Drink Up!

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:38 NIV)

Agua. H20. Water. You can call it whatever you want as long as you drink lots of it. Water is one of the best beauty secrets in the world. Did you know that water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat? In other words, water helps you lose weight. So, drink up!

Weight loss is just one of the benefits of drinking water. There are more reasons to drink H20 such as: water carries needed nutrients through the body and carries unwanted waste out of the body. In other words, water helps cleanse your body. Need more convincing?

Here are some additional water facts to get you motivated.

•Water maintains blood volume and proper muscle tone.

•Water can improve the appearance of your skin.

•Water is a great treatment for fluid retention.

•Water keeps you from being dehydrated. (Did you know that one of the most common reasons for headaches and anxiety attacks is dehydration?)

Ultimately, you should drink six to eight glasses of water every day. That’s a good gauge, but here’s an even better one. Try dividing your weight in half and drink that many ounces of water a day. That should be your goal.

OK, now that you’re convinced you should be drinking H20; I want to talk about another kind of water—the Living Water. If you’ve asked Jesus to be the Lord of your life, you’re filled with the Holy Spirit, which is the Living Water. This water will make you beautiful on the inside and spiritually fit.

The Word talks of the Living Water in John Chapter 4. Remember the Samaritan woman that Jesus met at the well? She was shocked when Jesus asked her for a drink of water because He was a Jew. He spoke to her, saying, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (verses 13 and 14)

Let that Living Water stir on the inside of you today, and let it spill out onto all you encounter. You just never know when “a Samaritan woman” might be watching and wondering what makes you different. When she asks “for a drink,” you’ll be able to offer her the Living Water that you’ve been given. That’s one beauty secret you’ll want to share!

QUICK TIP

If you have trouble drinking 64 ounces of water, here’s a trick. Outsmart yourself. Buy one of those 33-ounce water bottles and drink two of those a day. Once you’ve guzzled down two, you’re done for the day. Somehow, consuming only two bottles of water as opposed to eight separate glasses makes it seem like less water. It’s also a good idea to keep a water bottle in the car, next to your computer, in the kitchen, on your nightstand and anywhere else you find yourself throughout the day. That way, you’ll have a water bottle handy all day as you sip your way to 64 ounces. Try it!

Also, if you can’t stand the taste of tap water, try a bottled version of the wet stuff. If that doesn’t help, you might add a slice of lime or lemon to an ice-cold glass of water.

Michelle

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