The human body is composed of approximately 60 per cent of water. Water is needed for the body to regulate temperature, lubricate and cushion joints, protect the spinal cord, and get rid of waste. Unfortunately, most people don't drink the amount of water that is needed each day for optimal health. For those who don't enjoy the taste of water, improving it can help them to get the recommended amount of water each day.
Adding fruit can help improve the taste of water. Citrus fruits, such as orange, lemon, and lime slices are classic water enhancers. Other fruits, and even vegetables, such as sliced strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, and cucumber can be added as well. For a different twist, pureeing the fruit beforehand and freezing it in an ice cube tray will result in frozen fruit ice cubes that can be added to any drink.
Herbs and spices can also make water more palatable. A cinnamon flavour can be added to water by steeping a stick of cinnamon in one cup of boiling water. Once cooled, a small amount of the cinnamon-water can be added to a glass of water, for a warming effect. Herbs, such as basil and mint, can also be crushed into water for to make water more refreshing and delicious.
Juices can make a great base for water. A small amount of any juice can be added to a glass before adding water, improving the flavour. Tart juices, such as cranberry, orange, grape, and pomegranate, can add a delicious contrast. Make sure that all juices are 100 per cent juice, and don't have any added sugar, for optimal health benefits.
There are products available that are specifically designed to improve the taste of water. Sugar-free drink mixes can be mixed with bottled water or in a pitcher of water. Water purification systems that infuse flavour into the water are also available.
Many people prefer savoury over the taste of sweet. For those individuals, broth-based soups and bouillons can help increase daily water intake. Because they are mostly made of water, these savoury foods count toward an individual's daily water intake.
While caffeinated black teas and coffee can dehydrate the body, herbal and fruit, green, white, and red teas provide both hydration and health benefits. There are hundreds of varieties available, from all over the globe.
Many people find that ice water tastes better than room temperature water. There are a variety of ice moulds available to make ice in a variety of shapes. These shapes can be narrower, so ice can be added to water bottles, or in fun characters, making drinking water more fun for kids.
Since plain water can be boring, drinking bubbly water can make it a more fun experience. Naturally effervescent mineral water can provide minerals as well as bubbles to normal water. Carbonated water, such as a bubbly seltzer, can also make drinking water taste better.
Water infusers can help to add many of the aforementioned items to water easily. Berries, fruit slices, and herbs can be added to the water infuser, which will slowly infuse the flavours into the water.
Drinking water is important to a properly working body and good health. By adding fruits and herbs, ice, or changing to a more savoury soup, drinking water doesn't have to be a boring experience.