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Lung Capacity is Best Predictor of Health, Longevity

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Lung Capacity and Health

We often think of heart health as the determining factor in our overall wellness, but we may be missing the mark. How lung capacity affects our health is often overlooked, but it may in fact be one of the most important predictors of health and longevity.

Even though we often think about the health of our heart as being the best predictor of our overall health, this may not be the determining factor.  The often overlooked but highly predictive factor is the capacity of our lungs to take in and process oxygen.

As We Age Lung Capacity Decreases

Around the age of 30 we begin to lose our lung capacity. By age 50 the upper limit of our lung capacity may only be 50% of what it was in our youth. When our respiratory function is impaired by that much  it means that less oxygen is getting into our blood stream and thus less oxygen is getting to our cells. This decreased capacity is the reason for shortness of breath, decreased stamina and endurance, as well as being more susceptible to respiratory illness that so often increases as we age.

Besides the natural aging of our lungs and it’s associated decreased capacity, for most of us living modern life we access only 10-20% of our full breathing capacity, which leaves us short on energy and compromised optimum health and well being. The Framingham study  showed that those with an abundance of lung volume were healthier than those with shallow lung volume.

The famous Framingham study (which followed 5,200 individuals for three decades) demonstrated that the greatest predictor of health and longevity is actually lung volume. Those with higher lung capacity were healthier and lived longer than those with decreased lung capacity.

According to Dr. Al Sears in his newest edition of P.A.C.E. The 12-Minute Fitness Revolution, studies have shown that your lung capacity is absolutely the best indication of your lifespan. The better your lungs work, the longer you’ll live.

Additionally, Dr. Sears, Drs. William B. Kannel and Helen Hubert examined Framingham Heart Study data and concluded that “your lungs are the number one predictor of death.”

Decreased lung capacity has the following negative implications on our health:

  • Metabolic and digestive functions are impaired by lack of oxygen.
  • During activity our stamina and endurance decreases more rapidly.
  • A reduced amount of oxygen reserves increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Less oxygen means poorer energy and more general fatigue.
  • Without proper respiration there is a decline in general focus, concentration and memory.
  • And decreased lung capacity is correlated with increased inflammation.

How to Retain and Regain Your Lung Capacity

Simple breathing techniques improve health.

Simple breathing techniques improve health.

From a NaturalNews article:

Many view lung capacity loss as a normal degenerative process that can`t be stopped. But this is simply not true. Lung capacity can be retained and even restored. Some practices that can help build lung capacity include:

1. Regular practice of deep breathing exercises. Learn to take deep breaths, engage the lungs and flood the body with fresh oxygen.

2. Play a wind instrument. Some suggest practicing a wind instrument like a flute or oboe for at least 10 to 15 minutes daily to improve lung capacity.

3. Exercise for lung capacity. High intensity exercises that create an oxygen debt trigger metabolic processes that will increase lung capacity over time. Low intensity duration activities are more likely to negatively affect lung volume unless supplemented with high intensity interval training, which challenges the lungs to rebuild.

According to SunFood.net, when you are able to breath with ease and your oxygen capacity increases it has the benefit of strengthening every healthy biochemical reaction in the human body from:

  • Killing germs, viruses, bacteria, fungi, and yeast.
  • Enhancing brain function.
  • Increasing vitality of the muscles.
  • Speeding recovery times after sickness or injury.
  • Neutralizing free radicals.
  • Healing wounds.
  • Enhancing the body’s waste treatment in the liver,
  • kidneys, intestines, and lymphatic system.

To supplement your new found focus on better breathing and increasing your lung capacity, taking a safe bio-available liquid oxygen product like OxygenSuperCharger is a good consideration.  Oxygen water when created using our proprietary process gives you 35% ASO stabilized oxygen which is biologically available for your cells and your overall health.

 

Originally posted 2012-04-10 21:30:06.

March 22nd, 2017

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