How much water should YOU be drinking daily?

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Although water has no calories or organic nutrients, it is vital for every human being. Water is an essential part of the metabolic processes in the human body. Without it, a person can become dehydrated which can lead to several health complications.

Good hydration can avoid several things such as headaches, cramps, and fatigue. It also helps hair grow longer, helps skin regain moisture, and will give your face a glowing appearance!

There is a simple way to figure out the minimum amount of water that you should be drinking per day.
Simply divide your weight by two and the equation will give you the minimum amount of ounces that you should be drinking per day. That’s it! It’s simple.

For example, if you weigh around 100 lbs, you should be drinking about 50 ounces of water per day. That is the equivalent of about 2 liters.However, for people who are very active such as people who go to the gym or who are involved in sports, more water should be taken to stay hydrated.

But Ivy, how do I know for sure if I’m being hydrated enough?”
When I was running with my cross country team and competing every weekend with other teams, one of the ways that I learned to check if I was hydrated enough was to check my pee. Seriously! We were required to check in with the physical therapists and our trainers for any sprains, strains, or soreness, and they would always emphasize that we hydrate ourselves properly. Right outside of the office there was a big urine color chart for everyone to see.
It looked like this:
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Basically, if your pee looks like #1 (which is almost as clear as water), then you’re hydrated!

If your pee looks like apple juice like #4, then you’re a bit dehydrated and should be drinking more water.

Anything that resembles the last three numbers means that you are very dehydrated and may even have an infection. If your pee looks like #8, you most likely have a kidney infection!

Drinking water is very important in everyone’s lives. Instead of drinking sodas and drinks that are packed with sugar, drink water instead! Your body will thank you for it!

Stay hydrated, stay healthy, and live life fully ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck

Ivy ~

Resources:

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/09/13/the-truth-about-how-much-water-you-should-really-drink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water

3 Beauty Tricks Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Olive oil is packed with monounsaturated fatty acids which are considered to be a healthy dietary fat. Olive oil can help prevent many disease and illnesses including cardiovascular disease which is one of the leading cause of deaths in the United States. Not only can you incorporate olive oil into your diet, but you can also integrate it into your daily beauty regimen!

Here are three beauty tricks that are quick, easy, and inexpensive using extra virgin olive oil. (Make sure it’s extra virgin!)

1: Makeup Remover

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Extra virgin olive oil can be used as a makeup remover. It’s soft enough to even be used as an eye makeup remover. It isย noncomedogenic (meaning it will not clog pores), it moisturizes the skin and conditions the eyelashes. Simply pour some of the oil onto a cotton pad and wipe the makeup away.

2: Body/Lip Scrub

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For the body scrub: Mix one part extra virgin olive oil and one part sugar. You can use this on your hands, feet, or body while in the shower. Be careful not to slip while in the shower! The sugar will scrub away any dead skin cells on your body and the olive oil will help moisturize and condition your skin. Be sure not to use SALT. Salt will be too rough and drying on your skin.

For your lips: Mix one part extra virgin olive oil, one part sugar, and one part honey. Again, the sugar will act as a natural scrub while the oil moisturizes. The honey is also a natural antiobiotic and has some healing properties which can help soothe any cuts on your skin.

3: Hair Mask

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After shampooing your hair, apply some extra virgin olive oil on to your hair and leave it on for 5 – 10 minutes. Rinse and style as usual. After a few weeks you will notice your hair regain some shine and strength and will have an overall healthy look.

Have fun with your inexpensive beauty product!

Ivy ~

Resources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/food-and-nutrition/faq-20058439

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm

Healthy Pancakes Using Only Two Ingredients!

Eating a nutritious diet is essential for our overall health and well being. Incorporating fruits and vegetables in your diet can help you obtain all of those vitamins and minerals that your body needs. With that said, here is a healthy pancake recipe using only two ingredients! Many thanks to Cassey Ho, maker of Blogilates and her POP Pilates series. The first time I tried this recipe, I was so surprised by how simple, easy, and incredibly delicious it was. If you haven’t already, take a look at her page and get ready to sweat and eat healthy!
http://www.blogilates.com/

Bunch of bananas

Before I post the pancake recipe, here are some fun facts about bananas!

