One of the most common questions we receive at Boost Oxygen is: “ Why do I need supplemental oxygen? What’s wrong with the air I breathe? ”
The short answer is – there’s nothing wrong with the air you breathe. BUT, it’s all about the QUALITY of the air you breathe.
See if you can answer this question: What percentage of the outdoor air you breathe is pure oxygen?
90%? Try again.
80%? Also wrong.
The answer is 21%
Yes, you read that correctly. That is not a typo. Some people are shocked to learn that. Only 21% of the air we breathe contains pure oxygen. At higher altitudes, that percentage can be much less. It also doesn’t take into account the various pollutants in the air around you. The majority of the air you have breathed your entire life is 78% nitrogen. The total breakdown is 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and the rest are small amounts of gasses like argon, carbon dioxide and methane.
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Your next question might be: “So what? Why does it matter?”
The simple answer is: More pure oxygen equals better health.
Every cell in your body is designed to burn oxygen. Oxygen is the basic fuel for metabolism. The less oxygen your cells receive, the more sluggish and tired you become. You start to feel fatigued or short of breath. In other words, less oxygen equates to your cells losing the energy they need to repair your body. Your immune system weakens and your risk of getting sick increases.
Now, everything we have discussed so far involves OUTDOOR air quality. According to the EPA, however, the levels of indoor air pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels, and in some cases these levels can exceed 100 times that of outdoor levels of the same pollutants.
Again, you read that correctly.
All of this brings us back to the original question that we presented at the start of this blog: “Why do you I need supplemental oxygen? What’s wrong with the air I breathe?”
We hope that you now have a better understanding to answer that question. For us, it’s always been about teaching our consumers, something Boost Oxygen co-founder Rob Neuner believes strongly in.
“Education about the benefits of supplemental oxygen has been critical to the success of Boost Oxygen,” Neuner explains. “I compare it to when Gatorade first came out in the 1970s and they tried to explain how electrolytes were important for hydration. Most people, especially athletes, continued to use water to stay hydrated, but over time everyone began to understand the benefits of electrolytes for hydration, recovery and performance. It’s the same concept for supplemental oxygen. People think that breathing regular air is just fin – and it is – but if you want to feel better, recover faster and improve aerobic performance, using supplemental pure oxygen is much better for you.”
Now let’s discuss the different types of indoor air, and why an oxygen supplement like Boost Oxygen can help.
Among some of the worst indoor air quality locations include casinos, bus stations, schools, warehouses, airplanes, manufacturing facilities, indoor pools, apartment buildings and doctor’s offices – especially for workers who spend the majority of their days inside those locations.
Casinos have some of the worst indoor quality, due to smoking. Bus stations are filled with air pollutants such as carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide. Many manufacturing facilities, apartment buildings and schools are older buildings with outdated and poorly designed ventilation and HVAC systems. In the case of doctor’s offices, airborne pathogens can be common.
While the outside air you breathe contains 21% oxygen, indoor air can contain less. Meaning, your body is getting less of the oxygen it needs and more of the pollutants that can harm it. People who work indoors in these buildings with air quality issues are more likely to feel tired, sluggish and get sick more often.
Supplemental oxygen like Boost Oxygen is not a cure for sickness, but it can help provide your body with pure oxygen to help when you’re feeling run down – especially if you work indoors. It’s safe, all natural and doesn’t contain the caffeine or sugars in energy drinks that cause you to crash later. Boost Oxygen is 95% pure, Aviator’s Breathing Oxygen that comes in lightweight, easy to use, and portable canisters.
If you work or frequently spend time indoors and think you could benefit from supplemental oxygen, we hope would will learn more about our products or by reading our Frequently Asked Questions or our recent blog “13 Common Questions About Boost Oxygen”.