The Importance of Oxygen

Oxygen is extremely important for muscle performance.  Cellular respiration is the process in which your muscles use oxygen to produce ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) energy.  Typically, your body obtains oxygen from the atmospheric air you breathe.  It enters the blood stream and is carried to your muscles, where some of it is used immediately, and the rest is stored by a compound called myoglobin.  Whether you’re exercising or not, the oxygen in your body is used to break down glucose and create the fuel for your muscles called ATP.

During exercise, your muscles have to work harder, which increases their demand for oxygen. This is why your breathing and heart rates increase - to pull more oxygen into the bloodstream.  As you exercise, the oxygen that reaches your muscles never leaves, but rather sets to work immediately converting the available glucose into ATP.

So, what happens when your body runs out of oxygen, or your other systems simply can’t deliver it to your muscles quickly enough? Your muscles begin converting glucose into lactic acid instead of energy, anaerobic exercise takes over, power output drops and fatigue sets in.  Unfortunately, anaerobic exercise can only continue for so long before your muscles run out of energy completely and reach fatigue.  

Oxygen also plays a huge role in the recovery process because it helps restore pre-exercise ATP levels and helps your liver break down lactic acid into simple carbohydrates.  This is why so many high-level athletes do “cool downs.” Cool downs get more oxygen into the body after intense exercise where it can expedite the recovery process.

No matter how you look at it, the more oxygen you have in your body during and after exercise, the better you will perform and the faster you will recover!  Big Ox O2 is an optimal solution for supplementing your body's need for oxygen.

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