How to Make Water Tastier When You Don’t Like Water

Drinking enough water can be a challenge. You know that you’re supposed to drink at least eight glasses of water per day, but somehow, it seems impossible to drink even one glass some days. It would be easier if you actually liked the taste of water, but you’d much prefer to have that soda or latte.

Using a filter to get rid of all the chemicals and minerals that could be making the water unclean and taste bad can help. Sometimes, though, even the purest water can taste terrible if you really aren’t used to the taste of water or just don’t like it. Here are a few things you can do to make your water a bit tastier even if you don’t typically like water:

Add Liquid Flavorings

You can easily change the taste of water without changing how good it is for you by adding liquid flavorings. Unlike syrups or other additives that make drinks like tea or soda, liquid flavorings don’t add sugar, caffeine, or other unhealthy things that change the nature of water. They just add a hint of flavor.

You can get natural water flavoring in a variety of flavors, including fruits like blackberry and blueberry, sweets like caramel and chocolate, spices like ginger and basil, and exotic flavors like umami and oak barrel. The natural flavors do not have sugar, and they do not have artificial colors or preservatives. They are vegan and gluten-free, so they are appropriate for all diets. You can get better-tasting water with just a few drops of the concentrated flavoring.

Put Fruit or Veggies in the Water

You can get some of the benefits of concentrated natural flavorings by adding fruit or veggies to your water. The flavor won’t be as strong, but it can make your water more tolerable. Try slicing some strawberries or raspberries to put in your water, or squeeze a bit of lemon, lime or even orange into it. You can also get surprisingly good results by adding some sliced cucumbers or sprigs of mint to your water.

Experiment with different fruits and veggies to get flavors that you like, and don’t be afraid to try combinations. Mint and cucumber is a popular combination. You may also be surprised by some choices, like tomato slices in your water or even radish. You may need to slightly crush some fruits and veggies to release the flavor. Just don’t overdo it, or you’ll have chunks floating in your water.

Add Plenty of Ice

An ice cold glass of water can be quite refreshing and delicious, even if you don’t usually like water. There’s something about the change of temperature that changes the way your taste buds receive the water. The colder the water is, the more likely you are to enjoy it, so add more ice if the water isn’t quite to your liking.

Also, change the timing of when you drink your water. You’re much more likely to enjoy the taste when you have a big glass of water after you’ve been exercising or have spent a lot of time in the hot sun. Take that opportunity to drink several glasses and get in a large chunk of your water consumption for the day.

Drinking water doesn’t have to seem like a chore. If you try out these suggestions, you’ll find it easy to get your daily recommended quota and maybe even a lot more. The more water you can drink, the more benefits you will be giving your body.

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    My son is always asking me to get the liquid flavoring. I haven’t as yet. I put fruit in my water sometimes. My granddaughter ONLY drinks water. She loves it. :)

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