Natural Allergy Remedies
Water, Water, and More Water!
by Nancy Hearn, CNC

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Since early childhood, I lived with the common allergy symptoms of runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing. Every year I would dread allergy season. 

After receiving some of the typical medical treatments during childhood, I started looking for natural allergy remedies in my early twenties. 

Over a period of 25 years (yikes!), I tried numerous dietary changes, supplements, herbs, flower essences, homeopathic, and various other natural allergy remedies.

Even though I saw some minor improvements, nothing I tried really made a significant difference for me.

Thus, I learned to accept the fact that I was probably going to have allergies for the rest of my life. 

I had no desire to take allergy medications because of the long-term side effects, so I learned to manage the allergies as best I could, primarily through diet and supplements.

What Finally Worked for Me

The good news is that a few years ago I did find a natural solution that worked for me, and it has worked well for many others. 

The interesting thing is that I had no idea at the time that it was a one of the best natural allergy remedies – and that solution is ionized, alkaline water.

At the time, I understood the importance of drinking water, but I just could not seem to drink enough to quench my thirst.

My mouth was often parched and my skin was dry, even though I was drinking about two quarts of water a day. I felt like a desert nomad.

Then I was introduced to a home water ionizer system, which produces water from the tap that is restructured and micro-clustered.

The micro-clustering effect means that this water contains smaller groupings of molecules, which enables the water to be absorbed and utilized by the body at the cellular level - much quicker and more completely. 

In addition, the ionized water is alkalized (which helps to create a healthier environment in the body) and it carries a high antioxidant potency due to the restructuring of the water molecules and the creation of hydroxyl ions.

So I started drinking alkaline, ionized water and determined to rehydrate my body. What I discovered (by accident) is that drinking this water was one of the most effective natural allergy remedies. 

Within three months of drinking ionized water, allergy season arrived and, to my surprise, my allergies were virtually non-existent – and for the most part (about 90%) have not returned since. 

Allergies Linked to Dehydration

Since I had tried so many different natural allergy remedies, I wanted to find out why I had such good results in rehydrating my body with ionized water. What was the connection between allergies and dehydration?

What I discovered is that, according to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, author of Water: for Health, for Healing, for Life, dehydration is one of the primary causes of allergies and asthma.

If you suffer from allergies, I am sure you know that allergies are caused by a histamine reaction in the body. What most people don’t know is that histamine production increases greatly when the body is dehydrated. 

Since 75 percent of our population is estimated to be dehydrated, it is no wonder that so many people suffer from allergies and asthma!

In addition to increased histamine production, dehydration also affects antibody production. This means that the body will not have the adequate antibodies to deal with foreign invaders, such as pollen and other antigens.

Best Water for Allergy Relief

If you suffer from allergies, chances are high that your body has been dehydrated for many months or years. Drinking water to rehydrate your body is not a quick fix and the type of water you drink is important. 

I highly recommend ionized water for allergy relief since it is the only water that made a difference for me .

NOTE:  Not all water ionizers are equal. The manufacturer makes a huge difference in the quality of ionized water that is produced and how long the device will last. See our recommendations below if interested.

I believe the synergistic effect of all the ionized water properties (alkalinity, micro-clustering, and antioxidant potency) contributed to the quick results I experienced. 

This is not to suggest that the ionized water "cured" my allergies. Only the body itself has the ability to provide a lasting cure for any health condition. However, I am convinced this water provided the optimal environment in my body to alleviate the allergy symptoms. 

Is ionized water the only type of water that is effective?  

Studies indicate that mineral-rich, filtered drinking water will also hydrate the body well, but it will most likely take quite a bit longer than drinking filtered water that is not ionized.

The alkaline minerals in water are essential for proper hydration. I do not recommend de-mineralized water (such as distilled or reverse osmosis) because I drank it for years and know that it did not provide the same allergy relief I get from mineral water.

5 Simple Guidelines to Rehydrate Your Body

If you have tried other natural allergy remedies and want to give water a try, follow these simple guidelines for at least six months. No matter what, you can’t lose. Water is foundational to health! 

  1. Choose mineral-rich filtered drinking water. I recommend ionized water or high-quality filtered water rather than tap water, unfiltered well water, bottled water, or demineralized water (such as reverse osmosis or distilled).
  2. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily.  For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you would drink 100 ounces (about 3 quarts) of water daily. Increase this intake during hot weather and exercise.
  3. Drink water throughout the day.  The most important time to drink water is when you wake up in the morning, so drink at least 16 to 32 ounces before breakfast.  (You can add ¼ fresh lemon in water for added alkalizing benefits). Drink most of your water in between meals, and sip only water or tea during meals for optimal digestion.
  4. Keep track of how much water you drink. The only way to know for sure if you are drinking enough water to rehydrate your body is to measure it, at least for the first two weeks. Use a quart jar to keep track, which is much easier to keep track of than glasses or water bottles (e.g., 3 ½ quarts).
  5. Adding unrefined natural salt. If you are drinking half your body weight in ounces of clean water each day, dissolve a pinch of unrefined natural salt (such as Himalayan pink salt or Celtic grey salt) on your tongue before each 16 ounces of water that you drink. Adding salt in this manner can increase hydration and help ensure mineral balance in the body.

Disclaimer:  If you are on medication or have been diagnosed with a specific health condition, you should always consult with your medical doctor or other health professional before making any dietary changes, including increasing your intake of water or salt.

Recommended Water Ionizers

AlkaViva Water Ionizers - They offer three different countertop models and one under sink model.  Prices start at $1,595. 

Further reading. . .

Water and Salt -- Balanced Intake Is Essential for Health and Hydration

Dehydration and Allergies: 6 Simple Steps to Rehydrate Your Body

Return from Natural Allergy Remedies to Benefits of Drinking Water

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