Water, water, and more water. It’s the answer to so many health issues and beauty secrets: Clearer skin, better sleep, more energy, fewer headaches, less wrinkles, glowing complexion, better digestion and hormone balance, and on and on. If you’re like me, I struggle to get in enough water because I really don’t like just drinking plain water! With summer almost here, it’s a good time to start hydrating and get glowing. No excuses! But I want to share with you my favorite hacks to make it fun, tasty, and simple to get in your water. So here are my favorite ways to get in more water everyday.
DIY “Spa Water”
“Spa water” just sounds luxurious, doesn’t it? It’s that beautiful water you get at a day spa with bits of fruit and herbs floating in the pitcher. Who says that luxury shouldn’t be one you enjoy everyday? The flavor combinations are endless and super simple. Just check your fridge and I’m sure you’ll have a few great combinations on hand already. If you really need to sweeten it, add some stevia, or a small amount of raw honey, or a tsp of maple syrup. As your tastebuds adjust to the fresh flavor of just the fruit and herbs, you will need less/to no sweetener.
Benefits of Infused Water:
Infused water is detoxifying and refreshing. It cuts down on belly bloat, balances blood sugar, and is satisfying without adding calories or sugar. I like to start my morning with lemon water to wake me up and start preparing my tummy for breakfast digestion, get my bowels moving (TMI, sorry) and cut down on my morning caffeine. Throughout the day, especially if I feel like I’m retaining water or have sore muscles, I’ll drink plenty of citrus and cucumber water to help flush out the toxins.
Whatever you chop up and put in your water literally infuses with that flavor and feels indulgent while being healthy and inexpensive. Make the water the night before and let sit in the fridge for maximum flavor. Infused water can be refilled and used for about 48 hours, then it’s time to dump the leftovers and start over. If you don’t mind the texture of chia seeds, they add great fiber and Omega 3’s to infused water without changing the flavor. Add 1-2 tsp per glass and stir.
Some of my favorite combinations:
- Lemon Cucumber Mint, optional grated Ginger
- Strawberry Lemon Basil
- Watermelon Mint Chia Seeds
- Orange Blueberry
- Kiwi Strawberry
- Apple, Splash of Apple Cider Vinegar, Cinnamon Sticks
- Pineapple Mint Lime
- Lemon Ginger, pinch of Cayenne
- Apple Blackberry
- Blackberry Strawberry Rosemary
- Peach Ginger
- Raspberry Lemon Mint
- Cucumber Grapefruit
- Pitchers like this one from Amazon keep the fruit and herbs from pouring out, great for those that don’t like straws or drinking around the chunks.
Cold Brew Teas
My easiest and quickest tip is to put a bag of herbal, fruit or green tea in your cold water. It can steep for a few hours without getting bitter. I love green tea with pomegranate, spicy ginger, or peppermint to freshen my breath and boost my metabolism. I carry tea bags in my purse to make tea when I travel, hot or cold. It’s inexpensive and easy to get a cup of water and make my own tea while I’m running errands or traveling.
Stainless Tumblers and Water Bottles
My next water hack is to have a cup that goes anywhere and keeps your water cold. I love these stainless tumblers and water bottles, because I like my cups to have a few important features. They don’t sweat, don’t leach chemicals into my drink, and it fits in my cup holder in the car while still holding a ton of liquid, still being cold after a few hours. I’ve found them for great prices at Ross and Home Goods, which are always hit or miss, but Amazon has bunch of colors and sizes to fit your style and needs. Check out this beautiful white one, I think it’s next on my list…
They even sell stainless straws with little pipe cleaners to keep each sip super cold. Super chic, unless you’re a straw-biter; then you’ll just break a tooth on these…
Seltzer or Sparkling Water
Bubbles in water. I love them! I crave the burn and love the fizz. I used to be a diet soda junkie, but ironically although I drank it for caffeine with zero calories, it would leave me more tired and craving sugar and carbs later. Once I kicked the habit by replacing soda with seltzer waters, my skin cleared up, cravings improved, and my blood sugar was more stable. I still need the occasional caffeine from coffee or green tea, but not nearly as badly as I did when addicted to soda. If you like bubbles and are willing to give sparkling waters and seltzers a try, it might take a few days for your taste buds to adjust to no sweetness in them, but just an essence of flavor. Look for brands with little to no sodium, no sugar or artificial flavors or colors. These have totally risen in popularity and can be found in many flavors in virtually every grocery store and even in some restaurants.
Some of my favorite flavors and brands are
- La Croix: Coconut, Berry, Lime, or Grapefruit
- Dasani: Black Cherry, Pineapple, Raspberry Lemon
- Simply Balanced from Target: Ginger Peach, Cucumber Mint, Watermelon
I hope you are inspired to drink more water and use some of these tips to make it flavorful and fun. Cheers!