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How To Drink More Water (When You Hate Water)

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How To Drink More Water (When You Hate Water)

You're 100% awesome. And around 60 to 70% water. Which means you have to keep your awesome self well hydrated.

So how can you drink more water when you absolutely hate it? 

We have a few easy options for you, beyouty. And we promise, we're keeping it simple and delicious.

How Much Water Do You Even Need?!

It's 8 glasses per day, right? Turns out, that isn't necessarily the case.

According to The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), men need around 3700 ml and woman around 2700 ml of fluid per day. But that includes fluid from your food and other drinks, so don't start chugging quite yet.

The best way to get enough water is to drink when you're thirsty.

Your body knows what it's doing! She'll tell you when she's craving water.

But none of that matters if you hate water. 

Here's how you can get your drink on even when H2O isn't your fave...

1. Keep a Reusable Water Bottle with You

OK, this one may seem obvious... but you can't drink more water if it isn't there!

Step 1 is fixing the access problem. Find a water bottle that reflects your goals. You want to be excited to carry this water canteen around. Because making friends with your water bottle brings you one step closer to making friends with water.

Step 2. Bring that bottle with you. E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E. If it's by your side when you're travelling, working, in class, running errands or chilling at home, it will serve as a sweet visual reminder to stop and take a sip (or gulp) of water.

2. Invest in a Water Filter

Not enjoying your tap water? That's totally normal! Some think it tastes great. Others find it tastes like metal and chlorine, #gross. That's where water filters come in. These bad boys can actually help to improve the taste!

Think about your needs and budget and see what options work best for you.

3. Try Fruit Infusions

Who said water was best served solo? Infusions are where it's at.

Not sure where to start? Give these delish combos a try:

  • Strawberry, Lemon and Mint
  • Cucumber and Lime
  • Blueberry and Pineapple

Here's how to put it all together:

  • Choose your fruit combos
  • Chop up the fruit and add them to the bottom of your mason jar or bottle (you can also use a fruit-infuser water bottle)
  • Add Water
  • Optional - press lightly on the fruit with a spoon to release some of the juice and boost flavour
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour (or overnight) to allow the fruit to infuse
  • Enjoy

Yum town, population you! You'll be drinking like a Water Queen in no time.

4. Enjoy Some Tea

Fruit isn't the only way to make your water more delicious. Go get your tea on!

Caffeine is a mild diuretic, but if you're in good health, a few cups a day will still provide a generous boost to your fluid intake. And, hey, decaf and herbal teas are there for you too. So you can easily keep it caffeine free.

Prefer a cold drink? Try making cold brew iced tea instead.

5. Add More Water-Heavy Foods to Your Diet

Maybe it's a surprise to see food on this list, but you can eat your water too! There are tons of delicious water heavy foods that you can add to your plate, including:

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Grapefruit
  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cauliflower

Pick a few faves to snack on throughout the day, create a bomb salad or wrap or add them to your favourite meals. Water never tasted so dang good!

6. Soup Is Your Friend

You can totally have your soup and drink it too! Or, let's be honest, slurp it too...

Whether it's a clear broth or a thick, veggie base, you'll be getting your hydration on. Soups are full of water! Bonus points if you add some water-heavy veggies into the mix. You're basically a hydration pro already!

7. Enjoy a Smoothie

Grab some fruits and veggies, add your milk or plant-based alternative, a little pinch of sweetener and blend! Hello yummy, hydrating smoothie.

You already know you have lots of water heavy fruits and vegetables to choose from. And since smoothies are so easy to make, with infinite flavour combos, you'll be drinking more and loving every second.

Not sure where to start? Here are 4 decadent smoothie combos we think you'll love!

Bottoms Up

Drinking enough is important. But it doesn't have to be hard, boring or gross. With so many ways to boost the flavour and get your water on, drinking more is a cinch. Even if water isn't your BFF.

We'd love to hear from you, beyouty! What tips would you add to our list? Let us know in the comments below.

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