We’ve all heard how important it is to drink water, but many of us still aren’t doing it right. Today I’m talking with Dr. Dana Cohen, author of Quench (which is all about hydration), and an integrative medicine specialist. Dr. Dana has been practicing for over 20 years with a blend of conventional and complementary therapies and is nationally renowned.
And our topic today is all about hydrating at a cellular level. Low level dehydration, when we’re just under target hydration, can be detrimental in the long term. Research has linked this with an increased rate of diseases, like Alzheimer’s and diabetes. But it’s not as simple as just drinking more water though.
Dr. Dana goes into the details on how to tell how much water we need (hint: it’s different for each person). She also covers what puts us at higher risk for more water loss and why coffee may not be on that list. Plus the best ways to get hydration from our food. There’s a lot of practical info in today’s episode that makes it easy to incorporate into everyday life.
Even though I prioritize hydration, I still learned a lot in today’s episode. I hope you’ll join us and listen in!
Episode Highlights With Dr. Dana
- How much water do we actually need?
- The reason low level dehydration ages us and increases instances of chronic disease according to a new study from the NIH
- How not hydrating can increase the chance of diabetes and Alzheimer’s
- You can’t detoxify without water
- The different types of energy in the body and how hydration affects them all
- What the fourth phase of water is and why there might be 14 different types
- Why studies show that hydration helps weight loss
- Mouth breathers tend to lose more water at night and how to learn to nasal breathe at night
- We do most of our detoxifying during sleep and why this is so important
- How we can hydrate from foods and how the fourth phase of water relates to this
- A fascinating study that talks about the benefits of over 30 plants per week
- Fascia and hydration
- What an optimal day of hydration looks like: front loading water, water before meals, getting enough vegetables, green smoothies
Resources We Mention
- Quench by Dana Cohen, MD
- Eidon – silica and electrolytes
- 590: Dr. Andy Galpin on Fat loss, Hydration, Human Performance, and Raising Strong Kids
- 638: Dr. Chris Masterjohn on Understanding Key Nutrients: Biotin, Sodium, Potassium, and Omega-3s
- 380: How to Use CARs: My Secret for Mobility and Strength (+ HRV, FRC & Kinstretch) With Hunter Cook
- Kettle and Fire Bone Broth
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
- Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained by Jonathan V. Wright