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Blood oxygen saturation is a measurement of how much oxygen you have flowing through your veins at a given time. As such, it’s the key to determining whether your body is getting enough of this element to survive. In the average individual, blood oxygen saturation often reads between 95 and 100 percent (Shaikh, 2020).
However, for those suffering from a condition that makes it difficult to breathe, this range may be much lower, resulting in a series of additional health problems. These are a few ways you can improve your blood oxygen saturation and control your symptoms.
First and foremost, it’s important that you go to the effort of breathing fresher air. This means spending some time outdoors or opening your windows during the warmer months. Unfortunately, there are many things that can affect your home’s indoor air quality, which can make it more difficult for you to breathe, depending on your condition. So, outdoor air is considered the best way to get more oxygen into your lungs and, therefore, increase your blood oxygen saturation.
You can also make a difference by adopting and sticking to a regular exercise routine. The lungs require a certain amount of training in order to draw in more oxygen and process it at a reasonable pace. Exercise helps with this, as it increases the rate that your body uses oxygen, thereby prompting your lungs to breathe deeper. Over time, this can improve your endurance, increase your lung capacity, and help raise the amount of oxygen you have in your blood.
Make sure that you’re practicing proper breathing methods as well. Though we breathe constantly, there are actually more effective ways to do so that often go underutilized. For instance, diaphragmic breathing can improve blood oxygen saturation by allowing you to draw in more air and contain it longer in your lungs (Shinde, 2020). This gives the oxygen time to absorb and helps your body get the most out of each breath.
Another effective way you can improve your blood oxygen saturation is by regularly tracking it with a pulse oximeter. Since there’s no way to tell on the surface how much oxygen you currently have, oxygen monitoring is crucial to determining whether your oxygen levels are normal or not and if you may need breathing assistance. Making note of your percentages can also help your doctors determine the best course of treatment.
(See our blog post, Normal Readings on a Pulse Oximeter)
Our handheld oxygen monitoring devices are specifically designed to be easy to use and accurate. This way, we can ensure that tracking and managing your respiratory health is simple, quick, and provides you with all the necessary information you need, to make educated decisions on your health.
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