Contaminated Water Vapor Makes You Sick Says Sharon Kleyne

Water Educator Sharon Kleyne Warns Against Polluted Humidity. Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne Says Thick Dirty Air Can Kill.

No one wants to breathe polluted air, of course, but most people do so all the time. When people think of it at all, mostly they think that there is nothing much they can do about it so they just try to ignore it. Water advocate Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® disagrees yet is also concerned about an even greater potential danger—the effect pollution has on the air’s natural humidity.

The air’s natural humidity is the invisible, suspended water vapor droplets that create weather and allow people and all other life forms to breathe the water-rich air that is necessary to all life. This relationship between humidity, air pollution and dehydration has long been a major focus of 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 sponsored by Natures Tears® EyeMist® on VoiceAmerica.

Kleyne’s research shows 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. 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.”If the air is contaminated,” says Kleyne, “the humidity will also be contaminated.”

According to 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. Kleyne wants to see 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 urges everyone to drink eight to ten full glasses of pure fresh water each day and to drink a whole glass at a time for maximum benefits of rehydration. Kleyne also suggests monitoring the daily air quality. If you must be out on an especially ‘dirty’ day, consider wearing a face mask.


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