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I recently read Quench by Dr. Dana Cohen and Gina Bria and I loved it! It’s no secret that I’m a bit obsessed with hydration. I was 25 when I finally started drinking enough water, and the changes I experienced were so profound that I still won’t shut up about it nearly a decade later.
I lost weight and my weight stabilized. I had more energy than I ever knew was possible. My skin looked great. My digestion improved. But perhaps most importantly, my brain felt awake and I was amazed by the rate at which I could come up with and execute my ideas. I never looked back, and water is still one of my favorite topics.
New research has emerged that shows us that water actually has a fourth phase: liquid, ice, vapor….and gel! If you’ve ever soaked chia seeds, had a chia pudding, or perhaps had a kombucha with chia seeds floating in it, you’ve seen gel water firsthand. Gel water is what forms around the chia seed when it comes in contact with liquid, but gel water is present in a lot of our food. This gel state of water is 10% more viscous than the liquid state. Not a major difference, but the way this water benefits our bodies is significant.
Gel water has two major benefits: it is more hydrating than plain water, and it conducts electricity more efficiently. The health benefits of being optimally hydrated are obvious: it prevents disease. Conducting electricity is also vital because it is how our brains send signals to every other part of our body. The more efficient this system is, the faster and clearer we are able to think and function.
This news made me realize that the benefits I felt when I started hydrating weren’t only because I was drinking more water, it was combined with the fact that I had also shifted towards a diet focused on whole foods — which meant I was eating significantly more plants. Gel water!
After finishing the book I started the Quench Method (outlined in the back of the book), and I noticed an immediate difference. I’ve spent most of the past decade hydrated (drinking around 100 oz of water per day), and my biggest takeaway from this book is that if someone like me, who was already living pretty healthy + hydrated, notices a difference, the average person is going to be amazed by what Quench can do for them. After 24-hours I noticed that my eyes looked brighter and the skin under my eyes was more plump, after 5 days on the Quench Method I had lost 3 pounds, my focus and energy increased even more, and I found that my hydration was more long-lasting and sustained. Fair to say, I’m not going back to my old ways of hydrating.
In Quench, Dr. Cohen and Gina Bria lay out all of the emerging research about gel water, how it works in our bodies, and provide you with a simple plan for integrating optimal hydration into your life. I can say with complete confidence that this is a book that has changed my life (click here for my full list). I will read this book over and over. I’ll buy it for the people I love. Each page is full of incredible research and information, but the book is written in a way that is easy to understand, keeps you engaged, and empowers you to start hydrating immediately.
I could never do this book justice in a blog post, and I don’t want to. I want you to go get the book and read it yourself so that you get the full experience! But, I do want to share some of the biggest takeaways I had after reading it:
I’m going to stop there. I could honestly list 50 more things but like I said I really want you to read the book in its entirety. I don’t think this could come at a more perfect time. As the holidays approach so many of us start thinking about how to navigate all those gatherings while still focusing on our health. Or we start thinking about the changes we want to make in the new year. If there’s only one thing you take away from this blog post I want it to be this: nothing else matters if you aren’t hydrated. That new workout routine? It won’t be as effective. A new diet? Probably won’t have much of an impact if it isn’t combined with hydration. Expensive new skincare? Absolutely doesn’t matter if you are also dehydrated. But even more important than how we look is how we feel. I think so many of us would like to start the new year feeling mentally healthy + empowered.