Venturing into the mountains must be accomplished with caution. Mountain altitudes pose health risks to the human body. Simple guidelines help diminish the effects of altitude. With the proper preparation, time in the mountains can be safe and enjoyable.
Guidelines for diminishing the effects of altitude.
At altitude, drinking plenty of water is crucial. The body loses increased amounts of water during respiration, exertion, and more frequent urination. In addition to water, utilize sport drinks and juices to hydrate while replacing lost electrolytes. Avoid using drinks that sabotage hydration such as caffeine and alcohol.
With less oxygen available in the thinner air, the body will labor to perform normal activities. Give the body time to adjust by resting and reducing normal physical activities by 50 percent. Take the opportunity to get a good nights rest. If necessary, sleep on your side, use a nasal saline spray, or descend to a lower elevation when sleeping.
Many people associate the effects of altitude sickness to a hangover/flu with symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea, poor appetite, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Following these guidelines will help diminish the effects of altitude on the body. If hydration and rest fail, descend to a lower elevation, as time is the only way for the body to successfully adjust to altitude.
An expedient oxygen absorber for a 5 gallon storage container can be made by placing a golf ball size piece of steel wool and a tablespoon of salt inside a paper napkin and placing it in the container. The salt will absorb the residual moisture and the steel wool will naturally absorb the oxygen.
Preppin' Tips - Recipes
Make Your Own Electrolyte Beverage (Gatorade, Pedialyte, etc.)
To one quart of water add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 8 teaspoons of granulated sugar. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together.
This will replace electrolytes lost by the body due to dehydration caused by diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating, etc. A package of Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, etc. may be added to enhance the flavor and color.
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