Hydration is obviously an intrinsic part of healthy living, with water intake being a key factor in maintaining healthy skin, protecting body organs, preventing illnesses, and more. However, the tasteless and dull nature of common tap water puts many off drinking as much as they should. 

Retail brands of flavored, sugary soft drinks know this and will offer you as many varieties and sweeteners as they can to sway you away from water — why drink a tasteless drink when you could choose from literally anything else?

If you want to maintain your health and wellbeing whilst also proving yourself smarter than the advertising tactics of these companies, there’s a simple way: make your water taste better yourself at home! 

Here are some options that you may not have heard of for doing so!

1. Adding Freshly-Sliced Fruit

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If you’ve been to a bar and ordered a gin and tonic or any other drink that comes with fruit, you’ll know that servers do this to add complementary flavors to your drink. By doing the same with the trusty glass of water, you’re creating a healthy alternative that also looks inviting for events! 

As well as the classic slice or squeeze of lemon or lime, you can take inspiration from spas and add a thinly-sliced cucumber. If you need to inspire picky kids to hydrate, go for sweeter options like strawberry! 

2. Experimenting With Ice

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The refreshment from a glass of ice water is nearly unmatched, and if you find adding fruit to give too sweet or sour a flavor, adding fruit directly into ice cubes will create a more subtle taste while still maintaining elegance. 

Roughly slice up your desired fruit into chunks and add them to your ice tray before freezing. The glass that you add these special cubes to will still have a slight undertone of the flavor yet will be nearly 100% pure, healthy H20. 

Aside from freezing fruit, you can take it a step further and turn the juice into ice cubes — as the ice melts, the liquids will gradually and smoothly mix, with the taste changing intriguingly as the cubes melt. You can even create tea-infused ice cubes by brewing a large batch, chilling, and then freezing the liquid for an intricate blend of tastes.

3. Exploring Tea Blends 

Speaking of tea, if you’re drinking your water hot, it’s a great way to revolutionize the taste of it, with a multitude of different types to try. On top of the palatability that tea offers for water, the health benefits — both mental and physical — increase twofold! Different types of tea can aid in alleviating anxiety, stress, insomnia, illness, and even cancer

For people that would rather consume their tea cold, tea bags will diffuse just as well in chilled water. Simply take note of the fact the bag will need to be distilled for longer. You can also chill tea using ice cubes in order to create ice tea for the summer, and combining this with the fresh fruit mentioned before, such as lemon or orange, makes for a lovely drink that can serve many. 

It’s also a given that around the world, a hot cup of tea is a social and vocational tradition, with the beverage providing stimulating conversation and productivity to match. 

4. Using Herbs and Spices

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If you’re a fan of sharper, more individual tastes, the huge range of herbs and spices can also be infused into tea for marvelous results. Start with the simple yet brilliant fresh mint leaves, and if you’re looking to be more adventurous, cloves, coriander leaves, crushed basil, and sprigs of lemongrass or rosemary are all unique both in consistency and effect. 

If you have a pretty spare penny, you can even opt for the more luxurious — rose petals, vanilla pods, and so on. Switching between herbs each time is a great way to add a break into the tasteless routine that hydration can feel like, keeping you interested as well as in good health.

Spices infused into water are rarely discussed yet can be some of the most healthy choices out of all water seasonings for their properties. Most of the best can be easily found in the kitchen as common cooking ingredients — cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger have all been proven to regulate blood sugar, increase digestive efficiency, and relieve nausea, respectively. 

5. Give Salt a Chance

Despite the cliché of cartoon characters spitting out saltwater in disgust, when not from the sea, and diluted properly, the drink can have majorly helpful effects for health, and the taste can even be invigorating for many! 

Mixing a small amount of salt into the water will retain its refreshing quality and avoid dehydration, and also replenish electrolytes! Naturally present in sodium, electrolytes help us absorb water quickly and more efficiently, making saltwater a common choice amongst athletes for restoring salt lost through the process of sweating. 

6. Carbonate and Create

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If you’re a stickler for sodas but also want to hydrate well, meet halfway and compromise by delving into sparkling water! Much like fizzy drinks but with all-natural, sugar-free options, there’s also a wide selection of flavors and brands to help you find a perfect fit. 

You can even take it a step further and invest in your own sparkling water machine to inject an element of interactivity into your hydration routine. Combine that with any of the options above to create truly unique drinks.

If you want to add fizz to your water as well as improving your vitamin intake, you can dissolve vitamin tablets into your glass, keeping the bubbly feel of sparkling water whilst also eliminating deficiencies and protecting yourself from illnesses! 

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many ways that you can break free from tap water. Experiment, find your favorite options, and you’ll live healthier whilst making each glass feel like an entirely different beverage.