While you probably have the opposite problem, drinking too much water is bad for you. However, most of us are not even close to drinking all the water we need for the day, or we replace it with terrible alternatives like sodas and fruit juice. Luckily, there are ways to stay hydrated if you hate plain water without ingesting sugar, colorants and other additives usually included in commercial drinks.
Perhaps replacing sugary drinks with plain water is the most important step you can take towards a healthy diet. It can be incredibly difficult if you find plain water boring, but certainly not impossible.
How to stay hydrated if you hate plain water
Chronic dehydration can cause muscle fatigue, exhaustion and even cravings for unhealthy foods. Water helps the human body remove toxins, improves circulation, and prevents various health issues such as constipation and kidney stones. Bottom line – we need it! I used to hate H2O – to keep things interesting I would at least opt for carbonated spring water but that made me feel bloated, so it certainly wasn’t an ideal solution.
Nevertheless, it turns how there are some things you can do to ensure you’re hydrated properly even if you don’t enjoy drinking plain water without compromising your health or unpleasant side effects.
Add some flavor
Lemonade typically contains some kind of sweetener so it’s not the best way to replace plain H2O. However, you can flavor your water with one or two lemon slices. Other citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits and limes work just as well. Even if you hate citrus fruits, you can use other fruits such as blueberries, and strawberries to infuse your water and make it a bit more exciting. You can even take things to the next level and add some herbs and spices in there such as peppermint, ginger, rosemary, or a pinch of cayenne pepper to give your metabolism a boost.
Eat fruits and veggies
Most fruits and veggies are extremely rich in water. We recommend you skip the smoothies and fruit juice and eat fruits and veggies in their whole form (of course they can also be chopped or sliced if you cook with them). This would also help you increase your fiber intake and prevent the blood sugar spike that typically occurs when you drink their liquid and remove the flesh.
Obviously, if you’re trying to lower your carb intake you should pay attention to how many and what types of fruits you eat in a day as many of them can contain a lot of sugar, albeit natural. However, there are plenty of low-carb fruits and even more low-carb vegetables to choose from. Oh….and keep in mind leafy greens also contain a lot of water, so don’t skip that salad!
Coconut water is an amazing and all-natural electrolyte drink so it’s a good water replacement after a heavy workout or during hot weather. While it has just 2.6 grams of sugar per 100 ml, I wouldn’t recommend you sip on coconut water all day. Drink one liter and you’ve ingested 26 grams of sugar. Nevertheless, you can enjoy it every now and then without guilt.
Basically any tea, including herbal ones have diuretic effects but they’re far more important when it comes to hydration. Green tea, black tea and other varieties are rich in caffeine so while they work for replacing your morning cup of Joe you shouldn’t drink them all day long. Opt for non-caffeinated herbal teas instead to ensure you get enough H2O during the day while also reaping the benefits of the antioxidants they contain. Just make sure you skip the sugar.
Buy a nice water bottle
What’s the easiest way to carry water around and also monitor your water intake? Buy a pretty water bottle, preferably one that comes with time markings to help you track how much water you’re drinking during the day. Let me tell you….those markings can be incredibly motivational. You might even end up enjoying plain water….all thanks to that cute water bottle!
Have some soup
Broth is an extremely healthy food regardless if it’s meat or plant-based. However, chicken soup is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties that can make you feel better in general but even alleviate joint pain. Furthermore, it supports your digestion and I’m sure there’s no medicine that tastes better and also helps you stay hydrated.