Our bodies needs eight glasses of water a day even in winter reports fresh water advocate
Cold weather can be more dehydrating than hot weather warns radio host and Bio Logic Aqua Research Founder Sharon Kleyne
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In summer, when it's hot out, people perspire and become thirsty. In winter, people rarely perspire and rarely feel thirsty. As a result, less urgency is felt in winter to drink the eight glasses of fresh water a day recommended for health and hydration. Don't be fooled, warns fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne. Winter weather is often more dehydrating than summer weather and maintaining daily hydration is just as important. .
The syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show, hosted by fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne, is heard weekly on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. The show is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua Research, a global research and technology center founded by Kleyne and specializing in fresh water, the atmosphere and dehydration. Nature's Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center's signature Hand Held Portable Personal Misting Humidifier™ for dry eyes.
Kleyne will discuss winter hydration and health on her Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio broadcast of November 24, 2014 (Live show or podcast: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour).
A recent Yahoo News article agreed that winter weather can be deceptively dehydrating and noted that 75 percent of the North American population is chronically dehydrated.* The Yahoo article offered tips for obtaining the greatest benefit from the fresh water we drink. Kleyne endorses the Yahoo News article but offers a slightly different perspective. .
*Rocco, Vickie, "Stay Healthily Hydrated this Winter," FamilyFeaturea.com (via Yahoo News), November 20, 2014
Winter is dehydrating for several reasons, says Kleyne. Most important is that cold air cannot holding as much atmospheric humidity as warm air. As a result, cold air is usually much dryer than warm air. The dryer the surrounding air, the greater the pressure on liquid water near the body's surface to evaporate. A surprisingly large amount of water can be lost from the body through skin, eyes and lungs due to evaporation.
The reverse is also true, Kleyne notes. Skin is able to absorb a significant amount of its daily fresh water directly from the humidity in the atmosphere. However, not only does cooler air contain less water to absorb, but the skin's pores contract in cold weather and can't absorb as much.
Skin pore contraction in winter is important for another reason, according to Kleyne. The human body's interior has an alkaline pH whereas the exterior has an acidic pH. Alkalinity is caused by negatively charged ions. Acidity is caused by positively charged ions. The body makes every effort to retain negatively charged ions and expel positively charged ions. That's why every form of waste material that leaves the body is acidic.
The most important factor in changing a neutral molecule into a negatively charged ion is the presence of water. When the body lacks sufficient interior water, fewer negative ions are produced, toxins build up and health suffers. When the skin is cold and the pores are constricted, getting rid of toxic positive ions is more difficult so the need for additional intake water is greater.
The temperature of the fresh water we drink is also a consideration. Summer or winter, warm water is absorbed more completely by the body and is less likely to pass quickly into the bladder. In summer, when the body may need to be cooled down, temperature is less of a factor. In winter, because the body needs to be warmed up and also has a more difficult time detoxifying, warm water is preferred.
Several other winter factors, Kleyne notes, affect the body's fresh water needs: Cold wind is extremely dehydrating. Increased time indoors, in rooms with forced-air heating and insulated walls and windows, is dehydrating because artificially heated air tends to lose humidity. Drinking extra water also protects against colds and flu, which are far more common in winter and are also dehydrating.
Summer or winter, Kleyne recommends eight glasses of fresh water per day in addition to all other fluid intake. Increase to 10 to 12 glasses if coming down with a cold or flu. Begin each day with two full glasses upon rising. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or excessive sugar. Consume the water in full glasses rather than sipping. Children ten or under should drink half their body weight in ounces per day.