Diversify your water

This post is for people who don’t like drinking water and for those who love it, but have family members who don’t. Or perhaps you would like to diversify the water you drink, particularly when expecting guests?

Many people find the taste of water boring – and, therefore, don’t drink enough of it.  In a separate post, I will address the benefits of hydrating yourself properly and consequences of not drinking enough (especially in the case of illness).  Here I would like to offer you various easy ways Waterof making water appeal to your taste buds.  What I would like for you is to drink water not only because it is healthy for you, but because you enjoy drinking it.  Once you realize how tasty and easy it is to have a healthy drink, you will cut your soda consumption by a very large margin, if not completely, and diet coke will stop being a temptation.  There are so many different things that you can add to your water, that it guarantees that everyone will find a way to get to loving water.  Let’s explore some of these options.

The most widely spread option for adding some taste to your water is having it with a slice of lemon; some people add lime to their water as well.  I do like this option a lot.  Actually, cutting a slice of fresh lemon for my water is one of the most favorite parts of my morning routine – it refreshes and essentially wakes me up, even before I have my morning (and usually the only) cup of coffee.  For some reason, the aroma of a fresh lemon (and citruses in general) immediately makes me feel good.

Besides lemon and lime, you can squeeze all kinds of citruses to your water, including grapefruits, oranges, tangerines etc.  You can also mix different citruses to create a fresh flavor for yourself – this is also true for all of the options below.

You can infuse your water with cucumber (another favorite of mine), strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, apples and pineapples, melon and watermelon…

Some people like mashing berries or watermelon in their water – try and see if this is something you like.

You can get infusers to improve the presentation for yourself, family members and guests.  You can get an infuser pitcher for larger quantities, or an infuser bottle for a personal use.  If you get your kids involved in making their flavored water, they will transition from soda-lovers to water-lovers without any convincing, begging, pleading or threatening.

Now let’s get to even more options.  Another favorite of mine is steeping my water with mint, basil and other kinds of herbs.

You can make your water in a small quantity or make a larger volume and refrigerate it, so you can drink it even on the next day.

You can also add a splash of a juice of your choice.  I usually prefer adding juices with a sour taste to them – my current favorites are pomegranate, cranberry, acai and cherry juices with my water.  You can use a freshly squeezed juice or a bottled one purchased from the store.  If you are going to get your juice from the store, please get pure, unsweetened one.  They can get a little expensive, but you are going to add just a splash of it to your water – so a bottle of a 32-oz (946ml) juice will last for a good while, just adding some vitamins and nutrients while hydrating you.

Another great idea is making ice cubes from the juice, so you can use them as needed.

You can also get pure extracts for many of the flavors that you like, and simply add some drops to your water (doesn’t get easier than that!).  You can add rose water; you can also mix some mineral and/or sparkling water to your regular water

Nowadays there are many kinds of flavored water that claim containing nothing else but natural ingredients.  I personally haven’t found one that I absolutely love.  To me no flavored water purchased from the store compared to the ones I make at home.  You can try that and find your own preferences.

And finally, pay attention to the temperature of you water.  While ice water appeals to many, a little (or a lot) warmer water maybe your preference.  Try different temperatures and see which one appeals to you more.  Keep in mind that the preferred temperature of water will depend not only on the weather, but also on the time of the day.  You might enjoy cooler temperature of your drinking water when it’s hot outside, many people, however, enjoy warm to hot water when the weather is also hot.  You might enjoy cooler water in the beginning of the day and warmer water in the afternoon, or vice versa.

Experiment, mix and match to find different options that appeal to you.  And most importantly, please, please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and make water your main source of hydration!

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  1. As you know, I am a big fan of bottled waters as long as they come form a healthy source. For still water, my favorite is Essentia, which I find quite delicious. Another is Glaceau’s Smart Water.

    Essentia has a high pH (9.5), high in electrolytes that increase hydration. There is some controversy as to whether such a high pH is healthy. But I love the taste and so it is quite easy for me to drink at least four 8 oz glasses a day.

    My favorite bottled sparkling water is: Gerolsteiner

    I also drink San Pellegrino but not as much as Gerolsteiner. I used to like Perrier but when it became so popular, to keep up with the demand, its water source became unreliable.

    However, there have been reports that San Pellegrino has uranium in it — though that info is hard to find. (It was a German organization who discovered it.)

    Both San Pellegrino and Perrier are now owned by Nestle — so I have some hesitancy about both of them.

    I have not yet found anything negative about Gerolsteiner.

    • You know I was thinking of you when I started writing this post! You always have a great selection of different kinds of bottled water – with different flavors, varying levels of carbonation and so on. And I know that you do a thorough research on products you buy.
      One thing to keep in mind is that there is typically just one person at FDA overseeing the regulations of bottled water. And for all apparent reasons, some of the information on bottled water will be really challenging to find. For example, at least 25% (some say this number is much higher) of all bottled water is just tap water, but you won’t find it stated on their label. And this is not even one of the biggest concerns, as there are many more people assigned to tap water regulations.

    • Most Americans don’t boil our water unless there is a water main break, flood or puilbc announcement by the government. Our water supplier is supposed to notify us if our water doesn’t meet EPA or state standards or if there is a waterborne disease emergency. If we know all the contaminants in our water these days, we should take more precaution. Yeah, I agree, purifier + boiling is the best way to go! (I heard boiling alone doesn’t get rid of all the chemicals and metals in tap water)exile

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