High Altitude Health

Mar 20, 2013

Many of us are racing to take advantage of the last snowfall of the ski season… but don’t race too quickly;  the quick transition from lower elevations can result in fatigue, dizziness, and headaches.

Don’t let the thin air stop you from hitting the slopes! Here are our guidelines for handling the adjustment:

1) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Consistently drink more water throughout the day to replenish your body

2) Protect your skin and eyes! UV Rays are more intense at high altitude, always wear goggles or sunglasses, and don’t forget to use a sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)

3) Take chlorophyll supplements! Chlorophyll increases the oxygen available to cells and makes a difference in your overall health! Available at many health food stores, chlorophyll is odorless and tasteless, and can be added to water or taken in tablet form

4) Reduce alcohol, salt, and caffeine when possible. This one’s tough, but if you can knock out two of the three, your body will thank you!

5) Moderate your physical activity. Take it easy the first few days and don’t push your limits. If you feel worse, seek medical attention!