There have been some serious droughts throughout the world, and especially, within the United States in recent years. In fact, we recently got a call to pray for the affected areas. When farmers can’t get enough rain to grow their crops, they have nothing to sell, crops are lost, and we all feel the effects when produce prices soar. We can’t live without water.
I’m sure you know the medical professions’ advice to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. One diet we were on required us to record each 8-ounce glass of water that we drank. We took a large plastic container of water with us to work and kept it by our desks so we were without excuse for drinking water throughout the day. We drink water with our meals, and the glasses we use hold 1.5 cups of water, so we drink 4.5 cups of water each day just with meals. Now that we’re retired, there’s really no excuse for not walking into the kitchen and drinking a refreshing glass of filtered water.
There are numerous benefits of water besides the obvious one of quenching your thirst. The water serves as a conductor of electrolytes which allows ions to move across membranes, surrounding each cell, carrying fluid and nutrients as well as waste. While this is going on, these electrolytes trigger nerve impulses and muscle function, which allows ions in the blood to neutralize lactic acid as well as other acids dumped into the bloodstream as waste. The electrolytes separate into positively and negatively charged ions in the water. When you are sufficiently hydrated, your electrolyte levels stay in balance and everything functions normally. But if you aren’t sufficiently hydrated and/or add exercise to the equation, then the proper balance within your body begins to shift. Concentrated electrolytes increase but over time you can deplete them if they’re not replenished. This is a circumstance that athletes especially want to avoid because in extreme cases serious illness results.
So, whether you drink three glasses of water per day or eight or more, just make sure you are getting enough to keep your body working properly.