Is Dehydration Responsible For Asthma And Allergies?


Generally people understand that drinking water and maintaining good hydration is an important health principle. However, most of them have no idea how important hydration is when it comes to the symptomatic presentation of asthma and allergies.

Many Years ago, an Iranian doctor found a relationship between the development of asthma and allergies and chronic dehydration. In the 80’s and 90’s when he was researching, the link was thought to be possible but the science was just emerging. Various scientists and medical professionals, ridiculed at his assumptions.

Today, however, more researches have been conducted to look at this relationship. It certainly appears more valid than ever. Asthma and allergies are abnormal immune responses. Under both the conditions, simple irritants cause massive inflammatory attacks that can damage tissue.

Dehydration –

Dehydration suppresses the immune system. This can leave our body even more vulnerable to allergens.

Life begins and revolves around water. We come into being as a developing fetus living within a water bound environment in the amniotic sac. A water rationing system takes effect instantly in response to any form of dehydration. A neurotransmitter named “Histamine” becomes active and reallocates water throughout the body.

Some areas of the body are of much more importance than others. The body has an inborn triage system that leads to a circulatory priority. At the topmost of the triage system is the brain, lungs, liver, kidneys and hormonal glands.

Histamine’s response in a dehydrated state helps to ensure that these vital organs have enough water to function properly. If the dehydration issues become chronic, water must be taken from major regions within the body in order to sustain the vital organs.

Also, chronic dehydration can cause histamine to become excessively active which may lead to symptoms that are often mistaken for other disorders. The common symptoms associated with dehydration and increased histamine include asthma, allergies, acid reflux, tension headaches etc.


Histamine Response –

During the times of chronic dehydration, the body must prevent against water loss. Every time we breathe, we lose an excess amount of water as vapour gets expired through the air.

Histamine plays an essential role in the contractions of the bronchial muscles. This may attempt to restrict this water loss by constricting the bronchials. This mechanism could lead to chest pains and asthmatic symptoms .

In the mainstream medicine, the goal is to suppress the symptom and ease suffering. This would help the individual in the immediate moment.

In the case of asthma and allergies, the mainstream Asthma Allergy Doctor will give anti-histamines.