Supplemental Oxygen: A Smart Addition To Any Essentials
Whether you enjoy traveling, working out, hiking, skiing, cycling or even soaking up the sun at the beach, everyone has their favorite outdoor activities. But for every adventure, most people have essentials to bring along in a bag or kit – whether for convenience, or in case of an emergency.
Since its rise in popularity in the 1970s, bottled water has been a popular essential for any activity. Hydration is important, and bottled water provides easy and immediate access to an essential that your body needs. But millions of people around the world are also discovering the importance of proper oxygenation – and Boost Oxygen provides easy and immediate access to portable pure oxygen.
And just like bottled water, Boost Oxygen is a smart and easy addition to any bag or kit of essentials – no matter your favorite activity!
What Is Boost Oxygen and What Are The Benefits?
Boost Oxygen is portable 95% Pure Supplemental Oxygen in convenient, lightweight and completely recyclable canisters. No prescription is needed. Boost is available on our website, on Amazon.com and at major retails nationwide like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods and more, as well as 1000s of local pharmacies. You can use the store locator at our website to find a retailer near you.
Many people think Boost Oxygen is “canned air” – but that is incorrect. Did you know there’s only 21% oxygen in the air you normally breathe? The majority is useless 78% nitrogen. Your body needs oxygen to power your cells, muscles, tissues and organs to keep you healthy. Boost Oxygen provides nearly 5X the amount of pure oxygen you get from the air you normally breathe. But Boost Oxygen is not medical-grade oxygen, which is defined as 99.2% or higher pure oxygen and requires a prescription. Boost is 95% pure and intended for people with a healthy lifestyle.
Many people ask: “So who uses supplemental oxygen? Why do they use it?”
Many people use supplemental oxygen for many reasons. It’s very popular at high-altitude locations like Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region where there can be less oxygen in the air. If you’ve traveled to high-altitude regions and had trouble breathing or getting acclimated to the elevation, you know the benefits of having pure supplemental oxygen.
Athletes have been using supplemental oxygen for decades on the sidelines to help with aerobic recovery during a game, training or working out. Older adults who experience shortness of breath also enjoy supplemental oxygen. People who experience hangovers (or feeling sick or tired) know using supplemental oxygen can help you feel better faster. In both cases, your body can become poorly oxygenated as it metabolizes alcohol or fights off a sickness. And supplemental oxygen is also popular with people in areas with poor air quality like cities, the heat and humidity of summer or during wildfire season on the west coast.
And these are just a few examples of people that enjoy the benefits of supplemental oxygen!
Adding Oxygen To Your Workout Essentials or Gym Bag
If you enjoy working out or training, think about some of the essentials you might typically bring: Water, a towel, earphones/earbuds, lifting gloves, deodorant or soap. If you enjoy swimming, you might also bring a cap or goggles. And with yoga or pilates, definitely your mat. All of our Boost Oxygen canisters are portable and fit in any gym bag.
Oxygen is required to support optimal exercise performance. It can be used as an immediate fuel source for fatigued muscles. Research has found that it can help increase VO2 max, which enhances performance. VO2 max is a measurement of the maximum rate at which oxygen can be effectively utilized during exercise by the body – specifically the heart, lungs, and muscles. It’s used to measure someone’s aerobic capacity.
The higher your VO2 max, the more oxygen your body can take in, and the more effectively you can use it to generate ATP energy during sports performance.
If you’re a swimmer, did you know indoor pools are among the worst ranked for indoor air quality due to all the chemicals in the air and in the water? Using Boost Oxygen during breaks can help you stay fresh!
For those that practice yoga and pilates, proper breathing techniques are important. You should always hydrate during breaks, but you should also try Boost Oxygen for focus, clarity and proper breathing during yoga or pilates.
Adding Oxygen To Your Hiking Essentials Or Backpack
If you enjoy hiking, some of the essentials you might bring along include: Water, snacks, a multi-tool, a first-aid kit, bug spray, flashlight with batteries and a compass. Boost Oxygen Pocket Size canisters also fit perfectly in any hiking kit or backpack.
For outdoor enthusiasts, supplemental oxygen can help with altitude acclimation and headaches commonly associated with lack of oxygen. This is why supplemental oxygen is so popular in recreational places located at high elevations, like the Rocky Mountains, where activity paired with thinner air can lead to lack of oxygenation.
