Healthy cells in your body are aerobic, meaning they need oxygen. Of all nutrients required by the human body, oxygen is second only to sunlight.
In 1931, Otto Warburg won a Nobel Prize for the connection he discovered between oxygen and cancer. His studies showed that the number one cause of cancer is a lack of oxygen in the cellular environment. Warburg determined that cancer cells are anaerobic, meaning they thrive in an oxygen-depleted environment. Conversely, cancer cells cannot live in an oxygen-rich environment.
Warburg also wrote about oxygen’s relationship to the pH of cancer cells and the body’s terrain. He said that cancer maintains a lower pH, as low as 6.0, due to lactic-acid production and elevated CO2. Warburg believed that higher pH (more alkaline) meant higher concentrations of oxygen, and vice versa. What Warburg discovered for cancer is true for all degenerative disease. Oxygen and a healthy pH balance are the foundational keys to a healthy body. The following are four powerful ways to oxygenate and improve your body’s terrain.
1. Deep belly breathing. Shallow breathing (or chest breathing) causes a constriction of the chest and lung tissue over time, decreasing oxygen flow and delivery to your tissues. Deep, rhythmic belly breathing expands the diaphragm muscle, the cone-shaped muscle under your lungs, expanding the lung’s air pockets, invoking the relaxation response, and massaging the lymphatic system.
A simple breathing exercise anyone can do is to simply lie on the floor with a book on your stomach. Begin breathing by pushing the book up with your belly while breathing in through your nose. Fill the belly first with air, then the diaphragm and finally the chest. Reverse the process on exhaling. You can also join a class that reinforces deep-breathing techniques, such as Yoga, Qigong, or Tai Chi. How good is your breathing? Take a free breathing test and see.
2. Ionized drinking water. I cannot overemphasize the importance of drinking the right water. Like the earth, we are approximately 70 to 75 percent water. Without proper hydration, our cells, tissues, and organs literally shrivel and wither on the vine. We need to drink between 50 and 100 percent of our body weight in ounces each day!
The question is, what type of water should we drink? Tap water is loaded with chemicals and heavy metals. Bottled water is not much better, most of which is acidic and unhealthy. I also do not recommend distilled water or reverse osmosis water. Both waters are devoid of living energy and minerals, which are critical to our body’s acid-alkaline balance. It is best to get a high-quality water filtration device for your home. I highly recommend the Kangen water™ system because it produces pure, alkaline, ionized water that is six times more hydrating than other waters and also high in antioxidant potency.