Q+A with the authors of Quench: Dr. Dana Cohen and Gina Bria - Thyme Is Honey

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Those books that change your life (click here for my top 10) deserve a special place on the bookshelf, and my dog-eared, highlighted, and bookmarked copy of Quench quickly became not only a favorite book, but a daily reference guide. As you probably picked up from my full review of Quench, I absolutely loved this book and learned so much.

I instantly knew that I had to connect with the authors. After all, it isn’t every day that you find two women as passionate about water as you are, right? To my delight, they were both wonderful and it’s been great getting to chat with them via email the past few months. Despite their busy schedule and hectic seasons, they agreed to answer questions from members of the Quench Book Club that I helped lead last month.

Really quickly before we dive into the Q+A I just want to reiterate how great I thought this book is and how badly I hope you’ll put it on your reading list. Hydration is so vital not only for staying healthy, but for feeling good, and as the authors say, “Hydration is the root of all wellness.” It should really be the first thing we look at when assessing any ailment or illness. I know that as the year comes to a close many of us will find ourselves thinking about how we want the year ahead to be different. No matter what it is you are hoping to improve— whether it’s your health, your skin, your weight, your energy, your hopes of launching a business, having more fun with your kids, improving your marriage, taking more time for yourself — I can guarantee that all of those things will be more likely and more enjoyable if you go into the new year hydrated. It’s one of the simplest but most impactful changes we can make, and Quench will teach you how to hydrate smarter — because it’s about so much more than just guzzling 80+ ounces a day. I promise! You can purchase Quench via Amazon by clicking here.

And now, for some Questions and Answers:

Q: If someone is living the “Quench Life” (eating hydrating foods, getting movement, lemon water in the morning, green juice mid-morning, hydrating drink recipe in the afternoon, tea before bed), how much additional water would you like to see them “sipping” throughout the day, ideally?

1 cup before every meal should be enough, but remember everyone is different with different needs.

Q. Can you explain more about the benefits of ground chia seeds versus whole?

You get more surface area on ground chia seeds so more gel is formed. It’s good but maybe not so necessary if it’s too much trouble for you. Note that you can buy chia seeds that are already ground and ready for use!

Q. What’s the best (or your favorite) way to grind Chia seeds?

Just use a coffee grinder!

Q. Do you get benefits from eating dry chia seeds versus wet/soaked?

Wet/soaked is better. Also, there is some interesting research that soaking decreases lectin content which may be more beneficial in some people.

Q. What are your tips for making Quench-protocol-friendly drinks on-the-go/not at home?

The beauty waters (recipes in the book!) are super easy, one-ingredient drinks that you can put in a bottle and just add water to. We also like some of those powdered red or green drinks in a packet that you add water too.

(note from Dani: check out the collagen beauty waters from Vital Proteins that are available in ready-to-mix packages. You can find them at most Target and Whole Foods locations.)

Q. Do you have suggested alternatives for someone who doesn’t like chamomile or licorice tea?
Any herbal tea you like. Doesn’t have to be those at all.

Q. Should we be worried if we have cracking/popping in our neck, back, etc when doing micromovements (no pain, just noise)?

Probably not a big deal especially if you are not forcing the movement. But to be safe and really just protecting ourselves maybe seek the help of a chiropractor or sports medicine doctor.

Q. Name ten items that are on your shopping list every week:
Fresh or frozen organic berries
Dark chocolate – nothing to do with Quench 🙂
Chia- but my bag lasts way more than a week
Ginger- I usually buy a lot- peel it and cut it up and freeze the cut up pieces
Bone broth- it’s rare that i make my own- i love trader joe’s organic bone broth
Organic eggs
Milkadamia- macadamia nut milk

Q. You mention in the book that we should eat saturated fat in order to keep our brain healthy. Is there any evidence that people with TBIs (traumatic brain injuries) or other brain illnesses benefit from a certain diet (perhaps one higher in saturated fat)?

I think the research is showing that a diet higher in omega 3’s like from fish and less inflammatory omega 6’s is better for TBI’s. Omega 3’s can actually repair brain cells. There is also some early research that a ketogenic diet can help aid in recovery from a TBI.

Q. We are learning a lot about the neuroscience of opioid addiction – about the over-saturation of exogenous endorphins, the decreased production of indigenous endorphins & dopamine, and how this disrupts the neuropathways. When I read about the fascia is a system for transmitting electrical charges, something is teasing at the back of my brain that I can’t put a finger on. Is there some disruption of the physiology of active addiction that could be facilitated with hydration therapy?

Having witnessed acute withdrawal, it’s obvious that dehydration is a huge risk; and, perhaps, gel water sources would be better tolerated. Then there are the varied symptoms of Post Acute Withdrawal (PAWS) – with sleep disruptions, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and severe cramping. Based on some of your writings and case studies in the book, it seems that something like the Quench program would be effective at, at least, minimizing some of the symptoms which would make for better outcomes towards long term recovery.

What is your take on the role of plant-based hydration in addiction and recovery, in general, and in particular with opioid addiction? Also in its potential role in the side effects of medicine based treatments that are the gold standard (naltrexone, buprenorphine, and methadone)?

I don’t have a lot of experience at all with treating opioid addiction so unfortunately, I wouldn’t be the person to ask, but it definitely makes sense that hydration should play a major role.

Q. Is it possible that some people are more sensitive to symptoms of dehydration? I’m thinking in particular of children and whether or not dehydration could play a role in some behavioral issues?

It is possible that some people are more sensitive to dehydration, think of our elderly in particular, but anyone with compromised immunity or harsh conditions like a stock and bonds trader who is in a darkened room all day surrounded by electronic devices everywhere. We had a pilot study at the Hydration Foundation where we found behavior issues diminished as we created a school program for hydration. Even something as simple as having a teacher ask a student to go get a drink intercepted the beginning of unwanted behaviors.

Q. Do you have any suggestions as a chia replacement for someone who can’t have seeds as part of an autoimmune protocol?

A great chia replacement is aloe vera gel. Dr. Lisa Masconi recommends two tablespoons in a glass of water or juice to flavor to taste. Aloe Vera Gel seems more potent than the already diluted aloe vera liquid.

(note from Dani: I’ve seen this product in the tea sections at Thai/Asian supermarkets. It comes in a jar and looks like a green jelly that you simply stir into water or add to smoothies.)

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for the Q+A! I loved re-reading Quench alongside so many of you and am thrilled that you’ll be incorporating some of the Quench methods into your lives. I can’t wait to see the difference it makes for you! Have a great week.

Q+A with the authors of Quench: Dr. Dana Cohen and Gina Bria

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  1. Deniz says:

    Excited there’s a sub for chia seeds! Thanks for putting together this Q&A.

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  3. Rea says:

    Unfortunately all of the aloe vera gels that I could find have carrageenan, gums, citric acids, sugar, preservatives and other icky stuff. I can’t do chia seed, though I can do other seeds. Are there any other alternatives? I wonder if either sunflower seeds or just Aloe juice would be a good catalyst for gel water.

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