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Faith Filled Friday: Dehydration and Springs of Living Water

January 17, 2020

About two-thirds of our body is made up of water. We have all been dehydrated at some point in our life, probably more than once.
Water is needed to boost our energy, lower stress, build muscle tone, nourish skin, prevent constipation, reduce kidney stones, regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, carry nutrients and oxygen to cells; moisten tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes, and nose and a lot more.
Signs of Dehydration
Oddly enough thirst is not the earliest sign of dehydration. You could already be dehydrated, having lost as much as 1 to 2 percent of your body’s water content. With that kind of water loss, you may start to experience cognitive impairments — like stress, agitation and forgetfulness, to name a few.
Some of the earliest signs of dehydration are dark urine and decreased urine output; dry lips, mouth and skin; and increased heart rate. A stinky breath is a sign of dehydration because of a dry mouth, or xerostomia, from lack of saliva and its cleaning effects.
You can become dehydrated in other ways than simply not drinking enough water: blood loss after a traumatic injury, vomiting, diarrhea, a high fever, excessive sweating, severe burns that weep fluids, and some medications like diuretics. Also, some beverages, especially caffeinated beverages, can have a diuretic or even laxative effect, increasing fluid loss. Did you know you lose body fluid with every exhalation? It’s not much, but it was not one way that I thought about at all.
Muscle cramps are a sign of many things, including dehydration. The most common cause of cramps is insufficient nutrients like magnesium, potassium, or sodium, but you can have a lot of those in the diet without enough water to transport them to the muscles that need them.
Replacing fluids is fairly easy
Water is the best fluid to help with hydration, but if none is handy go ahead and have a juice box or an iced tea. Rehydration is not the same as electrolyte or mineral replacement. The water you drink should contain beneficial minerals and electrolytes to replenish those that your body loses every day.
Fruits and vegetables are good sources of water. Think watermelon, peaches, apples, cantaloupe, even coconut water for an hydration boost.
Now that we have fixed your physical dehydration problem, what about your spiritual dehydration?
Signs of Spiritual Dehydration
When I first became ill with myasthenia gravis, fibromyalgia, and epilepsy, I felt overwhelmed and became angry at God. I quit going to church, praying and reading my Bible for months. In my opinion, those are the three biggest signs of severe spiritual dehydration.
Replacing spiritual fluids is no so easy
I needed God more than ever, yet I had basically thrown Him away. Over the next few months the story of Job kept coming to mind so I read it again. Job did not give up on God like I did. I started going to church again and reading my Bible. I still did not feel like talking to God all that often and I think He understood. He healed two of my health problems after I came back to Him for which I am deeply thankful.
Psalm 23 is probably the most well-known psalm. In verse 2 we are told: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the sill waters.
I have always found peace being in a quiet spot when I talk with the Lord.
John 4:14: It’s the story of Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman at the well in vs 5-29; But whosever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
I was a teenager when I asked Jesus into my heart and to forgive my sins, and I know I will go to heaven. Having Him with me always makes it easier to deal with the rougher side of life.

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