Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) June 05, 2013
With summer approaching, according to water researcher Sharon Kleyne, it is time to modify our bathing practices. Daily bathing, says Kleyne is more important in summer than in winter, although regular bathing is always important for good hygiene and health. Kleyne’s recommended daily bathing routine includes a luxuriant soaking tub bath followed by a quick hot shower.
Sharon Kleyne is a water and health researcher, educator and radio commentator. She hosts the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show, on VoiceAmerica, Apple iTunes and Green Talk Network. Kleyne is Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, water and hydrotherapy research.
Summer or winter, a primary benefit of bathing is hydration. The average human body is 60 to 70 percent water and body water is constantly lost through elimination, respiration, evaporation and, in summer, perspiration. This water loss, called “dehydration,” is an ongoing process that continues as long as you are alive. Human bodies lose so much water each day that it is nearly impossible to replace lost water through drinking alone.
An excellent way to hydrate your body, other than drinking, is through bathing. According to Kleyne, the human body is capable of absorbing a considerable amount of water directly through the skin. It is not uncommon to gain one to 5 pounds as the result of a shower or bath – all water.
Dehydration is worse in summer, even though outdoor air is dryer in winter. The problem, according to Mrs. Kleyne, is that the warmer the temperature, the greater the tendency of water to evaporate. Also, humans perspire more in summer and are exposed to increased solar radiation, which is also dehydrating. Indoor air-conditioning and indoor forced-air heating are equally dehydrating.
In summer, you are more likely to have sunburn, dried perspiration residue and grime from air pollution on your skin. These are not only dehydrating, (and could lead to skin cancer), they breed bacteria and must be washed off regularly. In addition to hydration, hot water draws toxins out of the skin.
A hot soaking bath hydrates, detoxifies, cleanses, relaxes the body, soothes sore muscles and renews the spirit. Sharon Kleyne recommends that every bath be followed by a quick hot shower, to rinse off soap residue and continue the hydration process for skin and eyes with a warm mist.
Summer or winter, Kleyne advises a minimum of two baths a week and a shower every day or more. Summer baths and showers should be followed by sunscreen application on any body part likely to be exposed to the sun.