Obesity is dehydrating and drinking water promotes weight loss say fresh water advocates

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Dr. Robert Weil talks about dehydration, obesity and dieting with Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research, on the Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show.

Obesity can cause the human body to become dehydrated and increasing the amount of water one drinks each day can help promote weight loss in overweight individuals. Those were the conclusions of fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne and sports doctor Robert Weil, during a recent interview on the Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Powers of Water® radio show.

Weil is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) specializing in podiatry, orthotics and sports medicine. His weekly radio show, "The Sports Doctor" is heard on Healthy Life.net. Dr. Weil has worked with numerous athletes and advocates hydration as a major component of athletic training and fitness. Weil is deeply concerned about the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States.

The syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show, hosted by 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 interviewed Dr. Weil on her radio show of February 25, 2015. For podcasts of that and other past shows, go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com. Kleyne will again discuss obesity, weight loss and dehydration on her show of March 9, 2015. SharonKleyneHour.com

Obesity is dehydrating, according to Kleyne and Weil, because fat cells in the human body are “hydrophobic,” which mean they repel water. Fat and water are like oil and vinegar – they do not mix. Although every cell in every living organism on Earth requires water to function, the water content of cells varies widely.

A lean, fit and healthy human body is about 70 percent water. A healthy muscle cell is 65 percent water. A fat cell, on the other hand, is 85 percent fat and only 10 percent water.

It comes down to mathematics, according to Kleyne: A lean, fit and healthy 160 pound person whose body is 70 percent water, would contain 112 pounds of water and 48 pounds of non-water (bone and teeth are 10 percent water). If the same person balloons to 200 pounds, the extra 40 pounds would only be about 10 percent water, so the person becomes 116 pounds of water and 84 pounds of non-water or 58 percent water.

These numbers, Kleyne cautions, are subject to wide individual variation. There are significant differences in ideal body water content, rate of water absorption from the atmosphere, and rate of water evaporation from the body surface. It is not uncommon, Kleyne notes, for the body of an obese person to drop as low as 40 percent water. The best way to keep weight down and health and fitness up is to be attuned to the individual needs of one’s own body.

Despite individual differences, Kleyne adds, a body that is 58 percent water almost always shows signs of dehydration. Since every function, structure and cell depends on water, dehydration can affect every body system, including metabolism rate, nutrient absorption, the immune system, the cardiovascular system, energy level and flushing of toxins.

Drinking sufficient daily water, according to Weil, promote weight loss for several reasons. First, water displaces fat. In the oil and vinegar analogy, the water soluble vinegar always ends up at the bottom. Also, water is an appetite suppressant – a stomach full of water does not feel hunger as strongly as an empty stomach. Many overweight people, Weil notes, confuse thirst with hunger. When they drink water instead of snacking, their cravings should abate.    

Kleyne recommends drinking a minimum of eight glasses of fresh water per day (eight ounces each or 64 ounces total). Increase this to 10 to 12 glasses if ill, significantly overweight or planning to engage in strenuous exercise. Begin with two full glasses upon rising. Water is most rapidly absorbed when ingested in full glasses rather than sipped.

Fluids such as juice and soda, says Kleyne, should not count towards the eight glasses. Water containing large amounts of sugar, fat, caffeine or alcohol are dehydrating and should be avoided, especially alcohol. If large amounts of fat, sugar, caffeine or alcohol are ingested, drink extra water to compensate.

Children ten or under should drink half their body weight in ounces per day. Thus, a 60 pound child would drink 30 ounces of water a day. ©2015 Bio-Logic Aqua® Research. All rights reserved.

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