The town of Jackson sits at an elevation of 6,237 feet, just over a mile high. Yep, that’s right, we got Denver by 957 feet! And the top of the tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort sits at an elevation of 10,450 feet. Coming from Sea Level or any lower elevation, you may notice that our air here in Jackson is thinner, that means you’ll get less oxygen per breath.

Everyone adjusts to altitude differently, most people can adjust to the altitude in Jackson in 1 to 3 days. It is recommended, especially those traveling from sea level that you acclimate before taking on any outdoor adventures. Symptoms of altitude sickness can include headache, nausea, dehydration, lethargy, and dizziness. If you experience these symptoms, consult a local physician.

The best way to prevent altitude sickness is to prepare. Here are 3 things to consider to better prepare you for higher altitudes:

  1. Includes foods full of iron. Your red blood cells use iron the help deliver oxygen to muscles. Include iron-rich foods in preparation for and during your stay in Jackson. Some of our favorites are lentils, spinach, dark leafy greens, sesame seeds, and of course steak. Cooking with Cast-iron is also helpful in boosting your iron levels.
  2. Stay hydrated. At higher altitudes, water evaporates faster from your skin and your lungs. This combined with an increase in both respiration and heart rate can lead to dehydration. The trick is to never go thirsty, some people need to drink twice as much as they do at lower levels of elevation.
  3. Supplement with appropriate. Studies have shown that increased levels of vitamin C have helped to prevent and reduce instances of altitude sickness. Vitamin E, glutathione, and alpha-lipoic acid are common antioxidants also shown to support your body at higher altitudes. Adaptogenic herbs can also help with lung function and oxygen transportation, the most common being ginko biloba and rhodiola

As with any health advice, it is always recommended to consult your physician prior to adding new vitamins or supplements to your diet. Reach out and let us know how we can help, contact our Wellness Officer at wellness@jhrea.com.

Article created by Chelsea Kmiec, Chief Wellness Officer at Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates/Christie’s International Real Estate. Kmiec develops and implements health and wellness services exclusively for our team and clients. As clients seek the Jackson Hole lifestyle, many are also seeking to change the way they are living, and we are able to assist in achieving lifestyle and health goals. 

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