Have you ever traveled somewhere 6,000 ft above sea level? Chances are, you or someone you were with experienced Altitude Sickness. The higher you get, the less oxygen there is in the air, leaving many people with headaches, dizziness, vomiting, lack of appetite, nausea and swelling of hands/feet. These conditions are also referred to as “Acute Mountain Sickness.”
You may experience these symptoms if you don’t take the proper time to gradually adjust to the altitude increase. As you climb to higher altitudes, it's important to stop and take breaks along the way, giving your body time to adjust to the different oxygen levels in the air.
If you start to experience any of the negative symptoms of Altitude Sickness, it’s recommended that you stop any activity (hiking, biking, skiing, rock climbing, etc.), and potentially descend to a lower altitude. Symptoms can last anywhere between 12 hours and 4 days, putting a real damper on vacation plans.
Not everyone will experience Altitude Sickness, and there are ways you can prepare your body before you venture 6,000 ft or more above sea level.
If you still end up experiencing symptoms of Altitude sickness despite preparing your body for the trip; remember to hydrate, take it slow and take 2-4 Zaca Recovery Chewables.