Gel water and why we are all still dehydrated!
Hydration is a fundamental component to health and vitality. People who are better hydrated have increased cell function, energy, and mental function. So what is Gel water and how can this help us
What is Gel Water?
Gel water, also called structured, ordered, liquid crystalline, or living water, is a newly identified phase of water that’s not quite liquid, vapor, or ice. Gel water is identified by an extra hydrogen and oxygen atom, so the molecular structure is H302.
Gel water can be as thin as liquid, just slightly more silky, or it can develop to be as thick as jello. You know the gel-like substance that forms around chia seeds when you soak them in water? That’s water in the gel phase.
Is Gel water more hydrating?
Gel water according to Gerald Pollack, makes up 90% of the water in our body. Pollack’s work suggests that gel water is more hydrating than liquid water, because its unique electrical charge allows our systems to operate more efficiently, and its absorptive qualities help the body retain water. Some studies have indicated that liquid water alone is not sufficient for hydration.
We have traditionally understood that water gets distributed via the bloodstream and lymphatic system, but the discovery of gel water suggests that fascia is also a critical system for water distribution. Fascia is made of collagen (which is full of gel water) and elastin, acting like a hydraulic system that pumps and distributes water more deeply into your tissues. When you move your connective tissue through exercise, it facilitates the movement of water throughout the body. Gel water also conducts electricity in the body far more efficiently than regular water because of its density and its unique, constantly changing structure
So how can we optimise hydration?
1. Incorporate as many fruits and vegetables in your diet as you can. Not only are they full of gel water themselves, but they also contain naturally occurring electrolytes, and their fiber helps the body absorb gel water.. For those reasons, a green juice or smoothie is actually more hydrating than a bottle of water.
2. Add lime to water; the electrolytes help encourage the production of gel water.
3. Toss a pinch of sea salt or rock salt (Himalayan pink salt works well) into your water bottle. The electrolytes help encourage the production of gel water.
4. Drink and cook with bone broth, which is full of collagen (which is full of gel water).
5. Add a teaspoon of crushed chia seeds to smoothies and other drinks. By crushing up the seeds, you create more surface area, and eventually more gel.
6. Try cooking with coconut and ghee, which are both full of gel water and electrolytes.