You just booked a trip to Colorado for the holidays. Whether you’re visiting loved ones or want some time to yourself, skiing and snowboarding are at the top of the list. But then you remember what happened last time you were in Colorado - a combination of headaches, nausea, and inability to sleep all but ruined the trip. This is what’s known as altitude sickness. In this article from The Denver Post, it’s said that 25 to 30 percent of visitors heading to the mountains get acute altitude sickness. So how do you avoid it and is there anything you can take that would help? Read on to learn more.
We touched on altitude sickness in a previous post but it’s worth mentioning again. This condition can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, physical fitness, or previous experience with altitude. Longtime Colorado residents are susceptible to altitude sickness as well. So what’s the solution? Researchers recommend avoiding alcohol and salty foods. Don’t be afraid to drink a bit more water than normal. Doing so also helps visitors adjust to Colorado’s dry climate. If at all possible, take a day to acclimate at a lower election and rest before spending the rest of your time on the slopes.
Let’s say that you will be flying in from Florida to Colorado. As soon as you land, the plan is to drive up to the mountains and enjoy some fun. This isn’t smart, though. The jump from sea level to elevation takes a serious toll on the body and requires some time for adjusting. The Altitude Research Center advises spending a day in Denver before increasing your elevation level even more. In fact, those who stay a night in the Mile High City reduce their chances of getting altitude sickness by anywhere from 25 to 50 percent. Those who can spend two nights in Denver may not experience symptoms at all.
What to Take for Altitude Sickness
If you’re really concerned about altitude sickness, don’t be afraid to consult your doctor beforehand. They may choose to prescribe Diamox, which can reduce a person’s chances for altitude sickness by 80 to 90 percent. The Altitude Research Center also states that some studies suggest Gingko Biloba can help decrease symptoms.
How IV Therapy Can Help
Unfortunately, there is no “one-size-fits-all” cure for altitude sickness. What works for you may not work for the rest of your family. That’s why it’s good to have a surefire backup plan. At Elevation Hydration, we specialize in IV therapy packages. We’ve found that IV vitamin therapy is one of the safest, quickest, and most effective ways to deliver vital nutrients to the body.
Elevation Hydration is proud to offer a product geared specifically toward recovering from altitude sickness. ‘The Incline’ IV oxygen therapy package consists of a mix of B-complex vitamins (including B-12), as well as amino acids to help oxygenate muscles to fight fatigue. You can feel comfortable knowing this isn’t just a random concoction of IV fluids. We even include a can of Boost Oxygen so you’ll be enjoying the powder in no time!
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