International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 10–13 | Cite as

Human nutrition in cold and high terrestrial altitudes

  • K. K. Srivastava
  • Ratan Kumar


The calorie and nutritional requirements for a man working in an alien hostile environment of cold regions and high altitude are described and compared to those of normal requirements. Carbohydrates, fats and vitamins fulfilling the caloric and nutritional requirements are generally available in adequate amounts except under conditions of appetite loss. However, the proteins and amino acids should be provided in such a way as to meet the altered behavioral and metabolic requirements. Work in extreme cold requires fulfilling enhanced calorie needs. In high mountainous regions, cold combined with hypoxia produced loss of appetite and necessitated designing of special foods.

Key words

Nutrition High altitude Hypoxia Cold 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. K. Srivastava
    • 1
  • Ratan Kumar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryDefence Institute of Physiology and Allied SciencesDelhi CanttIndia

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