Why the variation in the ability of different individuals to use oxygen to burn fuel in their bodies? There are many things that can affect this: hormones – especially a deficiency of T3 Thyroid hormone, poor nutrition, and of course a sedentary lifestyle are some key factors. The good news is that with the assistance of oxygen therapies, and healthy lifestyle changes like nutrition and exercise, resting VO2 and VO2 max (the maximum oxygen used during exercise) can be increased. People with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and related health issues very often times have slow oxygen usage metabolisms due to dysfunctional mitochondria, the aforementioned EOMD. Several animal studies show that this is definitely not a good thing. Mice with early mitochondrial dysfunction that kept them from using oxygen efficiently in their metabolism, demonstrated various symptoms of premature aging and death (Trifunovic A, Wredenberg A, 2004).
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