In fact, for altitude acclimation WebMD recommends to “give oxygen, if available”. Since many people have symptoms that are mild, boosting their oxygenation levels is often the most effective way to help them acclimate and get back to feeling good again. This is where Boost Oxygen has become an extremely popular choice as it is lightweight, portable and easy to use.
Oxygen is also a natural and healthy source of energy for the body. Boost Oxygen can help you catch your breath on a long hike and keep you going on the trails if you start feeling tired.
During the warm summer months, millions of Americans enjoy the fun, sun and sand at the beach. There’s also several common essentials you might bring to the beach – a towel, suntan lotion, bottled water, swim trunks and a beach chair.
But beaches can also have poor air quality due to heat, humidity and ozone. Many older adults can have difficulty breathing when they visit the beach. Sunlight and solar radiation can produce more ozone in the air we breathe, which is dangerous. Pollution like nitrogen oxides react with other chemicals and hydrocarbons in the sunlight to form ozone gas. Ozone is good when it is high in the atmosphere because it blocks the harmful effects of the sun. However, ozone gas is bad at ground level as it is a toxic gas to breathe and can cause respiratory problems. High ozone levels also increase the rate of other air pollutants in the stagnant air during the summer.
Bringing supplemental oxygen to the beach can help shortness of breath in the heat and humidity of the stagnant and sometimes polluted air. Boost Oxygen is perfect for any beach bag, especially the Pocket Sizes which are ideal for daily “on the go” pure oxygen.
Adding Boost Oxygen To Your Travel Bag
Traveling for vacation or leisure can involve a lot of planning, especially for older adults who might have breathing problems. You have to plan for any number of variables – the mode of transportation, stops along the way, weather conditions, where to go in case of an emergency and so much more.
Most common travel kits might include any daily medication, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, band-aids, tissues, cotton swabs, hand wipes and sanitizer.
Adding our Medium or Pocket Size Boost Oxygen canisters to your travel kit can also help you be better prepared if your travels take you through a location with poor air quality or at high-altitude.
In addition, if you’re traveling and driving long distances, supplemental oxygen can help you stay energized and alert. Driving for many hours can make you sleepy and can also influence your reaction time. Many people drink coffee or an energy drink, but they contain lots of caffeine, sugar and other potentially harmful ingredients. Plus, they can also cause a sugar crash later, making you feel tired again. Boost Oxygen is healthy oxygen with no side effects that can provide a natural energy source.
Did you know that according to the CDC, nearly half of U.S. households do not have the proper resources or plans in place in case of a home emergency?
The majority of medical emergencies take place at home, and while you certainly can’t plan for EVERY type of emergency, you can have a reliable emergency kit to help you or a loved one during the important minutes before first responders arrive.
In any home emergency kit, it’s important to have band-aids, gauze pads, gloves, alcohol pads, aspirin, burn gel, antibiotic ointment, tape, tweezers and scissors.
During a health emergency, it’s common to see first responders and EMTs administering medical-grade oxygen to patients. Oxygen is essential for life. Did you know that oxygen can be administered to ANYONE because no one is allergic to oxygen? Your body uses oxygen to create energy, for brain health, to keep tissues and organs functioning properly, for metabolization and more. So adding supplemental oxygen to any home emergency kit only makes sense.
In fact, Boost Oxygen has teamed up with Chinook Medical Gear to provide portable 95% pure oxygen in their MyPak emergency medical aid kits.
We had the honor to interview retired US Air Force Lt. General and former Surgeon General Paul K. Carlton, who is also on the Board of Advisors for Chinook.
As a former Surgeon General, he can truly appreciate the health benefits of supplemental oxygen for respiratory support. Lt. General Carlton regularly uses Boost Oxygen and strongly supports featuring our product in Chinook’s emergency aid kits.
“I have devoted my entire clinical career to preserving life and keeping people alive in difficult situations,” Carlton said. “With Boost Oxygen in Chinook’s Adult and Child MyPak, portable supplemental oxygen is now available during any emergency situation. In addition, Boost Oxygen should be placed in every first aid kit and resuscitation station in our country.”
Carlton also spoke about using Boost Oxygen as part of the evolution of CPR:
“I believe what will happen is that this will change our entire method of CPR,” Carlton said. “So that in the future when we start giving breaths again, the rescuer will take oxygen from Boost Oxygen, then breathe into the victim. So instead of breathing used air at 17% or 18%, what we expect is that exhaled air (oxygen) from the rescuer would be in the 40-50% range. So I think this has the potential to change the entire industry of resuscitative medicine and emergency medicine.