To be able to give your best to others, it starts first with taking good care of yourself. Water is essential, as 50 to 60% of the human body consists of it.
There is an old rule of thumb, drink eight 8 oz glasses of water a day which originated from the Institute of Medicine. While this number is not detrimental, it may not necessarily be the most accurate. There are several factors that can contribute to the ideal amount of water your body needs, but it seems the generally accepted optimal number is 3 liters a day for males (approx 101 oz) and 2.2 liters a day for females (approx 74 oz). Keep in mind, it does not all have to be through drinking water, about 20% of the fluid we receive each day comes from water-heavy foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Your activity level, the environment (heat, humidity, altitude, etc), illness or health conditions, and pregnancy or breast-feeding, will certainly alter the healthy amount you need.
Also, it is a good idea to drink a glass of water or other low or calorie-free fluid with each meal and between each meal, as well, drink water before, during and after exercise.
In a future One Change Daily I will be talking about the best water filter source to use… stay tuned!