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Flavor Your Water The Natural Way

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Perhaps due to our over saturated palettes, some don’t drink enough water unless it is tinged with packets of flavored powder or sweetened.

If this sounds familiar, you may want to read on and find ways to enjoy water without dressing it up beyond recognition.

To start, you can add flavor to your water without comprimising its health benefits.

Try diluting your water with lemon or lime juice. Not only are both low in calories, they have the added benefit of enriching your water with vitamin C and B, along with antioxidants. You also can add fresh citrus slices, like lemon and orange slices, to a pitcher of water.

A handful of berries works as well. Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberry slices are all great options. You could even mix lemon juice and berries to create a healthy alternative to lemonade.

Drinking tea is a good way to up your water intake, but it is better to use herbal tea than regular tea. Black and green tea have many health benefits but the caffeine they contain can dehydrate you. Herbal tea is naturally caffeine free so it will add a bounty of flavor, while keeping you hydrated. Plus it is still good hot or cold, year-round.

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If you are a coffee drinker, you might try using chicory on occasion. Chicory can be ground and brewed to a coffee-like drink, only it lacks the caffeine. An other important thing to remember is to avoid carbonated drinks. Though a cold soda may feel like it is quenching your thirst, water loses it necessary health effects when it has been carbonated and won’t hydrate you.

In addition to the above, there are ways to get your water without drinking. A lot of foods are high in water content and can contribute to your daily intake, including many fruits and vegetables. Good options are watermelon, citrus, apples, pears, grapes, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, and onions. All of which are over 70 percent water.

So if you ate 160 grams of watermelon, you would also be getting 146 grams of water, which is close to 3/4 a cup of water.  If you ate a cucumber weighing 52 g, it would contain 50 g of water, or 96 percent. Such a cucumber could account for 1/4 cup of your daily water intake, which should be around two quarts a day. This is slightly more than two liters,  a term many Americans should be familiar with despite our lack of metric use.  It would be easy then, to make an entire dish, like a salad, where every ingredient is near or above 90 percent water.

With that said, water may never need to be dull, even for those whose taste buds have been overindulged by the 21st century diet.

For more information on the water content of fruits and vegetable, click here for an official chart.

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