Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) sauna sessions and breathing of oxygen has a physiological effect similar to those occurring during exercise, but no physical exertion is necessary. EWOT traditionally uses the breathing of pure oxygen while exercising to enhance performance and energy. The EWOT sauna sessions use that same concept, but rather than exercise, patients sit comfortably in a sauna while breathing oxygen.
The result of EWOT is an improvement in the oxygen-uptake and the oxygen-utilization within the tissues. When additional oxygen is available, the body naturally responds. The plasma absorbs the oxygen working it into the body’s cells and tissue. This, in turn, improves all body functions, boosts metabolism and immune system functions.
Due to sauna session’s physiological effects similar to those of exercise; an increased heart rate, increased breathing, and flushing of the blood vessels near the surface of the skin, Professor Von Ardenne, the EWOT originator, tested the benefits of EWOT in an ozone steam sauna. He discovered that ozone and EWOT therapies support each other.
Delivering a controlled oxygen supply via the respiratory tract combined with physical exercise improves the oxygen-uptake and the oxygen-utilisation within the tissue. After the end of the treatment, a measurably increased energy status will stay for months. As a sufficient energy supply is an indispensable prerequisite for the normal functioning of all organs of the human body, EWOT (reducing the lack of energy) provides extraordinary universal benefits for everybody. EWOT is effective for every conceivable condition because it improves the delivery of oxygen, the most essential substance in tissue life and repair.
EWOT increases circulation thereby creating greater pressure to drive a high level of oxygen into the capillaries. The increase in pressure facilitates the repair of the oxygen transfer mechanism. The end result of EWOT is a re-enlargement of the capillary narrowed by oxygen deficiency (distress, old age, disease). The re-enlargement appears after increased oxygen uptake of the blood, and improved oxygen utilisation of human tissue is accomplished over a certain time period. Despite the fact that EWOT is not time-consuming, it provides a measurable and long-lasting increase of the energy status of untrained people or people stressed by the factors mentioned above.
EWOT is one component of your exercise program. Target four days per week at 15 minutes per session or 2 - 30 sauna sessions per week. If you are in poor health, EWOT may be your only way to exercise.
No. Free radicals are highly reactive oxygen, nitrogen and oxygen/hydrogen atoms which create cell damage through their effect on fats, proteins and DNA.
The free radicals are generated by various cellular metabolic processes our bodies are undergoing every single moment and additionally, by exposure to different physiochemical conditions or pathological states (infection, trauma, stress, toxins, allergies). Excessive exercise increases oxidative stress and contributes to more free radicals. Specifically, oxidative stress is increased when the muscle cells experience a shortage of oxygen supply and are forced to produce energy through anaerobic glycolysis. Exercising to the point of anaerobic glycolysis increases free radical production.
EWOT reduces free radical propagation for each watt of power produced by the human body. Testing was conducted at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The athletes competed in three randomized trials in which they performed a workout while breathing a medical grade gas with oxygen concentrations of 21%, 26% and 60%. Post-exercise tests on blood and urine were performed and concluded that EWOT enhances exercise tolerance without inducing additional oxidative stress.
We advise consulting your health provider before you start. Breathing the higher oxygen levels is not the issue. If you do not have any health concern, it is safe. For many, just starting is a sudden change, so begin gradually.