The Benefits of Water

by Faith Johnson, Faith Community Nurse

With the Walk for Water event coming up soon, I thought it would be good to look at the healthy benefits of drinking water. While some information on the paybacks of water may be exaggerated, there is sound data to support a good liquid intake of fluids. Here are a few benefits and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,  2017):

  • Drinking enough water daily is good for overall health
  • Because plain water has no calories, it can help with weight loss and control when used instead of high calories drinks (like soda)
  • Drinking water prevents dehydration, which contributes to sluggish thinking, dry, lusterless skin and elimination difficulties

It has been alleged that water helps with weight loss. While it is not a miracle cure for obesity, a recent study at Harvard Medical School (Marshall, 2016) did demonstrate that people who drank water consumed fewer calories, which led to weight loss.

The facts are that water is good for us…physically and spiritually.  Without God’s presence, the Psalmist laments that he is like one who is in a dry and thirsty land, where there is no water (Ps. 63:1). God promises that He will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground (Is. 44:3). Jesus said that the soul that was thirsty for righteousness was to be blessed (Matt. 5:6) and He invited that thirsty soul to come to him and never thirst again (Jn. 4:14). In fact, the whole message of the Bible is to “come, all who are thirsty, come to the waters” (Is. 55:1).

So next time you have a drink of water, thank God for physically providing you with good water to drink as well as watering your soul and quenching your spiritual thirst.

 

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Get the Facts: Drinking water and

intake. From https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/data-statistics/plain-water-the-healthier-choice.html

Marshall, M. (2016). The big benefits of plain water. Harvard Health Publications. From

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/big-benefits-plain-water-201605269675