Have you ever thought about what Jesus meant when he said, “whoever believes in me will never thirst”?
In the United States, we often don’t drink water until we are thirsty. Thirst is our cue to hydrate. So, the cycle of thirst-drink-thirst-drink is how we live. Without knowing it, being semi-dehydrated has become normal.
From a brochure on Hydration, I share the following facts.
By the time you realize you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. It takes a while for your body to communicate to you that you are low on fluids. Plus, you’re probably having too much fun to think about stopping for a drink at the first signs of thirst. To compund this situation, once you start rehydrating, your body signals that it is sated when you have actually replaced only about 2/3 of what it needs.
Low fluid levels can have serious consequences to your bodily functions.
- Your brain is especially sensitive to changes in your fluid levels, making dehydration one of the primary sources of headaches.
- On a cellular level, low fluid level reduces pressure needed to efficiently metabolize the nutrients that give you the energy to keep going.
- Research on distance runners shows a 2% slowing of pace for each percent of body weight lost through dehydration.
- Muscles are 70% water: If you dehydrate a muscle by only 3%, you lose 8% of your speed and 10% of your strength.
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we will live in full strength. Never thirst.