How to improve your daily water intake

Drinking more water is an excellent goal for your overall health because your body needs water to function properly. You can increase your motivation to drink more water by improving its flavor. Here are a list of ways you can improve your water

Methods

Try carbonated water for a fizzy alternative to flat water.

This is a great option if you’re a fan of fizzy drinks, such as soda or beer. Carbonated or sparkling water provides all the same benefits as flat water. You can purchase flavored sparkling water or add your own flavor to sparkling water using lemon, lime, berries, and cucumber slices.

Make sure that the carbonated water you purchase is free from added sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Infuse water with fruit, herbs, or veggies.

Adding flavor to your water is a simple way to make it more palatable. Try filling up a water bottle or pitcher of water and adding a few simple fruit or veggie slices, or a sprig of fresh herbs. Then, let the water sit in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours while it absorbs the flavors.

Fruit or herbs left in the water may rot without any visible signs. Do not leave at room temperature for more than 5 hours, or in the refrigerator for more than three days. Some items you could add to flavor your water include:

  • Citrus fruit slices or wedges, such as orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit
  • Fresh berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries
  • Cucumber slices
  • Ginger slices
  • Sprigs of fresh herbs, such as mint, basil, or rosemary

Brew a cup of unsweetened tea or coffee once or twice per day.

Drinking tea and coffee will also count towards your daily fluid intake, so this is a great option if you like your water warm or hot. Try having a cup of coffee or tea with your breakfast to work towards your daily water intake goals.

Avoid getting all of your fluid intake from tea and coffee, especially if it’s caffeinated. Caffeine has a diuretic effect

Add ice if you like cold water or leave it at room temperature.

Drinking cold water may provide a slight benefit to your metabolism, but it’s not enough of a benefit to make drinking cold water worth it if you don’t enjoy it. Add ice to your water if you prefer the flavor of cold water, or drink your water at room temperature if you prefer it this way.

If you like your water cold, you can fill a water bottle about 2/3 of the way full with water and then place it in the freezer overnight. The water will freeze and you’ll have ice cold water to enjoy the next day.

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