Staying Active and Healthy

Exercising and staying active while using oxygen therapy.
  • What is a Pulse Oximeter?

    A pulse oximeter is a small and lightweight device that attaches to a fingertip to painlessly measure the level of oxygen in your body. The oximeter can measure two things: your pulse rate and the level of oxygen in your blood. Both of these numbers are necessary to asses your current levels and health.

    It’s important to note that the information a pulse oximeter can provide is limited. As we mentioned above an oximeter only measures your pulse and blood-oxygen levels. An oximeter will not measure the CO2, or carbon dioxide, levels in your blood stream. A pulse oximeter is not a replacement for more extensive and involved tests to be completed by your doctor. If you are ever in a situation where you are concerned about your oxygen levels, we suggest consulting your doctor immediately.

    Pulse Oximeter's are discreet, small, and easily transportable! Typically Oximeter's weigh just a few ounces and are thinner than most wallets! Read on to learn more!

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  • Could Your Diet Affect Your Risk For Lung Disease?

    Could your diet affect your risk for lung disease? A new study from the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Villejuif, France would suggest it does.

    COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease encompasses several chronic lung diseases such as bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema. These ailments often lead to blocked air passages and restricted oxygen flow; making breathing cumbersome and painful. According to the American Lung Association, COPD is the third leading cause of death in America. So how can you lower your risk of developing COPD?

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  • 6 Healthy Calorie-Rich Foods for COPD

    Patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have to monitor their health closely in concert with their pulmonologists and other health providers. For some patients, low body weight is a problem. Known medically as cachexia, a severely low body mass index (BMI) can exacerbate COPD systems and lead to further health problems, such as anemia and digestive issues. It is important for such patients to get a quality, high-calorie diet.

    Calories are the food energy the body uses for everyday functions. Everything from walking to simply breathing burns calories. There are four basic sources of calories: alcohol, carbohydrates, fat, and protein.

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  • Exercising While Using Oxygen Therapy

    Exercise is vital for good health and is an integral part of well-being. However, when individuals have health issues, exercise can be difficult. Physical activity is even more important for those suffering from long-term illnesses, both to help in recuperation and prevent further deterioration. Oxygen therapy offers a way to make exercise less difficult for patients with chronic pulmonary diseases.

    Decreased Exercise Capacity
    Exercise isn’t always particularly appealing, even for those in the best of health. When a person has difficulty breathing, the idea of exercise can be downright daunting. Even if a person is determined to get the activity they need, the physical limitations from pulmonary illness may make this impossible. Breathlessness and easy fatigability prevent many pulmonary patients from getting the amount or intensity of exercise they require.

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  • 7 Great Sources of Lean Protein for COPD

    Many chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients also suffer from muscle wasting, known as atrophy. While exercise is the best way to conserve muscle mass, it’s critical that patients get enough of the basic muscle building blocks in their diet. After all, you can’t build something from nothing.

    The minimum daily protein intake should be 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. For a 150 pound person, this equals about 102 gram of protein a day. Of course, medical providers may use a different formula depending on individual cases, and their advice should always be followed.

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  • Enjoy Outdoor Hunting with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

    So you’re an outdoor sports enthusiast who enjoys hunting? If you have a medical need for oxygen, you can still engage in your favorite pastime. There’s no reason to give up physical activities, especially if you use a portable oxygen concentrator.

    In the last decade, oxygen machines have been developed that weigh as little as 2.5 pounds. Their battery life has increased significantly, as well. Oxygen concentrators work by converting air in the surrounding area into concentrated oxygen. They deliver oxygen via continuous or intermittent flow. Continuous flow units provide a consistent amount of oxygen regardless of how many times a patient breaths per minute. Because they deliver a precise amount of oxygen per minute based on the manufacturer’s specs, intermittent, or pulse dose, are usually recommended for patients that require a lower flow of oxygen. If you use a pulse flow machine or need continuous flow up to three liters per minute, you can use a portable oxygen concentrator.

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  • Healthy Easy Foods for People with Lung Disease

    If you've recently been diagnosed with COPD, your doctor may have suggested that you try to eat a healthier diet. You might have been referred to a registered dietitian, who can help you create a meal plan that will serve you best. Of course, you'll still need to take your medications as prescribed, as changing your diet won't cure your COPD. However, healthy eating will give you more energy, improve your immune system and much more.

    It's worth it to change your diet if it helps you feel better all around. Some foods are ideal for people with COPD. Below are some snacks ideas, and easy, healthy meals for people with lung disease.

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  • Take Control of Your Health by Following These Simple Tips

    Taking care of yourself is making an investment in your future. All it takes is a few lifestyle changes, and none of them have to be drastic or unpleasant. You'll thank yourself later, when you can feel the difference in how you feel each day. Here are a few basic things you can do to take control of your health and well-being.

    Don't smoke tobacco. If you've been smoking for years, it's never too late to quit. If you don't smoke, don't even start. By quitting or never starting, you can dramatically decrease your risk of dying from cancer or heart disease.

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  • Learn About Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption

    The ache you feel in your muscles, and the fatigue you feel after a good work out, is due to an event called "excess post-exercise oxygen consumption", EPOC for short, or more commonly referred to as "afterburn". The feeling you get after a hard workout, or even a mild one, might not be very comfortable, but it's an important process when it comes to getting in shape.

    This fatigue and slight ache are caused by the rapid burn and decline of oxygen in your body, which happens during and a while after your workout. EPOC refers to the body's process of restoring the body's oxygen and stored fuel, as well as the oxygen deficit. This deficit was known as the body's “oxygen debt” in past decades, and it's still often called that today.

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  • Things You Should Know About Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption

    Your body naturally takes a while to fully recover from a workout. The harder you workout, the longer it takes for it to get back to its resting state. This resting state consists of your heart and breath rate, the amount of fuel your muscles contain for movement, as well as your metabolic rate. The interesting thing is, your body continues to expend energy during this long “cool down phase”.

    This phase is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, and it can be a very effective way to lose weight, as well as tone up your muscles. excess post-exercise oxygen consumption has also been popularly referred to as oxygen debt, or the "afterburn" you feel post workout. Amazingly, you might not feel the effects 12 hours later, but they are still happening.

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