“Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.” Daniel 1:12, ESV
A few years ago, I was shocked to learn that possibly up to 75% of Americans live their lives chronically dehydrated. I began to watch more carefully the type of beverages those around me chose when at work or at restaurants — coffee, tea, soda, juice — and I quickly realized that most people consume liquids in every other form but pure, clean, healthy water.
Most of us know in the back of our minds that we should be drinking 8-10 cups of water a day, but often we make excuses for not drinking enough. We have so over-stimulated our taste buds with sugary or caffeinated drinks that we find ourselves repulsed by the simple flavor of water, and so we try to justify in our minds that as long as what we are drinking is a liquid, it has to be an acceptable substitute.Almost 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Improve your health one glass of water at a… Click To Tweet
The truth is that pure water is vital for health and life because our bodies are 60% water, with a higher ratio of water in our muscles and brains. We need water and need it abundantly for our bodies to function at their optimal levels. No other liquids will do!
There are so many health benefits to drinking enough pure water: it energizes us, clears the mind, improves concentration, reduces the risk of heart disease, assists with proper digestion, cleans wastes from the liver and kidneys, and so much more. Staying hydrated is even more crucial if you live an active lifestyle or plan to do any type of physical activity.
If water is so good for us, why do so many of us stubbornly refuse to drink it? Quite often I hear people complain: “But I just don’t like the taste of water.” This is a ridiculous excuse. Certainly, water from different sources may have slightly different flavors, but we cannot refuse to properly hydrate ourselves because of this. Find a water you like and drink it!
Water is so abundant that 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered with it, but of course, not all water is equal. Only about 2.5% of the world’s water is fresh water, and only about 1% of that is accessible. There are many places around the globe where people struggle to have enough potable — that means safe, clean drinkable — water.
Pollution and droughts have severely affected the availability of clean water. As a very real freshwater crisis encroaches on so many communities, an unbelievable number of us with free and easy access to clean water turn our noses up at the taste instead of being thankful that we do not have to worry about tainted water.
Did you know that one sign of dehydration is actually the sensation of hunger? Many of us mistake our body’s signals that it needs more water for being hungry, and instead of drinking water, we reach for a snack.
Next time you’re thirsty or think you’re hungry, instead of reaching for a soda or juice or coffee or salty snack food, pour yourself a cup of pure, life giving water. You will not regret it.
Learn more about the health benefits of clean air with this short video by our friends at Life and Health Network, featuring Randy Bivens, M.D.