Bananas help fight depression. They are packed with Tryptophan which is an essential amino acid for the human body. When ingested, the Tryptophan is then converted to serotonin which is a neurotransmitter in the brain known to lift mood levels.

Bananas are great to eat as a pre-workout snack! It’ll give you energy and sustain your blood sugar.

Ladies! Bananas are helpful with PMS and cramps. It also helps fight against osteoporosis by counteracting calcium loss and helps builds strong bones. This is essential for us since studies have shown that women are at a higher risk of suffering from osteoporosis than men.

Bananas are a natural antacid which helps against GERD, acid reflux, and heartburn.

Bananas help you feel more alert due to its high levels of potassium. Eat a banana in the morning rather than drinking coffee or eat a banana before an exam and you’ll be good to go!

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And here it is! The two ingredient pancake recipe!

All you need is:
1 Banana
1 Whole Egg

That’s it! Mash the banana, mix the two ingredients using a blender, put your pan on low heat, spray some Pam on your pan and pour on some of the batter! Wait a minute or two, flip the pancake and you’re done!
It is super easy and super yummy!

Also, instead of using syrup, I would suggest using a bit of honey instead. It’s a natural sweetener which is a better alternative as opposed to syrups that contains high levels of fructose which can cause obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Enjoy eating this healthy meal! Good luck ~

Resources:
http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tryptophan

http://www.blogilates.com/blog/2012/08/17/100-natural-pancakes-recipe-gluten-free-flourless-low-calorie/

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/3-reasons-high-fructose-corn-syrup-is-bad-for-you.html#b

 

My Favorite Book

I have read so many books in my life, that it’s honestly quite hard to pickย a single favorite one. I have a book that inspired me. I have a book that made me pensive and changed my perspective on certain things. I have a book that I could relate to and was able to connect to the protagonist in a heart beat. However, if I had to pick a single book that I love, then it would have to be Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok. I like the writing style, I love the metamorphosis that the protagonist experiences as a person, and I absolutely love the message that the book has as a whole. It’s a very interesting read. I have read this book more than once, and I value it and love it more each time. It’s such an empowering book. Whenever I read it, I feel a sense of strength and find myself feeling more confident about my goals in life.

I highly recommend it.

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Uncle Teds

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Contemporary Chinese Restaurant
http://uncletedsnyc.com/welcome/
Train: A,C,E,B,D,F,M to West 4

Last week, I decided to stop at the new and improved Uncle Teds restaurant, formerly known as Suzies. It is located on 163 Bleeker street by Washington Square Park. I stopped by last week and was surprised by the improvements.

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I was able to catch their lunch special which was great. Restaurants typically give small portions of food for customers who come in for their specials, however this has never been the case at this restaurant. I decided to order an Americanized dish which consisted of chicken and broccoli with white rice. I also ordered a side of miso soup.

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Miso soup!

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Chicken and broccoli with white rice.

I was not surprised when I saw the large portion that was served. The former Suzies was known for serving large portions, including their lunch specials. This has remained the same for Uncle Ted’s. A friend of mine who lives in the area mentioned that she eats at the restaurant frequently and apparently they serve larger portions during their dinner hours. Another thing that I have always noticed even while the restaurant was still running under “Suzies” is that the waiters are very attentive and the food has always been served quickly. I don’t think I have ever had to wait for more than 15 minutes for my food to be served. The food was delicious and the best part is that I got all this for $8 and some change!

Overall this place is fantastic for a lunch break or as a place to meet up with friends. The ambiance is very laid back and the waiters are very friendly, polite, and attentive. In my opinion, this place gets a 4 out of 5! I will definitely stop by again for lunch if I’m in the area ๐Ÿ™‚

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[Random note]:
While I was waiting for the food, I was actually practicing my Japanese writing. My waiter noticed, and he sparked a conversation with me about Japanese hiragana and katakana and mentioned that he had been studying Japanese as well. It was a nice moment being able to talk about a common interest with someone.

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