The Brain and Breathing

Lots of research and articles by scientists explain just how breathing and how you breathe can connect to the brain and different parts when not our automatic action of breaths.

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There are different types of therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, trauma therapy, or various types of spiritual exercises which all involve focusing and regulating breathing but does controlling inhaling and exhaling have any profound effect on your behaviour? This is the question many researchers have been trying to discover. So far it has been researched that it can gain control and aid towards calmness and focusing more.

Focusing on breathing or doing breathing exercises could adapt the brain. This has potential in a range of jobs that require extreme focus. Athletes, for example, have long been known to improve performance statistics with their breathing.

These studies can be found via the study, conducted by my post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Jose Herrero, in collaboration with Dr. Ashesh Mehta, a renowned neurosurgeon at NorthShore University Hospital in Long Island. 

Breathing techniques to help relieve asthma

Firstly yoga is said to help with breathing problems including asthma for people that need medical oxygen to assist with their breathing. Yoga includes deep breathes through the nose is said to help. Going to a fully trained yoga instructor is said to help aid those with breathing difficulties.

Secondly meditation as this helps the body to relax and open up the airwaves avoiding tense, panic attacks and lack of oxygen to the lungs. Being relaxed also helps to sleep better and have a positive energy.

For those who want to travel more and explore OxygenWorldwide can help assist in your plans when going away and needing medical oxygen abroad.

10 foods that are high in oxygen

Alkaline helps increase oxygen levels in the blood so these foods will help you get a rich oxygen diet:

  1. Avocados,
  2. Berries,
  3. Ripe Bananas,
  4. Garlic,
  5. Sweet Grapes And Pears,
  6. Raisins,
  7. Apricots,
  8. Asparagus,
  9. Mango,
  10. Watermelon

There are more foods which can help enrich a high oxygen level diet so please do seek nutrition advice from your medical support. Otherwise enjoy all these foods which are high in goodness to help increase your oxygen blood levels and help aid your wellness.

Going on holiday in Europe with oxygen

Picture this… Breakfast outside in the fresh air and away from home. Taking in all the scenery, taking photo memories and needing to wear those sunglasses as the weather is just too bright!

Holidays are a time to enjoy and also take a moment to relax and store those activities, moments, sites and attractions you see whilst away travelling in and around Europe. Europe has an array of exciting cultures, food, attractions and historical sites to see that should be enjoyed by all. Even if you need medical oxygen to travel you should not feel you cannot make that weekend break, week long holiday or short travel for a few months.

With all that OxygenWorldwide have built up with their knowledge of networks to arrange your medical oxygen whilst on holiday. The team can also speak at least 5 languages and operate in many European destinations.

How much does it cost to hire portable oxygen whilst on holiday?

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Now when you have to hire portable oxygen concentrators for your holiday prices will vary. This will depend on various elements of your trip such as; destination, volumes needed, length of stay, type of equipment needed and how many batteries are required.

So that you are able to obtain an accurate quote for your holiday you can complete this form and speak to one of the OxygenWorldwide team.

Spain… breathe better

One of our Top destinations is Spain. Spain is a fantastic holiday destination especially when you need medical oxygen to accompany you on your travels too.

Spain has many diverse types of holidays to be enjoyed from beach holidays to city breaks and family fun filled trips. Choose from Costa Brava or Catalonia on the main land or travel to the islands of Majorca or Menorca. All have beautiful beaches, landscapes and that Spanish flare.

Spain is one of our most popular and most experienced destinations where we have a 20 year knowledge of suppliers, networks and of course help whilst you plan your trip to anywhere in Spain or its surrounding islands.

For more advice with medical oxygen in Spain just contact us today!

Is hot weather good for asthma?

Heat and hot weather may cause asthma symptoms to flare up but as long as you plan and keep it under control summer can be enjoyed and be great for you!

All the usual triggers associated with summer time will try to dampen your holiday spirits such as increased pollen levels, rising temperatures and pollution particles.

As long as you make sure to:

  • Plan ahead with checking weather reports and making sure you pack all your medical essentials
  • Check pollen counts this will help plan indoor vs outdoor activities
  • Stay Cool in the shade, wear a hat and stay indoors to prevent from overheating
  • Keep hydrated with plenty of fluids especially during the daytime when the sun is at its hottest

Now remember to pack your sunglasses and know you can relax and enjoy your summer time.

I need oxygen for my holiday…

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You can still travel the world, even when you need medical oxygen too. If you need oxygen for your holiday here are some popular questions you may be wondering:

  1. Can you travel abroad with oxygen? If you need oxygen on your holiday, you will need to arrange oxygen at your destination before you travel. Contact OxygenWorldwide for quotes.
  2. Can I take oxygen on a plane? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not allow travellers to carry their own oxygen aboard  aircraft. You are advised that a Department of Transportation approved battery-powered portable oxygen concentrator is ok to use.
  3. How much is a portable oxygen concentrator? Buying your own is expensive but to use whilst on holiday prices do vary but using experienced OyxgenWorlwide can obtain competitive quotes and have the knowledge of many locations across the globe.
  4. How do you travel abroad with oxygen? Contact the airline you are travelling with first, make sure you have your prescription and also any doctors notes to take with you. Prepare and plan your requirements needed for the duration of the trip. Use OxygenWorldwide as the 24 hours service whilst on your trip allows for that extra care needed when abroad and possibly not your native language.

5 things you can do if you suffer from cluster headaches

If you suffer from cluster headaches you will know the intense pain is so bad some women compare it to contractions during birth. There is quite a lot of help and advice out there and even though oxygen therapy is known to help relieve symptoms where you breathe pure oxygen through a face mask. There is a lot of good advice on how to help assist the affects of these periods of headaches.

Triggers are known to cause these episodes such as; alcohol, bright lights, coffee, flying or being at high altitudes or even heat such as a hot bath or being in hot weather can also trigger cluster headaches.

  1. Ginger – drink ginger tea as this helps to reduce pain and this is a simple and easy way to help relieve symptoms
  2. Avoid alcohol and cigarettes as this may actually increase the number of episodes you will have so best to avoid entirely
  3. Vitamins – these help in a number of ways from the anti oxidants to reducing frequency, speak to your local health expert on what you should be taking each day
  4. Exercising – increase your blood circulation and reduce your stress levels through exercising – so hit your local gym
  5. Be outdoors – we know oxygen helps so getting outdoors will certainly help naturally

If you need oxygen for your travels please do speak with our team of experts who can assist you in organising oxygen for your holiday.

Our Editors pick on the 5 places to travel to with medical oxygen…

So you want to go away and as you know we are always giving helpful advice on travelling with medical oxygen. In our blog today we want to highlight our ‘Editor Picks’ that we have seen as the best places to travel to when you have to bring medical oxygen as a companion too.

It can be difficult to even choose where to go to for a holiday but you want to be able to have a stress free journey and use of oxygen whilst on vacation.

We supply medical oxygen needs to so many countries see our website here for more details on where we deliver but our most popular travel destinations are:

  1. Spain:
    Malaga, Gran Canaria, Alicante, Tenerife and Mallorca
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Traditional Flamenco Spanish dancing

2) Italy:
Rome, Venice, Milan

Gondola in Venice

3) Croatia:
Various coastal destinations

Coast of Croatia

4) USA:
Disneyland in Orlando

The Magic Kingdom

5) Turkey:
Istanbul, Antalya, Marmaris, Side, Alanya

Discover Turkey

Hope our top 5 popular travel destinations have inspired you to plan your next trip with oxygen. Please do speak to one of our experienced team members to help advise, quote and assist you on your travel plans today.