Supplemental Oxygen For Cold Weather, Outdoor Adventures and Indoor Air Quality
As the weather turns cold and winter sets in, millions of people across the United States will experience a change in their lifestyle. For some, the winter ski resorts bring fun and outdoor sports and adventures. For others, it means a shift to more time indoors, preparing for the cold and flu season or breathing issues caused by the weather. Dressing warm, staying healthy indoors and wearing a facemask are important – but did you know using supplemental oxygen like Boost Oxygen can help during the colder months?
Supplemental Oxygen For Outdoor Adventures
If you enjoy the outdoors, the cold weather months offer plenty of fun and adventure like hiking, hunting, skiing, snowboarding and more. Each year, millions of tourists visit the high-altitude Rocky Mountain region to experience the great outdoors and a variety of winter sports.
However, many tourists also experience the effects of altitude sickness as there can be less oxygen in the air at higher altitudes. The cold weather can also cause shortness of breath. The great news is that supplemental oxygen helps both altitude sickness and shortness of breath! Our 95% pure oxygen canisters are small, lightweight and can be carried conveniently during hiking, hunting, skiing and snowboarding.
Supplemental Oxygen To Help With Indoor Air Quality
As the weather turns colder, you might need to consider indoor air quality as many people will spend longer periods indoors. Indoors is also where you will likely spend the majority of your life. The average American will spend over 80% of their life indoors. When most people think about air pollution, they envision factory smokestacks, smog over a city or exhaust from a traffic jam. But indoor air quality can actually be worse than outdoor air quality.
During the colder winter months, we like to stay indoors to keep warm. For all the time we spend indoors in our home, it’s important to know the ways you can improve indoor air quality to stay healthy and comfortable, especially for people with allergies or respiratory issues.
Indoor air pollutants can have a profound impact on your comfort level and health. Over time, bad indoor air quality can also cause sickness and respiratory issues. Air pollutants can range from contaminants brought in by other people or pets, dust mites, spores, mold and mildew, dangerous gases like carbon monoxide and radon or volatile chemicals emitted from conventional cleaners and cooking. Indoor air quality tends to be worse in the winter months because there is often no flow of fresh air from the outside, meaning allergens stay trapped inside. Older homes may contain asbestos and lead particles, which can be damaging to the lungs when released into the air.
The good news is that there are several ways you can easily improve the indoor air quality in your home! Read the ways in our recent blog about indoor air quality.
From a respiratory standpoint, the colder weather can also cause breathing issues for many people. Older Americans and people with respiratory problems are especially affected by cold weather.
If you’re an older American, exploring the great outdoors, going on vacation or visiting friends and family can be fun and relaxing, but it can also be difficult during colder months if you have breathing problems. Whether you have shortness of breath or a medical issue like asthma or COPD, there are many things you should do before traveling, including:
- Speaking with your doctor
- Planning for how you will travel / modes of transportation
- Geography and inclement weather
- Where you’ll stay and nearby medical facilities
The good news is that we have a recent blog that addresses these and many more considerations if you’re older, have breathing issues and need to travel during colder months!
Supplemental Oxygen can help during Cold and Flu season
In addition to strengthening your immune system during the cold and flu season, you should also use supplemental oxygen. Your body can become poorly oxygenated as it fights off a cold or flu. Your body needs oxygen so it can provide oxygen-rich blood cells to keep your tissues and organs healthy. Without proper oxygen, you can feel tired and your immune system weakens. Plus, the air we normally breathe contains only 21% oxygen – the majority is useless 78% nitrogen.
Using portable supplemental oxygen like Boost Oxygen if you are sick from the flu or cold only makes sense! Oxygen is also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and supplemental oxygen can sooth inflamed airways resulting in easier breathing.
Preparing To Wear A Facemask For Longer Periods
Another unfortunate thing we all need to plan for during the pandemic is wearing facemasks for longer periods indoors during the colder months. As many businesses begin to re-open and people return to work, we will all spend more time indoors. The summer months allowed many businesses to make use of outdoor space during the pandemic, but that won’t be the case during winter.
That means we will all be wearing facemask for longer indoors. If you haven’t had to wear a facemask for extended periods during the pandemic and summer months, consider yourself lucky. But that may change during cold weather months, so you should know how you will feel when you need to wear one for longer periods.
Everyone can feel different when they wear a mask for longer periods. Most people don’t mind it, while others can feel uncomfortable or even experience headaches. The type of mask and materials used can also play a role. You should plan to have a few masks at your disposal in case they aren’t made readily available by an indoor business (like a restaurant or gym) or at your job.
Help Is Here With Boost Oxygen
Boost Oxygen is designed to help provide portable and convenient 95% pure supplemental oxygen:
- During an emergency in your home to provide oxygen before first responders can arrive.
- To help as an all-natural and healthy respiratory support if you have to spend time indoors during colder months, where air quality can be much less than the outside.
- To provide supplemental oxygen to older Americans or people with breathing issues that have to travel during colder months.
- For altitude sickness and shortness of breath if you enjoy hiking, hunting, skiing, snowboard and other outdoor adventures.
- And as a quick boost of pure oxygen to help feel refreshed if you have to wear a facemask indoors for extended periods!
With Boost Oxygen, HELP IS HERE!