Hydration and Immunity

Updated: Mar 12

With all that has been going on with the health and wellbeing in the world, it always amazes me how people take the little things for granted.

What I find interesting is the fact that the more complicated something appears to be the more people buy into the notion that it works far better than something simple.

Which is really not the case at all.

Take our immune system and the importance it plays on our immunity. If your system is strong and vibrant you are able to fight off invaders in the body that invade the body to actually do it harm.

On the other hand, if your immune system is weakened or is weak when those invaders invade the body, the body has difficulty fighting them off and sometimes succumbs to the destruction and devastation that these invaders can do.

We’ve seen a lot of this happening in the past year.

But here is something that I want to share with you that many people take for granted when it comes to the effects that this little, simple goody and how it does the body so good in so many ways.

Has your curiosity been peaked?

Well, I am happy to say that even though this goody is simple to do so many people fail to do it enough or in fact, fail to do it at all.

So you may be wondering what the heck is this simple, little goody?

It is simply keeping your body hydrated by drinking your 8-10 glasses of water per day or half your weight in ounces of water per day.

Here are some very important things that you should know when it comes to keeping your body hydrated.

Thirst is a late indicator of dehydration.

If you’re parched, it’s possible that your body has already lost 1 to 2 percent of its water content- hindering physical and mental function. This may manifest in symptoms such as headache, fatigue, decreased exercise performance, dizziness and hunger.

Blame the midday doldrums on mild dehydration. Not drinking enough water can result in mood swings and irritability. Sometimes mild dehydration can even show up as anxiety.

Studies show that a lack of liquid hydration can impair cognitive performance, which could interfere with memory, mental energy, and focus.

Water is not the most hydrating beverage. Believe it or not, milk really does a body good however when I say milk, I am referring to plant-based milk such as coconut, almond, or cashew. Milk, skimmed milk, and even orange juice hydrate better than water because they contain electrolytes that help maintain fluid balances within the body.

Produce hydrates better than water. Water–rich fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, grapefruit, cucumbers, lettuce, and celery can hydrate effectively thanks to the electrolytes that they contain. Four to five servings of these goodies per day can give a person about 18% of the daily fluids needed in the body. By upping the intake of fruits and veggies to 9 servings per day could net you an increase in almost 40% in hydration for the body.

When the body has properly hydrated the processes within the body function better. Lubrication is a key component in keeping the body balance and flowing in its natural state. This includes making sure that the processes that keep the immune system working are able to operate more effectively and efficiently as well.

A well-hydrated machine is able to glide and flow in a natural manner without getting stagnant and stuck. When we have dehydrated the processes in the body become stagnant, get stuck, back up, and begin to malfunction.

Keeping the body hydrated is a key component in assisting the body to stay regulated, flowing, and vibrant. And that includes our immune system as well.

So the next time you think about taking in some form of hydration remember the importance that hydration plays on the well being of the body and take an extra sip

or two of that water or better yet each an extra piece of a hydrating fruit or vegetable.

Here’s to your wellbeing!


Rochel Marie Lawson, RN, AHP, CMS

The Queen of Feeling Fabulous

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