Healing Energy | Weekly Newsletter | Boca Raton 04/30/18 | Vol. I, #09
From This Week’s Blog Post:
“'Air is actually a delicately balanced composition of mainly nitrogen (over 70%), oxygen, and argon, with trace amounts of other elements, such as carbon dioxide, helium, and hydrogen. Even though we breathe air, we preferentially use mostly oxygen. This finely-tuned process is known as alveolar gas exchange, which is powered by diffusion, where higher concentrations of certain gases yield to lower ones. Furthermore, although we need to breathe oxygen for survival, too much oxygen can harm and even kill us!'
That's how we ended our last post.
Now, it's time to discuss precisely why oxygen is so necessary for our survival. We'll leave 'the right dosage' question for a future post.
Omega 3 and leucine: what do they have in common? Answer: they're both essential to human life and wellness. "Essential" here means two things at once.
We positively need them; that is, we'll die without them.
We can't make them on our own: they must come from outside ourselves.
Omega 3 is an example of an essential fatty acid; leucine, meanwhile, is an essential amino acid. (Whether we can speak rightly of an essential carbohydrate is a matter the medical and nutritional juries are still deliberating.)
Well, oxygen could be thought of as an 'essential gas or element.' We absolutely need it for survival, and – unlike plants – we can't synthesize it on our own. This calls to mind the famous 'oxygen-carbon dioxide cycle.' Animals, including humans, ingest oxygen and release carbon dioxide; plants ingest carbon dioxide and release oxygen. It's a perfectly balanced gas exchange that keeps everyone alive and well, and more or less happy!”