I am so pleased to share a special announcement today! I’ve partnered with my friends over at MightyNest, an online store specializing in natural, non-toxic products for the kitchen and home, on a series of giveaways you’ll be seeing here on the blog today and in the coming months. The giveaway items all align with topics I wrote about in my book One Simple Change. This really could not be a better fit!

As you may or may not know, One Simple Change is a compilation of 50 ways you can transform your diet, adjust your lifestyle, and overhaul your attitude in order to benefit your health and the health of our planet. The book has been out for a couple of months and I really love getting feedback from readers. One of the chapters people seem to be resonating with quite a bit is the one about drinking water first thing in the morning. So I’m going to excerpt the book a bit here in order to revisit the topic of healthy water intake.

Water First Thing from One Simple Change | Healthy Green Kitchen

Drinking water first thing is really simple to do, and it can really be beneficial. Why drink water first thing in the morning? Our bodies are more than 60 percent water and, unfortunately, this makes us quite prone to dehydration. You can be dehydrated even if you don’t feel thirsty. Having a glass of water first thing and then drinking more throughout the day will help you avoid health issues that may be related to dehydration. Eating foods that contain water (like raw fruits and vegetables) and drinking additional healthy liquids will help as well.

The benefits of drinking water in the morning go beyond the physical, though: I find that having a glass of water right after I wake up makes me feel as if I’ve kicked off the day on the right foot. Since I’ve done something good for myself first thing, I am more likely to continue to make healthy choices as the day goes on.

Know that not everyone needs to have eight 8-oz/240-ml glasses of water every day, though. We all have different needs for water intake based on our size, activity level, our climate, etc. I suggest consuming lots of fruits, vegetables, and healthy drinks, and listening to your body. Drink water when you are thirsty, and pay special attention to drinking more when exercising vigorously or spending time outside in heat. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your urine. When you are properly hydrated, it should be very light yellow (though certain vitamin supplements and vegetables like beets do color your urine, rendering it an unreliable indicator).

Avoid drinking water when what you are is hungry (to fill you up so you won’t eat a lot). That’s not useful and it may even be harmful. When you are hungry, your body needs food, not water. Not drinking enough water isn’t healthy, but guzzling glass after glass of water when you are not at all thirsty is not exactly a healthy habit, either! You can, indeed, drink too
 much water, and doing so may be dangerous: when you drink far more water than your body needs over a short period of time, you can dilute the concentration of sodium in your blood.

Water First Thing from One Simple Change | Healthy Green Kitchen

A final note about water: it’s important that the water you drink- and cook, brush your teeth, and shower with- in the morning and throughout the day should be as pure as possible. Tap water may contain chlorine as well as a variety of contaminants, so consider investing in a water filter. (Also, if you feel strongly about having a filter on your kitchen sink, consider putting one on your shower head, as well: your skin is your body’s largest organ and, unfortunately, readily absorbs toxins.) You should also be sure to get in the habit of bringing a reusable water bottle with you when you go out (and avoid plastic water bottles that contain BPA, a chemical that can interfere with the balance of hormones in the body).

(Text adapted with permission from my book One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life. Copyright 2013; Published by Chronicle Books.).

To make it easy and fun for you and your family to drink water throughout the day, MightyNest is going to give one of my readers a a LifeFactory water bottle gift pack! (You can learn more about LifeFactory water bottles here). To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter widget below. A comment on this post is required to enter, and there are a bunch of additional ways you can gain optional entries. Be sure to sign up for the MightyNest for schools program so 15% of any purchase you make from MightyNest goes back to your school.

(The retail value of this giveaway is $123 and it is open to readers in the USA only. Thank you so much to MightyNest for sponsoring this giveaway!)

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    Healthy Water Intake + MightyNest Glass Water Bottle Giveaway | Ad Free Stuff — January 30, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

    […] Winnie I am so pleased to share a special announcement today! I’ve partnered with my friends over at […]

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    ladywild — January 30, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

    with some orange squeezed in it. I love flavor in my morning water

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    Sandra Miller — January 30, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

    I currently drink it from a LifeFactory water bottle that I recently ordered from Mighty Nest. Two cheers for LifeFactory and Mighty Nest!

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    mara — January 30, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

    i drink a glass of water while my cats eat their breakfast

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    Jessica T — January 30, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

    I drink my filtered water with lemon. We have lemon trees (not sprayed) around here so we always have lemons in supply. Would love these water bottles! I have them on my wishlist.

