Water for Life
And Ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. Exodus 23:25
Water, so easily accessible to us, but under-used, is amazing! Whether on the outside as hydrotherapy, or on the inside by the simple act of drinking we have been promised a blessing from God.
Your body is at least 75% water. Water is the key to all bodily functions, including circulation, assimilation, digestion, elimination and temperature control. If you had to drink all the water your body uses for its different functions you'd have to drink 2,500 gallons a day. Fortunately, your body reuses all but a small amount-but that small amount you need.
Seventy-five percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Lack of water is the number one trigger for daytime fatigue. Even mild dehydration will slow down metabolism as much as 3%. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on a printed page. In prolonged dehydration, the brain cells actually begin to shrink.
Dehydration (from not drinking enough water) actually increases your risk for common symtoms such as allergies, asthma, headaches, heartburn and back and neck pain. It also increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, gall bladder disease, hypoglycemia, kidney stones, ulcers, rheumetoid arthritis, weight gain and even cancer.
Statistics gathered from a study of Seventh-day Adventists in California showed that healthy men who drank five or more glasses of water every day had a 54% decrease in the risk of fatal coronary heart disease, compared with those who drank only two glasses of water. Women who drank five glasses of water lowered their fatal heart attack risk by 41%.
We are told in the Ministry of Healing, In health and in sickness, pure water is one of heaven's choicest blessings. Its proper use promotes health. It is the beverage which God provided to quench the thirst of animals and man. Drunk freely, it helps to supply the necessities of the system and assists nature to resist disease.(pg. 237)
Not only do we need to drink more water to avoid being dehydrated we also need to avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, and other caffinated beverages because they actually make you even more dehydrated.
Headaches and dry skin are two of the most common symptoms fo dehydration, but sinus infections and postnasal drip are also connected. Normally water thins your bodies natural mucus secretions and sends them down your throat without you even realizing they were there. But when you're not getting enough water, the mucus gets stuck and you think you're sick, when all you really need is water. (You'll Rust Out Before You Wear Out pg. 5-8) I was also supprised to learn that the histamines allergy sufferers take anti-histamines for are actually increased by the body to reduce evaporation of water.
Surprisingly, the "dry mouth" is the very last sign of dehydration. In 31% of Americans the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. The author of the book Your Bodies Many Cries for Water states that "Chronic and persistently increasing dehydration is the root cause of almost all currently encountered major diseases of the human body." In other words You're not sick, You're thirsty!
Here at Bible Picture Pathways we have personally experienced the benefits of water. We have almost eliminated headaches (which I've had since childhood) , heart burn, back pain (which was bad enough to miss work several times) and joint pain. (One day I was climbing scaffolding and my knees went out. I didn't think I could do anymore. My husband asked "How much water have you drunk today?" After I went in and guzzled a lot of water, the pain went away amazingly fast!)
Here's how to make sure your drinking enough water. The heavier you are the more water your body needs. Take your weight in pounds and divide it by 2. this is approximately the number of ounces of water you need to drink every day. So if you weigh 150 pounds divide by 2= 75 ounces= 9 1/2 cups. If it is particularly hot and you are sweating you will need even more.
Don't forget everyday to "drink" some living water also. You can't live without it!
Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John 4:13,14
Much of the proceeding information comes from the book
Your Bodies' Many Cries for Water available in our PDF Library