8 Thirst-Quenching Alternatives to Water

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Turn off the tap and step away from the spring water. There are many new kinds of water in town and they’re making quite a splash!

According to the National Institutes of Health, the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for water falls between 91 and 125 fluid ounces (2.7 to 3.7 liters) per day for adults. However, this amount may vary due to factors such as age, weight, activity level and medical conditions.

If you’re having a tough time staying hydrated and ordinary old water has lost its appeal, not to worry! Meeting the DRI for H20 is easier than ever with the following varieties:

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1. Flavored water

There are a number of “essence” waters to choose from, many of which contain all-natural ingredients. For example, this delicious blackberry water, which has zero preservatives, sweeteners or calories, gets its subtle berry taste from actual blackberries and “other natural flavors from non-GMO plants.”

Looking for a flavored water with a little more zing? Try sparkling and/or caffeinated “energy” water!

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2. Coconut water

If you have yet to enjoy a glass of invigorating coconut water, you’re in for a treat! This tropical beverage “boasts a bright, clean taste and delivers an enviable array of electrolytes – including magnesium, calcium, manganese and potassium – as nature intended.”

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3. Watermelon water

Water made from watermelons. It makes total sense when you think about it. With a single ingredient (organic watermelons!), this dairy-free, gluten-free beverage contains antioxidants, electrolytes, minerals and polyphenols, not to mention “more potassium than a banana.” Plus, every bottle sold “supplies 200 gallons of clean water to individuals in developing nations beset by drought and disaster.”

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4. Maple water

If you’re a fan of all things maple (and really, who isn’t?!), you’re going to love the light, sweet syrupy flavor of this hydrating drink. This kind comes to you straight from the tree, and it’s chock-full of antioxidants, electrolytes, minerals and prebiotics. And proceeds from its sale also supply drought and disaster victims with clean drinking water.

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5. Aloe water

Did you know that the aloe vera plant is “comprised of more than 200 amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes and minerals?” Free of gluten and preservatives, this organic aloe water is a terrific—and tasty—alternative to ordinary water.

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6. Chlorophyll water

Found in leafy vegetables, wheatgrass and green juice, chlorophyll is celebrated for its antioxidants properties. You’ll enjoy the crisp, cool taste of this cucumber-flavored variety, which contains 100 milligrams of cleansing chlorophyll and zero artificial sweeteners, preservatives or calories.

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7. Nopal cactus water

For thousands of years, inhabitants of the Sonoran Desert have relied on the nopal cactus or “prickly pear” for nutrition and healing. This fruity, refreshing water “uses natural ingredients that will hydrate your body with no added sugars, no sodium, no preservatives, no fat, no cholesterol, no GMOs and its even gluten-free.”

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8. Alkaline water

This type of water has a higher pH level—and therefore less acidity—than the liquid that comes out of your sink or fridge. Proponents believe that it can help neutralize acid in the bloodstream, resulting in enhanced health and performance. Try this one, which boasts a refreshing flavor, bold, black color and over 70 trace minerals.

Please note that some of the above waters contain calories.