As we read more and more about the environmental consequences of global warming, rising seas, extreme temperature fluctuations, coastal and low land flooding and the potential effects on the wildlife population are just some of the problems we may encounter. We need to consider the possible consequences on our bodies. As the climate changes we may become the next endangered species, unless we change and adapt.
A recently released study published in The Journal of Environmental Health, studies the medical records of over 60,000 patients across the U.S. living in such major cities as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. These population targets were chosen due to their normal variances in climate conditions. During the years of 2005 through 2011, the incidence of diagnosed kidney stones and urinary tract infections was charted along with the median temperature data for those days. What they discovered was the occurrence of kidney stone diagnosis increased in direct correlation to a rise in temperature in that location at that time. Within three days of a rise in temperature above 50 degrees, the number of people affected by kidney stones would also rise. As you have probably found on your own personal journey with rosacea, in the warmer months, your rosacea symptoms tend to increase and worsen.
Researchers speculate that this effect may be caused as the increase in daily temperatures causes the body to be more prone to dehydration. As we read on the Rosacea Cause and Cure page, hydration is a key factor in maintaining a proper pH balance in the body; this affects and regulates not only our digestive system, but also our immune system. As the skin is the body’s largest organ, it is the most susceptible to changes in our body. Among the many other effects of dehydration, a lack of adequate water along with an acidic environment in the body result in an accumulation of calcium and other trace minerals in the digestive tract.
The incidence of kidney stones, digestive tract issues and rosacea has been on the rise over the past thirty years in a direct correlation to the rise in the median temperature. While we may not be able to make an immediate change in the overall climate to improve and control your rosacea, we can effect a change in our internal body climate toward a more sustainable alkaline balance that will enable us to control not only your rosacea but also our overall health.
People who read this article also read more about the study on the effects of climate on kidney stones at: http://americanlivewire.com/2014-07-10-shocking-warmer-climate-mean-kidney-stones/