Welcome back to Day 4 of 21 Days of Prayer and Wellness. Today, we will be talking about how to drink water and mind your business with a big focus on drinking your water. Now, I cannot take credit for such a great phrase. It actually comes from Sarah Jakes Roberts, who is an amazing Christian speaker, author, entrepreneur, and podcast host. On her podcast, she asks “the delegation” (her fan base) if they are “drinking their water and minding their business.” Well, today, I am drinking my water and partially minding my business. Hey, you are always working on something. Do you drink water? Are you drinking enough?
Water is essential for physical, mental, and spiritual health. Why? Your body is mostly made of water, so not drinking enough water can impact your organs like your brain and your stomach. You need your mind to think and sort out your day, and if you are feeling kind of down physically and mentally, it is hard to focus on your spiritual.
So today, I encourage you to reach your daily water intake. Interestingly, 20% of your water intake comes from your food like fruits and vegetables. Only 80% comes from drinking water. The daily water intake general recommendations are for women to have 2.7 liters of total water and 3.7 liters for men. So if you do the 80/20 calculations, women should drink at least 2.16L (73 ounces, 2159ml, or about 4 1/2 standard water bottles), and men should drink 2.96L (100 ounces, 2957 ml, almost 6 standard water bottles) (different values for children). (link to article —> http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Reports/2004/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-Water-Potassium-Sodium-Chloride-and-Sulfate.aspx )
I have heard many people complain about not wanting to drink water for several reasons, and if they do drink water, they never reach their goals. So here are a few tips to help you.
- Get a reusable water bottle. A reusable water bottle can help the ecosystem, save money, and keep you on track. If you drink from the same container, you already know how many bottles you need to have to reach your goal.
- Write times on your bottle. You can line your container with different times to drink your water. This is really helpful on workdays because when you notice you have not caught up to the current time, it can encourage you to drink your water.
- Use a water intake tracker. If you have an iPhone, your Health app is awesome. You can track all of your nutrition intake there, including water, plus under each nutrient, there is more information about how it impacts your health. Also, there are several apps available for any smartphone that can be used to track your water.
- Jazz it up. I do not know about you, but I love pretty things. Like I am encouraged to drink more water when it looks a little “jazzy.” This is also a good tip for people who do not like the taste of plain water. Adding fruit, vegetables, and herbs to your water not only makes it look more appealing, but it adds additional health benefits and a unique taste. One of my favorites is the combination of lemon, cucumber, mint, and ginger, which is good for the digestive tract or stomach. There are several ideas for infused water on Pinterest and the web. However, I would encourage you to always do your research on the best combinations for you.
I really hope these tips can help increase your total water intake. We talked mostly about drinking enough water, but make sure you eat fruits and vegetables daily to get the water from your diet. There are specific medical diagnoses that can impact how much water you should drink. Also, if you exercise a lot, then you may need supplemental nutrition along with a different amount of water intake. Always, make sure you consult with your primary care doctor before trying any suggestions (Please view disclaimer). Comment below what habits you have to help you drink more water?
God, thank you for being in our presence today. I know that my spiritual, physical, and mental health are all connected, and I want to make sure that I am living in overall wellness. God, I pray that you guide me towards the changes I need to make in my life to be healthy. Lord, I also pray for healing and protection in areas that are out of my control. Thank you in advance for your blessings.