Oxygen is all around us and we could not live without it. It is so important and essential to us for keeping our cells healthy and thriving. Our body cells need oxygen as energy fuel for survival. Every part of our body needs oxygen.
Blood is like our body’s superhighway, it carries oxygen and nutrients from our heart to our body cells, including the ones making up our skin. Skin is the body’s largest organ and oxygenated blood is what makes your body works. If blood flow decreases over long periods of time, the skin can become deprived of oxygen and vital nutrients. This will tamper with proper tissue regeneration and rejuvenation, or even eliciting skin problems. Here’s how to tell if your cells are running out of oxygen:
1) Pale and dull skin
Oxygen is the major component carried through our bloodstream in the body. If blood circulation turns sluggish, your skin would look pale, dull or even discoloured due to insufficient oxygen supply.
2) Acne-prone skin
Having poor blood circulation may not directly cause acne and inflamed skin. However, prolonged suboptimal blood supply to the skin could prompt the acne-causing bacteria to turn oily sebum into fatty acids. This can trigger inflammation, which is a hallmark catalyst of acne.
3) Weak nails
Just like your skin, if you notice your nails are turning dry, brittle and weak, this implies that your nails are not being well-fed from the oxygen-deprived blood.
4) Cold limbs
Your blood circulation is responsible for sending oxygen-rich blood to all parts of the body including fingers and toes. If you are iron-deficient, you may not have enough transporters to ferry oxygen, leading to cold fingers and toes.
5) Hair loss
Ever noticed most girls experience hair loss during menstruation or after birth? Aside from fluctuating hormones, hair loss is also attributed to anaemia. Red blood cells deliver nutrients and oxygen to nourish the scalp, which then feeds your hair cells to grow lustrously. However, this process is interfered with or halted when your blood is crying for oxygen, resulting in hair loss or thinning.
This article is written by Suet Kei (Biogreen Nutritionist) for Green Image Organic Enterprise Sdn Bhd.