When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
-Benjamin Franklin

From "Fit for God," by La Vita M. Weaver, pp. 68 & 72:

Water is so important for life that we can survive days, weeks, maybe months without food, but only days without water. The human body is about 55 to 70 percent water, and no bodily function takes place without water.

Water is the most important and most abundant natural resource, yet it is also the one we take for granted the most. If your throat isn't dry and you don't have sweat pouring off your forehead, you tend to take it for granted. But water does a lot more than just satisfy your thirst. Among its duties, it carries nutrients throughout the body, adds moisture to body tissues, softens stool, helps cushion your joints, and aides in the regulation of body temperature. Therefore, the human body continuously loses water throughout the day, and water molecules floating around in the atmosphere cannot be reabsorbed back into the body. We lose water through urination, stool excretion, respiration, sweating, and evaporation from the skin. Consequently, just as God planned a "water cycle" to replenish the water on earth, we need to create a "water cycle" for our bodies by making a conscious effort to ensure an ongoing intake of water.

Water helps tremendously with weight management. In nature, water cleanses and refreshes the earth and the atmosphere. In the Bible it symbolically washes away our sins (as in baptism). Drinking water washes our bodies of harmful products or toxins. This internal cleansing is very important for overall good health and weight management.

Do not wait until you are thirsty before you drink water. Thirst is actually a warning signal that you are not drinking enough water. To avoid dehydration and to maintain proper functioning of the body, you need to create a "water cycle" to constantly replace fluids you lose. The first step is to set a goal to drink at least eight to ten cups of water every day.

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