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Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness. Every year 3.4 million people die from drinking impure water—that’s like almost the entire city of Los Angeles. An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day. More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet!1

Do these statistics shock you? We who live in countries like the United States have no clue what it is like to live in places where there is little or no access to clean, uncontaminated water for drinking and bathing. We take for granted that we turn a faucet handle and get all the water we would ever want or need. Yet, amazingly enough, of all people on the planet who don’t drink enough water, those of us who live in developed countries do not get enough of God’s perfect beverage for mankind.

About 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. That means people are not drinking enough water. Other beverages, like juice, coffee, or tea, don’t give you the same health benefits as a simple glass of water. Going one day without enough water can cause moderate dehydration. Just a couple of days could actually be life-threatening for some people. A lack of water can cause heat exhaustion and contribute to a host of illnesses like cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, obesity, urinary tract infections, arthritis and joint pain and gall bladder problems.


Some of the symptoms of mild dehydration include headache, fatigue, confusion, heat intolerance, dry mouth and eyes, stomach pains, and a slower metabolism. Our bodies really depend on water. About 60 percent of our body is made up of water. The brain itself is about 70 percent water and the lungs are about 90 percent! Water doesn’t just clean us up on the outside, but on the inside as well. Our blood, which is about 83 percent water, is one of the most important cleansing agents of our system.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the daily intake of water under normal conditions for females to be about nine eight ounce glasses, and for men about twelve eight ounce glasses of water. People might think, “But I’m not thirsty.” Actually, if you wait until you are thirsty, you are probably already dehydrated. It’s better to drink water regularly throughout the day whether you feel thirsty or not. We actually lose about four percent of our body’s water per day.

Jesus once described the gospel as water. “But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:14). So, start drinking more water, but most of all, don’t neglect Jesus, the Water of life!

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By Curtis Rittenour. Copyright © 2012 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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