For people suffering from allergies, spring can be a dreaded time of year. There’s more pollen in the air, and of course, that can trigger those pesky allergy symptoms – runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, sneezing and sniffling.
Many people turn to over-the-counter antihistamines for relief. But they don’t always work, and their use is often accompanied by unwanted side-effects like drowsiness, dry mouth and slowed reaction time.
Luckily, there might be a simpler solution for seasonal allergies, and it’s as easy and affordable as water fortified with electrolytes.
Really? How Does Water Relieve Pollen Allergies?
Dehydration has many adverse effects on the body. During allergy season, not being properly hydrated may lead to more frequent and more intense allergy symptoms. That’s right: If you’re body doesn’t have enough water, your sneezing, coughing and runny nose could be worse.
Here’s why this happens.
First, some studies suggest a lack of water causes you to produce more histamine, a protein that regulates water in the body and stimulates your thirst response. Histamine also plays a role in the body’s response to pollen. When you breathe in pollen, your body releases histamine, which is a main cause of allergy symptoms.
So if you’re thirsty, there’s more histamine in your body to be released, and thus, your symptoms may be stronger and last longer.
Secondly, a 2013 study found that dehydrated individuals produced less allergy-blocking antibodies. With less of these antibodies, your body releases more histamine. Both of these contribute to more frequent and more intense allergy outbursts.
Why Should I Add Electrolytes?
Drinking an electrolyte-fortified beverage – like Drip Drop – helps the body retain fluids, which can help regulate the body’s histamine levels. Not to mention, the symptoms of allergies, especially during severe bouts, contribute to a greater loss of electrolytes, which you then need to replace.
Further, studies suggest that sodium --which is the most prevalent electrolyte in Drip Drop -- has many uses as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Preventing allergies isn’t just about staying hydrated; you need to replace electrolytes as well.
So, this spring, don’t let the pollen blues get you down – reach for a glass of Drip Drop.
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