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Want to know how Tony Robbins and Cristiano Ronaldo maintain peak performance? Read on.

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT) has been making waves in the realms of performance enhancement, improved recovery-time, and wellness among some high-profile individuals.

This innovative (yet ancient, in medical timeline standards) treatment involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. Mild chambers are between 1.3ATA and 1.5ATA - the equivalent of 10 ft. and 15 ft. below sea level - and are believed to enhance the body's natural healing processes. The benefits range from accelerated recovery from injuries to improved cognitive function, making it an attractive option for anyone looking to gain an edge in their professional and personal lives.

Supported by research and the experiences of notable figures like Tony Robbins and Cristiano Ronaldo, this article delves into how mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used to combat brain fog, boost mood, and help you balance and organize a demanding schedule.

Brain Fog and Cognitive Clarity

Brain fog is a common symptom in today’s fast-paced world, characterized by forgetfulness, confusion, lack of focus and lack of mental clarity. For high performers, maintaining optimal cognitive function is a non-negotiable. Studies suggest that mHBOT can significantly improve cognitive functions by enhancing brain perfusion, promoting neuroplasticity, and reducing inflammation.

A landmark study published in the Journal of Neurology in 2013 demonstrated that HBOT can lead to significant cognitive improvements in post-stroke patients, even years after the acute event. These findings have been extrapolated to suggest potential benefits for individuals who are not suffering from a neurological condition but want to experience clearer thinking and improved cognitive function.

Mood Improvement

Mental health is as crucial as physical health when it comes to operating on all cylinders. mHBOT has shown promise in the realm of mental health, particularly in improving mood and combating conditions like depression and anxiety. The increased oxygen delivery to the brain is thought to stimulate the release of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that play a key role in regulating mood.

A study published in Frontiers in Psychology in 2018 observed an increase in white matter and mood improvements in individuals undergoing HBOT for various conditions, suggesting its potential as a supportive therapy for mental well-being. This can be particularly beneficial for high-performing individuals who need to maintain a positive and resilient mindset, even with their demanding schedules.

Life, Organization, and Productivity

The ability to maintain consistent productivity levels is directly correlated to your ability to keep yourself organized - it is essential for anyone aiming for success. Cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and executive function are critical for these tasks.

Research shows that mHBOT can improve these aspects of cognitive function by enhancing cerebral blood flow, thus supplying more oxygen and nutrients to brain cells.

This, in turn, can lead to better memory retention, improved attention span, and more efficient problem-solving skills.

A 2020 article in the Psychology Today highlighted how consistent HBOT sessions could lead to improvements in these areas, potentially helping high performers to stay on top of their game, manage their time effectively, and maintain high levels of productivity.

Notable Public Figures

The use of HBOT by high-profile individuals such as Tony Robbins, a renowned motivational speaker and self-help guru, and Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the world's leading footballers, has brought considerable attention to this therapy.

Tony Robbins has publicly shared his positive experiences with HBOT in his book Life Force, citing its benefits for energy levels and cognitive function as key components of his wellness regime. Similarly, Cristiano Ronaldo is known for his meticulous approach to health and performance, with HBOT reported by the Daily Mail as being a part of his recovery and maintenance routine. The endorsement by such figures highlights the growing interest in HBOT not just for medical recovery, but as a tool for enhancing performance and well-being.


Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is emerging as a multi-tool in the arsenal of high-performing individuals aiming to boost performance, improve mood, and keep themselves organized. While more research is needed to fully understand its potential and delineate its effectiveness across different populations, preliminary studies and anecdotal evidence from high-profile advocates suggest significant benefits. As the boundaries between medical therapy and performance enhancement continue to blur, HBOT stands out as a promising option for those seeking to optimize their health in pursuit of excellence in all areas of life.

This article was written by Yuliya Semenovych, Founder of Elixir Health and Wellness, and published in the Spring 2024 issue of Network Magazine.

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