So far, we’ve covered how the festive Yuletide Season causes “Burnout” and how to protect yourself from the worst offender: commercial air travel.
In particular, we learned why flying is “slow death” for your cells and some simple DIY methods to keep hydrated on long flights …
If you haven’t already, take a quick look at Holiday Survival Guide Series Pts. 1&2 then join us when you’re up to speed … ready? Good!
Throw another log on the fire and refill that mug if you need to because we’re moving on to the second key to surviving holiday air travel:
What’s also decidedly uncool about commercial airlines is that jet aircraft cabins are typically de-pressurized to 8,000 feet above sea level, as I said before.
So what does that mean?
To put this into perspective, consider that most mountaineering safety charts show 8,000 feet as the threshold between "Medium" and "High" altitude.
This is a big deal and warrants extra safety precautions. Why?
High Altitude Air = Less Oxygen.
Less oxygen getting to your cells is a potentially-fatal condition known as Hypoxia.
Now consider this …
You are an accidental mountain climber every time you fly.
Here’s why ....
At sea level, you're breathing 21% oxygen.
At 8,000 feet, you're breathing 15.4% oxygen.
This is a 30.7% reduction in your oxygen intake.
Depending on your individual health and fitness levels, this can decrease the amount of oxygen in your blood between 6% and 25%.
When your blood delivers less oxygen to your cells, all kinds of nasty effects creep up.
For example, even mild hypoxia can cause travel-related Acute Burnout by increasing:
In addition to the mental effects mentioned above, you experience physical symptoms like jet lag, brain fog, and fatigue.
Combined, they create the general "beat up" feeling you can get after a long flight.
The thing is, your cells - and the mitochondria within them - thrive on oxygen. When your cells receive less oxygen, they can't produce enough ATP, the basic unit of energy your body runs on.
Before you start calling “Humbug,” let me say that I’ve experienced this first hand - and not just on airplanes ...
I love camping on top of my favorite mountain here in Southern California, and when I walk around up there, I get pretty winded.
This is annoying because I’m a fit guy; I’ve got a breath hold approaching 5 minutes!
So, what the heck? Why was I getting affected by the altitude so much?
I mean … I was only at 8,000 feet above sea level on this mountain, was it really that big of a difference?
The answer is “YES!”
A 30.7% reduction in the oxygen your body NEEDS to function properly is a BIG deal …
AND the same thing happens every time you fly; you’re simulating a high-altitude climb!
Ever try to work on an airplane and have trouble concentrating?
Even mild oxygen deprivation can prevent you from concentrating during a flight and make you feel “out of it” mentally after you touch down …
You arrive feeling irritable and cranky ...
And who wants to show up already in a bad mood for the Holidays, right?.
Nobody likes a Scrooge!!!
Luckily, there’s a simple all-natural way to boost your oxygen levels …
Cordyceps mushrooms fall into that class of superfoods known as “Stress Adapted Foods.”
Basically, what this means is that when you have a plant, or fungi in this case, that lives in a harsh environment, it tends to be more nutrient-dense.
It MUST be to survive in extreme conditions.
Cordyceps, for instance, is native to the frigid, high-altitude Himalayan Plateau, one of the toughest living environments in the world.
What Cordyceps is best known for is that it dilates the lung’s airways, which in turn provides more oxygen to the blood.
Tibetan Sherpas have been using Cordyceps mushrooms for hypoxia tolerance for centuries. It also has some neat anti-viral properties in addition to its oxygen-boosting abilities.
Nowadays, growers have figured out how to replicate these conditions, and there’s even a grower here in the USA.
The brand I use personally (LINK) is from a wonderful company: Perfect Supplements. They are the cleanest source of organic Cordyceps mushrooms I know of, and at just over twenty bucks for 90 capsules, it’s a pretty good deal.
NOTE: Double the dose on the bottle to really help during your next flight. Now … if you really want to amp up your oxygen intake ...
1. Cordyceps - increases your cells ability to absorb oxygen and use it more efficiently.
2. Chlorella - increases peak oxygen uptake ability and aerobic endurance.
3. Spirulina - helps build hemoglobin, which helps to transport oxygen to your cells.
I take all three of these before and during flights.They really work!
Again, that’s a lot of information, so take some time to mull it over and see what works for you the next time you fly the friendly skies …
For now, it’s once again time to say goodnight and glad tidings …
Tune in next time to learn why ...
Flying is like getting a chest X-Ray … without the lead blanket!
And we’ll cover the most dangerous aspect of air travel, the one nobody wants to talk about: Radiation. ‘Til next time, stock up on firewood and eggnog if you need to because we’re not done yet! Have a Happy AND Healthy Holiday!