Lauren Carlstrom, O+ Team Member |
The media is quick to tell us about athletes who party and drink alcohol. Many elite and professional athletes do not drink alcohol. Nevertheless, the world has witnessed many others use – and even abuse – alcohol as well as other drugs in embarrassing and oftentimes lethal ways. Mickey Mantle – one of the most beloved athletes of all time – destroyed his liver through alcohol abuse and even received a liver transplant. Babe Ruth, another very famous player in major league baseball, was also known for his heavy drinking. In fact, his opponents once took him out for an evening of drinking so that he couldn’t play the next day. Their plan was foiled because Ruth showed up ready to play (Liotta).
Although we don’t know how Babe Ruth recovered from his hangover, we do have scientific facts and an understanding of biology that can help shed some light on how elite and professional athletes – along with the rest of us – can recover from the over-indulgence of alcohol. And yes, you may have guessed it…it’s supplementing with pure oxygen, like Oxygen Plus (O+).
Optimal blood oxygen saturation levels (commonly referred to as SpO2 or the percentage of hemoglobin that is saturated with oxygen) – which can be measured and monitored by a pulse oximeter such as the iHealth Wireless Pulse Oximeter – is considered to fall between 96 percent to 99 percent SpO2 in healthy people. When a person drinks alcohol, the oxygen content in the bloodstream becomes depleted or desaturated. This oxygen desaturation effect (or reduction of oxygen absorption in the hemoglobin) caused by alcohol, impedes adequate oxygen from being delivered, essentially suffocating the tissues and organs in the body (Sheahan). That’s why supplementing with oxygen – like portable canisters of O+ oxygen – can help the body that’s consuming or has consumed alcohol, by effectively restoring depleted oxygen levels to optimal levels.
Like cigarette smoking, drinking alcohol interferes with the body’s ability to absorb oxygen, and makes cells, tissues and organs unable to function properly. This occurs because alcohol in the bloodstream causes red blood cells to clump together (the clinical term is “blood sludging”), blocking the small blood vessels from delivering oxygen to cells, tissues and organs that's needed to properly function (Sheahan). Adding pure recreational oxygen to a bloodstream that is impeded by the negative effects of alcohol can help mitigate this challenge of oxygen absorption by providing and delivering more oxygen to the body. It’s really as simple as that.
Another reason athletes who party – as well as all who over-indulge – could benefit from Oxygen Plus when and if they party is to avoid passing out or blacking out. The reason people pass out or black out from alcohol consumption is directly related to a high quantity of alcohol in the body, which causes either blood sludging or desaturation (mentioned above), ultimately depriving the brain of the oxygen it needs to stay turned on and function properly (Sheahan).
Oxygen also helps break down the alcohol into harmless chemicals, which allows your body to more readily dispose of them. While it won’t help with the dehydration effect of alcohol consumption, it can alleviate some of the immediate symptoms mentioned above and help you recover more quickly (O+ Oxygen Research). And unlike popular hangover remedy myths (i.e., greasy breakfast, hair of the dog), breathing Oxygen Plus has science to back its efficacy. Try it (be sure to breathe enough O+...here's our O+ Uses Guide), and see how it works for yourself. Plus, O+ is an all-natural, side-effect-free alternative to caffeine and headache pills.
If you’re an athlete – or just an active, healthy person – who needs to get through that morning fog or over that energy drain that occurs from partying, you could benefit from portable oxygen from Oxygen Plus. Breathing O+ recreational oxygen can help you feel more awake, alert, and well – more like you again – by restoring your body’s depleted oxygen levels to optimal levels, giving you the oxygen boost you need to feel and perform your best.
Liotta, Paul. New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mlb-players-dealt-alcohol-abuse-article-1.2386185. Retrieved Dec. 20, 2017.
Sheahan, Kyra. The Effects of Alcohol on Oxygen Absorption. https://healthfully.com/effects-alcohol-oxygen-absorption-8017604.html. Retrieved Dec. 28, 2017.
Oxygen Plus, Oxygen Research page. https://www.oxygenplus.com/pages/oxygen-research. Retrieved Dec. 28, 2017.