It is hot! It is dang hot! When temperatures reach these heights, staying hydrated is even more important to your health. What do you reach for when you are thirsty? You have so many options to choose from, but not all drinks are created equal.
Many people have fallen into futile drinking habits, perpetually running low on water internally. For example, when you consume high levels of caffeinated or sugary beverages your body actually uses water to eliminate them and in turn, becomes more dehydrated. That means you need to drink even more water to replenish what was lost through those drinks.
If that sounds like your go to drinks, you are not alone. When those choices are your primary source of liquid, you can create a domino effect and sit in a cycle of dehydration that you may not even be aware of. The only way to stop the cycle is to break the habit and begin supplying your body with the water it needs, which brings us to your one month challenge.
The Challenge: To start your day drinking 16 ounces of water within the first hour after you wake up. The overall goal is to drink the recommended 64 ounces or more each day.
Getting Creative Deliciously
Invigorating Cucumber Lemon Mint Water
What you’ll need:
3-4 mint leaves
Benefits: The lemon is a great way to break the night’s fast. It is alkalizing and cleansing/detoxing. The mint is invigorating; a natural, caffeine-free way to wake up your senses in the morning.
Fruity Ice Tea
Choose a caffeine-free fruit tea. My personal favorites are Tazo Passion and Celestial Seasonings AssortedFruit Blend. Place two bags into a 2 c glass measuring cup. Heat 16+ ounces of water until simmering well. Pour the hot water into the measuring cup and steep for at least 5 minutes. Pour over ice and enjoy.
On the Go
Here are some recommendations when you are running around town:
- Sobe Life Water – Zero Calorie varieties (stevia sweetened)
- Hint Water
- Make your own with Young and More Flip Top Infuser Water Bottle – $11.57 on Amazon (31 oz, BPA Free, Purchase includes a pdf recipe book)
If 64 ounces a day seems daunting, start by replacing one daily caffeinated/sugary beverage with water each week until you meet the recommendations. Keep with it, because eventually you will notice the fruit of your labor physically. Your glowing body will thank you for it.
Staying Full of the Water of Life
When the heat kicks up in your life to challenge your spiritual well-being, pure Living Water is just as important. If you are a follower of Jesus, you will get hit with difficulty and your faith with be challenged. Scripture says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NASB)
In these seasons of difficulty, you can still produce life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Allowing the Holy Spirit time to refresh, replenish, and move in and through you all day is vital. Taking time in the morning to acknowledge Father God and give Him your day is an excellent way to embrace your need for Him and set your focus. As these verses proclaim, when your trust is the Lord Himself you can get through anything with grace. Give Jesus the first of your day and receive His peace that passes all understanding and all the other fruits of the Spirit, even in the worst of situations (John 14:27, Galatians 5:22-23).
Devotional – Meditations on Grace
Praise – Lauren Daigle: Trust In You