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When life brings you lemons, make lemon water..that’s the saying right? All jokes aside, I have been drinking warm lemon water every morning when I wake up and I found it is one of the best ways to start my day.  Not only is it beneficial for your health, but I love feeling of starting the day hydrated.  I have been trying to drink about 80 ounces of water a day and my little morning routine has been a great jumpstart to reaching my daily goal.

**Side Note: I got so many questions about this little tote on my Instagram yesterday. I stole mine from Amy who found it at Whole Foods last year, but now they sell them at Anthropologie. So what I am saying is I guess my grocery bag was cooler than I thought ;)

Zara Top (similar styles: here, here and here) / Levi Jeans / Reusable Tote / Sunglasses / Necklace / Mules

This month I took a deep dive into learning more about hydration and the effects on the body. It was after reading an article about Tom Brady’s extreme regimen––on average he drinks about 300 ounces a day and then Camille Styles interview with the author of Quench. After reading her article, I decided to start listening to her audio book. I am still learning so much and trying to find my exact number that is right for me, but I have already noticed a dramatic difference with my skin and energy levels when I hit my daily intake goal.  Here are a few tips I have found that have worked for me:


This was the best purchase I made two years ago, glass water bottles. We used to buy cases of plastic water bottles (I know, I know) but it would easily allow me to track my intake.  We started using these glass bottles and I could easily fill up and throw in the fridge. One, it reduced our plastic intake and two, we end up saving money on buying water bottles each week. My husband loves his YETI, but I find them to have a metal taste, so I that is why I love the glass bottles.


While I have never really been one for soda, juice or tea, I have found that starting the morning with warm lemon water, then switching to ice water and then room temperature water allows me to drink more water. **Note: If you are a fan of sparkling water, read this article.


While I suggest consulting a doctor, most studies I have read say to try and drink half of your body weight in ounces and a little more if you are very active (ie: losing water due to sweating). What has worked for me is to keep at least one water bottle with me at all times, whether that be at my desk, on my nightstand, in my car, or at the gym, I find I drink more water when it is readily available. Ali Schilling in Levi Jeans and White Blouse French Market Tote filled with Groceries


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5 replies
  1. Allie
    Allie says:

    I’m a huge Hydroflask fan and bought a 60 oz bottle so I would end up drinking more water! It’s really helped! The only downside is how heavy it is so if I’m out and about I sometimes forget to bring it or don’t want to because it’s so heavy. Love this post!!


      ALI LEIGH says:

      I’m so glad you liked it! I started with the 60oz, too and then found it was too heavy for me! It was so convenient to not have to get new bottles or fill them up all the time, but I actually found I wasn’t drinking as much because I didn’t want to bring it with me in the car. My husband still uses it and swears by it! xx- Ali

  2. Brianna
    Brianna says:

    I’m the worst at drinking water. I do love my Hydroflask, though. I’m going to try implementing some of these tips. And good for you for giving up plastic water bottles – my parents have a fridge full and use them regularly. It drives me insane. I keep bottled water on hand for an emergency, of course, but it’s not for everyday use.

  3. William J. Larson
    William J. Larson says:

    According to several studies, consuming lemon water right at the start of the day may help reduce the risk of kidney stone formation. One of the major reasons of kidney stones is due to painful deposits in the urine. The citric acid present in lemon water helps flush out these calcified deposits and the acid from the lemon can help keep the stones from coming together best6 buy

  4. Emma
    Emma says:

    I need to try this; my mom has done it for years and I thought she was totally crazy, but clearly she was not. I will defiantly see this in my future!

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