Denver is also known as the Mile High City, home to beautiful vistas, mountain sunsets and the Rocky Mountains at our front porch. Your Rocky Mountain high however, can be impacted by what makes our city so unique; altitude. Altitude sickness can manifest as sudden symptoms like: loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, weakness dizziness and difficulty sleeping.
When visiting our beautiful high altitude state, here are some tips to on how to avoid altitude sickness especially before traveling to the higher altitudes of the Mountains like Vail and Estes Park.
- Stay below 7,000 feet the first day
- Give your body time to adjust
- Avoid strenuous exercise the first day
- Limit alcohol intake
- Drink more water
- Always travel with a companion
To treat the symptoms of altitude sickness you may consider getting an IV Drip to Hydrate and Replenish electrolytes instantly. Getting an IV can make all the difference between losing a day of your trip and enjoying your trip.
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The basic science behind a hangover:
After you consume alcohol, enzymes in your liver break it down converting the alcohol into acetaldehyde. This is then further broken down into acetate. Both are inflammatory while the first chemical can be toxic. Combine these enzyme conversions with dehydration and you get a big, ugly storm, known as "The Hangover."
These effects are compounded by something called glutamine rebound. Alcohol can dampen the body's production of a natural stimulant called glutamine. As soon as your drinking stops, your body tries to regulate the imbalance by making lots of glutamine. Since most people do their serious drinking late at night that means your brain is full of stimulants just as you're trying to get to sleep. The restless sleep only worsens how you feel in the morning.
To top it all off, alcohol irritates the stomach. Your body in its own defense is nauseated and tries to expel the irritating contents (vomiting) and then this may continue to cause nausea and gastrointestinal distress in the morning.
There are often other factors, too. Altitude increases the speed of alcohol absorption, and increases thirst. A double whammy when visiting the Mile High City. Hangovers however are still not an exact science, just something we try to get over.
We all know how to avoid a hangover, but there is lots of controversy over how to make it all better. The natural answer is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. The problem is the nausea in your gut is not allowing that to happen, that’s when you may consider minimizing the oral route and getting an IV to hydrate and maybe get some vitamins and medication for the nausea and throbbing headache in the process. We all overindulge from time to time, why suffer and lose your day?
Did you know that Vitamin C is actually produced in most mammals with the exception of Guinea pigs, Monkeys and Humans?
Some interesting facts:
- A 155lb non-stressed goat produces 13,000mg of Vitamin C daily.
- The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Vitamin C is 90mg a day for men and 70mg a day for women.
- Although defective, humans carry the gene that would provide the ability to synthesize Vitamin C
- Animals that produce their own vitamin C produce vastly more C than the 90 mg government RDA
- Animals that make their own Vitamin C, radically increase production when faced with severe health challenges (ie: stress)
- Animals that do not make their own Vitamin C are much more susceptible to disease than animals in the wild
With the extensive research in to the human genome, scientists have identified the defective gene for the synthesis of the active enzyme protein, L-gulonolactone oxidase or GLO (Stone 1979). This mutation is suspected to have occurred some 60 million years ago. The absence of GLO in the human liver blocks the conversion of glucose into ascorbic acid. This mutation has left us with the need of obtaining Vitamin C through our diet. Scurvy was found to be rectified through consuming citrus fruits by James Lind, a Scottish physician in 1747. He had no idea at the time what actual component of the fruit alleviated the symptoms of Scurvy.
As a biological defense mechanism during times of stress, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) in animals making their own, would be created in massive amounts. The beneficial effect of ascorbic acid in stress is now a well-established fact. When facing significant health stresses, Vitamin C producing animals can dramatically increase ascorbic acid production by as much as 13 times normal levels. This could explain why wild animals tend to remain relatively healthy until they succumb to old age. (Levy 2011)
The research behind what is considered to be high dose Vitamin C consumption has been fraught with undying hopes for a cure for cancer, the common cold, or relief from drug abuse withdrawal. Two time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling was a chemical engineer and researcher who was a strong supporter of high dose Vitamin C in his years after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963. He was also a cofounder of the field of Molecular biology and worked with various think tanks and in a field he called “orthomolecular medicine” which espoused the concept that optimal health could result from ensuring that the right molecules were present in the right amount in the body. He viewed Vitamin C as one of the most important of these molecules, oversaw a number of investigations into its effects on diseases, and encouraged the ingestion of daily amounts many times greater than the accepted minimum daily requirement. Many physicians attacked his approach; the medical community criticized his decision to publish a popular book on the subject without prior peer-reviewed scientific publication, and many thought his claims unsubstantiated. Pauling fought back with typical determination. In 1973 he co-founded a California research institute devoted to the study of the health effects of Vitamin C and other nutrients. (NIH)
However, in more recent years, re-evaluations of Pauling's work have shown that dietary supplementation with antioxidants such as Vitamin C can have significant beneficial effects on health and chronic illnesses. Pauling's ideas and work regarding molecular balance and health are being revisited today.