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Feeling Well One Mile Up

Our conference venue is 5,275 feet above sea level and the air has about 17% less oxygen. First of all, most visitors coming from sea level for a few days have no adverse symptoms. True altitude sickness does not tend to happen till somewhere between 8 and 12,000 feet. The most common discomforts experienced at one mile up are headaches and some breathlessness with exertion. Individuals with cardiovascular or respiratory conditions may want to consult with their health practitioners prior to traveling to make sure they have sufficient supports for their stay here. If you do have concerns about the altitude, coming a few days early can help you adapt in time to think clearly at the conference.

The air does tend to be drier here, sometimes extremely dry. For most people the combination of dryness and altitude can easily result in dehydration. That can lead to fatigue, headaches and more breathlessness.  If you are coming from moister lower geographic areas, it is critical that you hydrate more than usual:
  • Start drinking more liquids as soon as you arrive, no kidding. Grab a bottle of water at the airport.
  • Electrolytes will also help.
  • The basics of staying fed, rested, hydrated and exercised go a long way.
  • Lips, nasal passages and cuticles dry out quickly here. Moisturizing those areas can prevent chapping, cracks and nosebleeds.
Alcohol has a stronger effect on many people at higher altitudes.If you are imbibing, you may want to consume less and more slowly and again, make sure you hydrate to compensate for alcohol’s dehydrating effects.
Homeopathic support for the more severe effects of altitude includes Coca, Arsenicum album, and Carbo vegetabilis.  
Most of you will feel just fine, maybe even better than usual in the rarefied air and backdrops of beauty.  Relax, enjoy and explore!