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Adjusting to Altitude

Adjusting to Altitude

Adjusting to Altitude: Here are certain health tips for you

Fight The Mountain Sickness

You may be a regular traveler to mountains and love to have vacations on high altitudes, but that does make you an expert as far as ignoring the health disorders that are linked with the whole situation is concerned. The fact is that just like you, millions of people

head towards the hilly areas and varying elevations for ski trips, hiking excursions, retreats or vacation home living.

These high altitudes trip often accompany various symptoms of altitude sickness with them. Therefore, you are not alone! Some of these symptoms are a tension headache, fever, loss of appetite, dehydration, bleeding of nose, weakness, fatigue, swelling, insomnia, social withdrawal and nausea. Symptoms that are associated with severe mountain sickness are Shortness of breath at rest, Gurgling respirations, wet cough with frothy sputum, Possible fever and Respiratory Failure. These symptoms often play a huge hurdle in your overall experience in a major way.

Self-Care:

  • If the person is facing the above-mentioned symptoms, then it is recommended that you should delay further ascent until symptoms improve
  • Take as much rest as you can and try to stay warm
  • If you are suffering from a mild headache, then acetaminophen or a dispersion will do the trick
  • Never make use of sleeping pills or other central nervous system depressants to treat insomnia as it may lead to several breathing problems.
  • If symptoms continue, do not travel any higher and if they worsen further, then it is advised that you should descend approximately 1,000-2,000 feet as soon as possible.
  • Gamow bag is used to simulate a lower altitude.

What are the best food items that you should eat when you are at a high altitude and elevation:

  1. Garlic- whole, roasted or in tablet form (Do not eat heavy)
  2. Bananas-whole or in pancakes, yogurt or cereal
  3. High complex cards- rice, pasta, potatoes, whole grain bread, oatmeal, bagels
  4. Eat iron supplements and red meats, leafy green veggies as these are perfect to fight any kind of anemia or iron deficiency
  5. A carb-rich diet is also recommended for vacationers
  6. Plenty of fluids, herbal teas, caffeine free teas, cider, fruit juice and electrolyte-rich liquids like Gatorade
  7. Avoid smoking and drinking and other depressants like sleeping pills, codeine, and coffee.

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