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Recognizing & Combating Altitude Sickness

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Recognizing & Combating Altitude Sickness

Recognizing & Combating Altitude Sickness
One thing that is common to come up against in Colorado is altitude sickness. A lot of visitors—and even people who have been here a long time—can get sick due to the altitude change, so it’s important to recognize the signs and learn to combat altitude sickness when you’re being really active. We don’t want altitude sickness to slow you down!

 Symptoms of Altitude Sickness

Sometimes called “mountain sickness,” altitude sickness happened when the pressure of the air drops and there is less oxygen. Any time you go rapidly to drastic altitudes of 8,000 or feet above sea level, you risk a chance of altitude sickness. However, some people with poorer health may even find themselves struggling at lower altitudes. 

As visitors come to Colorado, they will definitely feel that pressure drop. And while you do adjust to a higher altitude the longer you live in a place, even if you’re a citizen of Colorado, you risk getting sick when you start venturing into higher altitudes through climbing, hiking, or tackling those 14ers.

So how do you know if altitude is the culprit if you’re getting sick on a mountain? 

Symptoms include: 
·     Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)is pretty mild, and it involves a hangover-like sensation of dizziness, head and muscles aches, and nausea.

·     High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE),which can be very dangerous, causes fluid to build up in your lungs. 

·     High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)is the worst form of altitude sickness, and it happens when fluid builds up in the brain. 

·     Symptoms of the last two altitude sicknesses can run anywhere from vomiting, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, insomnia, cerebral edema, respiratory failure, coma, or death.

So please don’t take symptoms lightly if you get mysteriously sick while traveling to higher altitudes. Take care of yourself! 

Combating Altitude Sickness

The good news is that you can be proactive when traveling to higher altitudes so that you can combat altitude sickness! If you’re visiting higher altitudes, take the time to adjust for a few daysbefore doing too extreme. Drink a lot of water, and eat healthily.  But if you develop altitude sickness, go to a lower altitude as soon as possibleand seek help. 

If you’re getting sick, one thing you can do to quickly combat altitude sickness is take our Incline Hydration package. It comes with B-Complex vitamins, B-12 vitamins, and amino acids. B vitamins help the body deal with stress, and they also help you metabolize carbs more easily—allowing for you body to produce the energy you need to recover. Amino acids help to oxygenate the muscles more effectively, which don't fatigue nearly as quickly—so taking this infusion before you even go on your adventure can help you be a little less prone to altitude sickness. 

The Incline Hydration package also comes with a can of Boost Oxygenthat is completely portable and can be taken almost anywhere. So if someone does feel a little winded or fatigued, they can take a few hits of oxygen to re-energize the system. 

A good thing to do is also combat altitude sickness before you even get into the higher mountains by taking this vitamin infusion! That way you’re ready and prepared for any adventure. 

If you have any questions, always reach out to us at Elevation Hydration! 

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How Does Dehydration Occur?

We’ve all been dehydrated at one point or another. According to WebMD, dehydration occurs when your body doesn’t have as much water as it needs. Remember that without enough water, the body can’t function at an optimal level. Depending on how much fluid is missing from your body, you could be dealing with mild, moderate, or severe dehydration. In this blog post, we will explain the causes, symptoms, and risks that come with dehydration.

 

Causes

For the most part, we replace lost liquids by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. However, if you lose too much water or don’t eat/drink enough, dehydration becomes a possibility. Here are some potential causes of dehydration:

  • Fever

  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Excessive sweating

  • Frequent urination

Symptoms

Be sure to look for the following signs of mild or moderate dehydration:

  • Thirst

  • Sticky or dry mouth

  • Not urinating often

  • Dark yellow urination

  • Dry, cool skin

  • Headache

  • Muscle cramps

Symptoms of severe dehydration are a bit different:

  • Extremely dry skin

  • Dizziness

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Rapid breathing

  • Sunken eyes

  • Sleepiness, lack of energy, confusion, irritability

  • Fainting

Who’s at Risk?

The following groups of people tend to have greater chances of becoming dehydrated:

  • Babies and young children - They can lose significant amounts of water from diarrhea, vomiting, and a high fever. Plus, depending on how young they are, young children may not be able to tell you that they’re thirsty or have the ability to get their own drink.

