What Is Ozone and How Does Ozone Help Your Health?

What Is Ozone and How Does Ozone Help Your Health?

Oxygen is the most important substance known to man! I love the saying…you can go weeks without food, days with out water yet only minutes without oxygen!

Why can we only go just a few minutes without oxygen? Your body put quite simply needs a continuation and never ending supply of oxygen for every cell in order to generate ATP or energy to live. Without ATP (adenosine triphosphate) you die. It’s that simple.

Oxygen also helps with repairing and rejuvenating healthy cells and for the body to remove toxins in everyday life.

There are many ways us humans mess with our health when it comes to reducing the amount of available oxygen for ourselves to live healthy lives. Popular ones include:

  • Environmental pollution i.e. reducing oxygen levels below 21%
  • Smoking
  • Not exercising.
  • Bad posture.
  • Breathing through your mouth instead of your nose.
  • Low quality water.
  • Highly processed toxic foods.

These all reduce our cells ability to perform at normal levels, nevermind for optimal performance!

The two main reasons for the pandemic of bad health these days is stress and what we are addressing here, lack of sufficient oxygen. Stress and lack of oxygen like all things bodily related are interconnected and both contribute to chronic inflammatory based disease such as dementia, heart issues, cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis. Then for those “more” fortunate you will merely experience tiredness, more frequent colds, migraines, brain fog etc.

Ok so what does this all have to do with an ozone sauna? Well ozone or O3 is three oxygen molecules instead of the two that we breathe. So think of ozone as activated oxygen, that in a short period of time will simply revert back to normal oxygen. During ozone’s very short life, it can be utilised for amazing things such as sterilisation of bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeast!

So is this ozone treatment a new invention then Ralph? Well would you believe it most certainly isn’t! It’s been around not just for years or even decades but centuries! Us humans have been benefiting from ozone since the 1800s, yes that long ago! Ozone is incredibly powerful in its oxidative properties. In addition to this it can also be used in situations where it wouldn’t be safe or advisable to use chemicals, like your body!

Just wait until you hear this! Ozone works 2,500 times quicker than chlorine, you know that stuff that they put in pools and hot tubs that stings your eyes and skin! Plus it is also almost three times as powerful as chlorine.

Its for this reason that ozone will often be used in sewage plants and water purification. I t can also remove algae, oxidise iron and remove odour from water.

However, it is not just water that we can use ozone to sterilise, it is also used to treat polluted air. It can remove odours, carbon monoxide and even cigarette smoke. It is also used to prevent the spreading of airborne diseases such as tuberculosis and flu viruses.

Can you see where we are going with this now!

We have been benefiting from the health benefits whether to heal, prevent or optimise of ozone in a number of ways for a long time. With sterilisation of surfaces and substances, ozone saunas and ozone therapies such as EBOO and IV ozone that purify and oxygenate your blood.

Here we are more concerned with the how, so please refer to the list of the many (though not all) benefits of ozone for you and your families health. A few interesting things it can help with however include cancer treatments, skin conditions, would healing and diabetes.

For those who want the highly scientific background to how we benefit from ozone, then investing in the world renowned ozone expert, Dr Velio Bocci’s book Ozone: A New Medical Drug would be a good move for you. However its not a cheap book, shall we say!


How Does Ozone Work?

Here is an extract from Dr Velio Bocci’s book Ozone: A New Medical Drug:

The administration of ozone causes a number of biochemical, pharmacological and psycho-neuro-immunological reactions to take place. As ozone is one of the most potent oxidants, we must learn to tame it through controlling therapeutic doses.

Ozone, as any other gas, readily dissolves in the water, either of the plasma (the liquid part of blood) or into extracellular fluids, or into the thin layer of water covering the skin and particularly the mucosae of the respiratory tract, gut vagina etc. Ozone, being a potent oxidant, REACTS IMMEDIATELY with a number of ions and biomolecules present in biological fluids, namely antioxidants, proteins, carbohydrates and preferentially, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) bound to albumin. This reaction uses up the total dose of ozone and generates hydrogen peroxide and a variety of aldehydes known as LIPID OXIDATION PRODUCTS. Some of the ozone is neutralized by the antioxidants present in the plasma and only the reaction with PUFA is responsible for the biological and therapeutic effects. Low doses of ozone are therefore ineffective, but higher doses of ozone do not overwhelm the antioxidant capacity of plasma and insures against any damage to blood cells.

The scheme intends to show that ozone dissolved in plasmatic water or water film, reacts immediately with a number of biomolecules and disappears. The compounds generated during the reaction (ROS –Reactive Oxygen Species and LOPs – Lipid Oxidation Products) represent the “ozone messengers” and are responsible for the biological and therapeutic effects.

The multi-varied biological response of the organism to ozonated blood can be envisaged by considering that ozonated blood cells and the generated LOPs interact with a number of organs. Some of these represent real targets (liver in chronic hepatitis, vascular system for vasculopathies), while other organs are probably involved in restoring normal homeostasis. CNS: central nervous system, GIT: gastrointestinal tract, MALT: mucosal associated lymphoid tissue.

The most important ROS is hydrogen peroxide. As soon as ozone dissolves in the plasmatic water and reacts with PUFA’s, the concentration of hydrogen peroxide starts to increase, but just as rapidly decreases, because this unionized molecule diffuses quickly into erythrocytes, leukocytes and platelets, where it triggers several biochemical pathways. This increased concentration of hydrogen peroxide is not toxic to the cell thanks to the presence of powerful antioxidant enzymes such as catalase, glutathione-peroxidase and free reduced glutathione.

During prolonged ozone therapy, the erythrocyte population will include not only cells with difference ages, but, most importantly, erythrocytes with different biochemical and functional capabilities. This process of cell activation is very dynamic and don’t last forever because blood cells have a definite life-span and a limited biochemical memory; therefore the therapeutic advantage must be maintained with less frequent treatments.


What happens when the human body and blood is exposed to therapeutic doses of oxygen-ozone?

Both gases dissolve in the water of plasma, depending upon their solubility, partial pressure and temperature. While oxygen readily equilibrates between the gas phase and erythrocytes, the ten-fold more soluble ozone cannot equilibrate because it reacts with biomolecules present in the plasma and water. The reaction yields hydrogen peroxide and lipid oxidation products; this causes a rapid transfer into blood cells where it activates several biochemical processes. ROS are responsible for immediate biological effects and LOPs are important as late effectors. LOPs can reach any organ, particularly the bone marrow where the oxidative stress proteins will release stem cells, which represent crucial factors explaining some of the extraordinary effects of ozone therapy. 

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