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  • Dr. Liz Homan

Water. Hydration. Gel Water?

So last week we talked about our supplements and had a fun little experiment to see how they baked. This week I want to talk about water consumption and why it is so important!

Water makes up 60% of our bodies and when we do not have proper hydration we do not have proper communication between the cells of our body and we also are unable to move toxins through our body properly.

Most of us are aware that we need to get adequate amounts of water a day, but we may not be familiar with gel water.

An anthropologist, Gina Bria, wanted to help her mom who seemed to be doing all of the usual things to stay hydrated but was just unable to maintain proper hydration. She started researching people who lived in deserts, as to why they could stay hydrated when they obviously didn’t have the ability to drink water regularly. She found that they prioritized finding foods like cacti and chia seeds. She found that the similarity between these two plants was that they contained gel water- which allowed people to stay hydrated without an abundance of drinking water.

Gina then asked Dr. Gerald Pollack, a bioengineering professor at the University of Washington, about this as he was already studying the phenomenon known as “The Forth Phase of Water”.

Dr. Pollack’s research states that gel water is better at hydrating than regular water because it has absorptive properties that help retain more water in the body. He has a book The Forth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor and it explains the theory of the Forth Phase of Water, which is essentially living water. This water can hold energy because it has a negative charge, much like a battery and it can also deliver energy too. Because most of the water in your cells is already in this form, the body is believed to absorb it much more efficiently.

So, gel water, which you can get from plants such as aloe, melons, greens, and chia seeds, offer an extremely effective way to stay hydrated, energized and healthy.

What does this look like for you? Maybe add some crushed chia seeds to a smoothie, add a pinch of sea salt to your glass of water that you drink first thing in the morning, and try cooking with ghee or coconut oil. And make sure to keep up your water consumption throughout the day as well!

Let me know if you have any questions! And drink up!

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