How To Drink More Water (When You Super Hate Water)

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Hiya Sweet Friend:

You’re 100% awesome. And around 60 to 70% water. Which means you need to keep your awesome self well hydrated.

I know, I know. Water isn’t exactly the most exciting drink. But I’m not joking when I say it’s a pretty big deal.

So how can you drink more water when you absolutely hate it? 

I have a few easy options for you. And I promise, I’m keeping it simple and delicious.

How Much Water Do You Even Need?!

Woman drinking water outside during workout. Behind her is the ocean and a blue sky with fluffy white clouds

It’s 8 glasses per day, right?! Turns out, that isn’t necessarily the case.

According to The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), men need around 3700 ml and woman around 2700 ml of fluid per day. But that includes fluid from your food and other drinks, so don’t start chugging quite yet.

To make things even more confusing, your fluid intake needs fluctuate with your activity level, health, climate and so on. And they’re slightly different for each individual. There’s truly no perfect answer.

The best way to get enough water is to drink when you’re thirsty.

Your body knows what it’s doing! She’ll tell you when she’s craving water.

It can take time, but learning to be mindful of your body’s thirst queues, before you feel parched, helps to prevent you from becoming dehydrated. Which means you can skip out on experiencing dehydration symptoms like headaches, dry mouth and low energy levels. Sounds great, right?

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But what if you hate water?!

Here’s how you can get your drink on even when H2O isn’t your fave…

1. Keep A Reusable Water Bottle With You

Water bottle, on wooden pier by the sea, at dawn, summer (bringing a water bottle with you helps you drink more)

Ok, this one may seem obvious… but you can’t drink more water if it isn’t there, girl!

Step 1 is fixing the access problem. Go shopping. Find the cutest water bottle ever. I’m talking a fun colour, adorable designs if that’s your thing, maybe a little sparkle. You want to be excited to carry this cute water canteen around. Because making friends with your water bottle brings you one step closer to making friends with water.

Step 2. Bring that bottle with you. E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E (especially in this summer heat!) If it’s by your side when you’re traveling, working, in class, running errands or chilling at home, it will serve as a sweet visual reminder to stop and take a sip (or gulp) of water.

Plus, as a reusable bottle, you’re being kinder to the environment and reducing waste. Look at you being all fashionable and environmentally conscious. Love that look on you!

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2. Invest In a Water Filter

Young woman drinking from water bottle (bringing a water bottle with you helps you drink more)

Not enjoying your tap water? That’s totally normal! Some think it tastes great. Others find it tastes like metal and chlorine, #gross. That’s where water filters come in. These bad boys can actually help to improve the taste!

There are so many different filter options, from complex whole-home water filtration systems to simple water-filtering pitchers. Think about your needs and budget and see what options work best for you.

Filters are also more environmentally friendly than plastic bottles. There you go keeping things green again! Holla!

3. Try Fruit Infusions

Different bottles of water infused with fruit. You can see blueberries, raspberries, mint leaves, lemon and line. Infusing your water with fruit can make it more flavourful and help you drink more.

Who said water was best served solo? Infusions are where it’s at.

You can customize your infusion to your specific tastes, so it’s perfectly catered to marvelous you!

Not sure where to start? Give these delish combos a try:

  • Strawberry, Lemon and Mint
  • Cucumber and Lime
  • Blueberry and Pineapple

Here’s how to put it all together:

  1. Choose your fruit combos
  2. Chop up the fruit and add them to the bottom of your mason jar or bottle (you can also use a fruit-infuser water bottle)
  3. Add Water
  4. Optional – press lightly on the fruit with a spoon to release some of the juice and boost flavour
  5. Refrigerate for at least an hour (or overnight) to allow the fruit to infuse
  6. Enjoy

Yum town, population you! You’ll be drinking like a Water Queen in no time.

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4. Enjoy Some Tea

A woman holding a cup of tea while walking outdoors. If you don't like water, drinks like tea can help you drink more

Fruit isn’t the only way to make your water more delicious. Go get your tea on!

There are so many tasty options! From classics like black or green tea, to herbal delights, like ginger, chamomile and peppermint. And let’s not forget about all of the delightful blends!

Caffeine is a mild diuretic, but if you’re in good health, a few cups a day will still provide a generous boost to your fluid intake. And, hey, decaf and herbal teas are there for you too. So you can easily keep it caffeine free.

Plus, you’ll have another excuse to go shopping! Invest in a cute thermos and your tea will be warm and by your side all day.

Prefer a cold drink? Try making cold brew iced tea instead.

5. Add More Water-Heavy Foods To Your Diet

Watermelon smoothie with slice of fruit and leaf of mint over pink background.

Maybe it’s a surprise to see food on this list, but you can eat your water too! There are tons of delicious water heavy foods that you can add to your plate, including:

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Grapefruit
  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cauliflower

Pick a few faves to snack on throughout the day, create a bomb salad or wrap or add them to your favourite meals. Water never tasted so dang good!

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6. Soup Is Your Friend

A bowl of vegetable soup sits on a wooden table with a metal spoon and small jar of salt ready beside it

You can totally have your soup and drink it too! Or, let’s be honest, slurp it too…

Whether it’s a clear broth or a thick, veggie base, you’ll be getting your hydration on. Soups are full of water! Bonus points if you add some water-heavy veggies into the mix. You’re basically a hydration pro already!

