Our bodies are made up of over 70% water. Isn’t that incredible? It’s hard to imagine our insides floating around in such massive amounts of H20, but it’s true. Because of this fun fact (I’m not really sure how fun it is, but at least you’ll have another answer the next time you play Trivial Pursuit!), it is clear that there are obvious–expected–health benefits to water consumption. In a nutshell, water keeps your body lubricated. A little swig off your Klean Kanteen (quick plug for my favorite water container) can have your muscles, tissues, and ligaments functioning at optimal levels; water keeps skin hydrated, which also keeps the wrinkles away; and of course, aqua helps flush toxins out of our bodies. But the less than obvious–the Unexpected–health benefit to water is that when you feel the need to hydrate yourself, rest assure you are participating in life…and being ‘alive’ in this lifetime is healthy.
I went for a way overdue run today. During my run (with my four-legged friend, of course), I became acutely aware of two things: 1) I should be running more; and 2) I was in dire need of some water. I had left the house without my water bottle, and 45 minutes into the run, I was ready to lap up the rain water on the side of the road. I made my way to Lucca’s favorite swimming hole so at least she could cool off and hydrate (with some questionable water, but oh well), but there was no rejuvenation for me, so away we went to complete our full circle loop back home. Tap water never tasted so good!
But as thirsty and dehydrated as I was (which by the way, is NOT healthy!), I was also acutely aware of how alive I felt. When we are active in life–physically, mentally, spiritually–we actually become more thirsty; and water is a brilliant indicator of how alive we may be feeling. When I am engaged with life on multiple levels, I am thirsty for more; I want more connection, more meaning, even more water. And as we grow ‘in’ to ourselves, we better understand what our bodies need…and water happens to be one of THE most vital nutrients we can ingest. So the next time you are looking for a thirst quencher, consider water the most healthFUL choice you can give yourself. You are filling your body–and your soul–with a little liquid health. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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