So you’re coming up to Colorful Colorado. Well more than likely you are flying into Denver International Airport. Once you land you will be sitting at an elevation of 5,280 ft. above sea level. If that isn’t enough of a change already, more than likely your adventure will lead you into the mountains where you will be at an elevation of at least 9,500 ft. At this high of an elevation the air is thinner and dryer, causing people to experience dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. These symptoms are common with altitude sickness. Below you will find five ways to avoid altitude sickness from Breckenridge Whitewater.
- Drink Water! The low humidity in Colorado keeps the air dry, as a result you need about twice as much water out here than you would back at home. Start increasing your H2O intake before your arrival and throughout your stay in Colorado.
- Eat foods that are high in potassium. Foods like broccoli, bananas, avocado, dried fruit, ect. are all high in potassium, which help increase your electrolytes by balancing your sodium intake.
- Pack for sun! At a higher elevation there is less water vapor in the air and while that makes for a bluer sky, it also offers less protection from UV rays. Sunglasses and sunscreen are must while visiting in Colorado, yes even in the winter.
- Watch your physical activity. The thin air increases shortness of breath, making your normal fitness activity seem extra strenuous.
- Limit alcohol intake. Alcohol binds oxygen and water, essentially depriving your body of these nutrients. As a result, you not only feel the effects of alcohol faster, but also harder, so be sure to drink smart!
Colorado’s high altitude can be a lot for the body to handle. However, following a few basic tips can dramatically decrease your reaction to this elevation change, allowing for quicker acclimatization and more time to enjoy the beautiful state of Colorado.