How Mount Everest can keep you out of the intensive care unit

October 25, 2011
Volume 08    |   Issue 44

No one will ever confuse Mount Everest with the Fountain of Youth. After all, the oldest man to ever climb the 29,035-foot peak was 76-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan. He reached the summit 25 days before his 77th birthday in 2008. But research done on the world’s tallest mountain may help you stay out of your hospital’s intensive care unit. And it may also help you recover faster if you ever do visit the ICU.

Critically ill patients in the ICU typically have very low oxygen levels in their blood (hypoxia). When this happens, it can be life threatening. Because of this, a group of researchers wanted to find out how to help the body react better to this type of environment. If they could accomplish this, they thought it would help people in ICU recover quicker.

Mount Everest has the lowest oxygen environment assessable by foot. So the researchers wanted to study the blood of climbers. This would help them find out what occurs to their body when they gradually deprive it of oxygen. So one year prior to Sherchan’s ascent, scientists took blood samples of climbers in the 2007 Caudwell Xtreme Everest expedition.

The researchers just recently published their results in the journal Scientific Reports. They found that your body increases the production activity of nitric oxide (NO) when it enters a low-oxygen situation. This chemical compound, which I’ve discussed in my newsletter, is critical for oxygen utilization in your body. NO causes an increase in the blood flow to the smallest blood vessels, helping your body get more oxygen.

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According to the researchers, “Increased NO may be beneficial for people, particularly patients with low levels of oxygen in their blood. It increases the body's ability to tolerate and adapt to a low oxygen supply.”

We already know that oxygen levels in those over the age of 40 begin to drop steadily. And certain health conditions, such as sleep apnea, can cause your blood-oxygen content to drop as well. So the key for good health and feeling great is to increase the levels of NO in your blood.

Fortunately, this is really quite simple. The easiest way is to eat plenty of beets. Beets produce nitric oxide in your body – enough to temporarily lower your blood pressure. Eat them and dark green veggies often enough and you can keep your blood pressure down – and your oxygen levels up.

Of course, the older we get, the harder it is to keep our oxygen levels up. So I recommend you take a supplement that will help boost your nitric oxide levels. The only one I know of and trust is Neo40 Daily. Neo40 Daily greatly improves your circulation, boosts your energy levels, makes you feel years younger, and helps you recover from illness faster (oxygen helps destroy bacteria, viruses, and even fungi). It even comes with test strips to show you how well the product is working.

You don't have to wait until you’re in intensive care to boost your oxygen levels and feel better. Do it now ... and you may be able to avoid the ICU altogether.

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