  • Older adults - Many times, elderly folks don’t realize that they’re thirsty. On top of that, they may not be able to get a drink very easily.

  • People who are active outside - Keep in mind that in hot and humid weather, our bodies struggle to keep cool because sweat doesn’t evaporate in these conditions. In turn, this leads to a higher body temperature and need for more water.

Unmatched Hydration Treatment

At Elevation Hydration in Colorado Springs, we offer premium IV hydration packages. Intravenous hydration therapy is a revolutionary approach to overall health and wellness. Our hydration clinic is proud to carry a number of treatment packages to suit your needs.

How It Works

You visit our office and fill out a brief medical questionnaire. We then sit down with you and figure out your hydration needs. Don’t think of our treatments as a traditional IV. Instead, we select a hydration package that best suits you. Rest assured that our team never uses a one-size-fits-all or cookie cutter approach. Once we’ve chosen your package, you have the freedom to pair it with add-ons. Could you use a boost of energy, increased immune support, or athletic recovery? Then we’ve got an add-on with your name on it!

We try to get folks in and out of their hydration session within 45 minutes. There’s no downtime, either! You can walk out the door and get back to your active lifestyle refreshed and rejuvenated. Plus, there’s no co-pays or long waits that you would find at other clinics.  

If you’re interested in any of our hydration packages, please feel free to contact us or book your appointment online.   

Don’t Believe These Hydration Myths

 

You’ve been told countless times, “Be sure to drink plenty of water.” Whether you’re about to run a marathon or head to work for the day, this is definitely sage advice. But there’s plenty of misleading information out there regarding proper hydration. For example, do you really need to drink eight glasses a day? Is your favorite caffeinated beverage actually dehydrating you? In this blog post, we will debunk some of these hydration myths.

 

  1. Drink eight glasses of water a day - This may be the one that gets brought up most. However, according to this article in Runner’s World, the number of glasses you drink is completely arbitrary and depends on your activity level. Keep in mind that The Institute of Medicine recommends 91 ounces of water per day for women and 120 for men.

  2. Clear urine means that you’re properly hydrated - Susan Yeargin, assistant professor of athletic training at the University of South Carolina says that “As long as it’s pale yellow, like lemonade, you’re hydrated.” Therefore, there’s no need to worry if your urine isn’t perfectly clear. Just know that if it’s darker, it’s time to drink up.

  3. Caffeine dehydrates you - Research shows that about two cups of coffee minimally increases urine output for three hours after consuming it. When coupled with exercise soon after, caffeine doesn’t cause to urinate more frequently. In addition, if you routinely have your cup of joe in the morning or soda at lunchtime, your body acclimates to the caffeine.

  4. Pure water is best for hydration - Contrary to popular belief, water isn’t always the best choice for staying hydrated. Experts explain that it’s important to ingest some sodium as well because salt helps our bodies retain water. Here’s the tricky part, though. If you’re just going on a light jog, you don’t necessarily need an entire bottle of Gatorade. On the other hand, if you’re training for the next Tough Mudder, it’s critical to get some of those electrolytes in your system.

  5. Drinking water is a good way to detox - In the article, Dr. Stanley Goldfarb explains that, “There is no evidence that excess water makes your body more clean.” Drinking too much water can even impair the ability of the kidneys to filter blood.

What is IV Hydration Treatment?

Without proper hydration, our bodies can’t perform at the highest level. With intravenous hydration therapy, you can enjoy one of the safest, quickest, and most effective ways for vital nutrients to be delivered to the body. At Elevation Hydration in Colorado Springs, we are proud to offer a variety of hydration treatment packages. Our hydration clinic can set you up with treatments if you’re sick, hungover, jet-lagged, or just need a boost for an upcoming competition.

You can feel comfortable knowing that we only use the purest forms of essential vitamins and minerals for our packages. Best of all, you’re getting 100 percent of the vitamins your body craves because they’re delivered intravenously and aren’t affected by intestinal absorption. You’ll be amazed at how, with proper hydration, your body remains healthy, repairs & rebuilds, and fends off illness.

If you’re in need of some hydration help or hydration tips, please don’t hesitate to call. We are happy to provide clarification regarding other hydration myths.

Schedule your appointment today.