7. Enjoy a Smoothie

Berry fruit smoothies and fresh fruit and berries on a brown table. If you don't want to drink more water, smoothies are a great, hydrating alternative

Grab some fruits and veggies, add your milk or plant-based alternative, a little pinch of sweetener and blend! Hello yummy, hydrating smoothie.

You already know you have lots of water heavy fruits and vegetables to choose from. And since smoothies are a cinch to make with infinite flavour combos, you’ll be drinking more and loving every second.

Not sure where to start? Here are 4 decadent smoothie combos I know you’ll love!

Final Thoughts

Side view of a woman drinking more water from plastic bottle

Drinking enough is important. But it doesn’t have to be hard, boring or gross. With so many ways to boost the flavour and get your water on, drinking more is a cinch. Even if water isn’t your BFF.

Most importantly, learn to tune into your own thirst queues. Your body will tell you when it’s thirsty. Keep a drink on hand and respond when needed. You’re doing great!

I’d love to hear from you, gorgeous! What tips would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments below.

Health and love,

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23 Comments

  1. Reply

    Dr. Elise Ho

    August 9, 2021

    Soup is your friend if it is a good healthy soup that is low in sodium. That is where most people get into the weeds.

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    Dominique

    August 9, 2021

    Water is SO important. I drink so much, and it can effect you in ways people do not realize!

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    Bryan Carey

    August 9, 2021

    Plain water is boring, but like you show, there are many ways to make it better. I like to drink tea to get my water, and I like fruit infusions, too!

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    ashley t

    August 9, 2021

    I LOVE drinking plain water. Living here in Louisiana its hot 90% of the year and staying hydrated is a must,

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    Ramil Hinolan

    August 10, 2021

    I smiled when I read : you have another reason to go shopping. ha.ha..ha. Anyway,,yes, I agree that we should keep hydrated throughout the day to avoid health problems. My country is tropical and during summer, when the weather is so hot, we stuck up on water.

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    Anna

    August 10, 2021

    I always had trouble remembering to drink enough water until I started carrying a large reusable water bottle. Having that visual reminder of how much more I need to drink for the day has made a huge difference in my hydration!

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    pacioalita9

    August 10, 2021

    Wow, this is just what I needed. I have been trying to build a habit of drinking more water

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    Gervin Khan

    August 10, 2021

    I love water so much, and I am glad that I am not having problem drinking that.
    Sometimes I make fruit infusion or smoothie as a substitute for my water.

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    Ivan Jose

    August 10, 2021

    Good thing that I don’t hate water so drinking it is not a challenge for me. I love your ideas though, especially the fruit infusion.

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    Crickette, The Things I Have to Say

    August 10, 2021

    I love water! Especially when drinking it cold… it’s so refreshing! My mom hates water… we got her a reusable bottle, and it somehow helped. But she still needs to stop craving for tasty drinks.

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    Martha

    August 10, 2021

    I really like your ideas about trying fruit infusions and eating more water-heavy food. I love all of those foods so that is a great point. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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    Shabby Chic Boho (@terrishutterbug)

    August 10, 2021

    My mom drinks water all day long and she has the prettiest skin. I need to drink more and I’m going to use your tips to make that happen. I did just buy a reusable bottle but haven’t used it yet.

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    Kelly Bolen

    August 11, 2021

    I love to drink water! And to make it tastier, I use an infuser and put all kinds of fruit combos! It is delicious!

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    Shilpa Bindlish

    August 11, 2021

    I love these ideas for increasing water intake. I follow almost all tips you gave, but need to develop a taste for smoothies.

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    emman damian

    August 11, 2021

    I use a water bottle too. It’s more economical. I also like infused water.

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    forkwardthinkingfoodinista

    August 11, 2021

    I agree it is super important to drink enough water and there are some good ideas here, tea and more tea for me haha xx

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    Rose A (@mail4rosey)

    August 11, 2021

    I have been keeping a bottle with me. That works because if it’s right in front of me, I’ll drink the water without even thinking.

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    Nyxinked

    August 11, 2021

    Fruit infusions is the only thing that has helped me drink more water! Otherwise I stick to cofffee which isn’t great on the stomach.

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    Angela Ricardo Bethea

    August 12, 2021

    Those are some wonderful tips and points to keep in mind. My only problem is that I usually forgot to drink or remind myself.

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    Chikumo Fiseko

    August 13, 2021

    Definitely such good ideas! Glad I love water but I do this too. I love infused waters. My favorite is warm lemon with a little honey.

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    Ntensibe Edgar

    August 13, 2021

    Damn! I think I have been dehydrated for a few days now! I literally carry my water bottle with me but never seem to actually drink up all that water! Thanks for sharing, Sara!

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    myusuftahmidillah

    August 14, 2021

    The Fruit Infusions method seems interesting, it adds flavor to the water, maybe i’ll give it a try

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    Mom

    September 16, 2021

    Hi – just want to say thank you Sara. Just getting to this. And I know who the loved one is. Will suggest these wonderful ideas and maybe even sneak a few in when he’s not paying attention! Love you much – – – Mom

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