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Oxygen Tips for a Healthy Life and Healthy Plants

Oxygen is the key to improved health for both you and your plants. Oxygen is the key to improved health for both you and your plants.

 

Without oxygen you can’t live, there is no debate there. The air we breathe provides us with valuable nutrients that may be absorbed readily into our bloodstreams through the lungs. In our exhalation, we discharge spent gases, typically carbon dioxide. What few people realize is that our breath is also a major mechanism in our body’s release of pollutants and metabolic wastes. Consider a phrase popularized by modern-day yogi Bikram Choudhury: “Control your breath, control your life.”

What about your plants? Most growers know, or at least should know, that breathing is necessary for healthy plant life too. While we as humans process oxygen and release carbon dioxide as waste through our lungs, plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen via their leaves. This symbiotic relationship for sustaining life on Earth is miraculous enough, however, the way your crops use gases as nutrients can evoke even more fascination when you learn that they both intake and discharge CO2 and O2 simultaneously. That’s right, to borrow upon a Steven Wright joke: plants, like the Earth, are in fact, bipolar.

Plants and people alike can enjoy significant health benefits when an increase is made in both the purity and concentration of the gases that are essential to our lives.

Plants have polar opposite functions; light reactions and dark reactions. During the light cycle, the leaves take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air. At the same time, the plant’s root system, which lives in a world of relative darkness, takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. It’s quite incredible to think that plants are breathing from two very different sets of “lungs” simultaneously. Even more fascinating, this process reverses during the dark/night cycle, with the roots taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen and the leaves taking in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. And you thought life becomes complicated if your sleep cycle gets interrupted.

Plants and people alike can enjoy significant healthy life benefits when an increase is made in both the purity and concentration of the gases that are essential to our lives. Consider it oxygen therapy. Take, for example, the role of elevated oxygen levels in treating and preventing common disorders in both people and plants. Elevated oxygen levels are, of course, applied in the event of most major traumas in humans. But did you know that elevated oxygen levels carefully created in the rhizosphere (root zone) with precise applications of hydrogen peroxide are able to treat root infections that if left alone had the potential to wipe out an entire crop (see pg. 130 for more details on using H2O2 to battle root disease)?

Like your plants, oxygen has myriad benefits for humans, many of which are just being discovered. If you live in or near a major population center, or in a smaller progressive community, there is a pretty good chance you may have seen or heard of an oxygen treatment center. No, unfortunately you can’t take your plants there. However, you or someone you care about can enjoy some of the health benefits that an increase in both the purity and concentration of O2 can provide.

Professional athletes have long realized the benefits of oxygen therapy seen in the immediate decrease in swelling that can be observed in a variety of sports injuries, such as in the swollen knee of a pro hockey defenseman. Additional oxygen can mean the difference between being benched for a few days or playing in the next game.

By increasing the purity and concentration of oxygen levels in the circulatory system, oxygen therapy may help to reopen and recharge the circulation pathways.

With diabetes on the rise in North America, amputations, particularly the feet, are an ongoing concern. People with diabetes are more prone to circulatory diseases, resulting in extremities becoming starved of oxygen. Further complications occur when poor circulation causes the feet to lose sensation, which can result in serious physical injuries, leading to infections or even gangrenous lesions.

Operators of oxygen therapy clinics will plainly state that many instances of amputations due to diabetes could have been prevented with oxygen therapy. When circulation is poor, the tissue farthest from the heart becomes oxygen starved, leading to cell damage and eventually death (necrosis).

By increasing the purity and concentration of oxygen levels in the circulatory system, oxygen therapy may help to reopen and recharge the circulation pathways. Once these blockages begin to open and blood begins to flow as it should, further damage may be prevented, and the healing process can begin. Some patients are able to see and feel a difference after a single session, although oxygen therapy will usually be recommended as an ongoing treatment.

Those who are trying to quit smoking, alcohol, caffeine or other addictive drugs may also benefit from oxygen therapy. Elevated oxygen levels allow the body to metabolize impurities and begin remapping neural pathways more quickly. Basically, the human body can perform a variety of healing processes at accelerated rates with carefully controlled increases in oxygen levels.

Take a deep breath in through your nose, feel that river of oxygen connect with the back of your throat, finding its way deep down into your lungs. Hold it in for a moment. Now release the breath through your mouth, emptying out every ounce of it from the deepest, most bottom part of your lungs. In yoga, this is called pranayama breathing, and for some, it’s the gateway to healthier and happier living. It’s amazing what oxygen can do.

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