Avoiding Flu, Stress and Other Health Hazards of Christmas Shopping

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Founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research, Water and Health Researcher Sharon Kleyne’s Tips to Minimize Stress, Flu Exposure and Fatigue from Holiday Shopping.

Christmas shopping, for millions of people, is unavoidable. According to water and health researcher Sharon Kleyne, even for those who enjoy shopping, the experience can be stressful and exhausting. Shopping can be physically dehydrating, greatly increase exposure to colds and flu, and negatively impact overall health and wellness.

Kleyne, who loves to shop, recently offered some simple, logical tips for avoiding the more obvious negative health consequences of shopping.

Sharon Kleyne is Founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research, a research, education, technology and product development company specializing in fresh water, atmospheric water vapor and skin and eye dehydration. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, the Research Center’s global signature product, provides a mist of 100% fresh water that instantly supplements eye surface moisture depleted as a result of dry and polluted air. Kleyne hosts the globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes.

Kleyne begins with the positive – shopping can be great exercise. For some, shopping may be about their only exercise so it is important to make optimal use of the experience. Kleyne suggests, for example, parking far back in the lot and walking as much as possible during shopping excursions.

The most difficult step in minimizing the negative health impact of shopping, Kleyne cautions, is to avoid overspending. Compulsive shopping and too little money are among the most extreme holiday stressors. Unfortunately, there may be no easy solution.

According to Kleyne, health conscious shoppers should be aware that crowded box stores or enclosed malls, with milling crowds and forced-air heating and cooling, contain no end of airborne viruses and bacteria. There may be no better place, except perhaps a school cafeteria, to catch the flu. Bacteria are very dehydrating to skin and eyes, which may already be slightly dehydrated from exertion, stress and cold weather during a lengthy shopping trip.

Shopping is most healthful, Kleyne notes, when it involves a lot of walking on the sidewalk and going in and out of many small shops, with fresh outdoors air in between each stop. That is far preferable to spending the entire time in a single store or an enclosed mall. Shopping at a local Saturday or farmer’s outdoor market is extremely beneficial to health.

In a box store or supermarket, says Kleyne, it helps to wipe off the handle of your shopping cart, avoid touching mouth and eyes, and frequently washing or sanitizing hands. In today’s crowded, climate controlled world, Kleyne suggests, becoming a “germophobe” might not be a bad idea.

To prepare for a major shopping excursion, Kleyne recommends drinking plenty of water, getting sufficient sleep and not overeating. Kleyne advocates drinking at least eight full glasses of pure water a day in addition to all other fluid intake.

For the actual trip, Kleyne suggests carrying drinking water, hand sanitizer and a personal fresh water humidifying mist such as Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®. Application of the mist will keep skin and eye surfaces healthy and hydrated. This will help the skin and eyes to better fend off airborne viruses and bacteria, help reduce the fatigue and stress that can accompany dehydration, and assure a joyful and rewarding shopping experience.

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