Daily drinking water is essential for post-bariatric surgery diet reports fresh water advocate

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Drinking eight full glasses may take a little longer after bariatric surgery, says radio host Sharon Kleyne, but it prevents dehydration and many other side effects.

Most doctors and health workers advise drinking at least eight glasses of fresh water per day to maintain health. For patients who have recently undergone bariatric or weight loss surgery, which reduces the capacity of the stomach, including eight glasses of water a day in their diet is more important than ever. However, according to Sharon Kleyne, water researcher and host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show, obtaining the full eight glasses, for pos-bariatic patients, may require patience and ingenuity.

The syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show, hosted by fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne, is heard weekly on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. The 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 Hand Held Portable Personal Misting Humidifier™ for dry eyes.

Kleyne will discuss hydration recommendations following bariatric surgery on her Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio broadcast of December 15, 2014 (Live show or podcast: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour).

A recent news article, Kleyne notes, warned of the danger of post-bariatric surgery side effects and stressed the importance of taking the prescribed nutritional and diet supplements. The article specifically discussed vision problems and dry eye symptoms resulting from too little Vitamin A intake.* Kleyne noted that the article did not mention water, which she believes is important to every aspect of health - especially when the body’ ability to ingest and process food is compromised.

Drinking eight glasses of water a day, according to Kleyne, it is at least as important to eye health as vitamin A. The surface of the eye, fed by the tear glands is 99 percent water and any decrease in its water supply can lead to dry eye discomfort.

In bariatric surgery, Kleyne explains, a band is placed around the stomach that permits only a small amount of food to pass through at a time. The smaller, upper portion of the stomach gets full very fast and the patient is unable to eat until the upper portion clears out. Unlike food, says Kleyne, fresh water easily passes through the narrow banded portion of the stomach and into the lower stomach and bowel.

Normally, Kleyne recommends drinking eight to ten glasses of fresh water a day, a whole glass at a time rather than sipped, with two full glasses first thing in the morning. For post-bariatric patients, Kleyne supports the medical diet recommendation of eight cups of water (eight ounces each) in between the recommended six to eight small meals per day.† Extra water is also recommended.

†“Dietary guidelines after bariatric surgery,” UCSF Medical Center, reviewed in 2014

Kleyne only counts pure water as part of the eight cups or glasses. Other fluids, such as juice, provide water but are considered “extra.” Alcohol, caffeine and sugared or carbonated soft drinks should be avoided because they are dehydrating.

With post-bariatric surgery patients, says Kleyne, if drinking a whole cup or glass at a time creates discomfort, it is OK to sip the water

Should dry eye discomfort occur, Kleyne recommends drinking more water and, if necessary, supplementing the natural water in the eye’s surface tear film by applying a pure water hand held eye mist such as Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, which her company manufactures.

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