1 Corinthians 6:19

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own..." 1 Corinthians 6:19

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Amazing Benefits of Water

This post is an additional link to a previously posted article on the Allegheny Center Alliance Church livejournal blog: Water - The Source of Life

  • We are susceptible to toxins from breathing them through the air, eating them in our foods, and using them on our skin.  Drinking water flushes these impurities and toxins away.  Just as baptism cleanses our souls, water cleanses our bodies.
  • Aside from flushing away toxins, water also flushes away fat.  For healthy weight, water increases your metabolism and helps to regulate your appetite.  Did you know that you can feel hungry when really your body is telling you it needs water, not food?  Try drinking a glass of water before stopping at the vending machine!
  • Water is a natural lubricant and naturally moisturizes your skin.  You’ll notice a healthier glow to your skin and even brighter eyes from the lubricating effects of having enough water in your body.  I say, skip the $400 bottle of fancy face cream and try increasing your water intake!
  • Approximately 80% of your blood is made up of water.  Vital nutrients, oxygen, and minerals needed by your body are transported in the blood stream through water.  When your body is even mildly dehydrated, you’ll experience fatigue and a lack of energy.  Caffeine interferes with water’s ability to travel in your body, so give your body the nutrients and energy it needs by substituting a caffeinated drink with a glass of water.   
  • If your body is not getting enough water, it will store the little bit it is getting.  That is, you can forget about wearing your skinny jeans because you’ll be too bloated to wear them.  Too much sugar and salt can also lead to bloating and water will help to flush that junk right out of your system!
  • Water also makes you smarter (no kidding!).  Our brains are made up of approximately 75% water and when your brain has a good supply of water, you’ll think clearer.
  • Water cushions your joints and tissues, aids the digestive process and helps eliminate constipation, and regulates body temperature.  Your stomach, liver, and kidneys need water to work properly so drink water before and after eating.

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