They used to hand out boiled sweets on planes, because swallowing the saliva generated by sucking the sweets did the job. Chewing gum works pretty good too. Only problem is getting it out of your ears afterwards 😉
Don’t forget about the Alti-Tooties either – atmospheric pressure can make you fart.
If you really want to reap the benefits of the mask, it’s suggested that you actually wear the mask for 20-22 hours of your day (five days a week for at least four weeks) and remove it for the hour or so of exercise you do—the complete opposite of what you’d expect!
Bottom-line: there may be some benefits if used correctly, but for the most part there is currently no evidence to suggest physiological benefits from training with the mask.
This was actually an episode of “Next Iron Chef” several years back. The contestants had to make a first-class airline meal with the catch being that they had to over-flavor everything to make sure that it actually tasted good once they were up in the air. Very cool stuff.
Altitude sickness can make you dizzy, nauseous, and, in extreme cases, can even kill you. All of us at IndefinitelyWild have experienced it. Here’s what we’ve learned and how you can minimize its symptoms.
Definitely something I wanted to learn about, but give the risk factors for high altitude edema (pulmonary and cerebral) – I don’t think anyone’s doctor will condone such activity for those of us on blood thinners. Stick to GoPro footage 😉
How much of a dose of radiation do you get by snuggling up against your significant other for a year? Unless they’re glowing green, it’s a small dose, but it’s not nothing. We’ll tell you how much radiation you, and the people around you, emit.
In-flight flatulence is a common discomfort – so what causes it? And what can we do to save embarrassment? David Robson speaks to a Danish doctor with some surprising answers.
…It may be a universal experience, but as Rosenberg combed the medical literature, he found that there are some surprisingly prevalent misconceptions surrounding our wind. Despite popular belief, studies show men are not more flatulent than women, for example (though they may be more public about it); in fact the same study from the late 90s found women’s flatulence has a higher concentration of the smelly sulphurous compounds, and was rated as having a more potent odour by a few unlucky judges. And although beans may be known “as the musical fruit”, a recent experiment found that it is not nearly as inflammatory as most would believe, and its effects differ widely from person to person. Foods known to reduce flatulence include fish, rice, dairy products, fish and strained fruit juice – since they leave less waste in the gut for fermentation.
…Airlines also tend to make sure the in-flight food is low in fibre, but high in carbohydrates – a balance that is more likely to calm our digestion. It’s not clear when or how they came to these decisions – but we can guess that Brussels sprouts and cabbage left the in-flight menu at a fairly early point in aviation history.