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    Sara — January 30, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    Straight up. Crisp and cold from the fridge

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    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet — January 30, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

    I drink my water while making breakfast for my kids.

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    Kelly Dunn — January 30, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

    Water is so important. It is a priority for me!

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    Caroline — January 30, 2014 @ 10:04 pm

    Winnie…I love these bottles! It’s so funny, I just said to my daughter the other day that I need to get one of those glass bottles! I try to drink as much water as I can and I love to add just a piece of fruit…even if it’s one slice of apple. It adds so much and makes it easier to drink more. I feel SO much better when I drink water all day! Congrats on your new book too…I’ve been reading it whenever I have down time and I LOVE the message you send. Such a healthy and balanced approach. Thank you for that.

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    Kelley — January 30, 2014 @ 10:13 pm

    In one of my new glass drinking bottles!

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    Bonnie Sanders — January 30, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

    Years ago I gave up my 4 a day Mt Dew habit to a water habit. Boy am I glad I did that. All my daily headaches went away.
    I drink water all day long. Thanks for the chance to win these awesome looking water bottles.

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    Tammy — January 30, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

    I always drink it ice cold, with lots of lemon. Yum!

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    Heather @ The Soulful Spoon — January 30, 2014 @ 10:44 pm

    Thank you for this giveaway Winnie!:) I don’t have a local school to register with, so I couldn’t use the extra entries for that, but I still appreciate all the other entry opportunities!:)

    To answer the comment question, I drink my water every morning with lemon and a dash of cayenne to wake me up before my morning green juice:) Water is so important to rehydrate with at the start of the day. Thanks for reminding everyone of that!

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    Maria — January 30, 2014 @ 10:44 pm

    Every morning, I drink about 3 cups of plain water filtered through my fridge. Makes me feel good all day long’ :)

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    Waad A. — January 30, 2014 @ 11:26 pm

    I like it room temperature with a squeeze of lemon

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    Chert — January 30, 2014 @ 11:31 pm

    A full cold glass from the fridge, while I check my email.

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    Suzanne Collier — January 30, 2014 @ 11:50 pm

    Every morning, I start with a large glass of filtered water (with ice). My next glass, in the morning, is flavored with Elderberry Syrup and Pomegranate Juice. Deeeelicious and pretty dog-gone healthy. Very refreshing, too!

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    mason — January 31, 2014 @ 12:03 am

    I take mine with a squeeze of lemon and drink up while I make breakfast and pack lunch.

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    Vaishali — January 31, 2014 @ 12:04 am

    Rom temperature with a squeeze of lemon,

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    stacey — January 31, 2014 @ 12:10 am

    My morning drink-warm water, lemon, honey and a dash of cayenne!

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    Laura — January 31, 2014 @ 12:15 am

    Plain & room temp while sitting in bed! Then I make warm water with lemon :) I would LOVE to have these bottles for me and my son!

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    Angela — January 31, 2014 @ 12:30 am

    I love water & drink it cold throughout the day! I’ve really

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    Dawne — January 31, 2014 @ 1:39 am

    Oh, Winnie!, I am so excited for you! You have had so many successes of late and you encourage the rest of us with your down-to-earth advice and honesty.

    I have felt so much better since cutting gluten and dairy out of my diet, maybe water first thing in the morning is the next step for me on my road to recovery (I usually stagger to the coffee maker first thing :P)

    I would love to try these bottles for myself and my family.

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    angelique — January 31, 2014 @ 1:43 am

    i drink my morning water in a glass bottle on the go

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    Barb — January 31, 2014 @ 5:50 am

    Love my water with a sprig of fresh mint.

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    Nancy A. — January 31, 2014 @ 5:51 am

    I love water, it is my drink of choice and I definitely need a bottle to take water with me! I almost always put a slice of lemon in my water, it is so refreshing!

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    Karen Ross Taylor — January 31, 2014 @ 5:56 am

    I will drink morning water on the go with ice and a touch of lemon

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    Valerie — January 31, 2014 @ 6:03 am

    I just started drinking a mug of warm lemon water 20 minutes before I eat anything in the morning.

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    Suzanne — January 31, 2014 @ 7:16 am

    I just bought my first lifefactory bottle last week? Love it. Would love one for everyone in the family. I like the variety of tops.

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    Tracey — January 31, 2014 @ 8:02 am

    I drink my a.m. water warm with lemon, every day.

