Water is essential, and it's extremely important that we replace the fluid that is lost each day from our body through normal bodily functions. However, there are many who find plain water a little bland. If this is you, then your daily intake of water will always be compromised.
But, your drinking water doesn't have to be boring. You can improve the taste of your drinking water using various methods to flavor it.
Here are 6 such easy ways you can use to modify the taste of your drinking water.
The simplest way to flavor your water is by using fruits. There are a couple of different ways you can use fruits to flavor your water.
You can make a fruit infusion by simply chopping your favorite fruit in a bottle or jar of water and letting the flavors naturally dissolve in it. You can add any fruit that you like. Slices of lemon, lime, and cucumber, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, apple, pineapple, and mango are just some of the fruits that are great for this purpose. You can even crush the fruit a little to get a bit higher intensity of flavor.
The advantage of this simple fruit-infused water is that since it's very lightly flavored, you can consume it all day long without worrying about it being too sugary or concentrated.
Fruit-infused water will help you get your daily water requirement, and will also promote the consumption of more fruits, giving you an extra supply of fibers, vitamins, and minerals.
Fruit juices are another delicious yet healthy option. You can either prepare fresh fruit juices at home or you can buy any unsweetened natural fruit juices that you can use to mix in your water for flavoring.
Several tart fruit juices, like pure cranberry juice, pomegranate juice, etc, that might not be very pleasant when consumed in pure forms, can be mixed with water to dilute them a bit for a better drinking experience.
Many fruit juices may even be naturally sweetened. So if you have a sweet tooth then you can consider drinking fruit juices, without worrying about the unhealthy calories.
Fruits juices are more concentrated when compared to fruit infusions, and therefore many people may not be able to consume it all day long, especially if it's a citrus fruit juice like lemon, orange, grapefruit, etc. But adding a couple of glasses of fruit juices in your day would help you increase your water intake
With fruits you will always have a variety of options and never have to worry about the side-effects (unless you are allergic to that fruit).
Using herbs or herbal tea is another great way to make your water a little bit more interesting. You can make herbal infusions by steeping the herb in hot water for 10-15 minutes.
Ginger, lemongrass, basil, mint, sage, and thyme make amazing herbal infusions. But it's not limited to these. You can use any herb of your choice.
You can also go for herbal tea. Herbal tea is composed of multiple herbs and does not contain "tea" in it. So, it will give you the benefits of herbs, minus the side-effects of caffeine.
However, herbs may also have some other side-effects that vary for each herb when consumed in a very high amount.
So, to avoid that, limit the intake of herbal infusions to 3-4 cups per day.
For a superior experience, use fresh herbs.
Tea is another great option to flavor your water. Tea has some really great health benefits too, including improved brain function, anti-inflammatory properties, stress-relief, etc.
You can also add herbs and flowers to further enhance the goodness of your tea.
The only downside of using tea is that tea contains caffeine and too much caffeine can cause some side-effects that can leave your body agitated.
Limit your intake up to 3-4 cups per day to avoid the side-effects.
4. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is another option that is very well known to the health industry. You can use it to flavor your water as well. But again, the biggest drawback of drinking ACV is that it's extremely tart. You cannot drink it without diluting it in water. Even one tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water can be too tart for many. But if you have a taste for tartness then you might like it.
It's also highly acidic in nature, and though it's quite safe to use, they can exhibit some side effects. Therefore, it's extremely important to dilute them before use.
Limit your diluted ACV intake to a maximum of 1-2 glasses per day, with a gap in between.
You can add a little bit of honey to make it taste even better.
5. EDIBLE FLOWERS
If you have a garden with a variety of edible flowers, this one's for you!
You can flavor your plain water using any edible flowers as well. Some of the commonly used flowers to prepare such floral infusions are rose, hibiscus, chamomile, orange blossoms, lavender, linden, and jasmine.
These edible flowers have some amazing health benefits as well and have been used in many ways for generations.
The simplest way to flavor your water with flower is by steeping the organic flower petals in hot water for 15-20 minutes.
Make sure that your flower is organic and not a hybrid.
Your water intake does not necessarily need to be through plain water or flavored water. If you like spices, then soups and broths can be an extremely good alternative for you.
Both soups and broths are made by boiling vegetables in water, and both are extremely healthy. They will not only fulfill your water requirement and get you some extra vitamins and minerals, but the spices you use in your soup and broths will improve your metabolism, and increase your satiety level as well; making it a very good option for anyone trying to lose weight.
Store-bought soups and broths may have a lot of salt and preservatives in them. Therefore, for best results prepare them at home.
Drinking water doesn't need to be boring. There are many ways using which you can make your water taste better.
Have a couple of different sources of water; a little bit of plain water, a little bit of ACV drink, tea, soups, and infusions. This way you will never get bored with one single drink.
It's recommended that you prepare your drinks at home to avoid any unnecessary load of sugar, salts, or preservatives, and to keep your drink as healthy and natural as possible.