Proper hydration is crucial for optimal health and beautiful skin. We have all heard the conventional wisdom of “eight glasses of water a day”, but is this truly the optimal way to hydrate? Is the water we drink being properly absorbed? Many studies say the form and quality of our water has more impact than quantity.
Traditional bottled and tap water has been processed and filtered to make it safe and drinkable. However, this processing can “de-structure” water, or remove the natural crystalline structure of the molecule. The water becomes unorganized, and intra-cellular communication is diminished. The more structured a water becomes, the more potential it has for enhancing hydration, which in turn up levels cell-to-cell communication in the body. When water takes on the qualities of a gel, which is naturally crystalline, hydration is improved. Gel water does not have to look like gel.
Walking barefoot outdoors
There are many natural ways to increase properly structured water in the body. Light can activate water that is already in the body. Water has the capacity to “remember” its naturally crystalline molecular form. Your body absorbs negative electrons from the earth through the soles of your feet and this changes the chemistry of your body. Exposure to nature, walking in the sunlight, and spending time near moving water, all re-structure water within the body.
Adding Himalayan crystal salt to your water will re-mineralize it and restore its electrical potentials. The crystal of the salt reminds water that it’s a crystal too, water can remember! Salt’s naturally crystalline structure triggers water’s innate molecular formation. Start with a 1/4 teaspoon of crystal salt to 1 liter of distilled water.
Stuck at the office- “Electo”- “Light”
Not all of us have the luxury of easy access to nature. City dwellers and office workers can maximize “gel hydration” in a number of ways. Electrolytes are another way to improve the cellular charge to water. Adding lemon will increase the water’s electrolyte content. Electrolytes triggers the creation of gel water and, consequently, better hydration.
Gel water is found in plants naturally. Desert plants like cactus and chia contain gel-like hydration. Add chia to your water, which turns into a gel state when soaked, and absorbs up to nine times its weight in water. Collagen also contains gel water, so a daily dose of bone broth will increase hydration. High water content foods, such as melon, cucumber, and berries are also a good approach.
Certain mushrooms are also powerful hydrators. Tremella fuciformis, or white snow fungus, has uncanny ability to retain moisture. It can hold up to 500 times its own weight in water…which means intense hydration.
The proper approach involves incorporating water into your diet in a variety of ways. Instead of reaching for your usual bottled water, think high-hydration fruits and vegetables, nutrient rich bone broth, chia, and regular exposure to nature.