Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Quench by Dana Cohen; Gina Bria

book cover
by Dana Cohen;
Gina Bria

ISBN-13: 9780316515665
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Hachette Books
Released: June 12, 2018

Source: ebook ARC review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads
Many of us are dehydrated due to moisture lacking diets, artificial environments, and medications. Yet drinking too much water can flush out vital nutrients and electrolytes. Here is where "gel water" comes in: the water from plants (like cucumber, berries, aloe), which our bodies are designed to truly absorb right down to the cellular level.

Quench offers a five-day jump start plan: hydrating meal plans and the heart of the program, smoothies using the most hydrating and nutrient-packed plants. Another unique feature of their approach is micro-movements-small, simple movements you can make a few times a day that will move water through your fascia, the connective tissue responsible for hydrating our bodies. You will experience more energy, focus, and better digestion within five days.

My Review:
Quench is about hydration through eating plants and through movement. I've been interested in the concept of a fourth phase of water since watching a YouTube TEDX presentation about it. This book used that same material and other information you can easily find on the internet, though she did include some information about fascia that I hadn't heard before.

The authors talked about how your body uses water and how dehydration may be a cause behind various health conditions. They talked about the fourth state of water, which naturally occurs in abundance in foods like fruits and vegetables. They talked about how eating whole fruits and veggies is a good way to hydrate and how movement, even small movements, helps to keep you hydrated. Unfortunately, I often didn't find the descriptions of suggested micro-movements to be clear and the simplistic illustrations didn't clarify things for me.

They also talked about hydration for anti-aging and in special populations, like children and the elderly. They included smoothie, soup, and other hydrating recipes and a 5-day plan of what to eat and drink to be optimally hydrated.

Unfortunately, they would often say one thing in one spot and then say something seemingly contradictory in another spot. For example, one of the authors talked about how great Yerba Mate is for hydration, but it's high in caffeine (which she doesn't mention). Yet they later strongly recommend that you minimize or eliminate tea and coffee due to its caffeine content. But then they talked about a study that shows that up to 4 cups of coffee will not dehydrate you. And they suggested adding a pinch of salt to every glass of water you drink even though salt is dehydrating. So it is a good topic, but the presentation was confusing at times.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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