Wellness Wednesday: Quench Your Thirst!

 

I know so many people who avoid drinking water like it’s the plague. In fact, NPR reports that “one-quarter of a broad cross-section of children ages 6 to 19 apparently don’t drink any water as part of their fluid intake.” I’ve heard so many excuses as to why: It’s too cold. It’s too bland. I can’t drink it without a straw. Tap water is gross and dirty. Bottled water is not environmentally friendly. Blah blah blah. While water might not be the most exciting drink, consuming the necessary amount of this natural, delicious treasure has serious health benefits. If you drink at least 8 12-ounce glasses of water every day, you’ll have clearer skin, more energy and focused attention, increased metabolism and weight loss, reduced headaches and mood swings, and stronger kidneys, liver, and heart. If the taste and accessibility are the two main reasons why you’re not quenching that H2O thirst, I’ve provided a few refreshing fruit infused water recipes to spice things up and a list of affordable, reusable water bottles to carry your water with you wherever you go:

 

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Kermit Says: Make Earth Day Every Day!

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Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors. I know, I know. Of all the authors, this English teacher’s favorite is Theodore Seuss Geisel, an American artist and children’s author known for greats like Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and (of course) How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His texts are not merely filled with imaginative characters and silly rhymes, but instead are allegories that explore highly political and social issues. His subversive works challenge readers to think critically about racial and religious equality, materialism, and environmentalism and, in some ways, even empowers readers to affect change. The 1971 classic, The Lorax, is one of those stories that does just that!

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