If you want to drink more water, but aren't crazy about the taste (or lack thereof), here are some tips that can make it more enjoyable. All of the commercial products made by Coca Cola, Pepsi, and the like work towards convincing the public that their products are what we should be drinking. They don't discount drinking water because it's one of the cheapest to bottle and then resell; for a typically higher price than their chemical based counterparts. Not everybody likes the taste of plain water, but we all need it to ensure that our bodies continue functioning properly. So, what can we do to modify the taste of tap water?
1. Add fresh fruit. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, and oranges, are classic water flavor enhancers, but other fruit flavors might also tempt your taste buds. Try crushing fresh raspberries, strawberries or watermelon into your water; you can slice it, chop it or even dice it before mixing in with water. Cucumber and fresh mint are summer time favorites.
2. Use juice. Any fruit juice can be a good base flavor for water, but tart juices, like cranberry, pomegranate, grape, and apple, can be especially delicious. Go for juices that are all natural, with no added sugars, just remember that fruits and their juices add more than flavor, the vitamins and antioxidants they contain can benefit your health too.
3. Make it bubbly. Many people prefer sparkling to still water. If plain old water isn't inspiring to you, try a naturally effervescent mineral water for an added benefit of minerals. Some people enjoy carbonated water, the bubbly seltzer along with some fresh fruit or natural juice flavors can add some zip to your H2O. Keep an eye open for naturally flavored seltzers at your local market and If you become a seltzer devotee, you might want to consider getting a seltzer maker for your home.
4. Get creative with ice. Some say that ice water tastes better than water served at room temperature. If that's so, consider flavored ice cubes. Use some of these flavoring suggestions and start experimenting with fresh fruit, mint, or cucumber ice cubes. Simply chop your additive of choice, add it to your ice cube tray along with water, then freeze. You may also consider juice, tea, or coffee cubes. If you want to be more creative, try blending the fruit before freezing.
5. Drink tea. Herbal, fruit, green, white, and red teas are generally considered to be benefiical because they contain little or no caffeine. There are countless flavors of teas from which to choose, start researching the vast array of specialty teas that come from all parts of the globe. A good place to start would be your favorite grocery or health food store.
6. Try bouillons, broths, and consommés. If your palate leans toward the savory, you may pass on tea and start sipping one of these hot and savory liquids instead. Choose low-fat and low-sodium versions for maximum health benefits. Because soup is water-based, a cup of hot soup will count toward your daily fluid consumption.
7. Juice cubes. Kids will love cold treats during the hot summer and you can avoid the calories and preservatives in juice based drinks by freezing their favorite fruit flavors. Freeze fresh squeezed juices into cubes; lemonade works well too. You'll get some of the flavor from the juice and you can also experiment with blending flavors. Throw the colorful cubes of orange juice and lemonade into a tall glass of water and enjoy.
This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. Statements made here have not been evaluated by the FDA. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding in supplements or making any changes in your diet.