Lemons Can Alleviate Jetlag and Dehydration but Water Is More Effective Reports Radio Host Sharon Kleyne

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Bio Logic Aqua Research Founder Sharon Kleyne Suggests Common Sense Precautions to Reduce Jetlag and Dehydration during Holiday Travel.

As the holiday travel season approaches, A recent London Daily Mail article* suggests that “sucking on lemons” can reduce the all-too-familiar jet lag symptoms often experienced during and after airline travel. Lemons, the article explains, “have properties that will help fight off dehydration.” Water advocate and radio host Sharon Kleyne, in an upcoming broadcast, praises the London Daily Mail for acknowledging the connection between jet lag symptoms and physical dehydration caused by low airline cabin humidity. Rather than lemons, however, Kleyne recommends a simple glass of fresh water. Kleyne will discuss holiday travel, jet lag, dehydration and the airline cabin atmosphere on her radio show of September 15, 2014.

*(See: Kitching, C, “Suck on a lemon to combat jetlag,” London Daily Mail, September 4, 2014;
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2744788/Best-super-foods-travellers-coping-jet-lag-motion-sickness-sun-damage.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490)

Sharon Kleyne hosts the syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show, heard on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. The show is sponsored by Bio Logic Aqua Research, a global research and technology center specializing in and fresh water, the atmosphere and dehydration. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is the Center’s signature product for dry eyes. Kleyne is Bio-Logic Aqua’s Founder and Research Director.

(See: Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water; http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour)

Jet lag symptoms, according to Kleyne, are attributed to a disruption of circadian rhythms caused by crossing three or more time zones within a relatively short period. When the body clock is off by three hours or more, the result can be disrupted sleep, fatigue, headache, indigestion and other symptoms. This varies greatly among individuals.

It is important to note, says Kleyne, that some jet lag symptoms are similar to the symptoms of dehydration, which is also very common on airline flights. Dehydration symptoms are common because the relative humidity in an airline cabin is normally maintained at 10 to 20 percent, about that of Death Valley in summer. The airlines have good reasons for this. First, in a crowded cabin with recirculated air, bacteria can spread fairy easily. Ambient and surface bacteria are less likely to survive when the cabin atmosphere is dry and the humidity is low. Also, humidifying the air is expensive.*

*(See “Cabin air quality: Letter to the editor,” airlinesafety.com, February, 2001
http://airlinesafety.com/letters/CabinAirQlty.htm)

The problem with low cabin humidity, according to Kleyne, is that it can cause the body to lose water content, a condition called “dehydration.” Symptoms of dehydration include headache, fatigue, stress, disrupted sleep, dry eyes and dry mouth.

Because many dehydration symptoms are similar to jet lag symptoms, Kleyne believes that jet lag symptoms are often made much worse as a result of the dehydration caused by low cabin humidity.

Kleyne offers a simple, common sense solution: Drink fresh water. Kleyne recommends a minimum of eight glasses per day, in addition to all other fluid intake. Water absorbs most completely, say Kleyne, at room temperature or warmer. Drink some of the water all at once rather than sipping and drink extra water before, during and after the flight. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which are dehydrating. The airline can provide bottled water if you don’t bring you own.

Kleyne also recommends a pure water mist to supplement skin and eye hydration. Her Research Center’s products, Nature’s Mist® for dry skin and Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® for dry eyes, add instant moisture to exposed body surfaces on airline flights and other situations that are high risk for dehydration. Kleyne’s Research Center invented the technology of moisture supplementation using a personal hand held, pure water humidifying device.

Kleyne has discovered that the increased rate of transfer of water vapor from the body to the air under extremely dry atmospheric conditions occurs primarily on the skin and eye surface and in the lungs. Keep the skin, eyes and lungs moist and the transfer will either be slowed or will not occur.

Kleyne is a strong advocate of sucking on lemons, but would serve the lemon slice as a garnish with a glass of fresh water.

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