While spring season is very welcomed after a long and cold winter period,  for many people suffering from so called hay fever it does not come with pure joy. The amount of different pollen in the air create an excessive immune response with high histamine levels in the body, leading to tiredness, running nose, sneezing, coughing and just feeling weak and ill. Some studies reveal now that proper hydration might  help alleviating these seasonal allergy symptoms. In my blog article I will explain why …

As a drinking water consultant I talk with many people and get to know more about their specific health issues. One fact I did observe with several clients of mine, including clients of my colleagues was, that some of them made a fascinating observation. After changing their water source and started drinking pure, structured and energised water for a while and in sufficient quantity, they did not suffer from  the seasonal allergy symptoms in the following spring like they had before. Some of them had been taking anti-histamine pills for years or even decades. When I first heard these stories I put them away as pure incidents. But over the years I heard them over and over again and I started to become curious if there was any scientific proof, showing that this was not based on purely a placebo effect but had scientific studies that backed it up. As a scientific person I wanted to understand what was happening and if hydration really did play a key  in hay fever, asthma and maybe other allergies. 

The key player in both maintaining hydration levels and provoking allergy symptoms is Histamine

Histamine is an agent known to rise to high amounts in people who suffer from seasonal and other allergies. It plays in important role in a normal immune response in the anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-foreign agent defence system, when the body is attacked by harmful substances. But it seems to run wild in persons who suffer from hay fever, asthma and other allergies. when simple substances like pollen are identified as harmful, triggering an excessive immune response with all the known symptoms. One of the main and often successful treatments is taking anti-histamine medication that suppresses the high histamine levels and alleviate the awful symptoms. So far so good. It’s clearly attacking the symptom and not the cause and for many people this is good enough. But how can it be that some people just stop suffering from hay fever and other allergies when their body gets properly hydrated?

You are not sick, you are thirsty

I found the first answer in a book written by the medical doctor Dr.Fareydoon Batmanghelidj. In his book “You’re not sick, you are thirsty – Water for Health, for Healing, for Life” he explains that histamine is the most important neurotransmitter in the body that is linked to drought management. When water levels are low histamine levels raise and trigger the distribution of water to the most important organs while at the same time shutting down distribution to less vital organs. It also it triggers an emergency thirst signal to the body, asking for more waster.

His book is full of case studies where people started to feel much better after changing their drinking habits, away from sodas and coffee to mostly plane water in sufficient quantity. 

Dehydration and asthma in athletes

Another scientific study published in 2019 was examining the link between exercise induced dehydration and it’s effect on asthma and anaphylaxis  in athletes. Although it focuses on professional athletes where high amounts of physical activity can lead to dehydration, they state that “Exercise-induced dehydration reduces airway surface hydration, resulting in increased bronchoconstriction.” The study  supports Dr. Batmanghelidj’s observation that low hydrations levels are directly correlated to  bronchoconstriction and therefor are linked to asthma and allergies where not getting enough air is a common symptom.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6834710/