The Oxygen Advantage

The Oxygen Advantage[PDF / Epub] ☆ The Oxygen Advantage ✩ Patrick McKeown – A simple yet revolutionary approach to improving your body’s oxygen use increasing your health weight loss and sports performance—whether you’re a recovering couch potato or an Ironman triathlon A simple yet revolutionary approach to improving your body’s oxygen use increasing The Oxygen eBook ☆ your health weight loss and sports performance—whether you’re a recovering couch potato or an Ironman triathlon champion With a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Dr Joseph MercolaAchieve with less effort The secret to weight loss fitness and wellness lies in the most basic and most overlooked function of your body—how you breathe One of the biggest obstacles to better health and fitness is a rarely identified problem chronic over breathing We often take many breaths than we need—without realizing it—contributing to poor health and fitness including a host of disorders from anxiety and asthma to insomnia and heart problemsIn The Oxygen Advantage the man who has trained over people—including Olympic and professional athletes—in reduced breathing exercises now shares his scientifically validated techniues to help you breathe efficiently Patrick McKeown teaches you the fundamental relationship between oxygen and the body then gets you started with a Body Oxygen Level Test BOLT to determine how efficiently your body uses oxygen He then shows you how to increase your BOLT score by using light breathing exercises and learning how to simulate high altitude training a techniue used by Navy SEALs and professional athletes to help increase endurance weight loss and vital red blood cells to dramatically improve cardio fitnessFollowing his program even the most out of shape person including those with chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma can climb stairs run for a bus or play soccer without gasping for air and everyone can achieve Easy weight loss and weight maintenance Improved sleep and energy Increased concentration Reduced breathlessness during exercise Heightened athletic performance Improved cardiovascular health Elimination of asthmatic symptoms and With The Oxygen Advantage you can look better feel better and do —it’s as easy as breathing. 1 Nose breathe to get the body used to higher CO2 concentrations and avoid over breathing2 Simulate High Altitude Training by controlled holding of breath again increasing resistance to Co2 concentrationsNot sure why this reuired a whole book Plenty of random anecdotes thrown in to meet the length reuirements of a book and then a 30 page summary at the end just in case I have to say that I did find this book extremely useful and informative While I have read a lot of the reviews giving low scores to the book for me it was useful and I have put in place a number of the techniues outlined to help improve my fitness and breathingPeople are commenting that the book was repetitive and it was at times but you would expect that from a training manual or textbook This is a manual to better breathing and should be treated as such We learn from repeating the same task over and over again and this book uses that techniue to help us implement itThe book was well written informative and gave reference back to those that deserved it As an asthma sufferer I found that the breathing techniues have helped especially with my running and fitness even after only 2 weeks As one practicing and benefiting from the Wim Hoff Method I read this book to get insight into the science and effect of oxygenation of the body Although McKeown's method is different than Hoff's they both share many similarities and are attempting to achieve much of the same This book provides the physiological effects of the method in great detail something I wish that Wim Hoff provided of in his course Unfortunately as mentioned by a few others this book is unnecessarily repetitious I kept expecting the next chapter would provide new insights but mostly it was just a rehash of the preceding chapters The information is helpful it just needs to be less redundant The book is useful but repetitiveA long blog post would have sufficed to explain the problem and the solutionAs someone who practices Pranayama yoga breathing exercises most of the exercises were known The book explained the science behind themTo summarize the book has exercises so that we1 Breathe through the nose and not mouth2 Breathe slowly by getting accustomed to higher CO2 and lower O2in order to improve overall performance focus and uality of sleep I've been in the alternative health field for over 20 years and devour any new or promising bit of info I can get my hands on regarding nutrition or any other health protocol This after having cancer at 21 so I'm pretty serious about this uest I'd heard of the Buteyko method about 10 years ago but never tried it Fast forward to now I'm 45 suffer from debilitating chronic fatigue depression and anxiety disorder I sleep ok but wake up 3 4 times a night which is annoying I was excited to dive into this despite having some issues with the book which I'll address first1 The author recommends the ingestion of sodium bicarbonate to aid in keeping the body's pH normal Admittedly this is a very sore subject for me as I see SO many people talking online in recent years about how of course acidity causes cancer so if you just make your body alkaline you will be healthier all around Now thank goodness Patrick didn't cite and misuote the research of Dr Otto Warburg like everyone else does when they want to make this point However after much research on the subject it has become clear to me that ingesting sodium bicarbonate is at the very least useless and at most potentially harmful Allow me to explain The body as a whole isn't supposed to be alkaline as everyone knows There are certain organs and tissues in the body which are alkaline but there are others which are acidic such as the adrenals and the digestive tract So making a blanket statement like I mentioned before is completely oversimplified and downright inaccurate So he advocates ingesting sodium bicarbonate Generally if you take a small amount of it all that will happen is your stomach acid will neutralize it so it will have no effect whatsoever on your blood or anything else Secondly if you