Sharon Kleyne Says We Need as Much Water in Winter as We Do in Summer. Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne Asks You To Drink 8 to 10 Glasses of Water a Day.
Sharon Kleyne, America’s leading water advocate and host of The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health radio program syndicated on Voice of America, has good advice for everyone as we dive into a cold, cold winter. It might sound like advice better suited to summer, but it’s just as appropriate for this frigid season. “Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day,” says Kleyne.
Everybody knows that in a typical summer, people will get overheated, especially if exercising. They will perspire and become thirsty. But in n winter, people perspire much less than in summer; their corresponding thirst is also not as sharp as it is in the hot months. As a result, less urgency is felt in winter to drink the eight to ten glasses of fresh water a day recommended for health and hydration. “That’s foolish,” warns fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne. ”Winter weather is often more dehydrating than summer weather and maintaining daily hydration is just as important.”
“Winter dehydration occurs for several reasons,” says Sharon Kleyne. “Most important is that cold air cannot contain as much atmospheric humidity as warm air. So, cold air is usually much dryer than warm air. A large amount of water can be lost through skin, eyes and lungs due to evaporation.”
The reverse is also true, Kleyne points out. Skin can absorb a significant amount of its daily fresh water directly from the humidity in the atmosphere. However, not only does cooler air contain less water to absorb, but the skin’s pores contract in cold weather and can’t absorb as much. Skin pore contraction in winter is important for another reason, according to Kleyne. The human body’s interior has an alkaline pH whereas the exterior has an acidic pH. Alkalinity is caused by negatively charged ions. Acidity is caused by positively charged ions. The body makes every effort to retain negatively charged ions and expel positively charged ions. That’s why every form of waste material that leaves the body is acidic.
The most important factor in changing a neutral molecule into a negatively charged ion is the presence of water. When the body lacks sufficient interior water, fewer negative ions are produced, toxins build up and health suffers. When the skin is cold and the pores are constricted, getting rid of toxic positive ions is more difficult so the need for additional intake water is greater.
The temperature of the fresh water we drink is also a consideration. Summer or winter, warm water is absorbed more completely by the body and is less likely to pass quickly into the bladder. In summer, when the body may need to be cooled down, temperature is less of a factor. In winter, because the body needs to be warmed up and also has a more difficult time detoxifying, warm water is preferred.
Several other winter factors, Kleyne notes, affect the body’s fresh water needs: Cold wind is extremely dehydrating. Increased time indoors, in rooms with forced-air heating and insulated walls and windows, is dehydrating because artificially heated air tends to lose humidity. Drinking extra water will protect you against these threats, as well as shield you from colds and flu, which are far more common in winter.
Summer or winter, Sharon Kleyne recommends 8 to 10 glasses of fresh water per day in addition to all other fluid intake. Increase to 10 to 12 glasses if coming down with a cold or flu. Consume the water in full glasses rather than sipping. Children ten or under should drink half their body weight in ounces of water per day.
Sharon Kleyne, who has led efforts to educate people about the crisis of dehydration due to excess evaporation of the body’s water vapor, and the water vapor of earth’s atmosphere says that she learned long ago that one can accomplish very little without education. “I try to educate people around the world every day,” says Kleyne, ”about the growing global water crisis, and the health problems and pitfalls associated with dehydration due to excess evaporation of the body’s water vapor. In doing so,” Kleyne says, “we follow a process that teaches us what we need to know to create a new, healthy Water Life Science® lifestyle.”
Every day,” Sharon Kleyne concludes, “I want people to take part in the health Olympics!”