Comfortably Relieve Ear Pain When Flying With This Technique

Rapid ascent and descents on airplanes cause our ears to “pop.” But, why do our ears do that in the first place?

And why does the lack of that relieving “pop” cause the most annoying pain in our middle ear?

Source: You’ve been popping your ears all wrong

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.

Don’t Waste Your Money On Altitude Training Masks

Training with a high-altitude mask makes breathing harder, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to improved cardiorespiratory fitness. Get the truth about this popular training fad!

Source: Do Elevation Masks Work?

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.

Why Food Tastes so Bland on an Airplane (and How to Make It Better)

Whether you eat the in-flight meal or pack your own favorite snacks, food tastes pretty bland when you munch on it at 10,000 feet. Here’s why.

Source: Why Does Food Eaten on an Airplane Taste so Blah?

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.

How Altitude Sickness Affects Your Body And How You Can Beat It

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.

Source: How Altitude Sickness Affects Your Body And How You Can Beat It

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 Radiation Does the Human Body Emit?

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.

Source: How Much Radiation Does the Human Body Emit?

Remember:

Lots of everyday stuff is radioactive:

  • bricks
  • kitty litter
  • granite

Get Some of the Benefits of Trail Running Without Leaving the City

…I just signed up for my first off-road race, but I live in a concrete jungle…

Source: How Can City Folk Train for Trail Running?

It’s not a problem I have, but I knew someone who worked at a hospital.  They used the numerous flights of stairs to their advantage.  It’s all about making the most of your surroundings.

Alti-Tooties: Why You Fart More in Flight

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.

Source: How to tackle the most embarrassing problem on planes

The article doesn’t mention it, but it’s a known issue to people whose altitude increases by as much as 5,000 ft/1.5 KM.  And obviously, dairy will be counterproductive for the lactose intolerant…

  • About that underwear – no skids on the tarmac
  • How do you know if a guy farted?  Don’t worry – he’ll tell you