Show 209 Q&A on Real Hydration with Gina Bria

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Gina Bria is a cultural anthropologist that has researched ritual, ritual foods, and food strategies for over 25 years and the coauthor of ‘Quench: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight, and Heal Your Body Through the New Science of Optimum Hydration.’

“…it flash floods your system and it actually flushes out the minerals and the nutrients…”

SHARON: Why do I never feel hydrated? What is real hydration versus just guzzling filtered water?

GINA: Bottled water, tap water, and filtered water ─ those waters have lost their electrical charge. So the important news in hydration ─ the new science ─ is that water carries an electrical charge; and when that dies down or goes still, the water we’re drinking isn’t bringing in electrical charge to our system. And, of course, water without electrical charge is water that’s not really fuel for us.

The whole point of water is that it conducts electricity. So having water with a charge in it is central to our whole inner communication system, our energy, our feeling capacity, and our cell signaling.

The new message of hydration that we’re trying to bring to people is that there’s a different kind of water that we want people to be alert to. We’re talking about sciences like five years out also being confirmed by many labs around the world and major research teams ─ for example, Oxford, University of California at Berkeley, University of Amsterdam.

Some amazing teams have spotted that there are actually states of water that we haven’t yet noticed.

Of course, nature noticed. Nature knows what it’s doing. And what’s amazing about knowing this kind of water is that it is actually what happens to water after it gets in motion, for example, through a waterfall or spinning through a river or water that moves through something like the ocean.

We know when we’re near those waters ─ water that’s pushed up through rocks and it’s spring water ─ we immediately, as animals, identify that there’s something attractive about that water.

SHARON: I know that it makes me feel good. I travel a lot and if I can get myself to a beach, I feel so much better. I think it’s two things: The feel and smell of the air and sand with my bare feet; that makes me feel good. I think they call that “grounding.”

GINA: That’s a hydrating strategy because what you’re doing is you’re impacting the electrical function of your water cells. Your water cells are your cellular batteries. Dr. Pollack at the University of Washington who is the lead researcher on this new kind of water did a molecular count.

So we’re looking at the molecular structure of water. It isn’t changed in color; it’s isn’t change in temperature. It’s just changing its hydrogen bonds slightly more to become a crystalline shape. So this is liquid crystalline water we’re talking about otherwise known as “structured water, easy water, ordered water.” There are all sorts of names for it because everybody is stumbling into it now.

The difference is that it conducts electricity at a much higher rate than tap water or filtered water. It is important information to know that there’s a different kind of water that actually communicates inside the body at a much more potent level; and because of its molecular structure, to finish my thought, 99% of our molecules are water inside of us.

Ninety percent of us are water molecules. Those water molecules are shaped to get into our cell at a much more efficient level than if you were drinking tap water or even filtered water which is filtered and clean but still not carrying an electrical charge.


SHARON: Wow – 99%! I also remember from our previous chat that you’d said that if we drink too much plain (uncharged) water, it can actually take some of the nutrients out of our body.

GINA: ─ and electrolytes. A lot of us are told to drink water. We do need water. As I said, we’re 99% water. The problem is that the water we drink ─ reverse osmosis water, distilled water, or purified water they don’t have any electrical charge and it pours into our system and it isn’t quite set up to absorb into the cells like we just spoke about.

So it flash floods your system and it actually flushes out the minerals and the nutrients that are the very things that the water is trying to get to you. It’s like a flash flood instead of a slow drip that really allows you to absorb.

Through my research with desert communities, I realized that they weren’t drinking liquids; they were actually eating plants to hydrate. So they were using things like cashews and aloe and chia seeds.

This method of using the fibers in plants to help absorb is a key strategy. So it’s using foods to hydrate.

I’m not saying “Don’t drink water.” We still need liquid but we need to partner with those fibers to let that water really absorb. And once you get a high absorption level, you don’t need to drink as much and you’re not flushing out your system. You’re actually retaining the water [in a good way.] That’s a big difference.

SHARON: A big difference! A lot of people with autoimmune have absorption issues like gut dysbiosis and other problems with their body where they’re not retaining the nutrients that they’re taking in like ‘normal people’ would.

GINA: … the water stored in plants, as the desert communities knew ─ they’re not drinking eight glasses of water a day; they are eating highly hydrating foods and that’s a much better strategy and it’s much more doable than trying to drink all that water.

So high-hydrating foods are things like cucumbers, watermelon, oranges, apples, and beautiful leafy greens. Leafy greens are actually the highest form of water. The amount of water in leafy greens is really impressive. Eating a salad is a really potent form of hydration. We just don’t think of it that way.

All those fibers, all the nutrients and the water inside the plant cells locked in there is the perfect hydration system designed by nature to deliver and retain nutrients, hydration, minerals, and cell function. It’s all there just by eating foods.

SHARON: Awesome! That’s fantastic. Everyone, that’s Gina Bria sharing how to stay hydrated. Gina’s the founder of the Find the complete audio and video of this interview

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