I feel difficulty breathing with LiveO2 or ExtremeO2 when I first begin — Is this normal?

Yes —  for about 1 of 5 peo­ple and the rea­son why is prob­a­bly very dif­fer­ent than what you’d think.

LiveO2 and LiveO2 AC sys­tems deliv­er about 4 times more oxy­gen than your body nor­mal­ly gets. This is a lot of oxygen.

Here’s what usu­al­ly happens:

  1. When you get on the sys­tem and install the mask, but before you start to exer­cise, you’ll take a few breaths to see if you’re get­ting air. Usually you’ll notice a lit­tle extra draw resis­tance dur­ing inhale because you’re breath­ing through a six foot tube. Within a few sec­onds your body adapts and you don’t notice it any­more — there’s plen­ty of air.
  2. After you’re com­fort­able you’ll start to exer­cise, but because the expe­ri­ence is new, you’ll won­der if you’re get­ting air because it all feels different.
  3. As you increase your exer­cise, and start to work a lit­tle bit, some peo­ple begin to “feel” they aren’t get­ting enough air. This is the begin­ning of their detox and it often begins with­in 30 sec­onds for about 1 in 5 peo­ple, and usu­al­ly sub­sides with­in about 3 min­utes. This sen­sa­tion often but not always coin­cides with a DROP in O2 sat­u­ra­tion to about 80–90%.

We spec­u­late this occurs because for either of two reasons:

  • First, it is a “re-sat­u­ra­tion” dip that occurs as the oxy­gen hun­gry tis­sue pulls the sur­plus oxy­gen in the blood and “depletes” blood-bound oxy­gen from hemo­glo­bin. This induces a sense of res­pi­ra­to­ry deple­tion or hypox­ia, enabled by sur­plus oxy­gen. The sen­sa­tion per­sists until the stores are replen­ished and then pass­es, usu­al­ly with­in 1–3 minutes.
  • Second, as a core-sys­tem tox­in  “dump”. When oxy­gen rich plas­ma hits the core organs, liv­er, spleen, etc., inflam­ma­tion revers­es and stored tox­ins enter the blood stream. These tox­ins inter­fere with oxy­gen trans­port, caus­ing a “sense” of res­pi­ra­to­ry insuf­fi­cien­cy until the body’s fil­ters, the liv­er and kid­neys, are able to fil­ter out the sludge.
  • The nat­ur­al reflex dur­ing these expe­ri­ences is to clear the air­way by remov­ing the mask. This does­n’t work because return­ing to nor­mal air reduces the oxy­gen sup­ply, which  is enabling the detox, to about 1/4th. In oth­er words, remov­ing the mask makes the sense of “air hunger” worse. The best solu­tion is to stop exer­cis­ing and breathe until you recov­er. Your body is doing what it needs to do.
  • A sense of restored metab­o­lism usu­al­ly coin­cides with the O2 sat­u­ra­tion lev­el as the detox, or replen­ish­ment, com­pletes, the O2 sat­u­ra­tion ris­es rapid­ly to 97, and then 99%. From this point, it is vir­tu­al­ly impos­si­ble for the per­son to exer­cise hard enough to reduce O2 sat­u­ra­tion below 99%.

After this ini­tial phase, the body starts to feel nor­mal again, usu­al­ly with­in about five min­utes, and begins to feel like nor­mal exer­cise described in the First Time Protocol.

Please Note- it is not uncom­mon for a new LiveO2 user to have the expec­ta­tion that the oxy­gen should be notice­ably flow­ing from the mask, how­ev­er this is not the case. Part of the ben­e­fit of LiveO2 is direct­ly relat­ed to the strength­en­ing of the inter­costal mus­cles as the user active­ly draws the oxy­gen from the reser­voir dur­ing use.