For anyone who suffers from pollen allergies, the emergence of warmer and brighter spring days is bittersweet. It also signals the start of runny noses, itchy eyes, and constant sneezing. You might resort to allergy medication, wearing large sunglasses wherever you go, or simply staying indoors as much as possible.
But, there is a better way! Hydration could be the key to reducing your allergy symptoms.
How staying hydrated can fight allergies
We know that dehydration has a lot of negative effects on the body, but did you know that it can also intensify your allergies? If you’re not properly hydrated, then your body’s response to pollen can be more severe, resulting in more coughing, sneezing, and other allergy symptoms.
This is mostly down to a compound in your body called histamine. Your body releases histamine as a response to allergens, causing the associated symptoms. This is why we take antihistamines as allergy medicine.
Histamine is also responsible for regulating your body’s water levels. When you don’t get enough water, extra histamine is produced to trigger your thirst response, letting you know that you need to drink more water. So, if you’re thirsty, there will be more histamine present in your body. This means there’s more histamine to be released when you come into contact with pollen.
Staying well hydrated keeps the levels of histamine in your body to a minimum, helping to control your body’s response to allergens such as pollens and, therefore, making your symptoms less severe. It’s important that you know how to spot the signs of dehydration so that you can actively fight against your allergy symptoms by staying hydrated.
The best way to stay hydrated
Getting enough water throughout the day can be a challenge, especially when you’re busy with work and other things. The best and most convenient way to stay hydrated and avoid allergy symptoms is to have a cold-water dispenser installed at your home and office. This way, you always have fresh water on hand when you need it.
If you are interested in having a water dispenser and spring water delivery service around North Carolina and Virginia, then we can help. Actively fight dehydration and spring allergies by contacting Mountain Park Spring Water, serving Winston Salem, Greensboro, and High Point, NC, as well as Martinsville and Danville, VA.
Using a bottled water dispenser gives you access to water that is fresher and cleaner than that which you can get out of the tap. But, what if you don’t look after your water dispenser properly? Bacteria could build up inside the water dispenser, completely defeating the point of having one in the first place as you will be drinking contaminated water. So, keeping your water dispenser clean and sanitary is incredibly important.
How often should you clean your water dispenser? It is recommended that your water dispenser be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized every 6-12 months. When you purchase a bottled water dispenser from us, we come out to your location every 6 months to completely sanitize the interior of the dispenser and clean the outside of the dispenser, as well. Although water filters can last up to a year, we also replace your filters every 6 months to ensure that you still have access to high quality water.
Keeping your water clean between visits In the 6 months between servicing of your water dispenser, there are certain things you can do to prevent the build-up of bacteria and contamination of your water.
Keep the dispenser out of the sun – Placing your water bottle in the line of direct sunlight can cause algae to grow inside the container, which can contaminate your drinking water. It will still be safe to drink, but won’t be as fresh or as pleasant tasting.
Try to keep your water dispenser in a shaded area away from direct sunlight or fluorescent light. If this isn’t possible, you can also purchase a bottle cover for your dispenser.
Replace, don’t refill – It can be tempting to simply refill an empty water bottle at the main tap rather than replacing it with a new one. However, this can lead to bacteria from the tap contaminating the bottle and the water you fill it up with, especially if done repeatedly.
Wash before changing bottles – One of the biggest causes of contamination is when the bottle is being changed. It’s important that the person changes the bottle thoroughly cleans their hands before handling the equipment. Otherwise, bacteria can get caught inside the tap or the bottle itself, in turn contaminating the water.
If you’re looking for a bottled water delivery and maintenance service in North Carolina or Virginia, then we can serve you. Contact us to find out more about our services across Winston Salem, Greensboro, and High Point, NC, as well as Martinsville and Danville, VA.