Not everyone loves the taste of water—trust me, I could go without it too. However, we all need it to keep our bodies hydrated and running efficiently throughout our daily lives. Every task we do, externally or internally, uses up our body’s supply of water, making it essential that we’re replenishing these liquids to prevent dehydration. From dizziness and loss of focus to exhaustion and even heat illness, dehydration affects the human body in several potentially dangerous ways. So, if you know you should be drinking more, here is how to increase your water intake when you hate water and keep yourself healthy.
Eat a Lot of Fruits and Vegetables
One of the best things about water is that you can get it from various sources. Whether it be by drinking it or eating the right foods, it’s easy to find a way to get more water in your diet. It’s because of this that I try to fit as many fruits and vegetables into my meals as possible. Not only do they supply me with all the essential vitamins and minerals, but they also help keep me hydrated without needing to drink. Cucumbers, carrots, and grapes are a few of my personal favorites.
Infuse Your Water With Flavor
I also try to overshadow the bland taste of water by infusing it with other flavors. Strong acidic fruits like lemons, oranges, and strawberries can add a noticeable touch of substance when chopped up and added to your glass. You could also use pre-mixed flavoring powders to make your drink taste like one of your favorite juices. Just be sure that you’re monitoring how much sugar is in these mixes to keep from ingesting too much.
Try Drinking Tea Instead
You can also increase your water intake by drinking other flavored beverages. Tea, in particular, has been a staple for me—it’s hydrating, relaxing to drink, and (best of all) caffeinated. While it definitely doesn’t supply me with the energy that coffee typically does, it’s a great pick-me-up in the middle of a long day. The fact that it dominantly consists of water doesn’t hurt either. I can keep myself hydrated throughout the day without needing to force myself through the process.