Many years ago, an Iranian doctor named Dr. Batmanghelidj,reported on the occurrence of asthma and allergies with states of chronic dehydration. Although the connection was plausible; the science had not been done to back up this claim. Many scientists, married to the dogma of medicine, scoffed at Dr. B's assumptions. Today, more science has been conducted to look at this phenomena and the relationship seems more valid than ever.
Both asthma and allergies are due to abnormal immune responses. Under both conditions, simple irritants cause massive inflammatory attacks that damage tissue. The key question is always: Why is my body not healing itself? The answer is always the same: Toxicity and/or Deficiency.
A common and easily addressed deficiency that is present in what is estimated to be anywhere between 80-98% of society is chronic dehydration:
Dehydration: All life began in water; even the developing fetus is surrounded by water. A water rationing system takes effect immediately in response to any form of dehydration. A neurotransmitter named "Histamine" becomes active & redistributes water throughout the body. Some areas of the body are obviously more important than others. The order of circulatory priority (an inborn triage system) is the brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, & glands. Of least importance are the muscles, bones & skin.
Histamine's responsibility is to ensure that these vital organs have enough water to function properly during times of dehydration. If the dehydration issues become chronic; then water must be taken from major regions within the body. Additionally, chronic dehydration can cause histamine to become excessively active leading to symptoms that are often mistaken for other disorders. The most common symptoms associated with dehydration and elevated histamine include allergies, asthma, dyspepsia, colitis, constipation, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches and chronic pain.
In addition, during times of chronic dehydration, the body will attempt to conserve water by preventing unnecessary water loss. A large amount of water is normally lost from the lungs as water vapor through expired air. Histamine, which also controls bronchial muscle contractions, may attempt to restrict water loss through expiration by constricting the bronchial muscles.
Mainstream medicine's approach is to suppress the symptom, (they rarely ever attack the cause) therefore they give anti-histamines, which negate the bodies attempts to protect vital organ function. This approach fails to address the body's natural balancing systems and causes long-term problems with the bodies self-healing abilities. Among other things, regular anti-histamine use is now known to enhance cancer growth:
The Journal of the National Cancer Institute: May 18, 1994: "Antihistamines enhanced malignant cell growth in mice." This study discussed antihistamines ability to diffuse through a cell's membrane and disrupt normal tumor inhibiting mechanisms. The drugs are designed to bind to the histamine receptors, causing them to interfere with the so-called P-450 enzyme system, a group of enzymes that helps detoxify poisons and aid in regulating cell growth.
If the cell is otherwise healthy, that disruption may not do much. But if the cell has already been hit by a cancer initiator, the alterations in the P-450 system may tip the cell over the edge. That cell now begins to divide in the out-of-control fashion characteristic of cancer.
KEY TIPS TO OPTIMAL HYDRATION:
1. Purity: A pure source of water is essential. The best systems are reverse osmosis, natural ionic alkalizers, copper-zinc carbon filter. Best to avoid plastic containers (chemicals such as phylates & BPA are known to disrupt hormone function and have carcinogenic properties). Use glass whenever possible.
2. Wake up with Water: Sleeping utilizes energy and water stores and leaves us dehydrated in the morning. Begin your day with 32 oz of water or more to replenish used stores and for detoxification and colon cleansing purposes. In addition, this process will enhance metabolism and help you burn fat.
3. Drink Continuously: 4-8 oz every 15-30 minutes during the day. Cut this off about 30-60 minutes before and after each meal.
4. Use Volcanic Salts: Natural volcanic salts contain anywhere between 60 & 84 trace minerals that replenish deficiencies and provide valuable alkaline buffers. These salts help regulate fluid volume in-out of the cell, and along with enough water provide an extremely efficient energy source, "hydroelectric energy."
5. Think Water First: Whenever you are experiencing low energy and/or bodily symptoms, go to water first. Sprinkle a little volcanic salt in 16-24 oz of water and drink up. The minerals, alkalinity, & hydration will fuel, replenish & stabilize your cells.
6. Decrease Potassium Containing Foods: People with asthma/allergies often have abnormal trace mineral ratios; therefore foods that are both high in potassium & sugar further trigger reactions. Avoid orange juice, bananas, & regular/baked potatoes. Add a bit of good salts to other fruit such as melons.
7. Reduce Caffeine & Alcohol Consumption: Diuretics such as ceffeine & alcohol further dehydrate the body and strip it of valuable mineral and alkaline buffering stores. This leads to chronic conditions and further tissue insult.