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Energy: What Does Your Body Use Oxygen For?

Pilates studio classYes, the simple answer is energy. But where in your body is this energy produced, which is needed to keep vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and muscles of the body going.

The answer is that it’s inside your body’s cells. It’s called ATP and each cell is a manufacturing plant that produces your body’s energy providing it gets enough raw materials to work with.

One of those materials is Oxygen. And 2 processes determine how your body gets this vital ingredient. One way is Aerobic cellular respiration, (aerobic means with oxygen, it refers to the use of oxygen in the muscles energy-generating process), where oxygen enters our body through Breathing.

The blood in the deep grape-like sacs of the lungs (alveoli) absorbs oxygen from the air entering the lungs during the inhaling process. This oxygenated blood is carried and pumped by the heart around the body where it is absorbed by the organs and muscles and where oxygen is exchanged to the cells and carbon dioxide is removed from the cells back to the lungs via the blood.

The other way organs and muscles get energy is by anaerobic, (without oxygen). The body’s cells break down sugars and produce energy in this way.

However, without oxygen, less energy is produced. With oxygen 300% to 500% more energy is produced by the cells. When we exercise our body’s need to perform anaerobic and aerobic reactions to supply us with energy. For instance, we use anaerobic (without oxygen) reactions for short intense bursts of energy as in sprinting, and for jogging you use aerobic (with oxygen) reactions.

So in the body, you need both systems working. When you start walking after getting off the bus or car or train or plane, have you noticed it takes an effort to get going, muscles tired, etc. Well initially the energy you use to get going is anaerobic (without oxygen) and then after a few minutes, the aerobic (with oxygen) kicks in.

And it would appear that the older we get the more effort we need to put into the initial phase of our walking, running, exercise, etc.

As the years go by you seem to have less energy, isn’t that what many people say.

The solution is to kick start your body’s aerobic (with oxygen) system before you leave the house each day or if you work from home early in the morning.

Also if you do a lot of exercises and don’t warm up with a nice slow stretching routine the same problem can occur. And the problem is we are putting our internal organs under undue pressure as they really need this small time to get started.

Do a 10 to 15-minute workout each morning and you set up the body’s systems such as the circulation system, the respiratory system, the muscular system, etc.

This puts less pressure on the body during the day and you can focus on other things of interest. Of course part of all this is having your nervous system in alignment so you should come into the clinic this week and get adjusted.

Yours in Health,

John Keane, Spinologist

PS: For those of you who only want the bottom line. Exercise daily for 10 minutes first thing in the morning. and watch your energy double.

PPS: A few slow deep breaths through your nose and out through your mouth for 2 minutes will also help to kick start your day.

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