These are common questions that we hear from patients. Every doctor under the sun seems to have an opinion on this matter. Here’s the rub, though: those doctors’ opinions aren’t based on the optimal health for your eyes.
Here’s what you need to know about optimal hydration for your eyes.
Why Hydration Is So Important To Your Eyes
The medium by which nutrients are transported throughout the body is a liquid one. The fluidity of the blood is conferred to it as a result of the water content of it. Varying degrees of dehydration limit the delivery of blood to the cell via small microscopic arterial blood vessels called capillaries.
The blood is a delivery medium by which all nutrients arrive
Analogous to your body’s mailbox is the arterial capillary that delivers your nutritional package to its ultimate destination, which is a cell. To carry that package in the remaining short steps so that the contents can actually be utilized is a pure liquid medium known as the tissue fluid.
Tissue fluid is a clear, water-based fluid that makes the final delivery to the cell possible. After the cell has utilized the contents that have been delivered, various amounts of waste products need to be carried away from the cell to the curb where they can be carted off by a microscopic venous structure known as a venous capillary. Once again, the medium by which the refuse goes to the curb is the tissue fluid. Your hydration level allows that final transportation of either delivery or removal to be an easy process or a difficult one.
Yet a final function of optimal hydration is the contribution that your body’s water content provides to a requirement to conduct electricity. All living beings are creatures that allow for the free flow of electrical energy. The ignition of that energy begins with the uniting of a sperm with an egg at conception and will not be extinguished until the hour of our death.
The movement of electrical energy throughout the body relies completely upon the individual’s water content and a mixture of charged elements that can conduct electricity that collectively is referred to as an electrolyte solution. Tissue fluid on the outside of the cell and cytoplasm on the inside of the cell is the electrolyte solution of life.
Even though these complex physiological processes have been simplified for our purposes, they are an accurate explanation of the role of proper hydration in the human body. It is the tissue fluid and the water content of that fluid that
- The delivery of nutrients to the cell
- The removal of waste products away from the cell
- The dynamic flow of electrical energy to circulate throughout the body
Guidelines for Optimal Hydration
Given the importance of hydration, how do you actually ensure your eyes’ health? What guidelines should you follow to make sure your tissue fluid is properly balanced?
These are the guidelines that, if followed, can allow you to meet the daily water requirements to achieve optimal hydration.
- You should drink one half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. That means if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink at least 75 ounces of water a day.
- The word “water” means just that. It does not mean soda, tea, coffee, or any other drink that you may think of. The moment something is added to water, a chemical reaction occurs between the added substance and the water, forming a completely different compound.
- Tap water with all of its contaminants, both organic and inorganic, should be avoided as a water source. Public drinking-water systems brag about how sewer water can be treated so as to return it to drinking water at the end of the process. That image alone should be enough to allow you to avoid it.
- Bottled water may not be the answer either. In some cases, it is merely a glorified tap water put in a poorly constructed plastic bottle. These bottles leach caustic chemicals known as phthalates, which can by themselves lead to medical difficulties. If those bottles are allowed to sit in the sun, the heat that is generated actually causes the bottles to decompose.
- Let’s face it. You need to filter your own water. At a minimum, there are sink-top units that do an acceptable job of purifying the water supplied to your home. A more expensive variation known as reverse osmosis (RO) water is probably the most reliable way to process your own water because of its ability to filter out
contaminates. RO systems do such a good job of removing contaminants that they can remove beneficial minerals too. To compensate for this, a pinch of sea salt or Himalayan salt will bring your filtered water to a high-grade electrolyte solution.
If you follow these simple steps, you may well experience an improvement in visual function, as your eyes get the water they need to fully function.
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