Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Welcome to day 8 of the Strengthen Your Immunity, powered by Compass One challenge!
Our bodies are made of 60% water. And our skin, which is literally our body’s external barrier and protector, relies on proper hydration to be healthy and strong. When that barrier is weakened through dehydration, it opens the door for more germs and bacteria to enter.
Just as the immune system depends on our skin to help keep germs out, it also depends on blood to carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. And our blood is made of mostly water. Are you spotting a trend here?
Water is essential for the healthy function of our immune system (and nearly every other part of our body.)
On average, 80% of your fluid intake come from what you drink, and the other 20% comes from foods you eat. Today (and every day moving forward), make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. Strive for about:
- 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) a day for men
- 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) a day for women
Need motivation to drink less soda and more water? See how this simple lifestyle change helped one nurse lose 52 pounds. Need more ways to stay hydrated? Access our tips here.
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