This time last year I had not heard of Machu Picchu. Heard of Peru but could have not pointed where it was located on a map if asked by anyone. When I found out Peru was our next trip, I started doing lots and lots of research. My favorite place to do this is on Pinterest. Isn’t Pinterest the greatest? So I typed in Machu Picchu and Peru. I was bombarded by the words “altitude sickness & high altitude” on almost every pin.
I have asthma although thought I had outgrown it. Never really have. I don’t have attacks but was reminded last year that my lungs only operate at 50% capacity. Imagine the fear I continued to have about not being able to breathe because of the high altitudes. I researched the heck out of this subject. I know I probably took it a little overboard. You know what though? I did NOT get altitude sickness! Coincidence? I will never know but I wanted to share with other what worked for me so they will not freak out.
Here are the things that worked for me in no particular order.
1. Recovery Bits
I have taken ENERGYbits and RECOVERYbits for a while as a runner. This is real food. I had read liquid chlorophyll was used by many tourists in Peru to prevent altitude sickness. I even went and purchased this at health food store and brought it on trip just in case. Well I normally don’t take the RECOVERYbits every day although I should. Then it hit me that this was chlorella which brings vital oxygen to your body. I started taking them every night two weeks before we left and I took them every single night while we were on the trip. I copied the information below from the website at http://www.energybits.com.
“RECOVERYbits® Health Benefits
The list of health benefits from our RECOVERYbits® algae tabs is so long that we only have room to mention a few here. RECOVERYbits are 60% protein (the second highest concentration of protein in the world (second only to spirulina) and three times the protein found in steak), they have forty nutrients, and are just one calorie per tab. But more importantly, they help build your immune system and bring vital oxygen into your body. RECOVERYbits® help to defend your health 24/7. Yes, even while you sleep.
Chlorella has the highest concentration of chlorophyll and antioxidants (which fight free radicals) and its unique structure allows it to swiftly absorb toxins and safely remove them from your body and bloodstream. Yes, even alcohol. So next time you have partied too much, just swallow a big handful of RECOVERYbits® before you go to bed and say good night to that hangover. But it gets even better. Chlorella’s high concentration of minerals and electrolytes balance your internal chemistry naturally and its high concentration of chlorophyll (the highest in the world) helps to clean your blood. Chlorophyll is what makes plants green, but did you also know it’s a powerful antioxidant and a natural disinfectant? Amazingly, chlorophyll’s chemical composition is virtually identical to our blood so it was often used during WWII if there was a shortage of blood for transfusions. Are you starting to comprehend the power of chlorella?”
Here I am with my ENERGYbits container at Machu Picchu.
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2. Coca Tea
I had read all about this tea and the leaves in helping with altitude sickness. These are actually the leaves that are used to make cocaine. No worries though. It was safe to drink. I was drinking this tea like it was water in my attempts to not get altitude sickness. Wouldn’t matter if I was bouncing off the walls with excess energy as long as I did not get sick, right? We were offered it when we first go to our hotel. We would be awakened in the mornings in our tents with hot coca tea. We would have it before dinner. We would have it with our snacks. I liked mine with two scoops of sugar. Let’s say that this tea was so good that I actually gave up coffee for the time we were in Peru. I am going to order some of this off of Amazon. I may start having tea time 🙂
3. Water…..lots and lots of water
Coca Cola has the market share on water in Peru. I always got mine “sin gas’ which means not carbonated. We spent lots of money on water.
Water is all I normally drink during the day so this should have been easy for me. There was only one little bitty thing though that prevented me from drinking as much as I probably needed to……no bathrooms like here in the USA! The guides dug a hole in the ground on our hike trip to Rainbow Mountain. I would also have to pay 1 Soles to go to the bathroom while we were hiking. I would recommend drinking double what you normally drink.
4. No alcohol
Someone had told me to have zero alcohol because this dehydrates you. This was no problem for me.
5. We Took It Easy First Two Days
Rob lives at 623 feet elevation. I live at 863 feet elevation. The elevation of Cusco is 11,152 feet! We allowed two full days in Cusco to get climatized. We took it easy, rested and toured the city.
6. Bought a Pulse Oximeter for Peace of Mind
Anxiety has been know to derail me. I knew Peru was out of my comfort zone. I didn’t want to start freaking out that I was getting altitude sickness. So I read someone had brought this with them to monitor their oxygen levels. I went to the health food store and they did not carry them. I went to Walmart and of course they had them. I bought one and it stayed close to me the entire trip. It really did bring me peace of mind.
Never heard of this until mid-August. Read on someone’s pin that this stuff helped them the most to not get altitude sickness. I went to health food store and got some. Only learned about it two weeks before trip so didn’t have too much time to get it in my system. Then I started researching this and it has been know to help improve asthma! WOW! How exciting. It is gross though.
This is what worked for me. There is no rhyme or reason on who or why you get altitude sickness. Rob and guide both got it on Rainbow Mountain. I am extremely thankful I didn’t get altitude sickness because it would have been worse on my anxiety than actually getting sick. I also am thankful for Rob. He comforted me, listened to me and really understood my fears. He gave me great advice. Thank you God for my husband.
I would love to hear what other things you have used to prevent altitude sickness. Also, if anyone can show me how to post my blogs on Pinterest as pins I would be so appreciative. My accountant mine cannot figure it out.
Thank you for reading along. Until next time.
In His Strength,