Chances are, you’re drinking enough water each day. The average woman consumes nearly 12 cups of water daily which surpasses the old recommended standard of eight cups a day.
But if you’re falling short of this amount, there are a few hacks you can try so you’ll drink more. Water doesn’t have to be boring. Read on to learn how to make the best tasting water to stay hydrated.
Start With Pure Filtered Water
First, you’re not going to enjoy drinking water if it contains impurities or has a funky taste or smell. Make sure your water is clean. Invest in a tap or pitcher filter that will remove contaminants and any chlorine taste and odor.
Or you can hire a water purification company to add a water filter to your sink. The Filtap site has several products designed to filter your home’s water from your tap or tank.
You can also buy bottled water, although a filter may prove to be more cost-effective in the long run. Whatever you choose, clean water is a must.
Infuse It With Fruit and Herbs
Few things are more refreshing than water that’s been infused with fruit and herbs. The longer the ingredients float in the water, the more intense the flavor will get.
There’s no limit to tasty combinations to try. The juicier the fruit, the better. Sliced melon, citrus fruits, cucumber, strawberries, pineapple, and kiwi fruit are all good choices that will release their flavor into the water.
For herbs, try mint, basil, rosemary, or cilantro. Freshly grated or powdered ginger can add a kick to your beverage.
You can invest in a water bottle or pitcher with a built-in infuser if you want to keep seeds and herbs out of your drink, or you can place everything directly into a glass or pitcher. A bonus to letting it all swim around in your glass is you can eat the fruit as well. It won’t have as much flavor as the water will have absorbed its juice, but will give you extra fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients.
Give It a Squirt of Fruit Juice
You can also give your water a shot of flavor by adding a bit of fruit juice to your glass. Pomegranate, cranberry, and grape juice will all add a hint of sweetness to each sip without adding too much sugar. Try making ice cubes of your favorite fruit juice and add it to a glass of water for a flavor burst.
Even a simple squeeze or two of sliced citrus fruit can make your water less boring.
Add Flavor Crystals
It’s not as nutritious as using fruit juice and sliced fruit, but adding flavor crystals designed to be mixed with water can create a low-calorie beverage. You can also add them to plain carbonated water for a soda-like bubbly drink. Choose flavor crystals made with stevia so you won’t add sugar and empty calories to your diet.
It’s Easy to Create The Best Tasting Water
It doesn’t take much effort to make the best tasting water. Adding a flavor twist will encourage you to drink more and help you stay hydrated throughout the day.
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