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5 Tips to Avoid Altitude Sickness on Your Ski Trip

altitude sicknessThe dust from the holidays has finally settled. Everyone is getting the most use out of their favorite gifts, the tree has been stripped and tossed and the new health routines are (not?) being broken. We’re also starting to remember the realities of winter weather, unless of course you have a vacation around the corner. In which case, all dietary bets are off. Take advantage of those all-you-can-eat dining options on your cruise, or ride down to the beach and enjoy the most decadent seafood available. If you’re planning a trip to the mountains, seize the chance to have some hot and piping comfort meals to keep you warm.

Vacations are meant to be fully enjoyed, and your ski or snowboarding trip is no exception, despite the freezing temperatures and uncomfortably high altitudes. Altitude sickness can attack even the healthiest individuals, and even if you’re just planning a relaxing weekend at a mile-high cabin, you’ll want to take the proper precautions to ensure you body stays in tip-top shape. Here are a few tips.

1. Drink plenty of fluids.

Dehydration can lead to all kinds of ailments, so you’ll always want to make sure you’re getting enough H2O, wherever you are. However, when trying to acclimate yourself to new heights, drinking even more water can help with the process. It’s recommended to consume about 12 cups per day (and don’t stray too far from the restroom).

2. Stay away from alcohol and caffeinated beverages.

Both of these can cause dehydration. (see above)

3. Indulge in some carbs.

Remember how we mentioned comfort food? They may come in handy at that ski lodge. Many people have had success with increasing their carbohydrate intake, since they’re so easy to digest. When your body isn’t working so hard to process the food in your stomach, it can focus on processing the new altitude.

4. Focus on your breathing.

If you start to feel dizzy or nauseous, controlling your breathing patterns may help. Relax your muscles, inhale slowly and deeply, and gently exhale to release the tension from your body. Repeat this process a few times (closing your eyes enhances the technique).

5. Herbs.

Herbal supplements have all kinds of healing properties. Ginko Biloba and garlic both promote your body’s blood circulation, and can help keep oxygen properly flowing to your brain. Ginger is known to help relieve nausea and aid in digestion.

There you have it! A few tips to help your body adjusted to extremely high altitudes. If you have any additional tips, feel free to drop it in the comments section.

Happy winter travels!

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