HIKING/ALTITUDE

Hiking

It’s simple, the higher you go, the thinner the air becomes i.e. (less oxygen). Elevation affects the degree of difficulty of a hike. Higher altitudes equal lower atmospheric pressure which creates thin air.

Historically oxygen canisters have only been included in the gear of extreme explorers and expeditionists. In the mountains, altitude can literally take your breath away. For the first time South African explorers have the opportunity of enjoying the benefits of pure oxygen at high altitudes with a compact, lightweight and inexpensive canister. Pure O2 is 95% premium concentrated oxygen in portable canisters to help compensate for the oxygen deficit at high altitudes. Fatigue and in some cases nausea are the first signs of low oxygen levels at high altitudes. With Pure O2, not only will the climb be more enjoyable but so will the summit. It is a necessity for every hike and is a weightless addition to your back pack.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness, which is caused by the lack of oxygen in the air can strike anyone regardless of his or her physical condition, it’s a silent killer that needs to be confronted with an overabundance of caution. You can feel the effects of this condition at elevations as low as 1900m, as per the Merck Manual and other guides. According to the Merck Manual, about 20 percent of people who ascend above 2400m will suffer from some form of altitude sickness, and up to 40 percent of those who go to 3000m will also experience some form of altitude sickness.

PureO2 can alleviate these symptoms by supplementing the body with concentrated oxygen, allowing time to descend to lower altitudes or to acclimatise to the new altitude depending on the severity of the symptoms of altitude sickness.

South Africa’s Highest Peaks

PURE O2 is a MUST for summits at this altitude:

KZN

Mafadi (3 451 metres)

Mont-aux-Sources (3 282 metres

Eastern Cape

KwaDuma (3 019 metres)

Compassberg (2 502 metres)

Western Cape

Seweweekspoort Peak (2 325 metres)

Free State

Namahadi Peak (3 291 metres)

Namahadi Cutback (3 275 meters)

Mpumalanga

Die Berg (2 331 metres)

Iron Crown (2 126 metres)

Athletic Performance at Altitude

Making sense of it…

In a nut shell, the higher the altitude the less the oxygen in the atmosphere. Typically coastal cities range between 20 – 21% in oxygen levels while areas like Johannesburg can range between 18 -19%. Climatic conditions as well as pollution also play a factor and in most cases can be worse than these ranges. Now a 2% change in oxygen levels might not sound like a lot, but as a percentage it is about a 10% deficit to anyone moving from a coastal region.

High Altitude Effects on Athletes

The symptoms of competing at altitude varies per individual, however these are the common effects:

  • Heavy/Rapid breathing during warm ups.
  • Needing more breaks during training sessions to catch your breath
  • Loss of focus or a lack “ooomph” in performance
  • Light headedness or slight dizzy spells during exertion
  • The air feels thin or dry

Who does it affect…?

Athletes living in a coastal region and competing in high altitude areas e.g. Johannesburg

For those moving from any coastal region to compete in JHB, the unfortunate reality is that you are moving from oxygen rich levels i.e. coastal cities (20%-21%) to lower oxygen levels (18%-19%), which can result in less than optimum performance levels. Even with a week of acclimatisation the feeling of fatigue and breathlessness becomes more evident in high intensity sports.

Challenge: Low oxygen levels at higher altitudes

Solution:    Oxygen Loading – simulating an oxygen rich environment where training was completed.

Athletes living and competing in high altitude areas

Studies have shown that training at high altitudes and competing at sea level has great performance benefits i.e. moving from a low oxygen environment to a high oxygen environment. Living and training in high altitude areas has its advantages IF you going to compete at lower altitudes. If however you will be competing in a high altitude area, its best to create an oxygen rich environment during competition, replicating competing in a low altitude area.

Challenge: Oxygen levels too low to simulate a higher oxygen environment during competition

Solution:    Oxygen Loading – simulating an oxygen rich environment to maximise the effects of high altitude training.

Pure O2 creates the ideal state to PEAK performance levels naturally. Peaking at the right time is the difference between being an athlete and a spectator. The only active ingredient is 95% pure oxygen, infused in mint to enhance focus, control and explosiveness.

Oxygen loading     

Oxygen loading is done a few minutes before the start of physically intense routine, time trial or taking to the stage. It’s going to take 5 minutes in total. During a 5 minute period, every 20 sec we recommend trying a 1 sec burst of Pure O2.

Press down the nozzle for 1 sec and breathe in. After you have let go of the nozzle, continue to breathe in. The lungs take about 3 sec to fill completely with air. We want, 1 sec out of those 3 sec to be with Pure O2. After you take a deep breath with a 1 sec burst of Pure O2, hold your breath for 3 seconds then breathe out.

Every 20 seconds, over the period of 5minutes we want you to do the above.

This translates to 3 shots every minute and a total of 15, 1 sec shots over the 5 min period.

This is a good start for oxygen loading. If you get light headed, it’s because your body isn’t used to the high oxygen levels. Simply increase the time between the shots, so do 2 shots every minute or even 1 if it helps.

This is a guide and should be tweaked according to tolerance levels. It’s best to have tried oxygen loading prior to an event and not for the first time on comp day. If dizziness is experienced which can occur simply revert to breathing as normal and the feeling will dissipate within seconds.

Pure O2 contains:

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Calories

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Sugars

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Caffeine

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Crashing

EVERY CAN OF PUREO2 CONTAINS *95% PURE ENRICHED OXYGEN IN ITS NATURAL GAS STATE, DELIVERED AT MORE THAN 4 TIMES THE CONCENTRATION OF EVERYDAY AIR.

BEING SA’S FIRST CANNED OXYGEN SUPPLEMENT, MEANS THAT YOU CAN BREATHE ENRICHED OXYGEN WHENEVER AND WHEREVER YOU NEED IT THE MOST.

PUREO2 HELPS OVERCOME FATIGUE CAUSED BY THIN AIR AND RELIEVES THE SYMPTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS. PERFORM CONSISTENTLY AT HIGH ALTITUDES WITH PUREO2.

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