Have you been dying to hike in the mountains but are afraid you might not be able to withstand the altitude? I'm the doctor that will take you thru what is altitude sickness, what does elevation sickness feel like, ways to prevent mountain sickness, and altitude sickness remedies you can't live without.
Let's start our journey in Peru! 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!
What is Altitude Sickness?
Altitude sickness, also called elevation sickness or mountain sickness, are non life threating conditions of nausea, vomiting, and headaches that occur due to lack of oxygen within 6 to 24 hours after reaching altitudes more than 2500 meters = 8000 feet above sea level.
Machu Picchu, located in the city of Peru called Cusco, 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.
Aspen Colorado Elevation
Just to get a feel for the difference in altitude, Aspen Colorado in the United States is also 8000 feet. If you go skiing in Aspen, you know you need a NoMo Nausea Band the for at least the first couple of days to acclimated. Even children experience altitude sickness, so don't overlook your little ones.
Altitude Sickness Symptoms
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.
Denver Altitude Sickness Symptoms
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.
Altitude Sickness Prevention
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!
Altitude Sickness Medication Doesn't Work, here's why...
Prescription for altitude sickness, acclimate drink, high altitude pills, ginkgo biloba, diamox altitude all lack one ability... increase oxygenation. The lack of oxygen is the cause of why you are getting sick going into the mountains. Unless you have an oxygen tank handy, that's really what's going to help you thru your thinned out blood especially if you live in low lying places like Florida where your body is use to being at sea level. NoMo Nausea Band also increases oxygenation, hence why our headache and migraine band works so well. Don't get sucked in to buying an inferior product that won't actually make you feel better, stick with what works and put on a NoMo Nausea Band today!