The Health Benefits of Drinking Water

After indulging during the holiday season, many people focus on healthier diets at the start of the new year. Diets come in all shapes and sizes. Some are complex, some are simple, and some are just fads. Whether it involves exercising, monitoring portion control, eliminating sugar and carbohydrates, or eating every other day, the one constant for weight loss is drinking water.

Water is an important part of dieting because of its health benefits. Along with good nutrition and exercise, water is essential for digestion and elimination. It helps remove toxins, carry nutrients to cells, and prevent dehydration, which is all necessary for healthy weight loss. Additionally, it assists the body in metabolizing and burning fat. Since it does not contain calories, fat, or cholesterol, and is low in sodium, water is a natural appetite suppressant.

How exactly is water effective in losing weight? Metabolizing fat is a primary function of the liver. Since the liver is unable to perform at its peak when helping the kidneys function, less body fat is digested and more is stored. Without sufficient water, the liver cannot be productive and break down fat efficiently, causing it to be stored in the body.

This leads to weight gain and water retention. When the body does not get enough water, it retains what it has and stores it. When the body gets a sufficient supply of water, it releases the water it has been holding since there is no longer a reason to store it. Thus, to reduce fat and lose weight, plenty of clean water is needed to maintain kidney and liver functions.

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How much water is needed?

Research shows that it is essential to drink at least eight glasses of water a day or one cup (200~250ml/per cup) for every 20 pounds of body weight to maintain optimum health. When dieting and exercising, more water is needed to replenish the water lost while working out. Most importantly, it should be pure water. While coffee, tea, fruit juice, and other beverages consist mainly of water, the body needs pure water to fully hydrate and rid the body of toxins. The color of urine is an ideal indicator of the body’s hydration. The paler the color the more hydrated; the darker the color the more dehydrated.

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Besides successful dieting, the health benefits of drinking clean water go well beyond hydration and weight loss. Water plays a key role in overall wellbeing, because it contributes to how every cell, tissue, and organ in the body functions. Studies report that people can live for weeks without food, but just a few days without water because the body is made up of approximately 60% water. Additionally, being dehydrated affects people physically as well as mentally. Good hydration acts as a fuel for energy, stamina, and memory, which ultimately leads to a healthier and happier life.

As people increase their water intake for personal weight loss, nutrition, and overall good health, they should be conscious of the impact it could have on the environment. Large amounts of consumer plastics, like plastic water bottles, contaminate the marine environment every day, harming water supplies and water quality. Pollution has become one of the most widespread problems for the world’s ocean and waterways. By recycling plastic water bottles, reducing waste by using products with less packaging, and choosing reusable items over disposable ones, people can maintain good health for themselves as well as for the environment.

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The Importance of National Bird Day

National Bird Day is a relatively new day in honor of birds. Founded by the Avian Welfare Coalition in 2002 and commemorated on January 5th each year, it raises awareness of the hardships and difficulties these essential animals face. Every year, millions of birds are captured from the wild or produced in captivity for commercial profit or enjoyment. They are forced to live in conditions that do not accommodate their instinctive physical and behavioral needs, and prevented from contributing to the environment.

While birds are as fascinating as beautiful and many people enjoy the hobby of birdwatching, they are a large animal species that has become endangered today as a result of illegal pet trade, disease, and habitat loss. Besides trying to alleviate suffering from insensitive bird trade, cruel breeding mills, and poor care in captivity, it is important to support birds for their role in the earth’s health.

There are more than 9,000 species of birds, and they are often valuable indicators of environmental conditions and the vitality of ecosystems. Birds have long been considered a keystone species since their presence affects other species. For example, the holes left behind by woodpeckers are often used as shelter for other animals. Just as woodpeckers are dependent on certain trees, other animals are dependent on their pecking. Birds also help maintain population levels of their prey and predators. Even when they die, they provide food for scavengers and decomposers. Additionally, birds provide critical resources for their many parasites, including lice that eat their feathers, flies that live on them, and mites that travel on them from plant to plant and even country to country.

Besides playing a critical role in the functioning of ecosystems, birds contribute in ways that impact the health of people, the economy, and food production. Studies have shown that birds eat millions of tons of insects a year. In China, much of the nourishment of the House Swift Apus nipalensis consists of agricultural pests. In the Americas, the Evening Grosbeak Hesperiphona vespertine helps control outbreaks of the Spruce Budworm. In Europe, bird nests are used for pest control. Bird pollinators, like hummingbirds and honeyeaters, are impactful in high altitudes and hot climates. In South Africa, some plants pollinated by birds are used for food and medicine. As scavengers, their speedy arrival and efficiency helps control the spread of diseases, like rabies, typically transmitted by feral dogs or rats.

Birds also transform landscapes by maintaining essential balance in habitats like forests, marshes, and grasslands, which is necessary as they store carbon, oxygenate the air, and transform pollutants into nutrients. Birds also act as messengers about the earth’s health. Since they are widespread and respond quickly to changes in the environment, they provide early-warning signs for pressing concerns such as climate change.

Clearly, birds play an essential role in environmental conditions, functioning of ecosystems, and human health. By raising awareness of the issues that birds encounter and promoting change to ensure their wellbeing and value, they can continue to have a positive impact overall. This makes National Bird Day worthwhile.


