Thirsty for Change with Dry Eye? Take Control of Your Health by Drinking More Water

Your eyes need hydration, just like the rest of your body! Learn why it's important to keep your body hydrated and how it can help with dry eye. We'll share tips on how to stay hydrated and the benefits of doing so. Tune in to get the most out of your eye health!


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Why is This Important?

Some studies indicate that up to seventy-five percent (75%!!!) of us walk around dehydrated.  You should be carrying around a reusable water bottle with you at all times (do yourself and our planet a favor and avoid disposable plastic water bottles). 

Follow the motto, if you think, drink!  This means that every time you think about drinking water, you should take a drink.

Dehydration May Contribute To…

  • Brain fog
  • Fatigue
  • Malaise
  • Thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue 
  • Decreased urination
  • Deep yellow or orange urine
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

How Much to Drink

This obviously depends on the size of the person and their particular medical needs and condition, but a typical recommended amount per day is two liters, which is about 10-8 ounce glasses of water (think dinner glasses).  10 glasses of water per day may sound daunting but, I assure you, with a system and reusable water bottle in place, it is easy to surpass that.  

Drink great quality water that is free of heavy metals (often found in tap water).  Make sure you have a heavy duty filter. Most refrigerator filters do not filter out everything but are a good start.  We recommend and use the BIG Berkey Water Filtration countertop unit.   You can also have an in-house filtration system installed under your sink.

Avoid beverages and foods which have diuretic effects such as coffee, caffeinated teas (limit to less than two cups per day), and alcohol (less than one standard drink per day). If you must have your caffeine, make sure you’re drinking at least that same amount of water right after to avoid dehydration.  Also drinking organic coffees and teas will make a big difference in the amount of toxins you are putting in your body.  

Toxins found in typical tap water and other drinks can build up over time causing inflammation and other chronic problems.  Investing in a high quality filtration system will pay dividends for your health down the road.  The BIG Berkey, mentioned above, costs about $200 per year, if that, which is about the cost of one doctor visit.

Side note: Dr. Travis Zigler drinks two liters right after waking up to hyper-hydrate (more on this later). Dr. Jenna drinks at least 3-32 ounce water bottles full daily, spacing it out throughout her day (one full bottle is consumed before she eats anything that day). 


Hyper-hydration is a term given to drinking a lot of water in a short period of time to flush the body with water. This is generally a great way to start your day and is a safe practice for those who do not have a medical condition, or take medications that require a more limited or regulated fluid intake. If you have kidney issues or are unsure if this is right for you, please discuss this with your doctor before beginning this practice.

Wake up with a hyper-hydration session of 16 to 32 ounces of water (two to four cups, 0.5 to 1.0 liter). 

It will take your body a few days to adjust to drinking this much first thing, but the effects are well worth it! Flushing the body with water and staying properly hydrated has numerous effects on the body including boosting your metabolism (which is like working out!)

It will flush your circulatory and lymphatic system of toxins accumulated in the body throughout the day before, as water is the purge vehicle for toxins. 

Along with flushing the body of these toxins, proper hydration helps to lower the “noise” in your body and connect your mind to your body, which may mean less brain fog and more clarity. 

You may feel the effects of hydration after as little as three days of using hyper-hydration in the morning.   Get ready to feel clearer and more alive than ever before.

Challenge of the Week

  • Drink 16 to 32 ounces of water right after waking up, before eating.

  • Drink 8 to 16 ounces of water, 15-20 minutes before every meal or snack.

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