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How to Improve a Low Carbon Dioxide Reading

By Kristyn Hammond ; Updated July 27, 2017

A low carbon dioxide reading in the body can cause anxiety, vision problems, blackouts, muscle cramps and dizziness. The body’s carbon dioxide concentration reading measures the amount of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream, with an expected normal reading of 40 mmHg. Physical conditions alter this normal state, creating alkalinity in the blood if this concentration moves lower than the expected 40 mmHg, a condition referred to as hypocapnia. Knowing how to increase your blood’s carbon dioxide concentration levels helps you prevent these symptoms and keep your body healthy.

Avoid high-stress situations in your daily life, such as large crowds, heavy traffic or excessive family conflicts. Look for alternatives to these conditions, like finding another route to work with less traffic or addressing family problems in a less combative way. Remember that high stress situations can raise your blood pressure, which is one of the trigger conditions for low carbon dioxide levels.

Practice controlled breathing techniques and learn to regulate your breathing. Avoid over breathing, which occurs when you begin panicking, when you get angry or when you feel stressed. When you feel these emotions in your body, focus on your breathing and force yourself to breathe at a normal, controlled rate.

Join a local yoga gym, and begin learning additional ways to control your breathing. Use yoga as a tool for teaching yourself how to breathe naturally. Remember, excessive breathing over-oxygenates your blood, creating lower carbon dioxide levels, which can cause the condition known as hypocapnia.

Change your diet and exercise habits, incorporating healthier alternatives in your daily life. Eat a well-rounded diet, with low levels of sugar, fat and sodium. Remind yourself that while diet alone may not cause low carbon dioxide readings, conditions caused by a poor diet, such as diabetes and hypoglycemia, can destabilize your carbon dioxide levels.

Schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss your symptoms. Talk about your options for treatment. If your condition is persistent, ask your doctor about medication you can take, which can correct your condition over time and stabilize your carbon dioxide levels.

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