6 Ways To Drink More Water This Summer, Because Staying Hydrated Doesn't Have To Be Boring
You know that it's important to stay hydrated during the summer, and that water is good for you — like, really good for you. But there's something about downing a plain glass of H20 that just seems so, well, boring. Looking for more interesting ways to drink more water this summer? Yup, I totally hear you.
Let me tell you about the first religious experience I ever had with water (hint: it wasn't my baptism). I went to a spa for the first time, and they served this amazing spa water infused with cucumbers and mint. I've had many glasses of water in my lifetime, but, oh my God, that water was life-changing. Really, though.
Water has been on my mind quite a bit this summer — mostly because it feels like hot soup when I walk outside, but also because I'm pretty sure that I don't drink nearly enough good ol' H2O. And when it's the temperature of Satan's armpits outside, water is a total necessity.
Women's magazines and doctors say that water is good for the body, and I know that mine needs it. But, sometimes, it just tastes so... meh. OK, it tastes like absolutely nothing — and who wants to go out of their way to drink that? Not this girl. Iced coffee? I'm game. Wine? Duh. But water? It's honestly a struggle.
So in an attempted effort to properly hydrate this summer, I've come up with six alternative ways to drink more water.
1. Infuse your water
There are infinite options when it comes to infusing flavors into your water. Natasha's Kitchen comes up with this amazing flavor combination of watermelon and basil, which I'm dying to try.
2. Try alternative waters
The Kitchn says that Aloe Vera water packs plenty of benefits and is full of vitamins. Try it after your hot yoga class for the restorative benefits of your sports drink, but without all of the added sugar.
3. For a spicy kick, make cinnamon water
Because it's sugar, spice, and everything nice. Check out the recipe over at The Kitchn.
4. Use flavored ice cubes
These floral and fruit-flavored ice cubes are practically begging to be dropped into your glass of water. And they look pretty, so there's that.
5. Brew iced tea
No, bottles of sugary-sweet iced tea don't count. Brew it at home for the most benefits. Try this cinnamon-orange iced tea recipe.
6. Invest in a big water bottle
Some say you should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be chugging 75 ounces of water a day. That's like three Camelbaks — keep one at your desk, and sip on it throughout the day.
Are you thirsty yet? Get drinkin'!