What is so important about Oxygen? Why do we need it?
Uses of Oxygen
Oxygen is able to reach temperatures of 2,800-3,000 degree Celsius so it's used industrially to help shape metals with the variant of heat (hot oxygen air) to make steel and iron in blast furnaces.
In hospitals, oxygen tanks are used for those who have difficulty breathing on their own, such as medical patients, scuba divers, or even those climbing Mount Everest. Condensed supplies of oxygen in tanks are hooked up to a patient's mouth or nose to be taken in through the air ways.
Oxygen produces energy in industrial processes, generators, ships, airplanes, and cars. Spacecrafts use fuel which is burnt up by liquid oxygen- giving the craft the thrust it needs to enter space. Astronaut suits also almost have pure oxygen inside.
Why do we need oxygen to survive?
Our daily allowance of oxygen is pretty simple. If we get too much oxygen pumped into our lungs, we can have trouble breathing but the same goes for too little oxygen. But, whether we are iron deficient or not is important, since iron helps oxygen transport oxygen through out the body. On average, we need about 8 mg to 12 mg of iron each day depending on age.
If our body is to be bombarded with too much oxygen or not enough oxygen, oxygen intoxication can occur. This is when our bodies are exposed to high elevations or low elevations which can cause disorientation, sight problems, damage to the cell membrane, collapse the aveoli in the lungs, and seizures. Either way can cause our cells to die.
The average amount of pills in a bottle for iron is 60 capsules but you only take one, sometimes two pills a day. With an oxygen tank or oxygen concentrator, a set amount of oxygen is provided and will need a fill once used up. But, the oxygen tank with its mask will keep your breathing together and help steady it out. There isn't a set amount of oxygen needed per day, it's the pace and amount of oxygen your body needs and uses.