Sunday, April 12, 2009

7 Ways To Increase Your Daily Water Intake

Sent by - Sumit Aggarwal

About 70% of the human body is made up of water. This is why water is essential for the proper functioning of our bodies. It is said that everyone should try and drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday. However, even though we all know this, how many of us actually drink our daily quota of water?

Most people find it difficult to drink a lot of water mainly due to two reasons - either they don't feel thirsty enough, or they simply do not have a ‘taste' for water. If you don't feel thirsty enough, hours can pass without you drinking any water and you wouldn't even realize it. Thus, the only way to increase your water intake would be to actually keep a bottle of water with you at all times and drink one glass every hour, on the hour
And for those of you who don't drink enough water because they don't like its taste (or should we say the lack of taste), then here are some ways in which you can make water a lot tastier and thus increase your daily intake.7 Ways To Add Taste To Water

1. Squeeze a lime into the water: No, you don't have to go through the trouble of making lemonade every time you want to drink water, but simply squeezing a lime into it will also help to make water a lot more palatable. However, if you have high blood pressure, you may want to ask your doctor before adding lime to your water.

2 . Fresh fruit water: Ok, so you've heard of fresh fruit juice, but what exactly is fresh fruit water? Well, adding a few slices of fresh fruit to a glass of water is a great way to enhance its taste. A slice or two of orange, a couple of cut strawberries, or even some crushed watermelon can make your water a lot tastier. Fresh mint leaves and cucumber also enhance the taste of water considerably and is very refreshing to drink too.

3. Sparkling water: If regular plain water does not tickle your taste buds, you can try sparking bubbly water instead. Natural mineral water has a slight zing to it, which makes the water a lot easier to drink for some people, while at the same time giving you the additional benefits of the minerals too. Try it; it might just be the thing you were looking for!

4. Add some juice to your water: You've heard of diluting your juices with water, right? Well, this is the other way around. You don't add little water to juice, but add little juice to your water. The taste improves a great deal and you also get the added benefit of the vitamins and antioxidants present in the fruit juice. No additional sugar please!

5. Flavoured ice cubes: A lot of people find that they can drink more water if they add a couple of ice cubes to it. If that's the case with you too, you can try adding flavoured ice cubes to your water instead of plain ice cubes. Just add a few drops of your preferred flavouring to water when you freeze it. Alternatively, you can also add some tea or coffee to water and then use these flavoured ice cubes in your water.

6. Green tea: Drinking beverages such as tea, coffee, fruit juices etc does not count towards your daily water requirements. However, when you drink water that has been steeped with green tea, it still counts towards your daily water intake. Essentially, what you're drinking is mildly flavoured warm water, with the awesome benefits of green tea of course. Just remember not to add any sugar or milk to it.

7. Clear soups: If you are not too fond of sweet things but your palate leans towards the salty instead, you can increase your water intake by drinking clear soups. You can either make a vegetable clear soup, or make a light broth with chicken or lamb instead. You could also add flavoured soup cubes to make your water more drinkable.


  1. Thanks for the ideas on increasing my water intake. I really need to do better.

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