How oxygen extraction in the lungs depends on breathing patterns of people. Breathing less and improving arterial CO2 (carbon dioxide) from breathing exercises, but especially from changing unconscious breathing patterns, will improve body-oxygen levels. Raising body-oxygen levels to the medical norm of 40 seconds will greatly improve oxygen extraction rate in the lungs. This will even benefit athletes.
Health people only use 25% of the oxygen that they inhale. Healthy people have breathing patterns that are slow and it is not noticeable on their bod, down to about 4-6 liter per minute for minute ventilation.
Sick people breathe in 15 liters per minute at rest, and only utilize and absorb 10% of the oxygen that they inhale. They have very ineffective breathing with low oxygen extraction in the lungs since 90% of oxygen in air is exhaled back. This happens due to chronic hyperventilation and high minute ventilation rates at rest and 24/7.
Dr. Buteyko the founder of the Buteyko Method, achieved 2 to 3 minutes for the body-oxygen test. The body-oxygen test is an easy do-it-yourself test available on the Normalbreathing.com website. Thus, people with super health and over 2 minutes for the CP test utilize up to 40-50% of oxygen that they inhale.
More details about oxygen extraction in the lungs is on this page “Oxygen Absorption Rate in Lungs | Lung Efficiency at Capturing Oxygen” http://www.normalbreathing.com/patterns-oxygen-extraction.php . The Spanish version is here “Tasa de Extracción de Oxígeno Pulmonar” – ¿Qué tan eficientes son nuestros pulmones para extraer oxígeno del aire? http://www.respiracionnormal.org/patrones-tasa-extraccion-oxigeno/ .
Slowing down breathing patterns at rest will make it easier to slow down breathing when exercising and capture more oxygen 24/7 with less breathing. During exercise, it is recommended to breathe only through the nose. This can be a lot more challenging at first because of ingrained habits. It is even better to use a training mask when exercising. They function as an extension of your nose. Training masks help to improve your CO2 level and afterwards it helps your breathing rate to slow down at rest. Physical exercise is the main factor that helps to slow down the breathing rate after it is done.
Additionally, there are very useful breathing devices to improve body-oxygen levels and capturing more oxygen in the lungs. For example, some of the devices include the Frolov device, a DIY device (Dr. Artour Rakhimov’s invention) and others. There are numerous lifestyle changes that are easy to monitor by using the body-oxygen test to see how efficient they are.
Dr. Artour Rakhimov taught his students for the last 15 years to focus on managing lifestyle factors that improve the levels of the body-oxygen test. These factors can relate to diet, nutritional supplementation, thermoregulation and many other factors. All these lifestyle factors can be read on the Normalbreathing.com website. Slower breathing at rest increases oxygen retention in the lungs and increase oxygen extraction and capturing rates.
Breathing exercises that are used in Dr. Artour Rakhimov’s courses include the Buteyko breathing technique. Dr. Buteyko was a leading physiologist and the most influential breathing teacher in the Soviet Union. His method can now be found helping people across Europe, North America, Australia and in many other places. In the early 1960’s, Dr. Buteyko had the position as the Manager of the Respiratory Laboratory made for classified scientific research for the Soviet Cosmos and the first outer space missions (included the 1964 flight of Yury Gagarin, the first man in space).
The Buteyko Method has been extensively used on a wide variety of diseases. In the Soviet Union, medical doctors have used it successfully on more than 100,000 asthmatics, over 30,000 people with cardiovascular problems and thousands of patients with other conditions (cancer, diabetes, bronchitis, sleep apnea, HIV-AIDS, liver cirrhosis and more). Dr. Buteyko would instruct sick patients to do up 2 to 3 hours of daily reduced breathing to improve oxygen extraction and retention in the lungs.
The YouTube URL of this video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLrIQJOw51c /.
The video features Dr. Artour Rakhimov, health educator, Amazon writer, Buteyko breathing teacher and NormalBreathing practitioner trainer. Chris Prokop interviewed Dr. Artour Rakhimov and created this video description.