Understanding Blood Oxygen Levels
Your blood oxygen level indicates how much oxygen is reaching your muscles during intense exercise. The higher your blood oxygen level, the more quickly your cells will transport oxygen throughout your body. If your blood oxygen levels are too low, you will feel fatigued more easily and will not get the best workout possible. That’s because oxygen is the element that each cell needs in order to create energy and keep you performing at your best. Using the AIRWAAV Performance Mouthpiece can help you work through these low-oxygen level times, as well as improve oxygen saturation during exercise in general.
Normally, your blood oxygen level is between 95-100 percent. As you practice intense workouts like distance or endurance running, HIIT, weightlifting, or cycling, your body has to work harder to keep your oxygen level up. That way, your body can continue to move oxygen from your lungs throughout your body and you can maintain proper breathing to help you continue to work throughout the period of exertion. Even once your body is used to it, you need to do what you can to increase your blood oxygen level during exercise.
People who are just starting a vigorous exercise routine of any kind will have to go through a period of lower oxygen level. This is indicated by heavier breathing and greater fatigue as your body gets used to the exertion level. You must fight through this low-oxygen time to get your body used to the higher level of energy needed. It’s important to understand oxygen saturation when you take on a program of intense training, and it can help you mentally to know that the period of difficulty will be alleviated once your body is more used to needing higher oxygen levels.
Continue reading to learn about five ways you can improve oxygen saturation during intense exercise and at other times.
How to Increase Blood Oxygen Level
- Get plenty of fresh air. Open your windows if weather permits, and do as much outside activity as you can, even when the weather is not ideal. If you’re a runner, cyclist, HIIT athlete, or any other type of extreme athlete, practice your program outside as much as possible. But don’t limit your time outside to your workout time. Develop hobbies that bring you outside like taking your dog on regular walks rather than just putting them out in the back yard for exercise. Fresh air gives you energy and provides additional amounts of oxygen to your lungs.
- Eat foods that are rich in iron. Iron is essential for your red cells to perform their job of transporting blood around the body, including the oxygen you need to be active. If you’re experiencing fatigue without any obvious cause, try adding more iron-rich foods to your diet. This can be in the form of leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach, fruits like apples and raspberries, and lean protein such as fish, poultry, and eggs.
- Drink more water. Water is crucial to your lungs’ ability to oxygenate and to expel carbon dioxide, or in simple terms, to breathe. In fact, water has an important role in remaining saturated with oxygen.
- Train your breathing, which is vital to increase your oxygen level. This isn’t only something you need to focus on when you’re working out. You can improve your oxygen saturation levels at any time by practicing slow, deep breathing. This is one of the results of a meditation practice, which can be beneficial for increasing oxygen levels, but isn’t necessary. You can practice breathing techniques like the 4-7-8 technique to improve oxygen saturation. To do this, breathe in through your nose for the count of four. Then hold this air in until the count of seven. Then breathe out for a count of eight and repeat. Practice this a few times a day, every day, and you’ll find your oxygen levels improved during your daily life as well as during your intense exercise sessions.
- Use the AIRWAAV Performance Mouthpiece when you work out. The bite plate and intake bar work together to align your jaw and tongue in such a way that increases the size of your airway 8 to 9 percent. This can immediately lower your respiratory rate by 20 percent or more, which increases blood oxygen levels.
The AIRWAAV Performance Mouthpiece directions your tongue down and forward and when you bite down, it creates the optimal airway opening. It's patented and scientifically proven with peer-reviewed, published research to provide athletes:
- Increased Endurance: Reduces your respiratory rate by 20%.
- Increased Strength: Improves muscular endurance.
- Faster Recovery: Reduces cortisol build up levels by up to 50%.
Where can I get the AIRWAAV Performance Mouthpiece?
The AIRWAAV was developed for high-intensity and endurance athletes like you. If you’re looking for a way to improve oxygen saturation during your workouts, you’ve found the solution. The AIRWAAV Performance Mouthpiece was created over 15 years of research and development with elite athletes at the Citadel by Dr. Dena Garner. You can be confident that it works and you can review the scientific research that backs it up. Order the best performance mouthpiece online today and see the difference AIRWAAV makes!