Throughout the process of pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing, I have been very aware of my body and what it needs to function in each of those circumstances. A loved one of mine recently had a scary episode, including a trip to the ER in an ambulance, and I was reminded again of what the human body needs in order to function properly. In that case, the person was dehydrated after not drinking enough fluids AND from several medications taken in succession.
Hydration is not something most of us think about, at least not until it’s 100 degrees outside and we can’t think of anything else except a cold glass of water. In the winter, we have the tendency to drink a warm beverage (read: coffee) to warm up (which actually dehydrates you) and we forget about drinking water, thus we forget about keeping ourselves hydrated.
God designed our bodies to require so much water per day for all our systems to work correctly. From the January 2013 study from U.S. Geological Survey, up to 60% of the human body is water, the brain is composed of 70% water, and the lungs are nearly 90% water. Every day, humans must replace 2.4 litres of water. Babies are born at about 78% water. When I became pregnant, one of the first things I noticed was my increased thirst. Even now that little miss Pride&Joy is almost 4 months old, I still find myself needing to drink lots of water every day.
So my challenge to you is to do one good thing for your body today. Tomorrow, pick one good thing to do for your body. The next day, choose one good thing to do for your body. Pretty soon, you will probably start to notice your body craves good things, and you feel better when you include those good things in your life. Here are some things I make a conscious effort to include:
- drink more glasses of water than you usually do (ideal = eight 8 oz. glasses per day)
- eat more foods with high fiber contents than you usually do (shoot for 35 grams per day…leave the skins on potatoes and apples, eat whole wheat breads/grains, etc.)
- exercise 10 minutes more than you usually do
- drink one less sugary drink than you usually do
- eat one less piece of junk food than you usually do (that is, if you’re trying to lose weight…pregnant and nursing mothers, consume those calories!)
- smile twice as much as you usually do
- laugh more than you usually do
- cook with less salt/fat/sugar than you usually do
- stretch before going throughout your day
- turn off the tv/computer/device an hour before bedtime
- go to bed an hour earlier than you usually do
- pray before bedtime
- pray before breakfast
By taking better care of your body, I pray that God will bless you exceedingly abundantly more than you could have asked or imagined. – Eph. 3:20-21