Altitude Sickness Prevention
Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, located on the mountaintops of the Andes mountains that span across Peru. Over two thousand people visit Machu Picchu every day and it is definitely something to put on your bucket list. My dad's family is from Peru, and believe me when I say this place is absolutely breathtaking. But also heed this advice: take precautions to avoid altitude sickness!
Altitude Sickness Symptoms
Machu Picchu has an elevation of about 8,000 feet, which is an extremely high altitude, especially for those used to elevations close to sea level. When visiting high altitude locations like Machu Picchu or other gorgeous mountain destinations, adjusting to the high altitude often takes time and some cooperation from your body.
High altitudes mean low pressure which means less oxygen in the air. Your brain isn't used to such a low level of oxygen in the air and makes the body think it is hypoxic, or does not have enough oxygen. After all, your brain loves oxygen, so when it has less than it's used to, your body is not happy. This is why you may feel nauseous, dizzy or lightheaded at higher altitudes.
Furthermore, mountain climbing brings dehydration and requires a lot of oxygen for your hard-working muscles. This increases your oxygen need and dehydration can often amplify symptoms of altitude sickness, like nausea or lightheadedness as mentioned before, as well as headaches.
Altitude Sickness Treatment
However, don't let these high altitudes stop your adventures! While in Peru, coca tea (made from cocaine leaves) is the Peruvian people's remedy of choice. It is completely safe and legal in Peru and many hotels offer it to tourists. However, the fact it is derived from cocaine leaves can cause you to fail a drug test.
Not to fear! NoMo Nausea bands also offer altitude sickness relief and do not carry the potential of causing you to fail a drug test. These stylish and waterproof wristbands combine the creative technology of peppermint oil aromatherapy and acupressure. The peppermint aroma opens up the nasal passageway allowing oxygen to travel up to the brain freely and excessively. This increased intake of oxygen then helps relieve symptoms of altitude sickness. Along with the peppermint aroma, acupressure helps reduce muscle tension and nausea. This is achieved by placing pressure on the P6 point which sends signals to the brain to inhibit different nausea receptors. If you want to learn more about how it works just click here!
So make sure high altitude sickness doesn't stop your next adventures! Whether to the snowy Rockies, hiking the incredible Mount Everest, checking off your bucket list on Machu Picchu tours or just vacationing to high elevations, make sure to pack NoMo Nausea bands! Let the beauty, not the altitude take your breath away!