Don’t let altitude bring you down! How familiar are you with altitude sickness, or, hypoxia, and the negative effects of it? If you’re like most people, it’s an afterthought – usually something that only becomes important once you are in the grips of thinking to yourself “whoa, I am so not feeling good.”
The truth of the matter is the effects of altitude on a person vary widely. Some people sail right through the at-altitude experience, others feel mild symptoms, while a third group becomes “bonked”. #AltitudeIsNoJoke – have you seen this hashtag? It’s typically used by that last group while posting on social media, the ones who are getting bonked; and only once they are regaining some sense of feeling like themselves again.
How can you help yourself? Like anything else, prepare for it. The first step of preparation is having a better understanding of what altitude sickness (also called ‘mountain sickness’) is and why it affects a person, as well as the different types of hypoxia.
If you are at-altitude and aren’t feeling quite like yourself and are experiencing symptoms common of altitude sickness, (including nausea, headache, fatigue, shortness of breath and sleeplessness) then there are steps you can take to help yourself feel better; depending on how you feel and the severity of the symptoms. And if you are feeling severely distressed, you absolutely need medical attention because it can get serious, fast.
The negative effects of altitude on a person vary greatly – and it isn’t about age, gender, or level of fitness. It doesn’t even matter if you typically don’t feel any negative effects, sometimes you will. We’ve even heard stories from life-long at-altitude residents who say they never used to be affected by it, but now they are (see this video below from a Colorado Native, from a video we discovered on YouTube, after he posted it). There are a lot of unknowns.
Preventing Altitude Sickness
You saw in the article above that the #1 recommended remedy for altitude sickness, by WebMD, is to “give oxygen, if available”. Since many people have symptoms that are lower-grade, boosting their oxygenation levels is oftentimes the most effective way to help them acclimate and get back to feeling good again. This is where Boost Oxygen has become extremely popular with lightweight, portable, and recyclable bottles of oxygen…and it’s why you see ‘Got Oxygen’ as a popular question posed on t-shirts, hats, magnets, signs and bumper stickers.
Plus, you don’t have to be feeling the negative effects of altitude to benefit from boosting with Boost Oxygen! Active and athletic people at every altitude benefit from the recovery aspects of purified oxygen – from everyday outdoor adventurers like Colorado-native Dr. Kelly Shockley to actor Rob Lowe…even the Atlanta Falcons football team recovers from athletic activity at any altitude by having Boost Oxygen on-hand.
Boost Oxygen is safe for all ages and is #1 trusted worldwide since 2007. There are a variety of sizes to choose from. Currently, there is a Large that has 10-liters of oxygen and up to 200 inhalations per bottle and a Pocket Size that has 2-liters and up to 50 inhalations. Soon-to-be-available is a new Medium size that has 5-liters and up to 100 inhalations. In addition to the un-flavored Natural, Boost has a Peppermint, Menthol-Eucalyptus and Pink Grapefruit that offer aromatherapy benefits in addition to the oxygen; each one features a patented mask design for maximum delivery.