14 Nov 2017
Here in Summit County, it’s not always the spectacular views that take your breath away. Although known for its breathtaking panoramic views, the mountains themselves are the cause of literally taking your breath away. The effects of altitude sickness can be felt as low as 5,000 feet above sea level, but most people can reach 8,000 feet before feeling symptoms. Summit County ranges from just below 8,000 feet to 14,270 (the top of one of Colorado’s famed Fourteeners, Grays Peak.) The higher the elevation, the thinner the air, making your body work harder for the oxygen it needs and causing symptoms like headaches, dizziness, nausea or fatigue – unless you know the signs and how to avoid it. Feel your best in the high country by following these simple steps:
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: this is the best way to help your body adjust to the altitude and fare well in the dry climate. Drink twice as much water as you would at home.
- Hydrate with water: No, coffee and alcohol are not hydrating and their effects can be amplified by the high altitude. It is best to initially avoid both caffeine and alcohol, and be conscious of how much alcohol you are drinking.
- Eat your fruits and veggies! (And carbs!) Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and pasta are rich in potassium and great for stabilizing blood sugar as well as providing energy. Stay away from salty foods.
- Give yourself a break. Exercise at 6,000+ feet is more difficult than at sea level, so be sure to listen when your body gets tired or you’re short of breath.
- Break out the SPF. The air is thinner here and that really does mean your chance of sunburn is greater. Although a mark of bluebird days, the goggle tan is really not good for your skin.
- If altitude sickness is a concern more serious than a headache or nausea, talk to your doctor about common remedies before your visit.
- If you have the option, a day or two in Denver to acclimate is a great idea for those extremely sensitive to the effects of altitude sickness. If that’s not an option, plan for a relaxing first 24 hours in the high country.
The most important part of avoiding altitude sickness is to listen to your body. If you believe you are experiencing altitude sickness, do not continue to go higher and move to lower ground if your symptoms get worse.
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