Food Health & Fitness

How to Enjoy Tap Water

August 24, 2014

There are plenty of smug people out there, my boyfriend included, who just love to drink water. They choose it over juice, tea, coffee and fizzy pop any day; they drink it when they wake up, before they go to bed and all day in between.

I was not one of those people.

I’ve always known that in my kitchen I have a refreshment available to me that will give me energy, replenish my skin and keep me nicely hydrated, and I have that refreshment on tap – literally. Yet for years I’ve avoided that tap the same way I have avoided kitten heels (eurgh, they are horrible, don’t get me started). That was until July when I had a rethink…

I was doing a TeaTox with BooTea and I knew I couldn’t do it unless I was willing to drink more water, a lot more. I also had the realisation of how selfish I was being. There are people around the world dying because of their lack of clean water and I have an endless supply in my kitchen. I owed it to my body to drink water.

I made a deal with myself that I HAD to start drinking more water, but I knew that if I didn’t find some way to enjoy it, I would end up slipping back into my habits of tea, coffee and fizzy drinks. Fortunately I found a few ways to make water work for me, and I’m hoping they will work for you too and help you to not totally hate water:

Get yourself a cute cup to carry around This sounds a bit silly but it worked for me. A few months ago I bought theses cute tumblers, expecting to drink ice coffee from them, when in fact they have actually become very useful for drinking water (I think it has something to do with having a straw). I carried this cup around everywhere with me, constantly refilling it and it worked a treat, and I gave one to The Beard too (not that he needs help drinking water). It worked so much better than a bottle of water, which would normally just get chucked in my bag and forgotten about. Carrying this cup around was like carrying around a huge sign reading ‘REMEMBER TO DRINK WATER’.

Make it Ice Cold There is nothing worse than drinking warm water (well, obviously there are much worse things but you get my point). My kitchen tap is renown for withholding cold water from me right when I need it. So I began filling up bottles of water and putting them in the fridge so I always had chilled water. I also bought an ice cube tray (which has come in handy for other things) so that I always have ice cubes on hand to make my water extra cold! Drinking ice cold water is much more enjoyable than bleak tepid water.

Add some flavour This was something I picked up from Carmen Varner. I saw her post on infused water and thought I would give it a go. I can’t actually believe the difference it made! I looked up a few recommend recipes, and in the end I went for Lime, Strawberry and Cucumber. I chopped up the fruit, put them in cups, and filled the cups with water. I left them overnight to infuse and the next morning I actually swapped my usual morning tea for an infused water! Okay, this isn’t something I now do every single day, I love my tea too much, but it really is a brilliant way to wake up. It tasted lovely, it woke me up instantly, and it had me energised for the whole day. I took the cup to work, leaving the fruit in and just kept refilling it with cold water (it’s also a great thing to have in your fridge for a hangover, a little tip for you). Adding strawberries to your water on a daily basis could get a bit expensive, but just adding cucumber, limes or lemons won’t break the bank.

In short, you need a cute carry around cup, ice cold water, and tasty fruit, and fingers crossed you will be able to enjoy water enough to get your daily recommended amount (between 1.6 – 2.0 litres per day). I tested out these steps over a three week period and I drank more water in those three weeks than I think I had in the previous three months. My skin massively improved and I had a lot more energy (I noticed my hangovers were also eased a little).

Still not convinced? Here are a few little facts about the benefits of drinking fruit infused water:

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[one-fourth]Fruits like cucumber and watermelon, flush out all those nasty toxins we put into our bodies (like alcohol!)[/one-fourth]

[one-fourth]Adding fruits like lemon or lime to our water gives us vitamin C and helps us digest better, as does the plant mint[/one-fourth]

[one-fourth]Drinking water, and infused water will give you more energy[/one-fourth]

[one-fourth]Replacing fizzy caffeinated drinks with fruit infused water will even improve your moods[/one-fourth][row-end]

If you end up giving any of these tips ago, let me know how you get on, I’d love to know.

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  • India Benjamin

    I used to hate water, so for a month I didn’t let myself drink anything other than water and I ended up liking it. I don’t like tap water in cups, but I like it in bottles. Like if I fill the bottle up, it’s fine. Weird right haha!

    India /Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  • Haha, that is odd. Although I suppose everyone has their own way of drinking it.
    Love that you did your own water-tox. Good idea.
    I read somewhere that you should try and think of happy things when you drink water to associate water with happiness, haha, didn’t work for me though x x

  • Sam Kolodziejska

    Cucumber and mint water is delish! Deffos helps with headaches too xx

  • Hannah Webster

    I usually hate drinking water (especially from the tap – I blame moving back and forth between soft and hard water areas the last few years meaning I never quite adjust to them!) but I’ve actually just bought myself one of those cute tumblers in the hope it’ll change my mind. I’m definitely going to try your fruit and ice tricks as well though so hoping it’ll make a difference! Does it work well reusing fruit throughout the day or do you really need to leave it overnight to get a good flavour?
    Hannah
    http://www.hannahbakesthings.co.uk

  • I love drinking water with a slice of lemon :)

    Nomad Notebook

  • Kirsty

    Argghh.. I really need to drink more water! This post reminds me of how crap I am! I ‘forget’ to drink during the day usually and always end up getting a bollocking from my fella. I don’t usually like it when my water has a slice of lemon in it but I’m thinking strawberry infused water would be right up my street. I’m going to give this a go and see if it works for me. Great post my dear xxx

    Kirsty – Effortlessly Excessive.

  • I need to stock them in my fridge for hangovers!

  • It’s best to leave overnight to get the best of the fruit and flavour, but if you add water throughout the day it will still have great flavour!! :) x x x

  • I love hot water & lemon – it’s the best cute for a cold too :) x

  • Defo try the strawberry water, it’s really yummy, and doesn’t get as bitty as lemon does x x

  • Jenny

    I love fruit infused water, you have an amazing blog hunny! keep up the great work, following you

    Jennos
    Health
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  • Awww Thank you so much Jenny, that’s so nice of you to say (and yeah fruity water rocks!) x x