FAQ: What’s An Oxygen Bar?
The New “00” Agents
A what?! Oxygen bars are equipped with tanks of 99% pure O2 (typical air is only 21%— not even close competition) for customers to breathe in through small tubes hooked over the ears and under the nose. Just like a bar has different flavors, oxygen bars offer different scents, ranging from floral to fruity. While breathing through tubes might not sound like the ideal night out, studies show that increased oxygen inhalation can have some impressive benefits, such as providing a mild “feel good” effect, reducing stress, increasing energy and alertness, and alleviating headaches.
One study shows that inhaling concentrated oxygen increases the oxygen saturation level in the blood, which makes it more available for the brain, and— ta-da!— more brainpower. If that’s not cool enough, supplemental oxygen inhalation has also been shown to enhance memory formation.
So where did this crazy idea take root? It’s based on hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a technique using pure oxygen under increased pressure. The combination of high pressure and purity spreads the oxygen deep into body tissues to help fight different illnesses, from wounds and infections to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Becoming An Oxy-genius – The Answer/Debate
Although some studies show that breathing pure oxygen can supercharge brainpower, people with heart problems or respiratory problems like emphysema or asthma are advised to avoid oxygen bars because they can worsen such conditions. While most bars use food-grade particles to “flavor” the gas, some bars may use aroma oils, which can cause lung inflammation, so do your research before hooking up to the tubes. Some people might also feel a little light-headed after an O2 sesh, but it generally goes away quickly. DISCLAIMER: Oxygen bars may be a fun, new experience for healthy people, but they should never be a substitute for medically required oxygen.
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