Drinking Eight Glasses of Water a Day Is Essential Skin and Eyes Require Additional Hydration
Supplemental Fresh Water Key to Eye and Skin Health Says Water Researcher Sharon Kleyne
Hear the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes
Drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day is essential to health. However, according water researcher Sharon Kleyne, skin and eyes require hydration in addition the eight glasses. According to Kleyne, water ingested through the mouth may not find its way to the skin and eyes quickly enough to prevent dehydration. This is especially true when skin and eyes are under stress.
Sharon Kleyne, host of the globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show, is Founder and Research Director for Bio-Logic Aqua Research, a fresh water, atmospheric and health research and product development center. Natures Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center's global signature product to instantly supply supplemental fresh water to dry eyes. Kleyne's show is broadcast on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel, Health and Wellness Channel, and Apple iTunes.
When the air surrounding the body is hot and dry, according to Kleyne, pressure is increased on the fresh water contained in the eyes and skin to transform from liquid into gas and evaporate out of the body and into the air. Replacing this lost water with water from the stomach via the blood may take hours, during which eyes and skin can become increasingly thirsty or fresh water starved.
Several environmental factors can increase the pressure on the fresh water in the skin and eyes to evaporate. These factors include air pollution, drought, solar radiation, low humidity, indoor forced-air heating and cooling, and insulated walls and windows. Working at a computer can also be dehydrating to the eyes because computer work can cause the eyes' reflexive blink to drop significantly.
"Fresh water" is defined by Kleyne as, "either water that is not briny or salty, or water that is not distilled." Distilled water lacks beneficial mineral content. Fresh water is the water that falls as rainfall, runs or collects on or in the ground, or is stored as snow or as glacial or polar ice. The humidity in the air and the moisture in the clouds are also considered fresh water. Minute quantities of salt and other minerals are permitted but contaminants, pollutants and additives are not.
The surface of the human eye, Kleyne notes, is 98% water. Human skin, below the outer stratum corneum, is about 70% water. While skin and eyes both contain mechanisms to slow water evaporation, the system can be disrupted by environmental conditions, body dehydration, disease, stress and many other factors. The loss of only 2% of the eye's tear film water can trigger dry eye and inflammatory processes.
Kleyne is quick to add that the converse is also true. When the air is clean, fresh and reasonably humid, skin and eyes are able to absorb natural humidity or water vapor directly from the air. Under ideal circumstances, skin and eyes obtain a significant amount of their daily water intake from the surrounding air. Clean humidity in the air also enables the lungs to better perform their task of absorbing free oxygen.
How can fresh water starvation be prevented and eyes and skin kept hydrated and healthy despite a dehydrating environment? According to Kleyne, one solution is moisture supplementation - a personal hand-held humidifier that emits an ultra fine mist of pure fresh water. The mist creates a clean, humid micro-environment around skin and eyes that is readily absorbed as needed.
Other suggestions from Kleyne to avoid fresh water starvation of the skin and eyes: Take frequent baths and showers, try to control the indoor humidity (between 40% and 60%), try to let fresh air into your house, avoid exposure to direct solar radiation, and - of course - drink eight glasses of water a day in addition to all other fluid intake.
Nature's Tears® EyeMist® and Nature's Mist® Face of the Water® skin hydration from Bio-Logic Aqua Research, are hand held portable humidifiers that provide an instant mist of pure, naturally pH balanced fresh water for eyes and skin.
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