiking is ideal! Don’t forget to pack a raw lunch). 5. Begin a meditation practice or prayer practice that emphasizes deep breathing. Start with 5 or 10 minutes a day and then increase to your desired level (early morning or evening works well for many people). 6. Open your windows. If you live in a really traffic-dense area with lots of smog and fumes, close your windows and opt instead for an air filtration system and lots of plants (see below). 7. Refrain from using incense and opt for all-natural beeswax candles (the chemicals in the other products are proven to be carcinogenic and are not health or oxygen promoting). 8. Invest in some wonderful plants (recommended are 2 plants per 100 square feet in your home). Plants are an amazing way to increase the oxygen content in your home, as well as look beautiful too. You can place a layer of aquarium gravel over the soil will prevent mold spores from forming. Plants eat up carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. The best plants for increasing oxygen are: Chinese Evergreen, Gerbera Daisy, Aloe Vera, English Ivy, Bamboo, Palm, Banana, Spider Plant, Mum, Heart-Leaf Philodendron, Warnecke Snake Plant, Ficus (Weeping Fig), Devil’s Ivy, Corn Plant, Peace, Lily Madagascar Dragon Tree, Umbrella Plant and Arrowhead Plant. 9. Place a tray of wheatgrass in your bedroom at the head of the bed (ensure there is no mold). This will also help to improve your sleep. 10. Make sure to replace the filters regularly on your home furnaces (you can opt for more expensive air-cleaning filters), as well as invest in a vacuum with a HEPA air filter.