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Asthma & Allergies

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Drink More Water

A recent study found that dehydration could play a significant role in asthma and allergies. One researcher believes that the lack of water vapor in the lungs causes the airways to constrict and for the asthmatic's lungs to produce mucus, the two factors that cause an asthma attack. The researcher recommends that people with asthma drink at least 10 eight-ounce glasses of water every day, along with a pinch of salt, and to avoid caffeine. This is because salt regulates water in the body and caffeine robs the body of needed water.

Interestingly enough, folk remedies for asthma and allergies bear out the water theory as well. Home cures include drinking hot water and inhaling steam from a bowl or kettle to get quick relief. Since contaminated water may contain numerous allergens which can make people’s condition worse, they should only drink water that has been purified by a quality water filtration system. A reverse osmosis system can remove all the chemicals and pollutants present in drinking water by squeezing it through a semi-permeable membrane. This is the same technology used to desalinate seawater to turn it into drinking water. This method of filtering can remove virtually all of the fluoride and chlorine out of tap water. This can be helpful for the family member with asthma and allergies who has sensitivities to these chemicals.

What Else Can I Do?

People with asthma and allergies can control their home environment even more by filtering chlorine and fluoride out of their tap water, allowing everyone to breathe easier. This is easily done for drinking water, but what about for our showers and baths? There are shower filters in the market that will reduce the amount of chlorine, but they are only moderately effective. This is because the small amount of media in shower filters coupled with the fast flow rate of the water reduces the contact time with the media and its effectiveness. These filters also cannot remove fluoride or other chemicals from the water. Luckily, there are whole house filters that are specifically designed to remove chlorine, chloramine, and even fluoride from every faucet in the home. These filters come in 10” and 20” housings and can be used together to remove practically all chemical allergens to provide clean, spa-quality bath water. Other simpler methods to reduce exposure to water irritants include taking shorter showers, avoiding excessively hot showers (heat increases steam inhalation and opens up the pores for great absorption), and shutting the water off while soaping your body. These techniques will help reduce your exposure to toxins if purchasing a filtration system is not an option. The good news is that there are real and effective treatment solutions for people who suffer from sensitivities to chemicals in water. Understanding the health effects is key, and now that you are aware of the problem you can take the proper action to reduce your allergies and asthma and improve your health. Breathe deeply and breathe well. Today is a clear new day!

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