Intermittent Hypoxia Therapy (IHT) -Your Complete Guide for Home & Spa

Ralph Montague using intermittent hypoxia therapy or adaptive oxygen therapy as its also known. Using Thinairs device that have at home.


What is Intermittent Hypoxia Therapy (IHT)?

In a nutshell a way to reduce inflammation in your body, while also improving your energy levels, by training your body to breathe more efficiently and effectively, which in turn allows you to absorb higher levels of oxygen.

It’s a form of breathing reduced levels of oxygen (hence the hypoxia aspect), though very much at controlled levels, which is the key aspect, that are optimized for you, as an individual. Please don’t confuse this type of IHT, with generic one size fits all hypoxia training, as only around 20% of people get benefits from generalized hypoxia training.

How it works, is that you simply sit down for 40 – 50 minutes (depending on your current program), with a mask over your mouth and nose, and breathe. Yes, it’s that simple to operate. Just see the photo above, of me having a session.

There is a program that you work through, so to begin with you do this for 15 sessions, over a three week period. Then on-going, you would look to have booster sessions, of around five session every 6 to 8 weeks.


Why You Should Have Intermittent Hypoxia Therapy Device?

So, we all know that oxygen is the most important thing in the world to continue being alive. Probably one of the best ways that sums up oxygen’s importance…Is that we can live for weeks without food, we can live for days without water and yet we can only continue to live for a few minutes, without oxygen.

Or put another way, the cells in our body NEED an optimum level of oxygen to function, remain healthy and prevent illness and premature aging.

The one thing that’s linked to all the popular modern day “dis-eases” in the world, is inflammation, and guess what this device does?

Reduce inflammation.

To give you an idea of just how prevalent inflammation is today in our western world, below are a few examples of inflammation based dis-eases:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Cancer.
  • Heart disease.
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Asthma.

Heart disease is inflammation of the arteries, while arthritis is inflammation of the joints and Alzheimer’s is inflammation of the brain.

So instead of being collapsed out on the kitchen floor, waiting for the ambulance to come to your house, where the paramedics pick you up off the floor and put you onto a stretcher, all while your wife and children are crying hysterically, why don’t you just stop yourself getting inflammation in the first place!

Studies have been done on intermittent hypoxia therapy, using biomarkers (ways to measure your health), these include measuring levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and antioxidative enzymes. The results, confirmed after just a single three week course of IHT and not even the full long term use, delivered a reversal in their biomarkers for aging of 3 – 5 years.

Just think what his can do for you? And even more so, if using this for many years, not just for 3 weeks as per the study?

Intermittent Hypoxia Therapy (IHT) will help you with the following:

  1. Reduce inflammation (the world’s most popular way to become ill).
  2. Reduce aches and pains.
  3. Reduce stress levels.
  4. Increased energy levels.
  5. Improved sleep.
  6. Improved concentration.
  7. Increase your rate of healing.

You may have heard of something called the mitochondria? In a nutshell, it’s the powerhouse for your healthy cells. Mitochondria generate most of the chemical energy needed to power your cells, in turn this energy is stored as ATP or adenosine triphosphate.

Well guess what? An intermittent hypoxia therapy longevity device, will stimulate your mitochondria, giving you more energy, every day.

Wait, we haven’t finished yet, the benefits keep coming…As mitochondrial decay is one of the major causes of skin cell ageing, and intermittent hypoxia therapy improves mitochondrial function, it’s no wonder that IHT users’ skin, benefits from retaining a youthful radiance as they age. This is done from the inside out with intermittent hypoxia therapy devices, as opposed to outside in, with your typical aesthetic devices.


How Do You Use IHT?

There are a few different protocols, however typically it’s based on 15 sessions to begin with i.e. Monday to Friday over three weeks.

Then every 6 to 8 weeks, five booster sessions every day for 5 days, to keep you at your new heightened levels of health.

To fully optimise your benefits from this longevity device, a weekly booster session once a week is recommended.

For athletes, there are a few extra protocols, such as after each game or the following morning, have a IHT session, to flush the body of dead blood cells and to speed up your recovery after a game.

You simply sit down somewhere comfortable for 40 – 50 minutes, where you place a breathing mask over your mouth and nose (this is me above having an intermittent hypoxia therapy session).

