10 Ways To Stay Hydrated, Even If You're Disgusted By The Taste Of Water, Like Me

10 Ways To Stay Hydrated, Even If You're Disgusted By The Taste Of Water, Like Me

This does NOT mean adding shots of Red Bull to your Evian.


Let's face it. Between classes, clubs, and the general time crunch, it isn't always easy to remember to stay hydrated while running the college gauntlet. It is even more difficult if you do not find the taste(lessness) of water particularly appealing. But fear not! Below are 10 simple alternatives to increase your daily H20 intake without having to drink, you know, actual water.

1. Cucumbers (or any fruits, really)

Fruits tend to have high water content. Incorporating more of them into your diet can help you stay hydrated without having to lug a five-pound stainless steel water bottle around campus. They are also full of beneficial mineral electrolytes that can regulate blood acidity, digestion, and keep your body's water balance in check.

You can also give infused water a try. Simply soak a few pieces of fruit in water for a few hours (overnight is easiest), and voila! Instant refresher. Some common favorites are lemon, orange, strawberry, and cucumber, but feel free to experiment.

2. Salads

Some vegetables do, too. Salads are an easy way to add them to your meals.

3. Seltzer and sparkling water

While we are on the topic of flavors, seltzer and sparkling water are increasingly popular alternatives to plain water. The unsweetened kinds are just water with carbonic acid added for the fizz and a bit of flavoring. As beverage companies continue to churn out more and more varieties, the sky is the limit. They are also becoming embraced as a healthier substitute for soda and pop.

While there is some concern about side effects due to the carbonation, it is still better for you than the sugar- and dye-filled sodas commonly found in restaurants and store shelves. At the same time, there are certain conditions for which it may be best to consume this in moderation.

4. Adding caffeine

This does not mean adding shots of Red Bull to your Evian. Instead, try steeping some tea in your water. There are hundreds of types out there, so chances are high that you will find at least one that fits your tastes and your budget. There is also cocoa powder, which can be mixed with cinnamon and hot water for a sweet, vegan-friendly drink in the colder months.

Be warned, though. Too much caffeine can actually lead to dehydration. Caffeine (and alcohol) prevent your body from releasing anti-diuretic hormone. This is the hormone responsible for helping your body absorb water. Without it, you will not be able to hydrate and will instead be left thirstier and more dehydrated than before.

5. Eating whole and hot cereal grains

This includes rice, oatmeal, quinoa, grits, etc. Most of them need to be steamed, boiled, or otherwise cooked before eating, and so will absorb the water. This water-absorption is why they get larger when prepared.

Whole cereals are filling, hearty, and most importantly (for the purposes of this article), hydrating. Hot cereals also have lower glycemic indices than your average piece of bread or pizza, so it's a win-win!

6. Soups and stews

Soups are also another great water-laden addition to your meals. The water grains are cooked in (see above) and are also edible and can be used to make stock or soup.

7. Coconut water

Coconut water is not only a sweet, clean way to stay hydrated, it is also high in potassium and other electrolytes. Athletes tout it as a healthier alternative to sports drinks, which often tend to be high in added sugars and dyes.

Be forewarned, though. It is a tad expensive.

8. Smoothies

If whole fruits and vegetables are not for you, try turning them into smoothies. Adding coconut or rice milk also gives it a creamy finish, while cinnamon or cardamom can boost the flavor and make it easier to digest.


Try making your own popsicles! You can get molds for cheap at most stores and make your own fruity or floral concoctions to go in them. Add fruits, mint, yogurt, etc. Or Kool-Aid mix. There are no limits.

10. Essential oils and honey

Honey with a drop of essential oil is a quick and easy addition to water that gives it a bit of flavor. Honey is also an energy booster, so if you need a pick-me-up during class, a bottle of honeyed water is a good way to go. Use all of the above in moderation, though! Too much essential oil or honey is not good for you.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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5 Essential Oils For Beginners That Will Kickstart Your Obsession

Something worth learning about for your benefit.


Essential oils are oils that come from flowers and parts of plants. They can be used in different ways, such as aromatherapy and topical use, and have several different purposes. There are many commonly used essential oils and others that are not as popular. My top essential oils are the ones that I personally feel have the greatest impact.

Everyone is different, so I recommend trying to do some research to find out which ones are best for you.

1. Lavender

Lavender is commonly used for relaxation and to improve your quality of sleep. It even comes in sprays so that you can spray it on your bed before going to sleep.

2. Tea Tree

Tea tree oil has a very distinct smell and is a little hack for treating blemishes as well.

3. Sandalwood

Another very distinct smelling essential oil. Sandalwood can act as a natural anti-inflammatory and also helps with mental clarity and relaxation.

4. Eucalyptus

This commonly used essential oil can help clear congestion and colds. It is usually used in aromatherapy.

5. Rose

This essential oil is also commonly used in aromatherapy. It is said to help with anxiety, migraines and more.

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