ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES
Most sufferers of asthma and allergies attempt to modify their environment
to help cut down on the sneezing, sniffling and wheezing. Although
physicians focus primarily on cutting down on air pollutants and
toxins in the home, sometimes they overlook the part that ordinary
tap water and can play in making asthma and allergies worse.
Checking out your drinking water might be a good idea if you or
a family member has asthma and allergies. A Belgian study recently
concluded that chlorine, a common chemical added to water to help
kill bacteria, could be making asthma in children worse. Fumes from
chlorine in pools, and even in the shower, could trigger an attack
for some people with asthma and allergies. Those who suffer from
asthma and allergies are often sensitive to gases that are produced
when chlorine sanitizes bacteria in sweat or urine. These gases
can build up in an enclosed shower, irritating the lungs of children
and adults who have asthma and allergies.
Other chemicals in drinking water can affect people with asthma
and allergies. Fluoride is added to most municipal water supplies
to help fight tooth decay in children. But for some people with
asthma and allergies, fluoride can compromise their health. Allergists
for decades have known that documented cases exist of both adults
and children with asthma and allergies who have suffered severe
reactions to fluoride. In 1967, the Annals of Allergy published
a study finding infants, children and one adult who had allergic
skin reactions and asthma attacks after being exposed to tap water
treated with fluoride. Households with members who have asthma and
allergies can filter their tap water with a good filtration system
to eliminate chlorine and fluoride from their 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
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.
Purifying with the BelKraft water systems can remove all the chemicals
and pollutants for your 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.
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.
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