So, just how important is water to you? Go outside in the summer heat and you quickly find out. But even without the intense heat, you need water to help every action/reaction in your body.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science School, water “regulates body temperature,” which is why you need extra water during the summer, “acts as a shock absorber for brain and spinal cord, allows body’s cells to grow, reproduce and survive, helps deliver oxygen all over the body, lubricates joints, flushes body waste, [is used] by the brain to manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters, and [transports] carbohydrates and proteins.” No wonder we feel great when we drink enough water and have lower energy when we don’t! And since water makes up 55-65% of your body, it goes to “vital organs” first when you are slightly dehydrated. So, if you are noticing your skin a little drier or more wrinkled than usual, or – how shall I say this delicately – dealing with constipation or dark yellow urine, you probably need to drink more water.
How much water? That is very individual. There are some website calculators, including http://www.camelbak.com/HydrationCalculator. For many people, simply cutting out the man-made drinks (especially sodas, pre-mixed flavor packets, etc.) and switching to what God made for the body – straight water or water flavored naturally (lemon slices, cucumber slices, herb infusions, etc.) will take care of water needs. Always remember: God loves you and what He has created for you is best. I encourage you to read the following scriptures in the Bible: Exodus 17:1-6, 1 Kings 17, Joshua 15:18-20, Judges 15:18-20. Notice that when people were thirsty God did not bless them with milk or wine (or soda or…). He blessed them with water.