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How can I bring more oxygen to my blood?

Asked by jabag11 (676points) December 27th, 2010

How can I get more oxygen to my blood, body, heart, and brain? And also rid of Carbon Dioxide because when you yawn, it brings more oxygen to the blood, body, etc and rids the body of Carbon Dioxide build-up.

So other then yawning and deep breathing, what are all the ways i can accomplish this? all inputs greatly appreciated!

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Luiveton's avatar

Well there are these Oxygen tubes where a person goes inside for a few minutes. It frees the whole body of any impurities which have developed in it. It is also very relaxing, but too much oxygen in the body is dangerous, and poisonous. If you want to do it naturally, just go to a place with plenty of fresh air and nature, and usually a crucial part of nature is water, it moistures the skin and dilates the pores in the skin. This is bound to make you feel physically, phsycologically better.

janbb's avatar

Aerobic exercise will add more oxygen to your body.

the100thmonkey's avatar

@Luiveton: bollocks. Oxygen does not “free the whole body of any impurities”: the by-products of oxygen respiration are waste. My apologies if I seem harsh, but such ignorance should not be propagated.

If you want to get more oxygen to your blood, @jabag11, breathe harder. Carbon Dioxide doesn’t “build up” in your system like cholesterol or fat; it’s the by product of respiration, which involves… oxygen. If CO2 does build up in your bloodstream, you’ll never know about it because you will be dead. From suffocation.

There’s not much else you can do (that works and isn’t some snake oil salesman taking advantage of your ignorance of the basics of biology)

marinelife's avatar

First, you are incorrect about yawning: “The first states that yawning occurs when one’s blood contains increased amounts of carbon dioxide and, therefore, becomes in need of the influx of oxygen (or expulsion of carbon dioxide) that a yawn can provide,[4] but studies have since shown it to be either incorrect or, at the very best, flawed.[6] Yawning may, in fact, reduce oxygen intake compared to normal respiration, not increase it.[7]” Source

There isn’t a lot you can or should do to increase oxygen in your blood.

Yoga breathing is designed to maximize oxygen intake, and there are several different techniques.

Exercise will increase oxygen exchange.

Cruiser's avatar

Do yoga breathing or Pranyama as @marinelife suggests and learn to belly breathe laying on your back with your legs up the wall for 15–20 minutes. Best way to oxygenate your upper body and really feel refreshed.

wundayatta's avatar

You can do altitude training, or sleep in a hyperbaric tent

There’s also blood doping, but that’s illegal in sports.

JLeslie's avatar

Have your iron checked. Iron delivers oxygen. Too much is dangerous, so don’t just take a bunch, but if you are low, might be good to take some daily.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Bikram Yoga – it trains your lungs, you learn how to take in more oxygen and the exersize helps the oxygen reach every cell in your body.

geeky_mama's avatar

Agree with @JLeslie. Aside from having a red blood cell disorder or severe anemia your oxygen saturation level won’t vary a whole lot no matter what you do.

If you walk yourself into any medical clinic and are hooked up to a PulseOx (short for Pulse Oximeter—literally a measurement tool for your heart rate and oxygen saturation – see: Pulse Oximeter link) you’ll probably notice that you, like all the rest of the normal healthy population have a saturation between 95 and 100%.

If you are experiencing symptoms of anemia (extreme fatigue, bluish tinge to the white’s of your eyes, shortness of breath) a hemoglobin (red blood cell) check may be in order. Otherwise, be happy for your good health and breath a deep sigh of relief.

gondwanalon's avatar

You might try “EPOVAR”. (not to be confused with EPO) Among other questionable things, claims to increase VO2 Max by 82% among a test group of competitive triathletes (presumably people already in good shape). It was a “double-blind randomized study” EPOVAR is basically a special configuration of Arginine, magnesium, potassium and some trace minerals. I have been using EPOVAR for about 5 years for hard workouts and races. It actually seems to work for me by making the effort of a workout a bit easier. It may be just the placebo effect but so what if it works.

stratman37's avatar

I can’t believe no one has suggested surrounding yourself with plants yet. They do you good, you do them good.

Also, how many flutherers besides me yawned while reading all the posts?

jabag11's avatar

great answers! I think the first one I will try is taking more iron every day, supplements that is. We’ll see if there is a change, great answers again though. thanks !

JLeslie's avatar

@jabag11 Are you a man or a woman? Men usually don’t need iron, and I would not take a lot before getting it checked. In fact, probably good to have it checked no matter what. I think daily vitamins for men might have 6 mg or less, which should be fine, but make sure it is for men, and I would not take an iron pill like SlowFe without knowing where you stand from a blood test, unless you have extreme symptoms, like a very pale tongue, extreme fatigue, plus others. But if you have those symptoms you need to see a doctor anyway.

IAM_FALVOR's avatar

Have a look at On their homepage, under the large red “TED,” they have a link which reads ‘Learn “How to Grow Your Own Fresh Air” at TED 2009.’ It’s worth a read.

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