altitude sickness

Treat Altitude Sickness Naturally

Treat Altitude Sickness Naturally

Altitude sickness is often suffered by mountain climbers who ascend to heights of more than 8000 feet for climbs, ski trips, and hikes; it is also called acute mountain sickness for this very reason. When we ascend the air around  us thins, becoming less and less oxygenated. Our bodies require oxygen to survive and the sudden lack leads to the symptoms of altitude sickness. The key to avoiding it is to be sure you give your body a chance to acclimate as much as you possibly can.

 

How do I know if I have altitude sickness?

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Pins and needles
  • Rapid pulse
  • Drowsiness
  • Edema

 

How do I prevent altitude sickness?

  • Drink lots of water.
  • Climb high, but sleep low.
  • Don’t look down.
  • Be in good physical condition.
  • Start out slowly.

 

How can I treat altitude sickness?

  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated!
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Gingko biloba helps to improve circulation and reduce blood pressure which can help to alleviate symptoms.
  • Vitamin C and other antioxidants can help to reduce the number of free radicals floating so your symptoms abate.
  • Coca leaves can be chewed or enjoyed in a tea in places like Central and South America.
  • Ascend slowly whenever possible and sleep 500-1000 feet lower than the highest altitude you achieved.
  • Rest, rest, rest and let your body acclimate.
  • Limit fats and salts, but do enjoy carbs and carb rich foods as they help to move oxygen through the body.
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