Wellness Wednesday: H2O Hydration!

Lucky you, today I decided to write two posts. I had planned the Workplace Wednesday post last week, but wanted to do a Wellness Wednesday post about the importance of water since summer officially starts this weekend and the weather is about to become HOT HOT HOT. 

I know I am guilty of not drinking enough water, but it is a goal of mine to eventually drink at least 6 cups of water a day. The rule is that you should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces, of water a day, more if you are working out a lot. It is especially important to stay hydrated in the summer as the heat can make you sweat more and also "dry" you out, hence dehydrating you. 

Dehydration is no fun as it can make you feel lightheaded and can also make you pass out, along with other more serious health issues that can land you in the hospital(I'm not a doctor so I can only say what I know). But I also understand that for some of us, it's easier to reach for soda or beer or other beverages that aren't water. The issue with this is that sugars can actually dehydrate you more and don't really quench your thrust the way water does. But there are some ways to make water more appealing. I want to share one of my favorite ways to do this:

I like to "infuse" or "flavor" my water by putting lemons wedges or orange slices in a jug of water overnight. I first will wash and clean the lemon or orange and then cut slices to drop into the jug of water. I occasionally will also put mint or cucumbers. This not only makes water taste better, but also makes it more energizing and refreshing. Plus, there's a benefit when drinking lemon water, which I can make a separate post on, or you can read more about it

here

. Here are also some links for recipes: 

Tone It Up Infused Water

Blogilates Detox Water

Kasia Organic Salon Fruit Infused Water

Do you have any tips for infusing your water or making it more appealing?

Share them in the comments below. Can't wait to see what you think/share.

Love,

Astrid

Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Links

Today I want to start a new weekly feature I've been thinking about for some time now, Wellness Wednesday. While Workplace Wednesday will still appear from time to time, I also want to begin sharing more fitness/health/wellness topics on here since it's such a big part of my life. It also helps that this week is 

National Women's Health Week

. So today I wanted to share some of my favorite websites or healthy links that I go to for nutrition and fitness tips and such. Enjoy :)

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Tone It Up

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Tone It Up

I'm sure if you've been reading my blog for a while now, you have seen me talk endlessly about the girls from 

Tone It Up

. I love the community Katrina and Karena have built and they are always so sweet to us girls. I also am in love with the free workouts they offer via their YouTube videos as well as the yummy recipes. I'm currently doing my second year of their Bikini Series and loving it.

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Blogilates

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Blogilates

I love Cassey Ho. She is always so perky and funny. But don't be fooled, she provides some tough workouts. I love her website not only because of the workouts but also for the monthly calendars she provides in which she puts together workouts to complete for each day of that month. The calendars are usually themed such as April Abs of AhMayZing (May). And again, the workouts are free. Score!

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Sarah Fit

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Sarah Fit

Sarah Dessault is another girl who's site I love following. Like the other two above, she is a YouTuber and provides many workouts for free, as well as recipes. Some of my favorite workouts that she does are those aimed at college student. As someone who struggled with fitness during college herself, it is great to see videos targeted for those living the college life.

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Food Babe

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Food Babe

So I have recently started going to this site and so far I've been loving it. While I am not quite at the extreme Vani is in terms of GMO labeling and such, I do love how informative her site is about what's really in her food. In a time where it seems processed food is as prevalent as ever despite many people embracing the organic lifestyle, it's refreshing that someone such as Vani is so passionate about investigating what's really in our food and fighting for GMO labeling and such. Again, I follow her investigations with a grain of rice because I realized it's harder said than done to stop eating Taco Bell or Subway or food with bad chemicals, I still love reading on her fight for nutrition. 

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Simple Green Smoothies

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Simply Green Smoothies

Last but not least, there's this site. It is run by best friends Jen and Jadah and if you can't already tell it features smoothies. I love the site because it's full of yummy recipes for awesome smoothies, which I just happen to be obsessed with. I especially love their 30 day challenges. During the challenges, they send you weekly emails with recipes and shopping lists and often feature an ingredient for that week.

I hope you liked my healthy links. What are some of your favorite health/fitness sites? 

Let me know in the comments below, I'm always excited to find new wellness related sites.

I also hope these links helped if you were looking for some direction as to what sites to check out.

Love,

Astrid

Wellness Wednesday: Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Today I decided to start a new feature for Wednesday(I know this is going up late) that will be focusing on health and fitness called Wellness Wednesday. The feature will help me when I don't have Workplace Wednesdays for you or anything else planned. I'm also doing this because I love the topic of health & fitness and strive to live as healthy a lifestyle as I can. For the first post, I'd like to discuss the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, something I really should be having more of these days. 

I first learned about the numerous benefits of ACV from Katrina and Karena at ToneItUp.com. And was able to witness it myself when I had their famous Bombshell Spell, which is a metabolism boosting drink. Unfortunately, I can't give you that recipe because it is part of their Nutrition plan (that's copyrighted I believe), but I can tell you about the benefits :)

1. Helps you stay slim. 
This is because it helps regulate blood sugar levels which means that it will help stop your body from storing fat and decreasing the risk for diabetes and heart disease. It also helps to control/curb appetite and therefore helps with cravings and is great at boosting metabolism as well so have it first thing in the morning. I know it may sound gross, but mixing it in apple or pineapple juice helps mask the taste. There are plenty of recipes online. All you need to do is google ACV metabolic drink.

2. Helps with PH balance.
ACV helps your body stay alkaline. This is good news because it means a better immune system and to me that's important. I hate being sick, especially on top of allergies. Speaking of which, according to One Good Thing by Jillee, it helps sinus drainage. I know it sounds gross, but this sounds like sweet relief to me. The site also lists other benefits along those lines. 

Additionally, a balanced PH helps increase energy which as a college student is an even bigger plus. Coffee only does so much and gives me the jitters sometimes. I'm trying to curb my coffee intake by the way. Being able to get a natural boost of energy is so much better.

3. Helps with Acne
I can really attest to this one. While my acne is much more manageable as an adult, it's still there, which is annoying. Thankfully, if I go a week straight with have an ACV metabolic drink, it clears up. While there may be a lot of decent beauty products out there, getting rid of acne from within is just more satisfying and long lasting. So if you are breaking out, start chugging(not really) ACV!

While there are many more benefits, I've found those to be the top 3. They are also the one's I'm most interested in and that explain the other benefits mentioned in other articles/blog posts. For more info. click on the links above or visit Eat Bird Food blog. Also let me know what you think and if you will be trying this out in the comments below. I truly highly recommend adding this to your routine.

Love,
Astrid