Each session is broken down into five blocks, where for 8 minutes you breathe through the mask, then you take the mask off for two minutes and you breathe as normal. This process is repeated five times, over 50 minutes and that’s one session.

During the 8 minutes of breathing with the mask on, you will be breathing varying oxygen levels dependent on your starting point e.g. think unhealthy person versus athlete. This will also change as you progress through your sessions and your bodies efficiency to absorb oxygen increases.

During each session you can watch tv, though you can’t use your phone or read as this changes your breathing pattern, so it’s also a great way to relax. I have one at home and will typically plan my daily session for 1230 as a break from my high level thinking work, that I schedule for mornings.


Pros versus Cons of Intermittent Hypoxia Therapy Device?

Though the treatment is very easy and requires very little effort on your part, what I have noticed is that you need to be committed.

Each session by the time you turn the IHT device on, get yourself comfortable, have the treatment and then finally turn it off to carry on with your day, takes in all, around an 45 mins to an hour, dependent on what program you are currently on.

Due to the huge benefits of intermittent hypoxia therapy, I actually have this treatment every weekday at 1230, and occasionally on weekends if I am not out and about. Though if I am going out drinking, I MAKE sure to have a session both before I go out and the next day, as my hangover is improved massively.

There is no doubt, this takes serious commitment, however I pair it with learning a new skill whilst doing my session, so for example my initial session of 15 treatments was combined with learning how to learn, using an online course while sat at my PC.

So, if you use your time wisely, it’s a great way to force you to learn something new and important, while also getting the great health and longevity benefits that intermittent hypoxia therapy will bring you and your family.


Which Model IHT Should You Buy?

Having personally tested these devices myself, it came as quite a shock to me, that only one, in the market place, is actually adaptive.

Why is adaptive so important and what does adaptive mean?

When using any intermittent hypoxia therapy device, you have your oxygen levels that you breathe lowered, using the mask to deliver these reduced levels, as is the purpose of these devices. However, when your oxygen levels get too low for what your body can cope with, this can cause problems and in turn inflammation, which is the exact opposite of what you are looking to achieve, by using these device in the first place.

Then the reverse side, is that if you can easily handle the level of oxygen the machine is providing you with, then it’s not pushing your capabilities to improve, so the whole process is pretty pointless and not developing your internal adaptive mechanisms.

Around 13-15% inhaled oxygen is generally too mild, and you will see that little positive changes will be made. Whereas 10-12% inhaled oxygen levels, you will start to see improvements. However, to go lower/harder than this, you need to continuously monitor the blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), to avoid any pushing yourself too far.

This means, there is very much a fine line between too much or too little oxygen, or simply put these machines need to be “Goldilocks!” Hence why you really need to ensure these are “adaptive”.

Currently in the market place from my research when looking to get my own personal IHT, only one intermittent hypoxia therapy device can promise you that at present, which is the one I have at home.


How Much Does an Intermittent Hypoxia Therapy Device Cost?

There are many different iterations of intermittent hypoxia therapy devices on the market, however to get the IHT device that correctly monitors your oxygen levels, and then feeds this back into the device to alter the level of oxygen you breathe i.e. its adaptive, using an algorithm, start from £25,000/$30,000 for home use and a heavy duty version, designed for a clinic start from £30,000/$35,000.


Problems With Intermittent Hypoxia Therapy

If you buy a IHT device that does not monitor feedback from your current levels of oxygen, which is done by a SPo2 monitor attached to your finger or ear lobe, you risk damage to your body by experiencing too great a lack of oxygen. Or by getting too much oxygen and it does not improve your health.

Then there is the investment of your time, for you to get the benefits of IHT. The device is not a one hit wonder and requires on-going investment in your body and longevity. The results after the initial 15 sessions last around 10 weeks.

For this reason, I would only recommend an intermittent hypoxia therapy longevity device, to those who are committed and take their longevity seriously. If you are of these flaky people, who get excited at first then get easily bored with things, do yourself a favour and spend the £30,000 and go on holiday!

Other minor niggles I have when using my intermittent hypoxia therapy device, I would like to be able to read and not have to always watch a screen whether this is doing an online course or watching a documentary, however this is hardly the end of the world!

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