Have you heard folks talking about optimum hydration and wondered what it is? To put it quite simply: optimum hydration is the way we should all be living.
It’s really not some new fad, magic pill, or 90-day program. It’s really just a matter of understanding a few basic things about how your body works and making a few changes to your daily routine to support better hydration.
This is the basis of The Quench Method, a method for hydrating that is more efficient and effective than just drinking plain water alone. The method is based on the idea that in order to be optimally hydrated we need to drink water, eat water, and move water. Don’t worry, I’ll explain it more!
HYDRATING VS OPTIMUM HYDRATION
If you’ve been around here for a hot minute you know that I am really passionate about hydration. For nearly a decade I was consuming at least 100 ounces of water per day (usually close to 150 oz!). That is a lot of water for a person my size, but the thing is — I felt great! I really did. Starting to hydrate completely transformed my life — not just my energy or physical appearance…but also my moods, motivation, and relationships, too. It really was transformative, and I’ve been bragging about hydration to anyone who’d listen ever since.
Around a year ago I started researching for a book I wanted to write, and in the process, I stumbled across new research about hydration and how our bodies utilize the water we drink. Somewhat skeptical, I decided to try the method for a week to see if I noticed any difference. I was already *extremely hydrated* and had been for ten years. Could it really make any difference for someone like me?
Well, friend, I was blown away. All of the incredible benefits I was experiencing from drinking 100+ ounces of water a day were still there, but amplified! And guess what? I was drinking almost half of what I was guzzling down previously — with a goal of around 80 to 90 ounces per day.
But I wasn’t just drinking 80-90 ounces of plain water. Now I was integrating warm lemon water with sea salt. Green smoothies. Flavorful concoctions loaded with hydrating ingredients and nutrients. I was drinking water and eating water.
SWITCHING TO OPTIMUM HYDRATION
Optimum hydration means combining the water you drink with fiber and electrolytes to help your body absorb it. We can do this by adding things like natural sea salt (electrolytes) and chia seeds (fiber) to the water we drink, but can also get it from nature in perfectly packaged foods like apples, cucumbers, oranges, and spinach. When water is structured in this way it is referred to as “gel water”, and integrating more of this gel water into your routine is how you achieve optimum hydration.
Optimum hydration also requires that you have a basic understanding of your fascial system, a gossamer, saran-wrap like material that connects every cell in our body. This tissue is vital for some of our most important bodily functions but is also how our body moves the water we consume throughout our body to all the places that need it. Helping care for your fascia and move this water around is one part of hydration that a lot of people miss.
These four tips will help you get started with achieving optimum hydration, but if you want to learn about the method and get some accountability and coaching please check out my online course, The Hydration Checklist, which will deliver one lesson per day directly to your inbox!
FOUR SIMPLE TIPS FOR ACHIEVING OPTIMUM HYDRATION
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