Peace in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to all.

“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 ESV).

Water is a precious, vital resource essential to life. Water to the body is as important as prayer is for the soul.

The earth is often called the water planet. The months of July and August are usually hot and water is very essential for our bodies to be healthy. Let us focus on water and its uses.

Some facts about water are:

  • 97% of the water on earth is salt water.

  • The remaining 3% is in groundwater and locked up in the icecaps.

  • North and Central America use 1,692 cubic meters per person per year,

  • Europe uses 726 cubic meters per person per year.

  • Africa uses 244 cubic meters per person per year.

The human body on the average is 60% water in a male, 50% in a female and 75-80% in a newborn.

A person at rest loses about 40 ounces of water a day. Since we are losing water all the time, we must replace it. We need to take in at least 40 ounces of water a day in the form of moist foods and liquids. In hot weather and when exercising, we may need twice that amount. A weight based formula for determining the amount of water to take in, is to take half your weight in pounds and consume that amount of water in ounces. For example, a 160 pound person, divides their weight in half (160/2=80). 80 ounces of water is the minimum amount of water consumed in a day.

In biblical times water was scarce and played an important role in people’s lives (Jer. 14:1-6). Therefore, water is essential for all living systems including people and needs to be safeguarded.

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give a gift from the spring of life-giving water” (Rev.21:6).

A Collection of Parish Nurse Newsletters by Ruth E. Williams RN, MEPD, MSN

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