take enough to completely neutralize your stomach acid and make it into the rest of your digestive tract you are disrupting one of the most important mechanisms the body has for overall health Your stomach releasing hydrochloric acid is extremely important for MANY reasons proper gastric emptying proper motility of the GI tract absorption of protein signal to release the digestive enzymes from the pancreas and gall bladder etc If you disrupt that process you are setting the state for some serious dysfunction down the line such as the normally harmless yeast in the GI tract morphing into their fungal state which is a real health hazard And third and perhaps most bizarre of all the recipe he mentions involves using both Sodium bicarbonate and apple cider vinegar Okso you mix an acid and a base effectively neutralizing them then drink a mixture that is essentially inert Makes absolutely NO senseMy next issue with the book is that most of it was very clearly geared towards athletes I'm not an athlete in fact as I mentioned I have some real health issues and I think he missed a HUGE opportunity to really get into the real benefit of this kind of work in the book I think he should've had at least one full chapter dedicated to case examples of people with common health problems chronic fatigue fibromyalgia thyroid issues etc etc and give us a lot perspective on that side of things To be fair he does mention some examples in the book of those kinds of things but I felt it was just hinting at a possible gold mine of examplesI was excited to take my BOLT score but to my surprise mine is actually pretty good about 25 Probably because I've been aware of the importance of nose breathing and abdominal breathing for years I was hoping it would be much lower so I could see potential benefit from the program But here's the catch with me according to the author a BOLT score of 20 30 means you probably won't be able to get much benefit without applying the techniues to some form of exercise For my BOLT score he mentions like 30 minutes of exercise per day while applying the techniues I can BARELY take a five minute walk without becoming either horribly fatigued or anxious So 30 minutes is a complete pipe dream Now that doesn't mean I'm not going to try the program I've already started in fact and see if I can gain enough benefit to perhaps start exercising lightly But for now it'll have to be no exercise whatsoever I'll keep at it for a few weeks and see if I'm noticing any objective benefitI do believe the info in this book has incredible value but until it works for me or someone I know I'm giving it three stars It does have a lot of good info on the science behind all of this which is much appreciated and not hard to follow I especially liked the info on nitric oxide as I've recently become aware of how important that particular gas is to our bodies If I start to notice improvements I will happily change my review Oh one minor issue I was surprised he didn't talk about the classic breathing into a paper bag to help normalize CO2 levels I'd be interested in knowing if this is a viable option where people could maybe breath normally into the bag for a certain amount of time rather than having to pay close attention to their breathing and monitoring it for 10 minutes or whatnot This is by far one of the best books written on health that I have ever read The book is not only for those suffering from cardiovascular and other severe conditions but also addresses weight issues improving one's fitness and functioning and probably most important one's mental and spiritual well being The author's main contention is the counter intuitive theory that over breathing is detrimental to our health and overall functioning The author contends that through breath retention and nasal breathing the increased CO2 and nitric oxide levels in the blood allows for increased saturation of oxygen entering the tissues and organs of the body and a widening of the blood vessels The author alludes to several sources including Christopher Bohr Alfred Nobel and Konstantin Buteyco to support his assertions The author alleges that he suffered many years from an asthma condition that led him to seek treatment from the aforementioned Konstantin Buteyco a brilliant Russian Physician who developed pioneering methods for astronauts during the Soviet Space Race As a result of this treatment the author fully reversed and recovered from his condition left his corporate job and trained under Dr Buteyco Since this time this work has become the author's profession and he has subseuently built on Dr Buteyco's innovative approach and has developed his own program called The Oxygen Advantage In my view and my limited experience with these exercises breath retention is not an easy nor pleasant techniue to practice nor to master in addition to the possible pitfalls that many breathing techniues present without the proper training and guidance Also although one can expect a modicum of success initially it would appear great effort and close adherence to these techniues would be reuired to achieve the same remarkable results as that of the author However as aforementioned this is a very uniue provocative and innovative approach that appears to offer astounding health benefits I would highly recommend this book I consider ideas throughout the book as important life changing wise But the book itself is very repetitive The author created whole book based on literally several points ideas principles methods The same as I experienced with Robert Kyosaki Robert Cialdini Influence It's just not necessary for me to read whole book about one principle or several This book helped me change my life for the better It's surprising how a proper breathing techniue affects so many different aspects of your life I'd especially recommend this book for people who seek high endurance levels Be warned though this book is very repetitive and does rely a fair bit on anecdotal persuasion Finished this via Audible If 10% of what Patrick claims works then this is a helluva goldmine It seems to be well researched and thoroughly tested I have been trying some of the exercises and look forward to reassessing in a month or so This has some uniue perspectives I have started to follow the nose breathing method It takes practice but I like the results