Drinking water is good for you. Check out ways to boost its flavor so you’ll drink more of it!

Your body uses water for almost everything it does. It’s important for healthy skin, hair and nails. It also helps regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, flush waste and reproduce cells. In fact, water makes up approximately 60% of the adult human body.

You likely already know how important it is to stay hydrated, especially during the summer when temperatures start to soar. Although any non-caffeinated drink can keep you hydrated (as well as some foods such as watermelon), one of the best options is to drink plain ol’ water.

Water doesn’t always have to be tasteless

Unfortunately, the lack of taste in water, and the many drink options vying for our attention on store shelves, cause many of us to choose drinks filled with empty calories, sugar or sugar substitutes and artificial ingredients. But here are some ways to jazz up water so you make a healthier drink choice that still tastes good, looks appealing and quenches your thirst.

  1. Add slices of lemon, lime or orange. They add taste and make your glass look inviting.
  2. Infuse your water with fresh berries, pineapple or melon. Or freeze bits of fruit in ice cube trays for a more subtle flavor and an interesting look.
  3. Cucumber adds a fresh, clean taste.
  4. Enhance water with fresh mint leaves, basil, ginger, rosemary or cilantro.
  5. If you prefer some fizz, drink sparkling water or seltzer. It’s still calorie-free but is thirst quenching and provides a welcome change from flat water. If it’s too fizzy, mix sparkling and plain water together.

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Date Last Reviewed: June 21, 2017

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