Oxygen Concentrator Factors
Oxygen Concentrator Factors
Confused about choosing an oxygen concentrator? Learn about the key factors to help you make an informed decision.
My blood oxygen raises 2-4 points while using my oxygen concentrator (I call it O2E2).
I often feel better when I use it than when I do not. I always feel more clearheaded. I always last longer without fatigue while at the computer or exercising.
I have personally observed others using our 5 liters per minute machines and exercising using a stationary bicycle. They report being less tired using the oxygen concentrator during the same time than they would exercise without it.
Some actually have to stop using the oxygen unit along with the stationary recumbent bicycle as they are taking too long because they feel no fatigue and "just keep feeling better." But I suspect it is not the same for everyone.
I personally do not trust the heart rate levels that stress tests demand as people die during stress tests as well as the following day after passing a stress test. I advise those using O2E2 to maintain a lower heart rate and end the session feeling energized or at least not feeling fatigued. Sweaty perhaps, fatigued no.
I know very well that O2E2 is helping because of the oxygen that the pulse oximeter shows an increase as well as how I feel more energy and I am encouraged more to exercise because I believe I am getting the benefits of this added booster.
So, if it is a placebo, so be it. However, my understanding of the benefits of oxygen leads me to strongly believe it is actually doing me a great deal of good. I also advise not to use it as a replacement for exercise but as a supplement and encouragement to exercise more, albeit moderately.
Benefits of Oxygen
- Removes free radicals
- Reduces tissue swelling
- Increases neuronal energy metabolism in the brain
- Can create sustained cognitive improvement
- Wakes up sleeping (idling) brain cells that are metabolizing enough to stay alive but are not actively "firing".
- Enhances the body's ability to fight bacterial and viral infections
- Deactivates toxins and poisons (e.g. side effects from some chemotherapy, spider bites, air pollution, etc.)
- Enhances wound healing (stimulates new capillaries into wounds). Creates an immediate aerobic state
- Acts as an anti-inflammatory
Too Much Oxygen?
One could say that water should never be administered without a prescription because it can lead to drowning if used incorrectly or that baseball bats should be licensed as deadly weapons. But people don't say these things because they defy common sense.
Some with severe lung dysfunction may not be able to absorb/take in the extra oxygen and should consult a health professional familiar with that issue. It may be that they need to start slow or not at all.