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    Geraldine Lim — January 31, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    A glass of water is good every morning. Drink it warm!

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    Kerri — January 31, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    I drink water all day from a stainless steel container.

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    Janet T — January 31, 2014 @ 8:25 am

    I blend a whole lemon to add to my morning water. Sometimes I add a frozen strawberries to it.

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    Jen — January 31, 2014 @ 8:38 am

    Thanks for a great giveaway! I love my lemon water in the morning!

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    jess — January 31, 2014 @ 8:52 am

    tea! but i should really get back into water + lemon.

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    Marisa Harder-Chapman — January 31, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    I like room temp water, best – so I’ll just fill up a glass, and go from there!

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    T. — January 31, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    Room temp water for me every morning. Great giveaway!

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    Ingrid — January 31, 2014 @ 9:27 am

    From the fridge, chilled with strips of orange peel.

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    Katie — January 31, 2014 @ 9:56 am

    One word… Awesome!

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    Katelin — January 31, 2014 @ 10:06 am

    I will drink my morning water with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint!

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    Ashleigh — January 31, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    I will drink my water warm with a wedge of lemon, at least until the temps get above freezing!!!!

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    Mary B. — January 31, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    I start the morning with a mug of hot water with lemon, and then continue to drink filtered water throughout the day!

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    Wendy — January 31, 2014 @ 10:43 am

    I drink quite a bit of water throughtout the day (2 liters or more). I don’t normally start off my morning with water… i find I still need coffee to wake up :(

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    joselle merritt — January 31, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    I need my coffee first thing in the morning but I’ve been trying to have small glass first thing in the morning. It’s easier when it gets warmer. I have switched from coffee all day to hot water with lemon in it.

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    MartiC — January 31, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    Cold with ice and maybe a slice of lemon or lime.

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    Michelle — January 31, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    I have warm water with fresh squeezed lemon, and a meyer lemon tea bag in the morning. It is after I shower though – Gotta get up just a LITTLE earlier to fit it in FIRST thing. Working on it!

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    Halleh — January 31, 2014 @ 11:42 am

    Love that you posted on this chapter today. I had ordered your book back in December off of amazon, and I guess it was back ordered because I didn’t receive it until Tuesday! The first simple change that I chose to tackle was drinking water first thing in the morning, so this post and this giveaway are the perfect reinforcement! I’m typically not good at drinking water, but have been trying to get 16oz. In first thing when I get up in the mornings. So far, so good! Looking forward to decide which change to make next week :)

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    itzia — January 31, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    i’ll be drinking water at room temperature

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    Sylvia — January 31, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    I love my water at room temperature, with either some lemon or rosemary in it!

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    jasmine — January 31, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

    I will drink a glass of cold water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne pepper or true cinnamon!

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    katy b — January 31, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

    i drink my water with lemon and lime

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    Jennie — January 31, 2014 @ 1:20 pm

    My husband is great about drinking a glass of water as soon as he hits our kitchen in the AM – I think I’d do better to have a bottle ready for me in the shower!

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    Urban Wife — January 31, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

    Ice cold water!

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    Jen — January 31, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    Lemon water, yummy!!

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    Jen Moore — January 31, 2014 @ 4:56 pm

    Great information!

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    Krista — January 31, 2014 @ 5:08 pm

    I had never had a problem drinking enough water until 7 months ago when I became a mother. It’s hard to remember to stop and drink but it’s such an important lesson to teach to my little one. These bottles could be a huge help- easy to throw in the diaper bag and even just carry around my house. They really are beautiful!

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    Pamela Baker — January 31, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

    I always put 4 drops of lemon essential oil in 16 ounces of water to start my day. I also make hot tea for a warm start to a cold morning. Honey and cinnamon combined are favorites to put in the tea and on toast.

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    Tamika T — January 31, 2014 @ 7:47 pm

    I drink my morning water plain. I am not a fan of flavored water or adding lemon to it.

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    Mallory Stephens — January 31, 2014 @ 8:05 pm

    Warm with a squeeze of lemon! Love your stuff Winnie!

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    Rachel (Harmonious Homestead) — January 31, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

    My routine is to fill up my coffee mug with water and drink that while heating water for my pour over. I might just be offsetting the dehydrating effects of caffeine, but I am starting the day with water…

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    Lisa F — February 1, 2014 @ 1:42 am

    A glass of plain cool water with breakfast.

