The Heat is On: Staying Well Hydrated

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.   

Your body was created to run on fluid, like a vehicle with oil and gas. You need fluid to lubricate your joints, move vital nutrients and chemicals, and keep you going and glowing. Specifically, your body needs continual water replenishment. Two-thirds of your body is composed of it. When you get low on water, your body sends signals that you need more; headache, fatigue, dry mouth or lips, dull, dry, or itchy skin, and even increased nasal/allergy symptoms to name a few. How effective are the choices you make on relieving and eliminating these symptoms? 

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.  
Until you get a taste of the benefits of the real thing, you don’t know what you are missing. You may be thinking, “But, I hate water!” Well, join me in thinking outside of the box.  (Above image courtesy of a454 at freedigitalphotos.net)

 

Getting Creative Deliciously 

 

Invigorating Cucumber Lemon Mint Water

What you’ll need:

1 cucumber
1 lemon
3-4 mint leaves
1.     Before you go to bed, fill a half gallon container with water.
2.     Add 8-10 cucumber slices, ½ lemon (sliced or quartered), and 2-4 mint leaves. Make sure each are thoroughly rinsed before adding to your water.
3.     Allow mixture to steep in the refrigerator overnight.
4.     Pour yourself 16 ounces in the morning for a refreshing way to start your morning. Finish the jug by the end of the day and you’ve met your daily goal.

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 dauntinWater with lime,lemon and mint on rustic wooden tableg, 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).

 

Your Challenge: Take 15-30 minutes at the beginning of your day for praise, a devotional, the Word, prayer involving surrender, communion, and thanksgiving to God, or listening to a Gospel teaching. The overall goal is to have constant communion with your Father God throughout the day that is so normal it is often overlooked, like breathing (see a Deep Breath of theSpirit).    

 

On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. To the one who believes in Me, it is just as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.'” (John 7:37-38 BSB)

 

But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4:14 NLT)

 

For I will pour water on him that is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground: I will pour my spirit on your seed, and my blessing on your offspring: (Isaiah 44:3 AKJV)

 

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. (Revelation 22:17 NLT)
 
More Resources:

Devotional – Meditations on Grace 

Praise – Lauren Daigle: Trust In You

 

 

 

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