“…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”-John 4:14
“Drinking water is like washing out your insides. The water will cleanse the system, fill you up, decrease your caloric load, and improve the function of all your tissues.”-Dr. Kevin R. Stone
You’ve probably heard that you should drink 64 ounces of water a day. I think that’s a pretty commonly heard statement. That’s equivalent to just under 4 water bottles a day. That should be doable, right? But I know it can be difficult to drink the recommended amount of water a day for many different reasons. Water can be so bland compared to coffee, soda, or orange juice, but the benefits of water are through the roof compared to any other drink. (Plus, it’s free at restaurants, unlike any other drink!) Like Dr. Stone said in the quote referenced today, water washes your insides out. It really and truly does. It cleanses your system removing all negative toxins. Ever been ill and had someone tell you to drink more water than usual? That is real medical advice. Water really does flush out bad toxins! Seriously. Water also fills you up. If you drink 8 ounces of water before any meal, the water will fill you up causing you to eat less food during said meal. Dr. Stone also says that it improves the function of all your tissues. Have you ever been told to drink extra water when you get sunburned? The reasoning for this is that the extra water will hydrate your skin tissues, rejuvenating and healing them quicker. These are only a few examples of how drinking water is beneficial, however, there are plenty more reasons water is good for you. Maybe you know all the facts about water but still aren’t convinced to drink the recommended 64 ounces of water a day. Here are 3 tasty tips to help you drink more water throughout the day.
- Replace a cup of coffee with a caffeine water packet. Crystal light, just one of many water flavoring companies, has multiple different flavors, including wild strawberry and grape (my personal favorite)! Each packet contains 60 mg of caffeine. This is a little less than a typical cup of coffee, which contains 95 mg on average. If those 35 mg of caffeine make a difference, feel free to add another half packet into your water. Now your water’s caffeine amount is equivalent to one cup of coffee. Your water flavor might be strong, but you won’t be altering your daily caffeine intake.
- Ditch the soda and flavor your water with a non-caffeinated water packet. Maybe you don’t need nor want the caffeine but would enjoy a little flavor to your water, then this tip is for you. Crystal light, again, like many other companies, has regular water flavor packets in addition to the caffeine flavors. A few of my favorites are fruit punch, raspberry lemonade, and my absolute favorite, peach iced tea. I seriously could drink a flavored water every single day. They are so darn tasty. When I finish one glass of water, another glass is calling my name. They are seriously that yummy. Pro tip – the pitcher sized water packets taste better due to a water/powder ratio, but the single to-go packets work perfectly for a to-go kind of day.
- Buy a sturdy reusable water bottle. My favorite water bottle is a Nalgene 1000 ml bottle. They are only $10 and last forever, let me tell you. Buying a reusable water bottle allows you to fill up and drink more water throughout the day. It’s so easy to throw away a plastic water bottle when you are finished. If you throw away the empty bottle at lunch, the rest of the afternoon you’re either stuck with no water or a water fountain. Water fountains are great inventions, but if you don’t have a water bottle, you often find yourself making lots of trips or just simply not drinking as much as you should be. Similarly, maybe you just don’t drink water after lunch. A reusable water bottle can fix both those problems because they are made for, well, reusing. This allows you to continue sipping water throughout the day. Plus, by using a reusable bottle, you’re ultimately using and trashing less plastic which benefits the environment, woohoo! As for me, a student, it’s so easy to fill up my Nalgene in the morning and throw it into my book bag before I leave for class. Not only does it not take up that much space, but it also keeps me hydrated throughout the day. Win, win.
In order to reach my daily water goal, I regularly partake in all 3 of these tips. To be completely honest, at this point, water is the only liquid I drink on a daily basis. For a special occasion I might drink a Cheerwine soda, but my go to drink is now water. Side note – for all you non-North Carolina residents, Cheerwine is by far the greatest soda of all time and can only be purchased in North Carolina. I know the health benefits of drinking water and now live solely on water. These 3 tips helped me ditch other drinks for a more water filled life. I’m telling you, the water packets are just as flavorful as a soda, maybe even more so. Give them a try, if not for me, for your body’s health.
Now let’s hone in on the scripture verse for today. I left this for the end of today’s blog because this scripture verse is packed with information. And I mean packed. Just this verse doesn’t give you the whole context, so let me set the scene real quick. (Heads up, this will be a very summarized version of John 4. Feel free to read the whole chapter to understand more details). So it starts off with Jesus traveling from Judea and headed toward Galilee. He is thirsty from all the walking and decides to stop in a town called Samaria. In the town square, there’s a well for water. He doesn’t have a bucket to drop down into the well, so he waits for someone to come along. Shortly thereafter, a woman shows up. Little does she know, her world is about to be rocked. Jesus is a Jew and the woman is a Samaritan. In those days, Jews (minus Jesus) chose not to mingle with Samaritans, so when Jesus asks her to draw some water for him, she is shocked. She asks him who he thinks he is that he would ask a Samaritan woman for water. He then says to the woman that if only she knew who he was, she would have given him water without him asking. In return, he would have given her living water. She, confused, points out that he doesn’t have anything to draw water with and asks where this living water can be found. He responds in verse 13 saying “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again…” and then into our verse 14, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” He then goes on to prove of his omniscience and to declare He is the Messiah.
Okay so now that we have context to our verse, let’s get right to the point. Water is needed for survival, I think that’s evident to everyone alive. You cannot survive very long without water. If you’re lucky, you might last a few days. The same goes for Jesus. You simply cannot survive without Jesus. He offers living water that will literally save your life. Though physical water is representative of the water Jesus Christ offers, His water is a spiritual water, not a physical one. Without Jesus, just like without water, you won’t have life in light of eternity. Jesus’s water is the only true water; no other water will give life. You can drink all the physical water in the world, but if you don’t drink of the living water Jesus offers, you won’t have eternal life with him in Heaven. So girl, drink BOTH your waters. Do the thing today.