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    Erin Hicks — February 1, 2014 @ 9:49 am

    I have been drinking a lot of water for years, first out of regular plastic, then out of BPA-free plastic, and now I am seeking to drink out of glass and stainless steel only. So a fleet of new drinking vessels would be most appreciated!

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    Velda — February 1, 2014 @ 11:53 am

    I use a LifeFactory bottle everyday to carry my water to school. It is great and I would love to have more of them.

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    Amber — February 1, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    I drink my morning water with lots of ice and a squeeze of lemon.

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    Melissa — February 1, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    How wonderful! I try to drink a glass first thing each morning…. try. But I do drink water throughout the day – would love to have some of these bottles to help me keep this up!

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    Tanna — February 1, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    With ice

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    Amanda — February 1, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    Lukewarm and delicious.

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    Jaime F. — February 1, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

    I fill up my glass first thing at work — right before making my coffee! No ice, filtered from the machine. Thanks!

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    JoAnn — February 1, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

    I so love your book! Although I have adopted many of the habits that you describe in your book, it’s been good to go back to the beginning, revisiting each one in turn and re-evaluating my habits and where I am slacking. I drink water all day every day, but I wasn’t starting the day with water – this has been a really great habit for me to develop and I so appreciate your explanation for why we should start the day with good, pure water. Thank you, Winnie for your great writing and clear, easy to follow healthy habits.

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    Rachel K — February 1, 2014 @ 7:42 pm

    cold with lots of lemon!

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    Seth — February 1, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

    I have a series of bottles filled with water in the fridge, and some of them need replacements.

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    Taylor Closet — February 1, 2014 @ 11:26 pm

    I drink my water while cooking breakfast each morning.

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    tcmary — February 2, 2014 @ 12:23 am

    All day ev day. I fill a big pitcher with ice and water so I know how much I drink each day

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    Rachel Cooks — February 2, 2014 @ 8:06 am

    I definitely need to do this rather than going straight to coffee. Going to make it a habit!

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    pat — February 2, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    I like my am water cold with lemon

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    Kayla J — February 2, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    I will drink it with strawberries. I love flavored water in the morning!

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    Marcy — February 2, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    Nothing is as refreshing as water! Sometimes I prefer it carbonated. I use the Soda-stream but do not add flavor. Water straight up- yum!

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    Jessica — February 2, 2014 @ 4:42 pm

    I love these bottles. I saw someone drop one of these the other day and it didn’t even break. So attractive too! I like to drink cold water all day long and unlike many other people, I don’t like it with anything added – no lemon or lime for me!

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    Jen — February 2, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

    What is the glass in the photo? It looks like my old Lumnia glasses, but with a threaded top?

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    Marisa — February 3, 2014 @ 8:49 am

    I often tell myself that I should drink more water, and then I don’t. To make it a habit, I’m going to put a glass on the windowsill next to the bed at night so it will be there when I wake up. Thanks for the fun prize opportunity!

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    Andrea — February 3, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    I like to drink my water while at the gym in the morning. These bottles would be great at the gym.

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    Carla S — February 3, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

    I will drink it cold with alot of ice.

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    Vera K — February 4, 2014 @ 6:52 am

    I drink it first thing – it’s on my bedside table.

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    Monica M — February 4, 2014 @ 8:34 am

    I take it with me – in the car, at work, and have it next to my bed – on the night stand.

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    Darla — February 4, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    I have a filtered water pitcher on the counter and drink a glass first thing in the AM, one with each meal and a couple of other times throughout the day. It is handy reminder of how easy it is to take care of myself.

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    Carol — February 5, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

    I just always have water with me. all day where ever I go.

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    Anna Southam — February 6, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    I am trying to drink more water because I can tell I’m dehydrated. This would be fantastic to have to be able to drink more water while out and about.

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    rachel — February 6, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Always put fresh lemon juice in our water container in the fridge. Pour a glass as soon as I wake up and drink it down. The best!

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    Cari — February 6, 2014 @ 11:47 am

    I like water with a slice of lemon.

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    Melissa Petruzzello — February 6, 2014 @ 11:51 am

    I get up first in the morning and drink a glass of water while I make breakfast and coffee for my husband and I! I also drink a lot of water at work, which makes me feel good and gives me an excuse to stretch my legs at the water-cooler!

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    natalie — February 6, 2014 @ 11:55 am

    I drink hot herbal tea all Spring, Winter and Fall, but in the Summer I need to carry just water more often.