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Altitude Sickness Prevention
Mountain scenes are indeed breathtaking. As you reach higher altitudes, barometric pressure decreases so every breath you take contains fewer molecules of oxygen causing you to take more breaths to get the oxygen you need. Of course this happens when you exert yourself walking up any hill, but at low altitudes, the shortness of breath usually resolves itself soon after you rest. Not so in a high altitude.
As the amount of oxygen in your lungs decreases, the blood becomes less and less efficient at acquiring and transporting oxygen, so no matter how many breaths you take, you are unlikely to attain a normal blood level of oxygen.
It takes your brain a few days to figure out it has to breathe more. Although everyone reacts differently, anybody can get altitude sickness, even those who are physically fit, with lots of high altitude experience, young or old, male or female.
The most common reason for getting altitude sickness is directly related to how quickly you ascend, so if you plan to go high, your best guarantee is to go slow. If that’s not possible, at least know the symptoms and what to do, and you should be able to feel better quickly and avoid the severe, life-threatening forms.
Drink lots of liquids, exercise moderately, eat small meals high in carbohydrates and low in fat and eat foods high in iron, including molasses, green leafy vegetables, beets and red meat for the moisturizing value they give the body.
Medical Definitions of Altitude
High Altitude: 5000 – 11500 ft
Very High Altitude: 11500 – 18000 ft.
Extreme Altitude: above 18,000 ft.
Signals that your brain hasn’t caught on yet that you’re not at sea level:
· Nausea · Dizziness · Insomnia
· Headaches · Bloody nose · Confusion
· Loss of appetite · Staggering
· Fatigue or weakness
Things to Avoid :
· Alcohol · Sleeping pills
· Narcotic pain medications in more than modest doses
How to decrease the effects of altitude sickness:
· Ascend slowly—acclimate yourself to each altitude
· Drink plenty of fluids – water and juice
· Avoid alcohol
· Minimize caffeine intake
· Decrease salt
· Eat a low fat, high carbohydrate diet
Altitude with Attitude products are a combination of herbal extracts designed specifically to prevent and treat altitude sickness.
The Prevention Formula contains Reishi Mushroom, Ginkgo Biloba, Codonopsis, Siberian Rhodiola Rosea 3%, Eleutherococcus senticosus, Astragalus Root, Schisandra Berry, Hawthorne Berry, Oshá Root and Cinnamon Bark: herbs that improve oxygenation to the brain, dilate the bronchioles of the lungs, help the body adapt to stress and utilize oxygen better. Begin taking 1 week to 3 days before going to high altitude and take during the entire exposure to it.
The Treatment Formula contains Reishi Mushroom, Gingko Biloba, Ginger Root, Chamomile, Hawthorne Berry, Peppermint and Cinnamon Bark: herbs that help with altitude but also decrease nausea and vomiting. Keep this formula handy in case you do experience altitude sickness.
Follow instructions on each bottle.
This product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your health practitioner before using this dietary supplement in pregnancy and lactation