Staying hydrated plays a major role in your overall health—especially during summer, when sultry weather leaves us all a little thirstier—and nothing gets the job done better than good old H2O. But that tall glass of water can also be a vessel for superfoods, supplements, and more, allowing you to get multiple wellness benefits in every swig.
From easy, simple upgrades to creative concoctions, there are endless ways to give your water a boost in flavor and in healthiness. Plus, if you find yourself getting bored sipping on the plain stuff all day, giving it a fresh twist can encourage you to drink up.
Need some ideas? Look no further than these 11 wellness boss babes’ go-to water blends. Whether you recreate theirs or play with your own add-ins—liquid chlorophyll or CBD, anyone?—they’ll inspire you to get creative with your own hydration habits.
Here’s how 11 wellness influencers upgrade their plain H2O.
Madeleine Shaw, nutritional therapist, yoga instructor, and best-selling cookbook author
Chia pudding fans, meet chia water. Shaw adds three tablespoons of chia seeds to about 16 ounces of water for a boost of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and antioxidants. “It’s fun to watch the seeds swell and float—it’s very hypnotic,” she says. “They add some texture to water and make it look gorgeous.”
Tata Harper, creator of Tata Harper skin care
Considering Harper presides over a clean beauty empire, it’s no surprise that she starts her day with Goopglow Morning Skin Superpowder—it’s a supplement that’s designed to give your complexion a little extra oomph. “It provides a mega dose of great ingredients and tons of antioxidants,” says the beauty boss—all of which work together to help fight skin-sabotaging free radicals.
Patricia Pinto, yoga and Pilates instructor and founder of Love Surf Yoga retreats
Pinto isn’t afraid to admit what some of you might be thinking: “I hate drinking water.” To make hydration feel like less of a drag, she infuses her H2O with cleansing nettle leaf and antioxidant-rich raspberry leaf and sips it all day long. “It protects my skin from the city, and the sun and beach when I’m on retreat,” she says. To make it, combine equal parts nettle leaf and raspberry leaf in a large jar, then pour in hot water. Leave it for about three hours, then remove the leaves.
Joy McCarthy, holistic nutritionist and best-selling author
Once every day, McCarthy adds half a scoop of Genuine Health Fermented Organic Gut Superfoods to her water. “It’s got 21 organic and fermented [algae, fruits, and veggies] for gut health,” she says. Since healthy gut bacteria is the foundation for good digestion and even healthy skin, she says, the probiotic powerhouses in this supplement are a great way to keep them in check.
Jessica Jones, MS, RD, CDE, and co-founder of Food Heaven Made Easy
Jones keeps it classic by adding lemon to her water, and her before-bed prep routine makes it easy to follow through. Every night, she squeezes half a lemon into a large mason jar, fills it with water and ice, screws the lid on, and leaves it on her nightstand. “In the morning, I have a cool glass of lemon water ready to go,” she says. “It’s great because it’s an easy reminder to start the day off with water, helping me meet my hydration needs.”
Lauren Kleban, fitness instructor and creator of LEKfit
Healthy (and supremely chic) food delivery service Sakara Life has earned some major wellness world cred, and Kleban is one of its many high-profile fans. She adds a few drops of the brand’s Beauty Water Concentrates to her H2O in between teaching packed workout classes. “It tastes amazing and has anti-aging properties,” she says. That’s because the silica in the blend is said to help skin stay extra hydrated, and the rose water in the drops is believed to help soothe inflammation.
Sarah Britton, CNP, holistic nutritionist and blogger at My New Roots
Chia and lemon are great water add-ins on their own, but together? Double the tastiness, double the benefits. After adding about one-third of a lemon and two teaspoons of chia seeds to a large glass of water, Britton lets the mixture sit for 15 to 20 minutes to let the chia seeds plump up. “It tastes great, and it’s totally thirst-quenching,” says the nutrition pro. “Chia helps you stay hydrated, and the lemon is a good dose of vitamin C and enzymes.”
Emily Schromm, personal trainer, CrossFit coach, and nutritional therapy practitioner
Schromm’s concoction is a unique one: She adds a tablespoon of lemon juice plus a teaspoon of sea salt to her water. Sodium is an electrolyte, and it helps support adrenal function, she says. For her, “adding sea salt or table salt with some iodine can…increase [my] energy levels and immediately improve [my] mood,” she says. Who couldn’t use a little of that magic?
Erika Bloom, founder of Erika Bloom Pilates
As another Sakara Life devotee, Bloom swears by the brand’s Detox Water Concentrates. “The magnesium helps with digestion, calm, and sleep, and the minerals balance the body and prevent muscle aches,” she says. “It’s an essential in my daily routine.” And given that Bloom presides over studios on both coasts (and in the Turks and Caicos), that busy routine needs all the support it can get
Jasmina Aganovic, president at Mother Dirt skin care
Aganovic especially likes to give her water a boost when she’s on the road. “When I travel, I’ll always put a high-vitamin C or other immune-boosting fizzy tablet in my water,” she says. Anything to help fend off plane germs, right? “I think it’s an easy, delicious, and healthy thing to do,” she adds.
Ashley Koff, RD, CEO of The Better Nutrition Program and nutritionist for Espira by Avon
Koff’s nightly routine includes mixing a collagen supplement into her H2O. “Research shows that collagen… can complement my diet, sleep, and skincare to help skin age better,” she says. (She’s a partner with Avon on their Espira by Avon supplements, so she goes for their PM Restore product, but there are plenty of other high-quality collagen add-ins, like the ones from Vital Proteins.) “It’s a great way to get in the collagen before bed, so that as I sleep, my body has the nutrients it needs to help support better skin and nails,” says Koff. Now that’s beauty sleep.
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