3 Tips For When You Experience Altitude Sickness

3 Tips For When You Experience Altitude Sickness

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. 

  1. Start with hydrating. Drink a lot of water (2-3 liters a day) starting 2-3 days before your trip. Dehydration of the body makes it harder to acclimate to altitude.

  2. Avoid Alcohol & Smoking; alcohol dehydrates your body & suppresses breathing rate lowering oxygen levels in your blood.

  3. Try Zaca; A berry flavored chewables packed with L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine which enhances electrolyte and water absorption. Your body will have an easier time hydrating, replenishing and recovering at high altitudes.

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.