Water You Drinking?

By Devyn Bernal – July 1, 2016
Photography by Weston Carls

The taste of water can be bland, but we can’t risk dehydration in the Texas summer heat. Satisfy your taste buds with these water alternatives.

With summer at full blast every time we walk outside, get in our car, or even in our attempt to save money on the AC bill, it is imperative that we stay hydrated. But what if you don’t like drinking water? Alternatives like sports drinks are packed with sugar or unnatural ingredients, so it can be a task to find a good replacement. Fortunately, there are a handful of brands breaking into the market with healthy, flavorful water-based drinks. 



This natural Olakino is the healthiest juice squeezed from fruits and vegetables; it keeps all the good stuff and gets rid of the bad. Because it’s made this way, it’s technically a juice, not a water. However, the drink is clear, zero calories, and the flavor is light, so it’s not too far off from water. Each bottle promises to be purified by nature and made up from 11 fresh pieces of produce. For a faint yet delicious aftertaste, try Koa’s Raspberry or Lavender flavors. Koa includes vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and antioxidants without any additives. The bottle is 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable, taking the extra step to provide a sustainable product. 

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At 92 percent water, the aptly-named watermelon is refreshing in food and drink form. This slightly sweet hydrator not only makes the perfect pre- or post-workout beverage to reduce muscle soreness, but it also touts benefits as a libido booster and beauty elixir. WTRMLN WTR is filled to the brim with electrolytes that aid in recovery, and vitamin A to promote tissue growth.

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Suja’s line of cold-pressed probiotic waters are among the first ever enhanced water made with nothing but the freshest fruits and vegetables. Low in sugar and calories, Suja is the ideal drink for anyone who wants their water to pack a punch of flavor, without sacrificing nutritional value.

The probiotics provide a boost to your immune and digestive system, while hydrating you for the day’s activities. With flavors like raspberry, ginger lime, pineapple lemon cayenne, and orange ginger cayenne, bland water in your diet will be a thing of the past.

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We’re all familiar with the trees that produce maple syrup, but did you know the same tree can create water? What’s more, is that the sap it produces carries 46 healthy nutrients. Described as “untouched, unspoiled, unboiled,” maple water is low calorie, gluten-free, dairy-free, and non-GMO, making it a prime alternative to plain water. A by-product of maple sap sounds like it would be overbearingly sweet, but it actually only holds half the sugar found in coconut water, and boasts more manganese than a cup of kale (a powerful antioxidant that helps with thyroid health and blood sugar control). In the process, no trees are harmed, and they are sustainably tapped to allow for many years of eco-friendly water supply.


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