Eat Your Water? The New Science of Hydration

Eat Your Water? The New Science of Hydration

“Eat your water.” That just sounds off, doesn’t it?

I just finished reading the newly released book Quench by Dr. Dana Cohen and Gina Bria – and let me tell you I’m convinced they’ve discovered something truly remarkable about how best to hydrate the body. It’s a pretty simple and elegant solution actually – God’s natural designs usually are. In short, to reach optimal hydration we should get most of our water from plants rather than the tap. Eat your water.

 

Chronic Dehydration Affects Most Americans

Dehydration is a big problem for many of us. Some estimate that as much as 75% of Americans are not adequately hydrated – a condition exacerbated by our food and beverage choices, sedentary and indoor lifestyles, the medications we take, and even the environments in which we work and live.  Chronic dehydration can have devastating consequences – from raising the risks of developing a chronic illness like heart disease, diabetes, or cancer – to increasing our risk of injury.

I’ve never been much of a water drinker. In fact, it takes considerable effort to remind myself to drink enough water every day. Even though every time I don’t feel well, the first thing my mom asks me is, “How much water have you had today?” I know that question is coming, but I still forget.

A recent trip to the ER earlier this year highlighted for me just how important hydration truly is. I was getting dressed for church one Sunday morning and noticed my heart was racing. I felt fine, but after taking my pulse I realized that it was extremely high and that I’d better not ignore those symptoms. Well, a saline IV and a couple thousand dollars in medical bills resolved those symptoms pretty quickly for me. Turns out I was severely dehydrated.

That experience was one of the reasons I was so eager to get my hands on this book. Conventional wisdom says to drink 8, 8-ounce glasses of water or half our body weight. So, that’s all it takes to get adequate hydration, right?

Well, not so fast.

 

The New Science of Hydration…Eating Your Water

Water is essential to life. We all know that we can go for weeks without food, but just a few days without water. In the physical world, we have to constantly supply our bodies with water to live. That’s a commonly understood truth. It’s why Jesus used the analogy of living water when he talked about how being in a relationship with him would forever satisfy our spiritual thirst.

 

Drinking water is not the optimal solution for hydration.

Turns out it’s eating the water found in plants. Eat your water!

So, what’s so special about the water found inside plants, and how our bodies use it? A ton actually!

  • Plant water is structured. If you’ve never heard of the health benefits of structured water before, read this article.
  • Plant fiber acts like a slow release mechanism to help the body retain water longer.
  • The water inside plants is naturally alkaline, helping the body to reduce acidity, a condition which can lead to disease.
  • The water found in plants is full of nutrients and minerals that support our bodies key functions.
  • Water from fermented plants works better at removing toxins than water filters.
  • Plant molecules from green plants produce energy in our bodies using the power of the sun, much like photosynthesis.

The Quench Plan

Quench includes a quick start, 5-day plan that anyone can implement. The authors lay out the best times to hydrate, what to eat, and how much of it you need. This book not only covers the science of hydration but also comes with tons of smoothie, soup, lunch and dinner recipes that are easy to make. After reading about the most hydrating fruits and vegetables, I was thrilled that one of my favorite juice recipes is also very hydrating! 

It also covers instructions for functional movements (micromovements) that help to move the water we take in through our mouths into the body’s cells where it’s needed most. Lastly, it includes a strategy for how to implement these recommendations for life. This book is a goldmine!

Though this book is not written from a Christian perspective, I couldn’t help but think of the verse about us being “fearfully and wonderfully made”. New scientific discoveries about how our bodies work as well as how they interact with our environment continue to reveal the magnificence of God’s brilliance. In his perfection, HE already provided the perfect source of hydration for his creation and it doesn’t flow from a tap or come in a plastic bottle.

I’ve only just started to implement the recommendations in the Quench plan, but I’ve already noticed a boost in energy and better sleep! I’m eager to see what else changes as I consistently apply these hydration principles over time.

Now I’d like to hear from you. Do you struggle with getting adequate hydration like I did? Are you willing to try to “eat your water”?

If you decide to try it out too, I’d love to hear from you!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DALILA JONES STITZ

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DALILA JONES STITZ

Founder and CEO, Health Insurrection LLC

Dalila is a native Houstonian and currently lives in Switzerand with her husband and two kids. She received her health coach training through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Hallelujah Acres and teaches in-home bible studies and online courses.

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Health Insurrection Hydration: My Favorite Green Juice Recipe

Health Insurrection Hydration: My Favorite Green Juice Recipe

When I first started to seriously upgrade my diet, one of the first steps I took was creating a daily juice habit. Juicing is a wonderfully easy way to stay well hydrated, and to incorporate more vitamins and minerals into your diet. The best part is that green juice is an infusion of delicious goodness straight to your bloodstream!

One of the first benefits I noticed when consuming daily vegetable juices was the boundless levels of energy I experienced. I also noticed the downward tick on the scale (yay!) and less overall pain and stiffness in my body. On top of all those benefits, I even got a bonus in the form of healthier, glowing skin. Major score!

The process of juicing extracts and expels the fiber from the vegetables and/or fruits. Because of this, it is important to keep an eye on sugar content when creating your own recipes.  The guideline I normally stick with is a 3:1 ratio, i.e., a minimum of three non-starchy vegetables for every one piece of sweet fruit.

The beautiful thing about juicing is that you are only limited by your own imagination. Test out different ingredients and ratios until you find the perfect combination that knocks your socks off!

I’ve named my favorite green juice recipe “Green Lemonade”, mostly because I figured my kids would be more willing to try it. Guess, what? It worked! They love it as much as I do. It’s very easy to make, and contains only a handful of ingredients which are easy to find in any supermarket.

Because freshly made juices tend to be high in carbohydrates, I prefer to drink juices earlier in the day with my breakfast. Be sure to double up on servings if you’re planning to use this juice as a meal replacement!

The recipe is below.  Enjoy!

 

Green Lemonade Recipe

SERVINGS: 2

INGREDIENTS: (Use organic produce whenever possible)

  • 1 hothouse cucumber or 2 cucumbers
  • 1 head of celery (trim off base and edges)
  • 4 lacinto kale leaves
  • 1 Granny smith apple
  • 1 lemon, peeled

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Rinse produce thoroughly.
  2. Cut apple into slices small enough to run through your juicer’s feeder tube. There is no need to remove the apple seeds.
  3. Run all the ingredients through your juicer.
  4. Strain juice, if preferred.

NUTRITION FACTS (Per 1 Serving)

 

Calories


126


Fat (g)


0.6


Sodium (mg)


306


Potassium (mg)


1,245


Carbohydrates (g)


30.4


Fiber (g)


0.5


Sugars (g)


13


Protein (g)


6.6


Vitamin A (%)


68


Vitamin C (%)


114.7


Calcium (%)


25.7


Iron (%)


16.8


NOTE: Nutritional values were manually calculated using myfitnesspal.com

Have you tried this recipe? Let me know what you think! Leave your comments below.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DALILA JONES STITZ

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DALILA JONES STITZ

Founder and CEO, Health Insurrection LLC

Dalila is a native Houstonian and currently lives in Switzerand with her husband and two kids. She received her health coach training through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Hallelujah Acres and teaches in-home bible studies and online courses.

Learn More.

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