Skiing on Thin Air: High Altitude and Acidosis

skiWith all of the snow this year, many people will go skiing.  Rapid rises in altitude also means less oxygen, which can cause altitude sickness and kidney stones.

There is decreased oxygen in the air at higher altitudes. Less oxygen increases the state of acidosis.  People experience dizziness, fatigue, headaches, nausea, restlessness, and shortness of breath. In most cases, these will subside as you adapt to the atmosphere.  Staying alkaline will increase your oxygen efficiency, making it easier to breathe and stay energetic.

Some 200 army rangers were dropped in the high altitude mountains. After several days they all developed kidney stones. The increased stress of altitude and exertion has acidifying results. High uric acid concentration from their activity and less oxygen forced their bodies to make crystals from the elevated acid.

Turning the acid into stones is the body’s way of preventing dangerously acidic pH levels in our blood, which would be deadly.

Although alkaline diet can help with acidosis, it is difficult to maintain enough energy for winter sports.  We suggest drinking alkaline water and taking bicarbonate supplements. Green juices and smoothies are also a great boost.

Play harder and enjoy the breath taking view without your breath being taken away.