Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) November 24, 2015
Dehydration, defined as a loss of body water content, can make people very ill. Lose too much body water to perspiration in the hot sun, and heat stroke and death will quickly follow. A normal human body is 70 percent water, according to Fresh water advocate and radio host Sharon Kleyne. Every cell, system and structure requires water to function properly. Kleyne, who believes that medical research will eventually link nearly all diseases to dehydration, is concerned that overindulging in certain popular foods – especially sugar – can result in serious body dehydration.
Kleyne will discuss dehydration, nutrition, sugar, other dehydrating foods and Water Life Science® on her Sharon Kleyne Hour® Power of Water® radio show of Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. For a podcast, go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com.
The globally syndicated, education oriented radio show is heard weekly on VoiceAmerica (Health and Wellness, and Variety Channels) and Apple iTunes. The show is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, founded by Kleyne and specializing in fresh water, the atmosphere, body surface evaporation and dehydration. The Research Center’s signature product for dry, dehydrated eyes is Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®.
The most dehydrating foods, according to Kleyne, are those that release toxins into the body. Sugar (particularly glucose) is a prime culprit because while the body needs sugar for heat and energy, too much can cause all sorts of mischief, including diabetes. That’s why the body has mechanisms in place to regulate the amount of sugar in the body.
When blood sugar rises above a certain level, Kleyne explains, the body starts treating it as a toxin and tries to get rid of it. The body gets rid of toxins the same way we get rid of dirt from our hands – it washes them away with water. This can occur either through the bowel, the urinary system or the skin. A surprising amount of toxin ends up on the skin surface after being ejected through the skin’s pores. But it all requires water.
Load the body up with too many toxins, says Kleyne, and dehydration will be the inevitable result.
The best way to eat sugar is in fresh fruit, Kleyne points out. That is because fruit comes with its own water. Cookies, cake, chocolate bars and hard candy do not come with water. Kleyne recommends always drinking water when eating waterless sugar.
Obviously, the higher the water content of a fruit, the less dehydrating it is. By this logic, says Kleyne, grapes, oranges and watermelon are fantastic; bananas and apples less so. And grapes are far superior to raisins (although raisins are by no means the worst thing one could eat).
It’s also a good idea to drink extra water, Kleyne adds, when consuming alcohol because alcohol is even more dehydrating than sugar. Marijuana is more dehydrating than alcohol or sugar. Caffeine and beverage carbonation are also dehydrating.
When the body becomes dehydrated, says Kleyne, the earliest observable signs are eye discomfort and a dry mouth (hence the “cotton mouth” feeling after consuming too much alcohol). The surface of the eyes are 99 percent water and a drop in water content of only 2 percent can trigger an array of dry eye symptoms including itching and burning eyes, blurred vision, headache, poor sleep and stress (dry eye can also have environmental causes). Dry mouth can lead to bad breath, mouth infection and tooth decay.
Since everything in the body runs on water, dehydration can potentially affect every part of the body, including the immune system. Signs of body dehydration, according to Kleyne, include dry mouth, dry eyes, dry skin, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite and thirst. The thirst reflex diminishes in people over 50 and physical signs of dehydration are much worse in hot weather, cold wind and/or dry indoor conditions.
Whether someone consumes dehydrating foods or not, Kleyne recommends drinking at least eight full glasses (8 ounces) of water a day in addition to all other fluid intake. Begin with two full glasses upon rising And drink at least two more full glasses during the day. Children 10 or under should drink half their body weight in ounces per day.
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