FAQ - One Thousand Roads EWOT

Common Questions:

How long does it take to fill the EWOT reservoir?

Filling times vary based on each person’s oxygen needs.  A completely full exercise with oxygen training reservoir from empty takes roughly 3 hours, however many people can use the EWOT system after filling for 90 minutes.  We often suggest pairing our EWOT system with a digital timer such as this one) so that you can have the exercise with oxygen therapy system ready each time you want to use it.

 

How long should I do EWOT for?

We recommend you do a session for 15 – 20 minutes to get full benefits.  Depending on your health status, we recommend you work up to 70% -80% of your theoretical maximum heart rate.  You can calculate your theoretical maximum heart rate as 220 minus your age. 

 However, for people with chronic illness, getting to 70% - 80% of your maximum heart rate can take 6 months or longer.  Even if you never get there, don’t let the pursuit of perfection stand in the way of progress.  Do only what you are comfortable with and listen to your body carefully.  Even doing EWOT while walking on a treadmill, bouncing on a rebounder, or standing on a vibration plate offers lots of health benefits

 

How often should I do EWOT?

We recommend you start slowly and listen to your body.  Ideally you will work up to at least 2 -3 times per week.  But, you are welcome to do more.  We have folks doing EWOT every day with good results.

 

How does EWOT compare to HBOT?

EWOT and HBOT are very similar modalities that offer very similar benefits.  However, EWOT is much cheaper, less time-intensive, and can be done safely in the comfort of your own home.

 For best benefits using HBOT, a person needs to do about 90 minutes in a medically-supervised chamber.  Depending on the conditions or protocol, people often need to do these sessions 5-6 times per week over the course of 12 weeks or more at a cost of $250 - $600 per 90-minute session

HBOT uses a pump to create high pressure to ram more oxygen into your tissues during a 90-minute session where you are in an enclosed tube.  People often report feeling claustrophobic and anxious during HBOT treatments due to the confined conditions.

EWOT replaces the pump in HBOT with your heart & exercise.  Since your heart is pumping harder during exercise, and because that causes your blood vessels to dilate, your heart and lungs are primed to bring more oxygen to your tissues.  And this blood vessel dilation allows oxygen to get to more areas of your body that if you were stationary.  Additionally, since your body uses 8 times more oxygen in exercise than in rest, we can conduct the entire EWOT session in 15 minutes rather than the 90 minutes needed for HBOT.

 

Do you offer 10 LMP oxygen concentrators?

We can create custom EWOT systems with 10 LPM concentrators, and we often do this for commercial settings where the refilling time needs to be kept to a minimum. 

For most at-home users, we recommend they use a 5 LPM concentrator paired with a digital timer, as this is a much more economical solution.  You can find a variety of digital times on Amazon and other sites for $10 - $20.

Because we are focused on people with chronic health conditions and limited budgets, we will never try to upsell an at-home user a 10 LPM EWOT system that they do not need.  However, if you have special circumstances or a strong preference for a 10 LPM EWOT system, please contact me: brad@onethousandroads.com and we will get you a quote for a 10 LPM EWOT system.

 

Do you sell EWOT reservoir stands for your reservoir kits?

We only sell stands with the EWOT system. We do not sell stands for this EWOT reservoir kit (here and here).  Because of the shape of our stands, shipping can be costly when it is not part of an EWOT system.  We find that folks ordering these exercise with oxygen training reservoir kits are often do-it-yourselfers and people who are often very cost conscious and they often prefer to just hang the EWOT reservoir from hooks on their wall or ceiling.

  

Can I fill the EWOT reservoir the night before?

We don’t recommend filling the night before.  Our exercise with oxygen training reservoirs are made to breathe.  This means that if you fill it the night before, it will partially deflate overnight.  This is done to ensure that if moisture were to somehow get int the EWOT reservoir, it has a path to escape and not create a condition that is conducive to mold. 

 

Can I over-fill the EWOT reservoir?

Our EWOT reservoirs are much stronger than the pressure an oxygen concentrator can put out.  For that reason, you will not damage your EWOT reservoir by continuing to run your concentrator.  We don’t recommend running your concentrator for hours after the EWOT reservoir is full, as that is unnecessary wear and tear on your concentrator.  However, aside from the longer running time and wear on the concentrator, you will not damage your EWOT system by running it while the EWOT reservoir is full.

 

 What is your EWOT reservoir material made of?

Our EWOT reservoirs are made out of FDA-approved, BPA-free, virgin LDPE.  This is the same material that is used for food products such as ketchup bottles, frozen food and bread packaging.  The FDA approves its use in the virgin state (meaning it has never been recycled) as it is chemically resistant, repels microorganisms and doesn't leach harmful toxins when used to store food at a variety of temperatures.  As any food packaging is constantly exposed to oxygen in the air, we have chosen its material for its safety for our application.

 

Why don’t you offer rubber bands on your EWOT reservoirs like other brands?

Some brands use bands or weights to push more oxygen out of the exercise with oxygen training reservoir.  We believe these were designed to overcome their earlier EWOT mask designs, which often did not allow enough oxygen for very fit or large people.  We solved this issue by creating our 2000 series EWOT mask, which has 67% larger valves to allow more oxygen.  With the right sized valve, you do not need bands or weights, your diaphragm was designed beautifully for the job of bringing oxygen into your lungs.

Additionally, because we have designed our EWOT systems for folks with chronic health challenges who are on a budget, we will not add new gimmicks simply to increase our sales.

 

Why don’t you offer an altitude-switching feature like other brands?

Altitude switching EWOT systems are designed to create a low oxygen delivery (lower than the air you breathe) to starve your body of oxygen for short bouts.  The idea is that causes your blood vessels to dilate and allow more oxygen in when you switch back to the EWOT high-oxygen breathing.

Those with chronic illnesses often tell us this altitude-switching made them feel dizzy and unwell.  For those who are interested in the effects of altitude switching, and who are well enough to seek any benefits it may offer, you can get the same benefits from holding your breath for 5-7 seconds at a time a few times per EWOT session.  Holding your breath will allow 0% oxygen in and will dilate your blood vessels more than altitude switching technology.  And it will save you thousands of dollars on buying altitude switching technology and the hassle of flipping a mechanical switch while trying to maintain your exercising momentum and balance.

For most people who are chronically ill, this is not likely to offer sufficient benefits – and certainly not to warrant the price.  Our competitors, at the time of this writing, are charging $2900 - $3500 more for this feature (on top of the premium charge for their EWOT system).  A second competitor has dropped this feature from their offering and new product line.

Additionally, because we have designed our EWOT systems for folks with chronic health challenges who are on a budget, we will not add new gimmicks simply to increase our sales.

 

Is there any scientific research on EWOT?

We catalog some of the growing research on EWOT on our research page.  Beyond that, you can search the government research website, pubmed for even more research.  EWOT is referred to by many names, but it is often referred to as “hyperoxic training”, with the word “hyperoxic” meaning “a state of excess supply of O2 in tissues and organs”.

 

 

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