BY SUNEIL JAIN, NMD
Oxygen-rich blood cells are healthy blood cells. Oxygen-deprived cells, on the other hand, are a breeding ground for poor health. When there is a lack of oxygen in the cells of the body, those deprived cells can become prime locations for cancer and other diseases. In order to protect yourself from disease, it is important to keep your cells properly oxygenated, as the amount of oxygen in your blood fluctuates depending on your lifestyle choices. One way to keep your blood cells as healthy as possible is to incorporate an oxygen-enriching diet.
A diet highest in oxygen is a raw-food diet with a high concentration of fruits, green vegetables and sprouted seeds and nuts. These foods are composed of water – hydrogen and oxygen. Chlorophyll, found in green vegetables, is very close in atomic structure to human blood. Chlorophyll has a magnesium atom – human blood differs only with an iron atom. The benefit of raw food enzymes is the ability to change the magnesium ion to an iron ion, allowing blood to transport oxygen to cells. Foods rich in chlorophyll include spinach, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, spirulina, chlorella and blue-green algae.
A diet high in complex carbohydrates – fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes – can also significantly improve the blood’s ability to transport oxygen to cells. An oxygen-depleting diet would consist of high-cooked foods like red meat, sugar, saturated fats, white bread, processed and frozen foods, and carbonated beverages. Switching to an oxygen-rich diet often brings immediate energy to the body, vibrancy to the skin, and a positive, healthier attitude.
Drinking juices from fresh vegetables and fruits is an excellent way to get antioxidants into the bloodstream to enhance oxygen uptake into our cells. Antioxidants help the body use oxygen more efficiently. Foods rich in nutrients, such as iron, B12 and copper, can boost oxygen levels and help maintain good blood status for delivering oxygen to working muscles.
Remember to maintain portion sizes and small meals every two to three hours to keep the body properly fueled at all times. Oxygen deficiency can be caused by overeating. Finally, an extra boost of oxygen can be obtained by drinking from oxygen-infused bottled water.
Dr. Jain is the founder of Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics specializing in wellness and healthy aging. For more information, please visit werejuvenate.com or call (480) 551-9000.