Bored with drinking water? Here are some tips…

      If you are like me you try to drink a lot of water throughout the day. According to the Institute of Medicine an adequate intake for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. For women it is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. It is important to your total body health to stay well hydrated throughout the day.

     With that being said, often times glass after glass after glass of water can get well…BORING. Don’t fall into the temptation of replacing some of those glasses of water with high sugar fruit drinks, alcohol or soda. We all know the health risks those can pose. So what is someone to do? Why not add a little attitude to your water.

1. We have all seen water enhancers in the stores. The most common brands are made by “Mio” and “Dasani Drops”. If you have ever tried them you can attest to the fact that they do taste good. Flavors like “Pink Lemonade”, “Strawberry Kiwi” and “Pineapple Coconut” can be quite tasty. But the questions is are they safe? The short answer is in small amounts yes. Maybe replacing one glass a day would be acceptable. The companies claim no calories, no sugar and caffeine free. Those claims are true but the drops contain other things like Sucralose, Malic and Citric acid, corn syrup and food dyes. The drops are approved by the food and drug administration but with some additives and “hidden sugars” it’s a good idea to not make these part of your every meal.

2. A better flavor enhancer to purchase would be “Hint”. The company says “Drink Water, not sugar”. It’s purified water infused with fruit and vegetable extracts—no extra calories, no added sugars, and no chemicals. From Mango-Grapefruit, Cucumber, Pomegranate-Tangerine and more, Hint comes in an array of delicious flavors.

3. The absolute best way to spice up your water would be to use all natural ingredients and infuse it at home yourself. I have attended a few dinner parties where the host offers large glass containers of this and it is very popular amongst the crowd. The process is simple use a glass pitcher or a dispenser with a nozzle and fill it with clean purified cold water. Then add whatever flavor you or your guest may like. Try sliced strawberries, lemons, cucumbers, mint, thyme, or oranges. Let the water sit for anywhere from 2 hours to overnight (the longer it sits, the more intense the flavor will be). Try to mix some flavors together and find your favorite mix. How do these sound strawberry-basil, tangerine-grapefruit, mixed berry, and cucumber-melon-mint?

All this talk is making me thirsty :-)

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