2) Women have less water than men (as a percentage).
3) Fat people have less water than thin people (as a percentage).
Hmmm.... This really says a LOT without my even reiterating, doesn't it?
"But I just don't like water!" Learn to, my friend. I have heard this lame argument again and again. What do we tell our little children when they say this about something on their dinner plate? IT'S GOOD FOR YOU! But instead of drinking enough water to keep our bodies running well, so many Americans will drink a soda, drink a 10% fruit juice substitute (making it 90% WHAT??), drink fruit flavored water with artificial sweetener.... If your body has to work overtime to purify the water it needs, it really is not getting the nourishment from it. And where do the impurities go? In the "filters" in your body: kidneys and liver mainly. Ever hear of someone who drank alcohol, and a lot of it? What organ does it effect most adversely? The liver. Please, THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK!! Then drink water!! *_*
There are many miracles pertaining to water in the Bible! There are miracles of water effecting only a few, such as the disciple Peter walking on the water when Jesus bid him come to Him. There is the miracle of water at the wedding at Cana at the beginning of Messiah's public ministry. And there are enormous miracles like the world-wide flood of Noah's day and the parting of the Red Sea for Moses and the children of Israel! But one of the most heart-touching, water miracles to me is the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well in John chapter 4....
4 And [Jesus] must needs go through Samaria.
5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
AMEN! Jesus gave the water of life freely! YES, our bodies need physical water. Jesus was thirsty. Here and on the cross are two times we're told that Jesus -- Emmanuel - "God with us" -- was thirsty.
HUMAN BODIES NEED WATER
Now, it is important right here to keep in mind that one can overdo on water. Most of us have heard of the twenty-eight year old woman who collapsed during the April 2002 Boston Marathon, dying two days later. Cause of death? Water overdose. She literally drank herself to death.
[2007: Of all the ignorant things, this took place again because of a contest for video game equipment! The contestants were required to drink so much water hourly and not use the restroom, and a woman DIED shortly after trying to win this contest!]
This is a medical condition known as Water Intoxication or Hyperhydration, in which an individual's intake of water is excessive. The over abundance of water literally dilutes plasma sodium, electrolytes, and other essential vitamins and minerals. Like fatal diarrhea (cholera, for example), it is possible to literally lose too much of your body's sodium, slip into a coma, and die. (From an online article on Water Intoxication).
"But I thought sodium was bad for you?" Yes, TOO MUCH sodium is, but our bodies need a certain amount of sodium to survive. But "good for you" things can turn into bad when not used in moderation! That can be said for every one of the "Healthy YOU" topics.
Too much intake of air/oxygen? Hyperventilate.
Too much exposure to sunlight? Sunburn and/or skin cancer.
Too much intake of food, even biblically "clean" foods? Obesity.
Too much intake of water? Hyperhydration.
So, yes, MODERATION is key! Philippians 4:5 reads, Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. I have heard this taught: "all things in moderation". But that does not mean sin/bad things in moderation! No, that is twisting the Scriptures like cults do, to make verses say what you want them to say instead of what God says--the TRUTH. And I truly believe that if you have the Holy Spirit in you (if you are truly a born-again Christian), you will not be doing this, or at least not doing it and getting away with it!
Water is often representative of the Word of God. Look at these verses in Ephesians chapter 5:
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Just a note before I conclude this study. It is also important to our body's OUTSIDES to have clean water cleansing. We are so blessed to have access to regular hand-washing and daily showers! So much disease is spread by the lack of clean water and the presence of filth in our water (look at the cholera and other disease outbreaks following the flooding from Hurricane Katrina). In Medieval times, epidemics would break out because of unclean living conditions, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths. Even simple cleansing practices of health-care professionals and those handling food, their washing their hands did not become standard practice until the late 19th Century! And many times throughout history when people were dying of these horrific epidemics, those Jews practicing biblical cleansing practices and laws were virtually contagion-disease exempt. What am I talking about? The Old Testament laws teach us to wash our hands. Isolate disease-carrying individuals, cleanse the house and clothing where disease has been present. Those are all in the Pentateuch, the five books of the law given to Moses by God to be a blessing to His people, the children of Israel. But keeping these laws became a curse to the Jews when they were disease free and thousands around them were dying...jealous of the Jews' health. Interesting.
Again, I am not talking about saving our souls with obedience to the law. I believe I need to reiterate this FACT. No man ever was, is, or shall be spiritually saved by adherance to the law. Old Testament saints, early church Christians, nor Christians today are saved by works of righteousness.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8 & 9
God's Word likewise tells us that all scripture is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. I was saved when I came to the realization that GOD LOVED ME. Because of this, I have a very special place in my heart for the verses on love in the Bible. Take a look at these in reference to obedience:
John 14:15, If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14:23, Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
John 15:10, If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
I John 5:2 & 3, By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
So could our loving obedience as Christians to the God of the Bible--Old Testament and New--actually be a testimony to the world around us? Definitely something to prayerfully ponder...which we will be doing a lot of pondering on God's Word in the last study in Healthy YOU...Thought Life/Meditation. *_*
In conclusion, pure water is vitally important for internal and external cleansing. Pure drinking water and washing with clean water as well as washing our spirits and minds with THE WORD will bring cleansing, providing for a healthy YOU!
~Begun February 27th, 2003~