Dr. James C. Spaulding

Chiropractor - Edinboro, Pa.

Instrument Adjusting Certified
106 Waterford Street • Edinboro Pa 16412 • Send E-Mail
Phone: (814) 734-3422
What Is So Important About Nitric Oxide?

Laughing gas? No, that’s nitrous oxide.

Nitric oxide (from this point on NO) is a really important gas, which is found in high concentrations in the nasal sinuses, and is crucial to many bodily functions, including:

  • Lowering blood pressure. It has a vasodilation property which relaxes blood vessels, thus allowing them to expand easily and improve circulation.

  • The prevention of blood clots. By inhibiting the accumulation of dangerous arterial plaque, thereby lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke.

  • Better lung function. NO enhances the uptake of oxygen in the lungs (asthmatics tend to have low levels of NO production.) Increased oxygenation means higher concentrations of oxygen to every cell, tissue and organ in the body.

  • Improved immune system. NO is an effective antioxidant that reduces inflammation.

  • Better digestion. NO assists in gastric motility.

As we age, nitric oxide levels (like so many other important things) gradually decline. In part, this is due to poor diet and lack of exercise (a sedentary lifestyle,) which causes damage to the cells which produce NO.

So how can we increase levels of NO in our bodies?

  • By practicing simple breathing techniques. Nose-breathing rather than mouth-breathing, and utilizing abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing, keeping the chest “quiet”.

  • By taking antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, Co-Q10

  • Exercise

Dr. Jim Spaulding is a full-time practicing chiropractor of 37 years. He has written numerous articles on the subject of diet and exercise.

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