Water is incredible stuff!

Our oceans, rivers and lakes are filled with it. Our planet relies on it. And our bodies are 70% water and need super-hydration to function optimally. It’s a liquid to be treasured.

Lots of us struggle with drinking plenty and sometimes it is because we don’t like the taste of water, or water has just become boring.

So let’s keep it real, let’s put our practical hats on and throw a few new ideas into the mix. It’s time to get creative, explore more and stimulate the senses.

Here are 10 ways to make water look and taste more appealing.

COLD WATER ideas.

1) SPECIAL GLASS!
I know this one sounds a bit fickle, but believe me, drinking water from a really beautiful glass, can really transform the experience and convince our visual brains that something enjoyable is going on!! It helps to stimulate the other senses eg touch (the quality of the rim of the glass), the weight of the glass, how it looks, as well as how it tastes. Try it for yourself!!

2) DIAL UP THE CURB APPEAL
This one is a no brainer! If it looks good, it’s going to taste good, right? So add some berries (even frozen ones are fine – then you have the chill factor at the same time!, fresh herbs, chopped fruit, slices of lemon and orange. Once you start playing this game, the sky’s the limit!

3) ON THE ROCKS
Who doesn’t like ‘on the rocks’? So up-level that plain old glass of water, and pop some ice in there. Just cooling it down, makes it taste crisper and more refreshing. Then there’s the sound of clinking ice. And the appeal of those glistening crystals…. Am I persuading you yet?!

4) BUBBLES!
Bubbles add that sparkle, that festive factor. And it’s a great way to change up the texture of water- that’s right- water has texture! You can buy sparkling mineral water, or even take a DIY approach – there are plenty of carbonating gadgets out there on the market. The only thing about adding CO2 is that in water it dissolves and turns it slightly acidic. So a little every so often is fine, but drinking it all day every day is best avoided.

5) COLD INFUSION
Botanicals, herbals, fruit and vegetable tinctures are all the rage. ‘Posh water’ as a friend of mine calls it!! But in truth, these are great ways to not only add colour, texture, and taste, quite a lot of botanicals add extra health benefits too eg rosemary, oregano, lavender, mint, lemon peel, cucumber, The trick is to give it a few hours for the ‘ infusion’ process to happen and then chill the water in the fridge.

6) ICED TEA
Iced tea is the stuff of magic and it’s so easy to do. Just boil the kettle. Once it’s boiled, let it come off the boil a little, then pour the hot water onto your herbal tea of choice. Leave to infuse for about 20 mins, then remove the tea bag, allow it to cool, pop in the fridge and it’s done. Ready to use.

7) CORDIALS
These are essentially a concentrated form of fruit pulp and /or juice. These are great sources of colour, flavour and added health benefits eg vitamin C from rose hips and blackcurrants. The only thing to watch is the sugar content, even of home made ones, so make sure you dilute them properly.

HOT DRINKS

Just boiling water and switching up the temperature, brings a whole lots of new possibilities!

8a) HOT WATER WITH FRESHLY GRATED GINGER
This is a great drink first thing in the morning. And easy to do. Just take a piece of fresh ginger, scrape off the outer skin (like peeling a potato) and either cut a few thin slice off or grate it into a cup. Top up with boiling water, allow to steep for a few minutes, and you’re good to go.
Ginger stimulates the digestive tract and supports the liver detox process. It’s also a great anti-nausea food, should you need that!!

8b) HOT WATER LEMON AND HONEY
This is such a refreshing and comforting drink! The traditional ‘flu’ remedy. Vitamin C for its antioxidant and immune supporting properties, and honey for its antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Just a note on honey: you need raw organic medicinal grade honey, to get these benefits!! So start with a visit to your local farm shop.

9) HERBAL TEAS
These are the saving grace of super-hydration, Whether you sit on the ‘fruity’ side of things, or you’re more of a ‘ savoury’ lover, there will be something there for you. And again, lots of them have herbal/ medicinal properties eg fennel is a great digestive whilst camomile is soothing and settling.

And there are some incredible blends out there now as well, with names like ‘calm’, cleanse’, and love. And who doesn’t want to drink a cup of love?!

10) ADD A STOCK CUBE
Lots of us forget this old standby, because so few of us have an stock pot on the go these days. But you can easily use a good quality organic stock cube instead. Just pop one in a mug, add hot boiling water, stir to dissolve it all, and it’s ready. Great for when its cold, or you need something salty.

So I hope you enjoy this super practical approach to getting more pleasure and benefits from drinking plenty of fluids. Superhydration is one of the key steps in creating powerful health and nurturing your well-being.

I would love to hear how you get on, so please leave your comments below.

Love

Margriet xx