AMAS altitude studies
Allergies and the climate at high altitudes - „Mild Hypoxia“ (AMAS altitude studies 2000)
It is a proven fact that a holiday spent at an altitude of between 1,100 and 2,000 m can improve many people’s health. This is due to the reduced air pressure at high altitudes, which has a positive affect on the functioning of the human body. Thus a three-week walking holiday, whilst avoiding the stress encountered in some other sporting activities, can positively influence the blood pressure, blood sugar levels, weight, pulse rate and the production of red blood cells.
In addition, dust mites are unable to survive in the dry, clean high mountain air. Due to the limited growing season, sparser vegetation, and the diminishing plant variety which occurs with increasing altitude, there is also a noticeably lower pollen count and considerably fewer concentrations of pollen generally. The air carries very few spores (mould cannot survive at these altitudes) and is lacking in bacteria and poisonous substances.
Several weeks spent at relatively high altitudes, such as those found in Gargellen, will generally bring great relief to those suffering from all types of chronic or recurring allergies.