We all know that as we age, our metabolism decreases—but did you know that the way your body’s cells utilize oxygen also changes? Our cells and tissues use oxygen for all our bodily functions, from extracting calories from our food to circulating our blood. However, time, stress, nutritional deficiencies, environmental stressors, and more can interfere with the efficiency of these processes, leading to chronic disease, premature aging, and other negative health effects. 

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to boost your oxygen levels and live a longer, healthier life. Alongside other lifestyle modifications, ozone therapy can optimize your body’s oxygen utilization and help you feel your best! Let’s talk about how poor oxygen utilization affects the body, and how Pure Body Health can guide you in several areas to maintain healthy metabolic function.

Tell Me More About Oxygen’s Role in The Body

Of course, we need oxygen to breathe—but oxygen’s role goes much deeper than most of us ever consider. Think back to your middle school science class. Remember the mitochondria, “the powerhouse of the cell”? This tiny structure is responsible for producing almost all of the energy your cells need to perform their functions. It does this through a process called cellular respiration, which requires a healthy amount of oxygen.

The process of creating energy also creates free radicals, which damage the mitochondria over time. As this process becomes less efficient over the years, we age—some faster, some slower, depending on two main factors: our starting point (genetics) and our rate of decline (lifestyle, environment, and stress).

infographic demonstrating mitochondria and the aging process
infographic demonstrating the process of oxidative stress on cells

Many studies confirm that metabolic health is at the root of virtually all chronic illnesses, including autoimmune diseases, diabetic heart and kidney diseases, and forms of dementia. This is because disruptions at the cellular level, such as poor oxygen utilization, prevent cells from healing themselves. 

When the body encounters a stressor or injury and the cells cannot complete the healing process, illness results. Many stressors can affect our metabolic health. Known causes of poor oxygen utilization include:

  • Stress
  • Inflammation
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Hormone deficiencies
  • Poor fitness
  • Low blood oxygen
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Barbiturates
  • Beta-blockers
  • Some anesthetics
  • Antibiotics

How Can You Modify What You Are Doing to Live a Longer, Healthier Life?

Though we cannot change our genetic starting point, we can change our rate of decline to prevent and treat chronic illnesses and optimize our health. 

  1. Diet: foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants help maintain optimal blood flow and oxygen levels in the body
  2. Exercise: regular exercise has an incredibly profound metabolism-boosting effect
  3. Stress management: stress causes our bodies to release cortisol, a hormone that slows your metabolism
  4. Sleep: getting enough quality rest helps our bodies maintain a healthy metabolic rate, burn fat, and regulate blood sugar.
  5. Environment: many chemicals and molds in our environments can cause oxidative stress

At Pure Body Health, we will provide guidance and support in all of these areas, including treatment in our office. We also have a sixth intervention that can help optimize your oxygen utilization: IV Ozone Therapy.

What is IV Ozone Therapy?

Oxygen or Ozone Therapy, also known as Major Autohemotherapy (MAH), can be used to improve oxygen utilization and mitochondrial function. Ozone is one of the most researched non-pharmaceutical treatments in the world (Vitamin C is second!). This is the one therapy that can offer positive outcomes in any disease and slow the aging process to provide better quality and years of life.

This IV begins with a blood draw, which we then combine with the oxygen/ozone before reintroducing it into your body. This ensures that you receive the benefits with the safest and most efficient possible delivery method, and it only takes about 40-60 minutes.

The benefits of combining healthy lifestyle modifications with IV ozone therapy include:

  • Boosted cell metabolism
  • Strengthened immune system function
  • Enhanced cardiovascular function
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties
  • Enhancement of chemotherapy and radiation

Prevent and Treat Chronic Disease with Help from Pure Body Health

Western medicine has always focused on treating the effects of poor oxygen utilization and injury to the body. However, at Pure Body Health, we know that effective prevention and treatment of disease depends on optimizing the body’s built-in healing functions. If you are ready to make healthy changes, try a new approach to treating chronic issues, or want to boost your overall wellness, call us for a personalized consultation!

Pure Body Health: Safe and Effective IV Ozone Therapy in Tempe, AZ

Using both modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods, we are here to guide you toward optimal wellness in all aspects of your life. Our approach takes into account all the biological, psychological, and environmental factors that make up the whole picture of you. If you are interested in learning more about IV Ozone Therapy or any of our other core services, call us at (480) 427-0442 or reach out online.