Causes of oxygen deprivation
There are many underlying causes or reasons, which contribute to lowered oxygen levels in the cells. Those with chronic diseases usually have one, two, or more causes which contribute to or sustain lower oxygen levels.
Nutritional deficiencies, particularly of minerals, can create hypoxic conditions, especially if those nutrients are required for neutralizing chemicals or other toxins. In addition to this, certain minerals are required by your red blood cells to do their jobs properly. Magnesium deficiency can lead to the decreased concentration of red blood cells, and haemoglobin and eventually, cause a decrease in whole blood Fe (iron) level. Iron is at the heart of haemoglobin. So, any deficiency in iron is a sure sign of oxygenation issues.
Radiation exposure also leads to oxygen-deprived conditions because of the excessive oxidative stress it creates. It has been shown that after radiation therapy, many patients experience metastasized cancers or reoccurrences of cancers. Among the many other reasons which contribute to the development of cancer, local tumour-specific microenvironment hypoxia has been implicated as a root cause.
Several conditions can contribute to the unavailability of adequate levels of oxygen in the body. For example; patients who suffer from conditions affecting the lungs and heart may develop chronic oxygen deprivation.
A severe asthma attack, or flaring up of the symptoms of breathlessness due to pulmonary conditions like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), can cause hypoxia and oxygen deprivation in adults and kids.
Chronic levels of stress, which can be induced by pain, cold, loss, death of a loved one, accidents, sexual abuse, divorce etc. It disturbs physiological processes and induces a fight and flight response. Low oxygen is caused by a sympathetic response (fight or flight) as you are in overdrive which promotes shallow breathing.
Reduced water intake is another factor, which contributes to the stagnation and lack of oxygen. The adequate hydration of the body can improve blood circulation and thus, promote the efficient transport of oxygen, especially to the brain. Again, stagnation, which translates into a lack of oxygen, is the major cause of disease.