Oxygen is becoming a huge issue.
In prehistoric times, oxygen was 30-35% of the atmosphere. Now it is around 20-21% and in large cities, around 15%. And the amount of oxygen is declining still. These levels of oxygen are not life sustaining.
We are at risk of permanent structural oxygen deprivation.
What Is Hypoxia?
Oxygen deprivation can have many causes. Given our stressful living conditions, we are already at risk for oxygen deprivation. Environmental conditions only make it worse.
When we are under stress we start to breathe in a shallow way and lose the oxygen intake we need to thrive. Over time, we become debilitated. Too little oxygen in the body is called hypoxia.
The Effects Of Oxygen Deprivation
Stressful situations are conditions where the body sends emergency supplies of oxygen and nutrients to where the body thinks they are needed. Stress creates conditions where greater oxygen is used and less oxygen may be taken in. On a short term basis that is not a problem. On a long term basis it is a disaster.
When you breathe in, you take in oxygen and whatever else is in the atmosphere. The oxygen comes into your lungs and then enters your blood stream attached to the hemoglobin in your blood and eventually makes its way to the cells of your body which require oxygen in order to function. Oxygen is a catalyst for the cell function to come to life. The cell then sends carbon dioxide waste back through the blood stream to be expelled when you exhale.
Oxygen synthesizes ATP which the cells use to create the energy to function. With hypoxia, that process does not happen and the cells cannot carry out their purpose. They will build up lactic acid and cell processes will be sluggish.
Hypoxia also affects the blood, leads to higher acidity in the blood which affects metabolic processes. In effect, all the cells of the body under the condition of hypoxia will operate in a suboptimal way. When metabolic processes are inadequate, food and emotions will not be processed properly and begin to clog the system weighing you down. As a result you will be start to feel ill at ease, and may not necessarily know the cause.
Hypoxia Symptoms And HSP’s
Hypoxia symptoms include headache, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Hypoxia may result in depression and other mood problems. According to Normal Breathing, hypoxia can contribute to many diseases including diabetes, cancer, chronic fatigue and heart disease.
Highly sensitive people are particularly vulnerable to this condition of having too little oxygen in their bodies due to the high amount of stress that they experience. Breathing and other practices that create optimal oxygen conditions in the body can be found in Ayurveda.