Fruit Infused Waters and Why You Should Kick the Diet Soda Habit

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I'm always amazed when I hear people say that they don't like to drink water. When I ask why, they usually say they don't like the taste of it. That's just crazy talk to me. Water is virtually, well, flavorless. You can certainly have bad tasting water due to excess minerals. Friends of ours in upstate NY have sulfur tasting water that grosses me out, so I always bring my own water bottles with me when I visit them. But for the most part, water is very palatable.

I think a lot of these nonwater drinking people are that way because of how they were raised. Most likely, they grew up drinking Kool Aid, soda, juices, and sweet teas. There is a whole lot of flavors in those drinks. There's also a whole lot of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and artificial flavors. Drinking your calories and sugar is very dangerous for your health as we tend to forget about them when looking at what we have "eaten" in the day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Artificial sweeteners are a whole other ballgame. They trick your body into craving more sweets and studies have shown that people who drink soda with artificial sweeteners were twice as likely to be obese as those who didn't drink diet soda. Studies also show that people who drink diet sodas have a 67% increase risk for type 2 diabetes. Needless to say, kicking the soda habit is a necessity for your health.

Although I do enjoy a seltzer water a few times a week and two cups of coffee in the morning, I get my daily liquid intake from filtered, unflavored, water for the most part. Our bodies are made up of 70% water, so obviously it's important to our survival. You are excreting it all day and so replenishing it is essential.  Most sources say you should drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day. You can also take your body weight divided by two and use that figure as the number of ounces of water to drink in a day. I carry around my own water bottle in my purse so that I am never without water or a container to put it in. There are not many purchases more wasteful than bottled water.

Tired of plain water? Something as simple as adding a few lime or lemon wedges adds a lot of flavor. I love the idea of adding whole chunks of fruit to my water as well to really change things up! Strawberries, blueberries, watermelon. Or how about cucumber! The possibilities are endless. And if it gets you to drink more water, then by all means, experiment away! Below are two of my favorites.

Watermelon and mint flavored water is so delicious and you get the pleasure of eating mint infused watermelon chunks at the end. You seriously won't believe how yummy this is.

First, take a few fresh mint leaves and rub (bruise) them with your fingers for a few seconds.

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Add to a glass with ice cubes and watermelon chunks and fill with filtered water.

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Lemon blueberry infused water is another of my favorites. Simply cut up a few slices of lemon and give them a little squeeze in a glass. Add a handful of fresh blueberries, fill the glass with ice and filtered water and serve.

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Make sure you set aside all the money you will save from not buying soda. In no time it will pay for a tropical vacation and a new bikini. Your body will thank you.

Use the comments section below to share some of your favorite flavored water combinations!