New Year/New Resolutions for Oxygen Users

We made it through the Holidays and, now, it’s that time of year again; the time when we all vow to do right by ourselves with more exercise and a more nutrient-dense, low-fat diet. For the most part, this should be pretty simple: eat less, exercise more.

What if we want to take our health or physical fitness to another level? Here, at American Medical Sales and Rentals, we often field calls from people who are looking into Exercise with Oxygen Therapy, or EWOT.

The theory behind EWOT goes back to the work of two German doctors in the early part of the 20th century. One of these doctors, Dr. Manfred von Ardenne, conducted roughly 150 studies that combined exercise with oxygen use. He concluded that EWOT could be used to recover from illness or to improve overall wellness or exercise performance.

The theory is that breathing in higher concentrations of oxygen increases the level of oxygen in our blood plasma. So, while this does not affect our Red Blood Cells (RBCs), it still allows the tissues in our bodies to receive more oxygen. This, in turn, enhances the functioning of these tissues. According to the Advanced Wellness Center in Sarasota, FL, we might experience an immediate improvement in “energy, vision, and mental clarity.”

Most proponents of EWOT recommend 15 minutes of exercise while on oxygen levels of at least 8 LPM (liters per minute), while some sources suggest using as high as 15 LPM. This can be accomplished via either a high flow nasal cannula (HFNC) or a simple oxygen mask (SOM), depending on the flow rate and the oxygen concentrator being used.

At American Medical Sales and Rentals, we can offer you a complete EWOT package: a 10-liter per minute oxygen concentrator, high flow nasal cannula or oxygen mask and a high flow humidifier bottle. All for a reasonable price! All we ask for in return is that you consult your doctor first for his or her approval AND a prescription for high flow oxygen. Remember, at AMSR, when you breathe easier, we breathe easier!

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About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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