5 Tips for Staying Hydrated if You Don’t Like to Drink Water

by | Updated: August 11th, 2017 | Read time: 2 minutes

It’s hot, humid and staying hydrated should be at the top of your priority list—especially if you’re exercising. But drinking water consistently throughout the day can feel like a tedious, boring chore. If chugging glass after glass has got you down, try these tips to increase intake easily (and even enjoyably!).

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1. Sweeten the deal

Something as simple as adding slices of strawberries, blueberries, lemon, lime, ginger or cucmber can turn plain water into a tasty, refreshing drink. You could also try replacing ice cubes with frozen fruit or make fruit-infused ice cubes.

2. Sip with a straw

Drinking from a straw is one of the simplest tricks to help you consume more water in a shorter amount of time. Bonus: it also helps keep your lipstick in place!

3. Snack on foods high in water

Not all of your water has to come from a sink or water bottle. Another way to increase water intake is by eating water-rich foods. Luckily, the variety available during summer to help you stay hydrated is endless.

  • Watermelon and strawberries – 92% water
  • Cantaloupe – 90% water
  • Peaches – 88% water
  • Celery and zucchini – 95% water
  • Tomatoes – 94% water
  • Spinach, eggplant and peppers – 92% water

4. Cut thirst with carbs

Oatmeal, rice and quinoa are good-for-you grains that absorb water when cooked, allowing you to reap the hydration when eating. Even a bowl of whole-grain cereal with milk contains 87% water!

5. Toy with taste

There are many natural and even vitamin- or electrolyte-enhanced water add-ins that can help jazz up flavor and boost nutrition. Once or twice a day, try adding a few drops of True Citrus Lemon Water Enhancer drink mix or Wisdom Natural SweetLeaf Sweet Drops into your bottle to instantly turn plain water into a thirst-quenching treat.