Water is indisputably the best drink for your body and is what keeps us alive. However, many still opt out for sugary counter-parts like sports drinks, flavored water and sodas. While personally I find most water delicious and satisfying, not all people share the same experience. For others, especially kids, water can be bland and boring. But we are here to change that experience. Here are 13 ways to make your water more enjoyable to your taste buds and make it more nutritious for your tummy.
1. Essential Oils
Essential oils are extracts from plants. They are typically used for their scents, but they can also add tremendous health benefits when consumed in recommended amounts. Now, not all essential oils can be consumed because not all essential oils are actually pure. The best thing about essential oils is that its so concentrated that just a tiny drop can make a tremendous difference in taste and the nutrition in the water. That means you can bring just a tiny amount with you wherever you go. My personal favorite is the peppermint essential oil (I use this one), which I use once per day by adding a drop of it to my water. Peppermint is considered to be one of the oldest and highest regarded herbs that we know of. They are used to support digestion and promote healthy intestinal functions.
2. Lemon Juice
Lemon is probably one of the most popular ingredients to add to water. And for a great reason, as lemon is a powerful antiseptic, helps balance the pH levels in your body and is a great source of nutrients. These are just some of the benefits of adding some lemon to your water, not to mention that sour taste that we all hate and love at the same time.
3. Raw Honey
If you are craving something sweet in your drink but don’t want sugar or other sweeteners, consider raw honey. Bee pollen inside the honey is one of nature’s most nourishing foods, as it contains nearly all elements that you need. A little sweetness without the guilt.
4. Black Currant Juice
This is a hidden gem that is full of Vitamin C, antioxidants and essential B vitamins to support your metabolism. Studies have shown that black currants have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and its skin can help prevent liver cancer. So why don’t many people know about this true superfood? It’s because it was a “forbidden fruit” up until 2003! Read some interesting history behind the ban here. 
5. Tart Cherry Juice
Aside from being a great anti-inflammatory food, tart cherry juice can help with your insomnia as well. Studies show that tart cherry juice contains melatonin (hormone related to sleep) and tryptophan (which helps produce more melatonin). During the study, participants were able to get 84 more minutes of sleep with it than without it. Additional studies show that it can prevent gout and soothe pain. 
6. Cranberry Juice
If you buy the right cranberry juice it can not only make your water more delicious but it can help treat urinary tract infections, prevent cardiovascular disease, tooth decay, and kidney stones. However, most store-bought cranberry juice contains boatloads of sugar and other ingredients. Make sure to buy the unsweetened (from sugar) and organic version of cranberry juice.
7. Mint Leaves
A fantastic way to make your water look more elegant and taste a lot better. Mint is widely used as digestive aid, so it can help those with IBS. A study also shows that they could be very useful to men as peryllyl alcohol, found in mint leaves, may inhibit prostate cancer cell reproduction and growth. Mint also contains high levels of antioxidants which fight free-radicals, so it may help with some allergies. 
A simple way to make the water more interesting for kids is to carbonate it. It does require buying a soda maker (like this one), but its certainly a great way to make the water experience more fun. Getting your kids to drink more water and healthy beverages instead of soda is crucial.
9. Fruit Infusion
We mentioned adding a tiny bit of different juices in your drink, but the surefire way of getting nothing but the pure fruit in your cup is to add fruit yourself! You can do this by leaving let’s say some fresh pineapple in your water in the fridge overnight, or simply letting some fruit sit in a water container for a few hours. This adds flavor and also the great nutrients that come with the fruit. There are also water bottles that have been specifically made for this task (like this one). Just make sure if the bottle is plastic, that it is BPA free.
10. Sliced Cucumber
Cucumbers are not just for the spa. Add a couple of slices of cucumber to your water to add a little bit of flavor. As plain as cucumbers appear, they do have a ton of vitamins like Vitamin K, C, B1 and also contain copper, manganese, potassium, biotin and silica (nail health).
11. Fruit Cubes
A creative way to “spice” up your water is to add some fruit cubes. What are those? They’re just frozen fruits that serve as ice cubes! My favorite is the clementine, but just about any fruit will work. It’s decorative, fun and delicious. Don’t forget you can also add veggies the same way!
12. Cinnamon Stick
Another superfood or superspice rather, inside your kitchen is cinnamon. Drop a stick of cinnamon to instantly flavor your water. Studies have shown that cinnamon can help prevent Alzheimer’s, help diabetes patients, effective against HIV, multiple sclerosis and more. Not to mention that cinnamon tastes amazing! 
13. Basil Leaves
For basil fans it’s a no-brainer. Drop a few leaves in a glass of water and leave it in the fridge overnight. Next morning you’ll have yourself a delicious and nutritious glass of water. Basil is rich in antioxidants, has anti-aging properties and can help reduce inflammation and swelling. 
There you have it, now you have 13 ways to make your water more interesting for your kids and yourself.
Also Read: 15 Reasons Why You Need To Drink More Water
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