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That’s right. One more very simple step to go along with what we hear so much about – washing your hands, not touching your face, staying out of crowds, etc.

Water, though, plays an extra special role in defending against attackers like COVID-19.

When we don’t drink enough water, our cells can become dry and rigid. Viruses (whether it’s cold, flu, COVID-19, etc) LOVE dry and rigid cell walls because they become the perfect infiltration point. Water helps our cells become stronger, more pliable and more resistant to infection.

But you have to drink enough of it. And you have to be consistent (yes, I mean daily).

So, how much? The magic question. And I don’t have an answer. Everyone’s body is different. Some of us need more. Some less.

Maybe the best general advice I can give is to do a quick assessment of your current daily intake. Then, start increasing it by 8-12oz. After 7-10 days, try to increase it by another 4-6oz. Baby steps.

Eventually, if you hit approx. 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day, you are probably pretty close to being at an optimal level. Depending on your goals, time of year, amount of activity, etc, your optimal amount may be fluid. But again, everyone is different, so listen to your body and adjust as needed.

If water isn’t already a priority for you, start TODAY. If healthy at the cellular level, then there’s a good chance your body as a whole will be healthy.

Just remember, give your body what it needs, when it needs it.

Eat With A Purpose – And Be Well!

Jaime Rothermich
RD, CSSD, LD, CSCS