Did you know that your body is 55-75 percent water? That makes water a very important nutrient for your body. Water is found in every cell, organ and system in your body. What else does it do for your body? It makes up all body fluids, acts as a lubricant, aids in digestion and elimination from the body and it helps regulate body temperature. How much water should I drink daily?In general, men need at least 12 cups of fluid daily, while women require at least nine cups. Hydration is important for seniors since they are less active and might not feel thirsty; additionally, getting enough fluids, along with adequate fiber, helps prevent constipation.Why so much water?Your body loses 8-12 cups of water every day and this needs to be replaced. Some factors, which increase your fluid needs even more include: exercise, hot weather, low humidity, high altitude, a high fiber diet and increased fluid losses (from caffeine and alcohol intake).Healthy Water Habits:Start the morning off right by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up (before coffee!).• Carry a water bottle wherever you go so you are not tempted to grab sodas and other sugared beverages.• Switch to sugar-free coffee, tea, or sodas. Caffeine free is also a good idea.• Order water with lemon at restaurants.• Drink a glass of water before each meal or snack.• If you’re at home, keep a half-gallon pitcher of water in the refrigerator. Cold water tastes better.• Set goals for yourself. For example, after drinking a cup of coffee switch to tea or water. Stick with tea instead of soda. •Keep a glass of cold water next to your favorite chair.