Post Edited By Moderator (Another Day) : 6/9/2008 8:05:36 PM (GMT-6)
An update to my first post up there about all my research....
I've been getting a lot of emails wondering about my progress and I've emailed all of them to say that after everything, I found the drinking lots of water was the key. I DO NOT have any hives any more at all, not even a tiny one that goes away in a few hours. They are all GONE. I found that if someone is suffering from chronic dehydration, which some docs believe most of us are, the body reacts with, usually, a chronic illness. Chronic dehydration = chronic illness. In my case, it was hives. I found that when the body becomes dehydrated it sends out scavengers to find water and ration it out to the vital organs, leaving our lesser organs (skin, bones, etc.) to suffer without. Anyway, the scavengers are none else then HISTAMINE! Histamine has this special role in the body. Anyway, I figured that if I'm chronically dehydrated, then my body is constantly pumping out histamine to help ration out what water I do have. From all of this I just felt like there much just be a abnormal amount of histamine in my body and that is what is causing the hives. I didn't know if my theory would make sense in the medical world, but I figured I'd just start drinking the amount of water I should be drinking and see what happened. While it took a while for there to be NO hives at all, I did start seeing promising results after the first week. Also, everytime I got discouraged thinking that the water was helping but not actually curing me, I just keep hearing, "Keep drinking, keep drinking." I did and now I'm free of hives. In later research, I found that rehydrating a chronically dehydrated body can take a while. Your cells will need time to figure out what to do with all of the wonderful water you're pouring down your gullet. This was my cure. I know that one other person that has emailed has also started seeing dramatic results, so I'm thinking it is worth a shot for anyone who has tried everything else. If you don't like water, suck it up and drink it anyway.
I did detox, I did the digestive enzymes, I did probiotics, I did the many different herbs, I went on the Candida diet and lost too much weirght, I did a lot of stuff and maybe that all helped a little too, but water was the key. I do believe the detox helped simply because if you aren't drinking enough water, then your body isn't flushing out toxins very well either, so perhaps do a detox while you do the water thing. However, water is a good detoxifier all on its own, so who knows.
Good luck to anyone who is suffering from chronic hives. I feel your pain all too well and I know how hopeless it seems. Try drinking more water, you really have nothing to lose at this point.
Chronic dehydration can have a range of affects on the body.
For instance: fatigue, constipation, digestive disorders, acid reflux, high or low blood pressure, ulcers, respiratory troubles, acid-alkaline imbalance, excess weight or obesity, eczema and other skin problems, high cholesterol, urinary tract infections, rheumatism, allergies and premature aging.
It can also lead to more serious chronic conditions like asthma, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and kidney stones.
In my research so far, I've found that chronic dehydration is very common and that many little ailments, chronic or otherwise, could be solved if we all just drank the amount of water we needed each day. If every single cell and organ in our bodies needs water to function properly, it makes sense that if we aren't drinking enough, that things will start to go wrong.
You know it's so Ironic how you talk about the booze.
I've noticed that every time I have a beer or even wine,vodka etc anything with alcohol I tend to Hive out. I've been doin better during the week. I can go 5 days without hives, but come the weekend when I have a drink or two I will totally hive out. I did the detox and it all thanks to Anna you have helped me out. I just can't wait till they are all gone. Not sure if I had metioned on my previous blog,but I only get them in the summer so come the winter nomore hives. I'm just trying to figure out why it comes out in the summer? I've gone to the Gyno and did have some problemos in that area god the problems fixed that could have been a problem too. However I'm taking probiotcs to help with overgrowth of yeast and I'm also taking the digestive enzyms that have such a grows taste. Does anyone suggest anything else, or does anyobe have a clue as to why I hive out only in the summer?
I am very interested in your blog and have a few questions i am hoping you may be able to help me with.
I am getting red raised skin rashes on my face and neck which are similar to hives and i cannot for the life of me get a diagnosis or anyone to help.
I am thinking of trying a detox diet as you have mentioned, can you recommend the best way to go about it or guide me in the right direction?