Maybe you know you should be drinking more water, but can’t seem to make yourself do it? You’re not alone. Most of us walk around in a constant state of mild dehydration, which has a bunch of health effects, from poor memory and concentration to being tired and grumpy. If you know this is a problem for you, but have found it hard to change your old habits, I have a few tips for how to drink more water when you hate drinking water.
No, I don’t mean add sugar, but you can definitely flavour your water in natural ways. One of the best ways to do this is by squeezing some fresh lemon or lime right into your water. You can drink it fresh, drink it with warm water, or pop it in the fridge to get some flavour brewing. Whichever way you do it, it’s a great way to get rid of the bland taste of water, why not adding anything bad! You can also infuse other things such as mint, cucumber, watermelon – whatever you heart desires. Just keep it natural!
2) Have it Ice Cold
For some reason, the taste of water changes for some people when the water’s really cold. No idea why, but if you prefer your water chilled, keep a large chilled bottle in your fridge at all times. Or buy two drink bottles and have one on your desk at work and the other in the fridge getting cool at all times.
No, we’re not talking about champagne, sadly. I find that drinking some mineral water here and there helps to break up the blandness of drinking so much water. When in restaurants I always used to order sparkling water because I much prefer it, but it wasn’t until recently I started buying it for my home, too. I can drink it so much easier than normal water and the bubbles make it feel a little more special than normal water.
4) Start Drinking Tea
There are so many teas to choose from, from the more traditional black teas (often served with milk) to the amazing assortment of herbal teas now found in our supermarkets. You’re literally spoiled for choice. My favourite teas of the moment are green tea because of all the health benefits and a delicious peach tea that I have that tastes more like a dessert than a tea.
Okay, so you’re not drinking water with this one, but melons are very high in water and a great way to get in some extra water if you’re struggling to get your 8 glasses a day. This is the perfect solution in the summer months – as it’s delicious and hydrating. Watermelon, rockmelon, honeymelon, whichever you prefer is a great place to start. You can even buy a melon baller to make it a little more fun.
Getting more water into your day-to-day life doesn’t have to be a chore if you incorporate these healthy and fun ways to get – and stay – hydrated!