Did you know that even scrolling through your cell phone is dehydrating? There are 2 reasons for this. First we have to manufacture a new round of neuro chemicals, using up hydration, every time we focus. Second, if your head is down and tipped forward, that added pressure on your neck means the synovial fluid, passing to your brain from your spinal cord canal is compressed and is slowed in its flow.
We can survive for weeks without food, but we would not survive beyond seven days without water. Our organs and bodily systems would shut down. And, if we drink too much water, we could be flushing out valuable electrolytes, vital minerals and nutrients.
Today I spoke with Dr. Dana Cohen, who has been practicing integrative medicine for the last 20 years in Manhattan. She is a nationally renowned internal and integrative medicine specialist whose multi-disciplinary approach has helped treat thousands of patients using a variety of conventional and complementary therapies. She has co-authored QUENCH: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight, and Heal Your Body Through the New Science of Optimum Hydration with cultural anthropologist Gina Bria. Today we talk about the myths and truths about hydration, and what you could be doing about it!
Listen To The Podcast Here
Tom Brady wrote that he drank ‘half his body weight in ounces of water each day, and double that amount when exercising. ‘ Which is about 2.3 gallons just while exercising! We’ll also talk about what OVERHYDRATION is doing to your body!
In this episode
- Where did 8 glasses a day idea even come from?
- Ice, liquid, and vapor: what is the FOURTH stage of water that we’re missing?
- WHAT DOES your poop, pee, and sweat have to do with your hydration and why is clear pee WORSE?
- The BIGGEST threat to our water supply
Hacks for Optimal Hydration:
Just because you might drink 8 glasses of water per day, does not mean your body is hydrated! Here are 4 ways to hack your hydration:
Hack 1 – Drink 16 oz. of water first thing in the morning with salt (Real Salt, Celtic Salt or Himalayan Sea salt) with lemon.
Hack 2 – Afternoon fatigue is #1 sign you’re dehydrated. Drink a green smoothie in the afternoon instead of coffee, but be careful with how much sugar!
Hack 3 – Suck on chia seeds while exercising, this is something even elite distance runners do!
Hack 4 – Movement is a hydrating act. Move your joints to lubricate them!
What water SHOULD you be drinking?
In this video I answer all of your drinking water questions. You'll learn why Pur, Brita and bottled water is costing you money and your health!