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The Picky Drinker

I hate the taste of water, but I know it's good for me. How can I grow to like it? -- Finicky Phyllis

Dear Phyllis,

While you learn to love water, make sure you're ingesting as much liquid as close to water in content as you can.

Try filtering your water at home -- new kits at grocery stores, Target and Wal-mart (e.g. the Brita system) make it easy and cheap to try.

Avoid soda drinks -- they will dehydrate you.

Be wary of exercise drinks -- they're meant to replace lost fluids and chemicals ... after exercise (meaning you could overload your system).

Try flavored water, sold in grocery stores.  It's a crutch, but it's a start.

As for learning to love plain ol' water -- perhaps your tap water does have a strange taste to it, due to any number of variables (the way it's treated, the fluoride level, etc.).  Try filtering your water at home -- new kits at grocery stores, Target and Wal-mart (e.g. the Brita system) make it easy and cheap to try.

And try drinking your water at different temperatures.  I have found most young Americans learn to love it at as cold a temperature as possible (without freezing) -- don't be surprised if it reminds you of that delicious, ice cold water fountain water from your school days.

-- M

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