Altitude Training/ IHHT
REGENERATE & RE-ENERGISE
Once reserved only for astronauts and elite athletes, altitude training, or, it’s scientific name intermittent hypoxic/hyperoxic training (IHHT), can help across many areas of health, performance and renewal.
Just a few of the benefits are: Improved physical endurance, boosts mood and mental performance, increased energy, better stress recovery, improved immune function, skin health, deeper sleep.
IHHT is a safe, non invasive approach to oxygen therapy that helps your body and cells adapt to high altitude conditions for improved oxygenation, physical performance and renewal. IHHT triggers a process of adaptation within your body, bringing about positive improvements within almost all the bodily systems. The respiratory, cardiovascular, immune, muscular and nervous system all benefit. It boosts many aspects of health and wellbeing, just as spending time in the mountains does.
The process lasts approximately 40 minutes while you relax in a reclined position. It works by delivering intermittent cycles of low oxygen air (hypoxia, 9-16% O2) and high oxygen air (hyperoxia, 35% O2) or normal oxygen levels (normoxia 21% O2), for between 3-5 minutes each, delivered through a mask. Improvements often turn up after only 3 sessions and 10 sessions is a good base level of training. The training is biofeedback led so that the rate of training is dictated by the response of your body. This ensures the training process is always safe, effective and comfortable. For you, the experience will be relaxing, while your body trains to improve its efficiency.
IHHT works by affecting the way our body produces and uses energy. The human body consists of trillions of cells which all contain mitochondria. These mitochondria produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the chemical basis for all reactions and metabolic processes and our source of physical energy. IHHT triggers a process of cell renewal, increasing the production of new, healthy mitochondria, which produce ATP more effectively. Depleted mitochondria are also the cause of over 90% of chronic illness. Read more about mitochondria and stress adaptability here.
Mitochondria become damaged by:
- psychological stress
- oxidative stress
- poor nutrition
- lack of vital substances
Effects of Mitochondrial dysfunction:
- Lack of energy, fatigue
- accelerate ageing process
- increase in free radicals
- weight increase
- reduced muscle strength, vision, nerve function and more
- neurodegenerative disorders
- compromised stress management and burnout
- increased risk of diabetes
The positive effect for health and performance of intermittent hypoxia has been the subject of thousands of scientific studies and proven to assist weight loss, reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, alleviate stress, improve skin rejuvenation, help general wellbeing and mood as well as cognitive performance. A longer list of benefits is below.