Oxygen vs. Caffeine – The Full Story
To drink a cup of Java or to take a deep breath of fresh air, that is the question. The early morning struggle is prominent within the modern-day world, which has resulted in most people relying on caffeine to give them a kick-start to the day.
For years, scientists have gone back and forth as to whether caffeine is beneficial to human health and if so, to what degree. If more harmful side effects associated with caffeine intake are discovered, health professionals will grow increasingly eager to find a healthier alternative to caffeine. One common, undisputed side effect of caffeine is the midday crash. It wasn’t until recently that the solution was made available; that solution being portable oxygen, powered by Oxygen Plus (O+). Let’s discover the full story of oxygen vs. caffeine.
Portable Oxygen Increases Mental Cognitive and Behavioral Systems
Oxygen is an essential element to an alive and functioning brain. As such, restoring your body’s depleted oxygen levels to normal, healthy levels with Oxygen Plus (O+) can help improve mental cognitive and behavioral systems. Director of the Human Cognitive Neuroscience at University of Northumbria, Andrew Scholey, reveals, "We found a dose of oxygen or glucose can improve performance on tasks that require great mental effort.” He went on to explain that as the brain’s energy demands increase the mental strain increases (ABCNews: Onion). That’s why a few deep breaths from the O-Stick, part of the O+ Elevate Pack, can help improve your brain functioning and efficiency.
Oxygen can increase energy levels
Oxygen is responsible for providing your body with the invisible fuel it needs to thrive. 90% of your total energy comes from oxygen, whereas the other 10% comes from food and water (National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: Raichle and Gusnard). This is essentially why you can survive days without food and water, and not very long at all without oxygen.
Receiving an oxygen boost at the times you need it most helps your mind and body by giving it the natural boost on which it thrives – that doesn’t result in a midday crash or the late night jitters.
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and causes an increase in fight or flight behavior
Caffeine has shown to block the processes of phosphodiesterase (PDE) that is responsible for breaking down the chemical messenger cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), causing a chemical chain reaction (Scientific American). This has been linked to amplifying the body’s response signals, which causes an increase in heart rate, muscle contractors, and in ‘fight or flight’ chemical messages. Unfortunately, this can cause an increase in nervousness, irritability and anxiety, and can affect sleep patterns and concentration.
Caffeine increases alertness and energy
With the prior mentioned, caffeine also stimulates alertness as the nervous system’s activity increases. When your heart rate and rate of breathing speeds up after you’ve ingested caffeine, more blood and oxygen gets pushed throughout your body. This results in feelings of alertness and a boost of energy. A downside is that this results in your heart being forced to work harder.
Caffeine increases airflow to and from the lungs
Caffeine has also been shown to act as a bronchodilator, which is a substance that dilates the airway passages (Cochrane Library). As a result, the respiratory muscles relax, allowing an increase in airflow to and from the lungs. However, the increased airflow can also result in feelings of increased nervousness, irritability and anxiety, and can affect sleep patterns and concentration.
Decrease in blood flow slows down body’s recovery processes
Caffeine doesn’t only affect one’s physiology but also, the body’s oxygen flow to human tissue. Studies show that after drinking a caffeinated beverage, the transcutaneous tissue oxygen values were significantly smaller after (US National Library of Medicine). Since blood flow is a vital competent to wound treatment and muscle recovery, caffeine may slow down the body’s recovery process significantly.
The benefits of caffeine are similar to those of oxygen with one major difference: Recreational oxygen, when used as directed, doesn’t have any side effects. You cannot become addicted to it, nor will you experience withdrawal symptoms when you don’t take a deep breath of Oxygen Plus. O+ is a lifestyle product that simply helps you feel more like your best you again. With an O+ oxygen boost, you receive similar revitalizing benefits without any potential risks and harm that are, or may be found to be, associated with caffeine.
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