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