It's about the experience...
My Breath Away!
The higher you go, the less oxygen you get to
breath! Ease yourself in and beware of signals your body sends.
You've already know about AA, AAA,
ABC, ADT and so on.
If you're going to the
mountains, you might want to add AMS. It stands for Acute Mountain
Sickness or more commonly, Altitude Sickness.
You say, why are you
bringing up sickness when I'm going on the trip of a lifetime -
isn't that just bad karma?
it as a vaccination - sort of like a trip into the Amazon jungles.
You wouldn't think of going there without, say... thirty or more shots,
would you? So if you're going to the high altitudes, why not prevent
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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
your brain a few days to figure out it has to breathe more.
Although everyone reacts differently, anybody can get AMS, even
those who are physically fit, with lots of high altitude experience,
young or old, male or female.
common reason for getting AMS 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,
of liquids, exercise moderately, eat small meals high in carbohydrates
and low in fat and take a few herbs.
to Dr. Lynne Drakos, acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental Medicine, a
must for altitude adjustment is Siberian Ginseng.
suggests eating foods high in iron, including molasses, green leafy
vegetables, beets and red meat for the moisturizing value they give the
Medical Definitions of Altitude
5000 - 11500 ft
Very High Altitude:
11500 - 18000 ft
Above 18,000 ft.
that your brain hasn't caught on yet that you're not at sea
Fatigue or weakness
Loss of appetite
Narcotic pain medications in more than modest doses
Ascend slowly and let yourself acclimate to each altitude
Drink plenty of fluids - water and juice
Minimize caffeine intake
Eat a low fat, high carbohydrate diet
DESCEND! (But only if its really bad)
For more details about AMS, go to the
High Altitude Medicine Guide
191 University Blvd., Suite #323 *
Denver, CO 80206-4613
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