This article is dedicated to all those busy bees that keep our economy moving forward.
We all know about oxygen… don’t we? It’s that magical thing that our little blue planet somehow got enough of to sustain life – and which we now take for granted. We’ve all been taught that air is roughly 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen, and a 1% mix of everything else. The fact is that in many cases the 21% we’re used to seeing in school textbooks is a luxury. You’re sitting in your office, late in the day, deadline looming, and the last thing you need right now is to feel confused and drowsy. But Murphy’s Law knocks on your door, and lo and behold… your eyelids suddenly seem heavier and you can’t seem to remember what you were supposed to do next.
You are not alone, and you know it. This isn’t your body screaming that it’s had enough – it’s your brain telling you that it’s not getting enough of something. Oxygen. Your brain makes up 2% of your body weight on average, but it consumes almost 20% of the oxygen you inhale.
You know that oxygen is essential for life, but did you know just how big a role it can play in your day-to-day lifestyle? Keep reading to find out and later impress your colleagues with your superior knowledge.
1. It Improves Your Cognitive Function and Productivity
This is just science. Many studies have already established a link between increased oxygen intake and improved cognitive performance. An oxygen boost has been shown to enhance memory formation and retention, as well as improve reaction time. In the workplace, this translates to an increased focus on the task at hand and fast, well-informed decision-making. On the managerial and strategic levels, the impact of focus and decision-making cannot be understated. The right decision can launch an enterprise into a league of its own. A wrong one can spell disaster not only for an individual, but for the entire company.
2. It Boosts Your Metabolism
Have you ever wondered why you feel so sleepy after a big lunch? Part of the reason is that your digestive system kicks in overdrive to begin processing the nutrients that your body requires to maintain its energy levels and function properly. This has the effect of diverting a considerable chunk of your oxygen intake towards the digestive process, thereby decreasing the brain’s piece of the oxygen pie. You can mitigate the side-effects of this “two o’clock slump” by boosting your oxygen supply. That way you’ll stay at your A-game even after that dessert you’ve finally had the pleasure of trying.
3. It Helps with Muscle Recovery
This one’s for the fitness enthusiasts, who I imagine skipped straight to this paragraph. When we work out, our body’s oxygen demand increases, which is why we start breathing more heavily and our heart rate speeds up. We’re trying to draw more oxygen into our bloodstream, so that we can quickly convert glucose to adenosine triphosphate (ATP), aka your body’s main energy provider. When our body’s oxygen can’t keep up with this process, we go “anaerobic” and generate lactic acid instead, making us sore after intense workouts. Enhancing oxygen intake post-workout restores our pre-workout ATP levels more quickly, facilitating muscle recovery.
4. It’s a Natural Alternative to Coffee and Sugar
Before leaving the house, many of us resort to coffee to give us the kick we need to face the day. We reach the office, and within a couple of hours, we rush to refill our caffeine levels. If that doesn’t work, we sometimes resort to sweets in search of the “sugar rush”. Not only does a sugar rush barely last, it’s also damaging to our health without moderation. Recreational oxygen is the perfect, natural alternative. No coffee jitters, no sudden caffeine crash, and no useless weight gain or cavities. By restocking your blood’s oxygen supply, you’re good to go and smash your day’s objectives.
5. It Helps to Overcome Travel and Commute Fatigue
So you finally land your dream job and get the chance to travel all around the world. Or you just have long, daily commutes. Travelling often consists of enduring long periods in spaces with decreased oxygen levels (15-17%). This contributes to travel fatigue; spending long periods of time in an oxygen-poor environment can result in disorientation, headaches, and tiredness. Car commutes, on the other hand, pose a different kind of problem; during a long drive – Dubai/Abu Dhabi for instance – the same scenery for over an hour can drive you insanely sleepy. Supplemental oxygen is a solution that rapidly boosts your blood’s oxygen saturation to its optimal levels, without the need to slap yourself in the face or listen to David Guetta at max volume.