Rain is God’s way of moisturizing the earth to replenish, nourish and cleanse the air and the ground, helping to sustain life as we know it. In much the same way, drinking water is the body’s way of moisturizing itself from the inside out to cleanse the cells and get rid of toxins, all of which help to promote good health.
Knowing how many millions of people worldwide desperately struggle with the issue of finding potable drinking water for their families, our lives will never be the same in this or any other country. As Americans, aren’t we blessed to be able to get a drink of water anytime we feel like it? Yet most of us don’t even drink enough water to properly re-hydrate our bodies each and every day. The fact is that the majority of Americans actually dehydrate themselves little by little over their lifetimes, may be unintentional, but it still happens. By the time we’re in our 60’s and 70’s, we’ve learned to ignore the symptoms of dehydration, which can include headaches, lack of energy, poor concentration, and constipation. And we thought those were symptoms of old age.
Babies are made up of 78%-80% water when they’re born. Unfortunately, by the time we reach the twilight years, some of us could consist of as little as 50% water. That spells trouble when it comes to our health. It’s a fact that the average American gives little thought to the importance of drinking adequate amounts of water daily. We just don’t educate ourselves about it. Personally, I’m still learning about the benefits of hydration. I didn’t really learn the value of drinking water until I was in my 40’s. I’m just glad I learned.
Simply speaking, water is involved in every single function of the body, helping to transport nutrients and waste products in and out of our cells – all ten trillion of them. It’s necessary for all digestive, absorption, circulatory, and excretory functions, including the utilization of the water-soluble vitamins. It is also used to maintain proper body temperature. That is a huge job, folks.
In my experience, I’ve found that it’s just as easy to drink water as to not drink it. In other words, if I don’t have a container of water within my grasp or in my possession at all times, I don’t find myself drinking it. If I can easily reach for a glass of water, I’m much more likely to sip, swallow or gulp it throughout the day and night. Many times, it seems like real work trying to drink enough water every day. But then I put it into perspective by remembering all of the many, many millions of people who can’t even find any water to drink and remember how blessed we are as a nation.
On a more humorous note, Deane Juhan, in Jacob’s Body, states that our “bodies are just a way for water to get up and walk around.” So drink up. You can hardly drink too much water and we can only increase the quality of our lives by the adequate consumption of the most precious commodity on the planet. Drink up!