7 things to know about altitude sickness

~ Take my breath away.

You already know AA, AAA, ABC, ADT, etc. If you go to the mountains, you might want to add AMS. It means Acute Mountain Disease or, rather, Disease of Altitude. You say why you develop the disease when I go on a journey of life. Isn't that bad karma? Think of it as a vaccine, similar to a trip to the Amazon jungle. You wouldn't think there without, say, thirty or more shots. So if you go to high places, why not prevent the disease?

~ What is the cause of altitude sickness?

The mountain scenes are really breathtaking. When you reach higher altitudes, the barometric pressure decreases, so each breath you take contains less oxygen molecules, which forces you to breathe more to get the oxygen you need. Of course, this happens when you push yourself to some height, but at low altitudes, usually after resting your breath shortens. Not so high.

As the amount of oxygen in your lungs decreases, blood becomes less and less effective to obtain and transport oxygen, so no matter how much you breathe, you will hardly reach a normal oxygen level. It takes a few days for your brain to understand that you need to breathe more.

Although everyone responds differently, anyone can get AMS, even those who are physically fit, with high altitude experience, young or old, male or female.

The easiest way to prevent altitude sickness

The most common reason for getting AMS is directly related to how fast you climb, so if you are planning to climb high, your best guarantee is to go slow. If that's not possible, at least you know the symptoms and what to do, and you should be able to feel and avoid hard, life-threatening forms more quickly. Drink plenty of fluids, moderate exercise, eat low carbohydrate and low fat foods, and take some grass.

Other important steps to take are avoiding alcohol, sleeping pills, and over-the-counter drug overdose.

~ Medical definitions of height

High altitude.

5000 – 11500 ft

Very high altitude.

11500 – 18000 ft

Extreme height.

18,000 feet above.

~ It indicates that your brain has not yet caught the notion that you are not at sea level





Bloody nose

Fatigue or weakness

Loss of appetite



~ How to reduce the impact of AMS

Become slow and allow yourself to rise to every height.

Drink plenty of liquids – water and juice.

Avoid alcohol.

Reduce caffeine intake.

Reduce salt.

Eat low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets.

GET IT! (But only if it's really bad).

~ What the Doctor says:

According to Lynn Dracos, an acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental studies, Siberian Ginseng is needed for height adjustment. He also recommends eating foods containing iron, including molasses, green leafy vegetables, beetroot and red meat to give it a moisturizing value to the body.

We found that taking antioxidant doses would also help.