Do you like water? You probably know by now that I LOVE water, and getting enough water is one of my strengths. But I know I am the exception in this, not the rule. I could sit here and preach the benefits of water to you, of which there are far too many to count. or I could help you find a way to learn to love water, or at least enjoy it enough to get a respectable amount. So guess what option I am going to choose? That’s right – find ways for you to love water!
Right off the bat, I am going to tell you that all those commercial “flavor drops” you see are not the answer. Sure, they probably infuse a ton of flavor, but, they are also loaded with preservatives, artificial sweeteners, added vitamins/minerals, artificial colorings (Red 40, Blue 1 etc), sodium, sucralose, sucrose, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, and refined sugar (the horror!). Which means they go against everything we are trying to accomplish. So there is no need to go stock up on these.
The simplest way to infuse your water is… to make your own! It’s simple, promise!
There are so many combinations you can try. I always suggest to start with things you love, which will automatically inspire you to drink more water. Are you crazy for cucumber? Toss some cucumber in a jug, take a muddler (or a wooden spoon) to help break down the cucumber, and add water. You can stick it in the fridge so it cools and infuses, or you can drink it immediately.
Same goes for most other fruits and veggies. Simply smash it up a bit, put water in, and let the two marry. This gives you the flavor without all of the added calories, since this is an infusion, not a juice.
You can toss in herbs, and spices…. play around a bit, find some different combinations that taste good. There is no wrong combination here, just as long as you are getting half of your body weight in ounces of water!
Do you drink plenty of water? Do you have any tips to help you get your daily intake?