Sunday, 01 August 2021

F Faith and Fitness

Water of Life

Water is essential to good health, yet needs vary by individual.  How much water should you drink each day? It's a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.

 Although no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body's need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.

 Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

 Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

 How much water do you need?

 Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

 So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The adequate intake for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

 Everyone has heard the advice, "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day." That's about 1.9 liters, which isn't that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. Although the "8 by 8" rule isn't supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it's easy to remember.

 If you exercise or engage in any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss. An extra 400 to 600 milliliters (about 1.5 to 2.5 cups) of water should suffice for short bouts of exercise, but intense exercise lasting more than an hour (for example, running a marathon) requires more fluid intake. How much additional fluid you need depends on how much you sweat during exercise, and the duration and type of exercise.  Also, continue to replace fluids after you're finished exercising.

 To ward off dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. It's also a good idea to drink a glass of water or with each meal and between each meal.

 As I've shown it is important to get the adequate amount of water into your body every day.  But more importantly, it is necessary to "hydrate ourselves spiritually". 

 The Bible and water are very much connected. Water is mentioned 722 times in the scriptures.  That is less than God, Jesus, heaven or love, but many more times than faith, hope, prayer or even worship.  The first time water is mentioned in the scripture is found in Genesis 1:2

 Gen 1:2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

 Before there was anything; light, sun or moon, earth, plants, living creatures or anything else, there was water.   Having created the earth out of water, and the sky in the midst of waters, and calling forth living creatures out of water, God continues to bathe his creation with water as a sign of His care.  The final time water is mentioned is in Revelations 22:17.

 Revelations 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, Come.Let anyone who hears this say, Come.Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.

 From the beginning of the Bible to the end water flows through the pages of scripture. It is full of passages that link water to Gods creating, blessing and saving work. This alone shows to me the importance of water in our spiritual lives.

 In Hosea water is a sign of the presence of God.

 Hosea 6:3 Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.

 The Bible and water are keys for any believer. I would say that they are one of the main means that God's power and grace are revealed to us. In the Bible water represents many things....God's word, His healing, His refreshing, His restoration, His promises and His hope to name just a few. To restore your spirit with the Living Water daily you need to find time to pray, get in God's presence, talk to Him, hear from Him, and serve Him as He leads.  Refresh and revitalize your body and your spirit with the water it needs daily!

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams

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Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 

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