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