26th Feb Drink more water
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation .( Isaiah 12:3)
Water is life!
As Christians we became part of the family of God through the sacred water of baptism and so we should treasure it! It is our sacred element. Remember too that we do not just partake of bread and wine in the communion, water is added to the wine. This is because the Eucharist is a reenactment of the last supper and commemoration of the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Wine is the symbol of life and blood. When water is added to wine we are reminded of the piercing of Jesus with a spear when blood and water flowed from his heart. So our two most important sacraments have water in them – Baptism and the Eucharist
We need to give thanks for the gift of water – it is very precious and it is very scarce . It seems that the Earth has an abundance of water – that is why it is a blue planet – but unfortunately, only a small percentage (about 0.3 percent), is even usable by humans. The other 99.7 percent is in the oceans, soils, icecaps, and floating in the atmosphere. So to waste or pollute water is a sin
Our bodies need water
If you don’t drink enough water each day, you risk becoming dehydrated. Warning signs of dehydration include weakness, low blood pressure, dizziness, confusion, or urine that’s dark in color.
So how much water should you drink? Most healthy people need about four to six cups of water each day. If you are exercising or sweating due to the heat you should drink about two to three cups of water per hour.
If you are on medications that make you retain water , you might want to reduce the amount of water – check with pharmacist or doctor when you get your prescription.
Remember that it is not just water that keeps you hydrated, all drinks that contain water help your need of water. It is better to drink gradually throughout the day .
Water is always the more healthy choice. Sugary sodas are particularly bad for you . They give you extra calories without any benefits, they don’t make you feel full or give any nutrients. Those large amounts of sugar will get turned into fat in your liver. They are of course damaging to your teeth, so if you drink them when you are out and about you are unlikely to brush your teeth. Did you know that one can of coke contains 9 teaspoons of sugar? eeeurgh
This Lent choose to drink more water, both by increasing the amount of water you drink, and by cutting out sugary drinks and reducing caffeinated drinks. Have a jug of water on the table with each meal and drink water before you drink anything else.