Sharon Kleyne Attacks Contaminated Water Vapor. Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne Says Polluted Humidity Worse in Fall and Winter.
It’s no secret that breathing polluted air can make us sick and can lead to long-term health problems. But water advocate Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, warns of a potentially even greater danger—the effect of pollution on the air’s natural humidity – the invisible, suspended water vapor droplets that create weather and allow people and all other life to breathe the water-rich air we need to stay alive. This relationship between humidity, air pollution and dehydration has long been a major focus of Sharon Kleyne’s scientific research.
At Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, Kleyne’s water research center has developed Natures Tears® EyeMist®, the company’s global signature product for dry eye disease and dry skin. As part of an ongoing commitment to educating the public about water and health, Kleyne also hosts the globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes.
According to Sharon Kleyne’s research, in many areas of the country, autumn and winter generate more rain and moister air. In addition, colder air moving in at night, in autumn and winter, increases the possibility of the formation of an “inversion layer”. In an “inversion layer”, nighttime cold air traps and concentrates the warmer, more humid and more contaminated daytime air underneath.
Sharon Kleyne’s research indicates that direct absorption of water vapor droplets from the air constitutes a significant percentage of the body’s total water intake. The more humid and cleaner the air, Kleyne explains, the more direct surface absorption will occur. Conversely, evaporating water may also be lost through the body’s surface if the humidity is too low or the air’s water vapor/humidity content is overly contaminated.
Sharon Kleyne cites BJ Mason’s The Physics of Clouds (Oxford, 2010) to show that airborne particulate matter, whether naturally occurring or human-made, tends to attract and accumulate the minute water droplets entering the air as evaporated or “gasified” water. Kleyne’s own research suggests that particulate matter begins attracting water vapor droplets almost immediately. ”If the air is contaminated,” says Kleyne, “the humidity will also be contaminated.”
According to Sharon Kleyne, sulfur dioxide and carbon black, two common pollutants, are particularly nasty when combined with water vapor. Pollutants such as sulfur dioxide can chemically alter the water so that it is less beneficial when it lands on the body surface. Also, carbon black soot, fly ash and other pollutants are desiccants that have a dehydrating effect when they land on the body or lungs, interfering with the body’s surface absorption of water vapor. More natural airborne particulates tend to be less dehydrating.
Sharon Kleyne advocates far more research into the relationship between humidity, dehydration and air pollution. No matter what the results of this research, she also advocates reducing the amount of pollution released into the air. Kleyne continues to advocate drinking eight to ten full glasses of pure fresh water each day and to drink a whole glass at a time.