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!).
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.