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Water advocate's advice for bad 2014-2015 winter flu season: Drink more fresh water to improve immune system

Radio host Sharon Kleyne cites Nigerian Ebola success as evidence that drinking more water increases viral immunity

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The 2014-2014 winter flu season is shaping up as one of the worst in recent years. The reason is that the 2014-2015 flu vaccine does not protect against the most common H3N2 flu strain.* According to water advocate and radio host Sharon Kleyne, that leaves flu fighting entirely up to the body's immune system, with little outside help. Kleyne's research indicates that the immune system can be substantially strengthened by drinking an adequate amount of fresh water each day.

Water advocates advice for bad 2014-2015 winter flu season Drink more fresh water to improve immune system

*Reinberg, Steven, "Bad flu season continues to take toll, especially among the young and old,", January 12, 2015

Although drinking water specifically to prevent flu is not a widely held medical position, Kleyne supports her position with evidence from two sources: Her own discoveries about the role of water in the human body and the success of the Nigerian government in halting the recent Ebola epidemic. Most doctors recommend drinking "lots of water" when ill to prevent fever induced dehydration but not necessarily to mitigate illness.

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 education oriented 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 product for dry and dehydrated eyes.

Kleyne will discuss the 2014-2015 flu season on her upcoming Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show of January 19, 2015. For the live broadcast, or podcasts of past shows, go to

There is a good reason that the flu season occurs in winter, Kleyne notes. Cold outdoor air is dehydrating because it can't hold nearly as much water vapor (humidity) as warmer air. Cold wind is even more dehydrating. Indoor forced air heating is also dehydrating. Dehydration, says Kleyne, weakens the immune system and every other body function.

The human body averages 70 percent water, according to Kleyne, Every function of the body, every organ and every cell - including the immune system - requires water.

Water is the primary medium, Kleyne explains, that carries beneficial substances - such as oxygen and food - into the body and also carries harmful substances and waste out of the body. The body loses water either through waste elimination, exhaling, or surface evaporation from the eyes and skin. Lost water must be fully replaced on a daily basis or systems start breaking down, opening the door for bacterial and viral attacks.

Based on this theory, health officials in Nigeria recently succeeded in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus from their country, the most populated in Africa. Nigerian health officials agreed that their approach was "not conventional."

Only 54 percent of Nigerians have access to an improved fresh water source, according to Kleyne, and even fewer have access to improved sanitation. This means that much of Nigeria's population is either dehydrated, drinks unsanitary water or both. These conditions, Kleyne believes, caused the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone and started to in Nigeria.

The Nigerian government strategy, according to Kleyne, was to make bottled water readily and inexpensively available to everyone and to educate the population to drink it. This tactic was employed, in part, because Ebola vaccine was unavailable and its effectiveness was uncertain. As a result, Ebola was eradicated in Nigeria long before neighboring Sierra Leone or Ivory Coast. .

Kleyne recommends at least eight glasses (eight ounces per glass) of pure fresh water per day in addition to all other fluid intake. Drink two full glasses upon rising and at least four of the glasses all at once rather than sipping. If ill or coming down with something, drink ten glasses. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar drinks, which are dehydrating. Children 12 and under should drink half their body weight in ounces per day (a 50 pound child would drink 25 ounces of water).

If having difficulty keeping fluids down, a hydrating sports drink containing water, sugar, sodium and potassium can be helpful as long as they contain no caffeine or other energy boosters. Hydrating sports drinks are similar to the "oral rehydration solution" handed out by aid worked in developing countries to prevent life threatening dehydration in individuals who can't keep water down due to fever, diarrhea or vomiting.

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