hy doesn't everyone have allergies? It's a great question and one I get asked often here in Central Oregon where I live.
Here on the high desert we have beautiful juniper, ponderosa and white pine trees and plenty of ranching with endless acres of feed grass. Tree pollen flows for several months starting in early March. First grass cuts are in July, second cuts in September. And there's plenty of dirt and dust given we live in a desert. A good part of our year is allergy season.
However, most people living in Central Oregon don't suffer from allergies or hay fever. When you research allergy and hay fever statistics only about 30% of the population is sensitive to pollen, dirt, dust mites, animal dander, dust allergies and other airborne allergies. The rest of us are not impacted. So why is that?
How Airborne Allergens Impact Us
For most, airborne allergens are completely harmless. Those with allergies and hay fever are sensitive to the allergens and manifest symptoms. Their immune systems see the harmless pollen, dust, dander, etc as nasty foreign objects similar to a virus or bacteria. Their immune systems launch its army of super heroes, called mast cells, to fight the harmless invaders. Our super heroes deploy their secret weapon, histamines, which block the nose, cause the nose to run or initiate watery eyes in an attempt to flush the allergen out of the body and block more from coming in.
Mast Cell Hyperactivity, Blood pH and Carbon Dioxide
The next logical question is, if these airborne allergens are harmless, then why do the mast cells worry so much about them and go to war to take them out? The answer is the same for this question and the question about why only some folks have allergies. Those with allergies have hyperactive mast cells that just can't ignore the presence of the innocuous allergen.
Mast cells become hyperactive when there's a chemical imbalance in the blood where they hang out. If blood pH is a bit too alkaline, Katy bar the door as the mast cells are going on a rampage.
Diet plays a role in whether our body is alkaline or acidic but carbon dioxide (CO2) is the determinant if our blood will be acidic or alkaline. Now this is key. If our breathing is not right, we will be blowing off a lot of CO2 every time we exhale. Within a short period of time, blood CO2 levels are affected and blood pH will become alkaline; CO2 and water create a weak acid. If we blow off a small amount of CO2 as we exhale, we retain more in the body, blood pH normalizes, our super heroes, the mast cells, leave the allergens alone and allergy symptoms don't appear.
Changing Your Breathing May Relieve Your Allergies
Research by renowned breathing scientist Dr. Artour Rakhimov shows that 90%+ of those with allergy or hay fever symptoms can unblock their nose when they change their breathing. This has been experience as well in working with many with allergies and hay fever.
The key for most people with allergies is to change their breathing, retaining more carbon dioxide. The 3 step Essential Breath™ program is designed to do just this. Step 1 employs breathing techniques to help open nasal passages, providing relief similar to nasal sprays. Step 2 conditions the breathing center of the brain, the medulla oblongata, to retain more CO2 in the body, This blances blood pH and quiets mast cells. Step 3 works on the medulla to maintain correct breathing levels at all times, keeping the allergy or hay fever under control long-term.
For many people with allergies or hay fever, changing their breathing will relieve their symptoms. Applying the 3 steps of the the Essential Breath™ program usually produces results within a few weeks to a few months depending on the severity of the allergy. Once under control through good breathing, allergy and hay fever symptoms may never return. Yes, how you breathe really matters!