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Struggling to Drink Enough Water? Try Infused Water Instead!

Melissa Nieves, LND, RD, MPH
Woman holding a glass of water

You’ve heard it countless times: drink more water! But what if you hate drinking water? Or your weight loss program requires more water than you think you can drink? That’s where infused water comes in. Infused water can help you get enough fluids daily, and these simple infused water flavor combinations are the perfect place to start.

Why You Need to Get Your Water Game On

As you know, water is vital to life itself.1 The human body is about 60% water.2 Water is necessary for essentially every single bodily function, such as:3

A glass of water strawberries, limes and mint

How Much Water Do You Need?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) don’t endorse a recommendation for how much plain water adults (or kids) should drink daily.4 Each person’s individual combination of weight, activity and medical conditions factor into such a decision, making it difficult to offer a one-size-fits-all recommendation.

Researchers at Harvard, however, suggest a simple approach: most healthy people should generally aim for four to six cups of water per day.5

And water is found in food as well. The Mayo Clinic reports the optimal fluid intake of about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) for men and about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) a day for women.6 Here, “fluid” refers to all intake of water, beverages and food throughout the day. Drinks constitute about 80 percent of fluids, while food makes up the rest.

It’s important to drink water every day, but eating foods with high water content have benefits too. They help keep your body hydrated while also allowing you to feel fuller, thus helping you control your calorie intake.

Foods with high water content include:1

Tip

Are you getting enough water? If you feel thirsty or your urine is darkly colored, the answer is likely no.

What is Infused Water?

As a dietitian, my favorite recommendation for clients who struggle to drink enough water is trying infused water. Infused water is simply water with added fruits, vegetables and/or herbs that add flavor. Unlike juices and sugary drinks, infused water is naturally low in calories and sugar. This makes it perfect for improving your water intake. If flavoring your water helps you drink more of it, well, all the better for your health!

How to Make Infused Water in 3 Steps

Infused water is not only a tasty, low sugar alternative to drinking plain water, but it’s easy to prepare.

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Mix in a container with water.
  3. Let stand for at least 1 hour.

The longer your infused water stands, the more its flavors develop. Just make sure not to leave the ingredients in your water for more than a day or they’ll start to disintegrate. And if you’re using citrus fruits, remove the rind so it won’t make the water taste bitter.

Portable infusion water bottles are very useful since you can grab them and go, plus they include a compartment to keep all the ingredients in. If you want to make larger quantities, you’ll find infusion water pitchers just as handy.

Benefits of Drinking Infused Water

The real health benefits come from being properly hydrated. In fact, the amount of nutrients in infused water is very small, compared to those obtained by eating the actual fruits, veggies or herbs themselves.

The goal of infused water is helping you drink more water overall. Drinking enough water can help you:

Examples of Infused Water Flavor Combinations

Here are some delicious and refreshing infused water combinations you can prepare in only a few minutes. Just mix, let the flavors develop and enjoy.

In short, if you need some motivation in order to drink more H2O, why not give infused water a try? You’ll be reaching for that cool, refreshing glass in no time!

Melissa Nieves

About the Author

Melissa Nieves, LND, RD, MPH is a Registered Nutritionist Dietitian. She was born and lives in Puerto Rico, where she also began her career. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. She’s been a Registered Dietitian for over 15 years, and now works as a clinical dietitian at a private hospital in San Juan, PR. She’s also the founder of the website Fad Free Nutrition Blog.

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