Have you enjoyed the glorious weather, bright sunshine and feel of summer today?
Or have you been an itchy, irritable bundle of sneeziness???
Before you reach for the antihistamines, have you tried this natural resource to help?
Yup, good old H2O.
People tend to think histamine is what causes allergies and therefore anti-histamines will suppress them. Histamine is actually a neurotransmitter in our bodies with 2 main functions:
– it plays a key role in our immune system; and
– it regulates water in our body
When we are fully hydrated, histamine is less active in our bodies but becomes increasingly active as we dehydrate….
So are you fully hydrated? How can you tell? The frequency and colour of your urine is a good indicator (it should be pale yellow/straw coloured or clearer).
If you wait to feel thirsty before drinking, you will already be 1-2% dehydrated. As soon as this dehydration begins, histamine activity increases to regulate water around the body.
So histamine is actually helping our body prioritise where to allocate water to. Thing is though, in taking up this role, histamine’s role in our immune system (which would otherwise deal with pollen and other allergies triggers) is suppressed….so our body seeks to try and wash away the offending allergens by making our eyes water and triggering sneezing.
Spend a day measuring how much you actually drink that is non-caffeinated and natural…..
As a guide I generally recommend drinking 1Litre water per 25kg of bodyweight – if that is a big jump from where you are now, work up to it gradually.
Keep a note or diary as to what happens with your hay fever symptoms as your fluid intake increases – let me know if it helps!
To learn some of the other huge benefits of drinking more water, click here
Real life, real women, OptiMum Health