Living in low oxygen level is not easy, our body needs to work double for breathing, digesting food and doing daily activities. But a research has proved that people living under such circumstances of high altitude live longer than the normal population living in low altitude. People living in low oxygen are less prone to diseases like heart problems, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, obesity, asthma. They have a high rate of metabolism as they require more energy to survive in the thin air environment. People here are less obese because of high metabolism rate, also the hunger experienced is less as the leptin (energy) hormone moves powerfully but the hunger hormone remains unchanged even after the intense workout. In nutshell people work out more and eat less which controls their weight and immune their body from many diseases.
Intermittent hypoxic training is an altitude training mask simulation which aims at improving human performance and wellbeing by way of adaption of reduced oxygen level. This training is provided to the population at sea-level. This training helps you to experience the low oxygen atmosphere. This training consist of an interval of several minutes breathing in low oxygen level alternated with interval breathing in normal air. This session takes 45-90 minutes. This training provides rejuvenates both mind and body. It revitalizes the nervous system leaving the body energetic. This training is beneficial for one’s health and lifestyle.
Benefits of high altitude training mask:
- Weight loss: IHT help in prolonged weight loss. It helps in converting glucose into energy at a faster rate, hence can help in reducing muscle volume from 11% to 13%. The hunger level decreases and hence one can see a remarkable change in his body, ultimately controlling obesity problem.
- Prevents heart attack: hypoxia helps the heart to enlarge and increase the oxygen it requires to function effectively. Although prolonged hypoxia treatment is not advisable as it increases the chances of high blood pressure.
- Control chronic bronchial asthma: although asthma doesn’t have a cure hypoxia training can help in controlling it. The research says that asthma is due to hyperventilation and lower carbon dioxide level, so the treatment focus on reduction of hyperventilation and improved oxygen utilization. This training reduces the chances of damaging lungs by providing a balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide in them.
- Overcoming spinal cord injury: spinal cord injury can result in loss of motor and sensory function. Normal exercise, when combined with IHT, can be of great help. The single session of being exposed to low oxygen can help in improving the functions of muscles and overall health status. Spinal injury leads to less movement of the body, hence, chances of weight gain are higher which can be controlled with IHT.
There are many oxygen reduction masks available in the market but it’s always better to have doctor’s advice before using any.