The adult human body is about 60% water. This fun fact means that water is vital to our health and function. However, many of us struggle to drink enough water during the day because we crave flavored drinks, like juice, soda, and tea.
A common solution to this problem is to flavor water, making it more appealing. On the surface, this is a great way to go, but the execution often goes wrong. Many people use flavor additions that include refined sugar or sugar substitutes, neither of which are healthy choices.
Does this mean you are stuck drinking plain water for the rest of your life? No, but you do need to get creative. Below are 4 ways to add flavor to water without refined sugar or sugar substitutes.
This is a very popular way to go. While it does add natural sugar to the water, this is pretty minimal, and far healthier than refined sugar. There are so many combinations you can opt for, you will never grow tired of this option. The idea behind it is pretty simple. Just add the fruit to the water and refrigerate it for 2-4 hours before drinking.
This one is a classic. We have long been adding lemon to our water at restaurants, and this is just bringing that idea home. Use lemon, lime, grapefruit, or whatever strikes your fancy. As an added benefit, you do not need to wait for the fruits to infuse with the water; the reward are instant.
Chances are you won’t want to use this one on its own, but it is a great way to kick up some of the other options on the list. You can also make it work my adding herbs to the water with it, which can result in a water that reads a little sweet and a little savory. Experiment with this one to find what you like best.
Citrus peels are best for this, but you can experiment with others. The main thing to be careful with is to be sure to drink the water after about two hours. If you go much longer than that, the peels will turn the water bitter, which is certainly not what you are going for with this one.