The Tradition of New Year’s Resolutions

Once everyone is done with their year-end reflection for the year that is ending, it is time to look ahead to the year that is about to start. Besides festive countdown parties, the iconic ball drop at Times Square in New York, fireworks, and champagne toasts, for many people welcoming in the New Year means creating New Year’s resolutions. This is because the beginning of the year offers a clean slate and the opportunity to start fresh. So what is behind resolutions and why are they so important?

The tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates back centuries, even before the emperor Julius Caesar introduced the Julian calendar and established January as the first day of the year in honor of the month’s namesake Janus. This mythical god of early Rome had two faces – one looking forward and one looking backward – which allowed him to look back on the past and forward to the future. As the Romans celebrated this newly-dated holiday, they made promises to this important god to be blessed in the year ahead.

Today, resolutions come in many forms. Some people make a promise to change a bad habit or begin a healthier lifestyle like quitting smoking and losing weight. Other people make a promise to develop a new habit like starting an exercise program, volunteering in their community, or being more diligent in protecting the environment.

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Studies find that the most common resolutions include to exercise more, lose weight, quit smoking, get organized, learn a new skill or hobby, and save more money. While these revolve around a personal or physical change, other resolutions are more reflective in nature such as living life to the fullest, being more grateful, and spending more time with family and friends. Still others have a broader focus like volunteering to help the less fortunate, which provides a more profound sense of purpose.

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As people reflect at New Year’s and promise to make changes regarding how they treat themselves and the people around them, they also consider environmental-friendly resolutions this time of year. By vowing to cut back on waste by reducing, reusing, and recycling, they are improving the environment not only for themselves but everyone else around them. Some of the more common resolutions around protecting the environment include going paperless, starting a compost, conserving water and energy, banning styrofoam, and recycling paper and plastic.

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Despite the goal and the good intentions behind setting resolutions, people often struggle to stick to them throughout the year. There are many reasons for this with the most frequent being that the resolutions are too general, making them unmanageable and difficult to reach. To ensure resolutions do not fall by the wayside, people should make sure they are achievable, turn them into habits, and remember that they take time to accomplish. 

To be successful with their New Year’s resolutions, experts advise people to start small, write themselves reminders, change behaviors and vary routines, track their progress, set rewards, and stay focused. Most importantly, they should remember that slip-ups happen, and when they do they should just get back on track.

New Year’s resolutions and promises people make for the new year are part of the holiday’s tradition. Regardless of what resolutions are committed to, the ultimate goal is to improve life in a meaningful way in the coming year. 

Happy New Year!

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回顾2020 展望2021


新年新希望的传统可以追溯到几百年前,甚至在皇帝朱利叶斯·凯撒(Julius Caesar)引入儒略历并将1月定为一年中的第一个月,并以“杰纳斯”(Janus)这个名字命名。杰纳斯这个早期罗马的神有两张脸——一张向前看、一张向后看,这使他能够回顾过去,展望未来。当罗马人庆祝这个新的节日时,他们向这位重要的神许下诺言,并在未来的一年里得到祝福。












假日出行 每一口都安全健康


World Immunization Day-The Importance of Vaccines and More

Immunization saves millions of lives each year and vaccines play a major role. Yet, there are still hundreds of thousands of unvaccinated and under-vaccinated people.

World Immunization Day, recently celebrated on November 15, aims to make everyone aware about the importance of getting timely vaccinations against vaccine-preventable diseases.

With the current coronavirus pandemic continuing to affect millions of people around the world, knowledge about vaccines for protection from rapidly spreading infectious diseases is more important than ever. Although a vaccine for COVID-19 is not yet widely available, there are vaccines for many other highly contagious and deadly diseases. And these vaccines are a safe and effective way to save lives, prevent outbreaks, and maintain overall health.

Over the years there has been much confusion about vaccines. Despite any misunderstandings, vaccinations are an important part of worldwide health because they prevent the spread of contagious and dangerous diseases. These include measles, mumps, polio, chickenpox, whooping cough, and diphtheria. While some diseases are mild, like cold viruses, others can cause life-altering changes and result in death, like smallpox.

To fully realize the significance of vaccines, which World Immunization Day strives to do, it is necessary to understand what a vaccine is and how it works. A vaccine or immunization builds people’s natural immunity to a disease before they get sick, and keeps them from getting a disease and spreading it to others. For most vaccines, a weakened form of the disease is injected into people’s body through a shot in the arm or leg so they can produce antibodies to fight against it. These antibodies last a long time and continue to fight off the disease if ever exposed to it again.

Aside from smallpox, all other diseases are still active in some part of the world. If diseases come back. If people stopped getting vaccines, the diseases would come back and there would be epidemics like there were decades ago. For example, it happened in Japan in the 1970s with whooping cough. Despite about two-thirst of Japanese children receiving a vaccination and few cases of the disease in 1974, rumors started claiming that the vaccine was unsafe and not needed. Just two years later, the vaccination rate for whooping cough dropped to about 10% and by 1979 there was an epidemic with more than 13,000 cases. Once vaccination rates improved, the number of cases declined.

During a challenging time like today’s global pandemic, supporting people’s wellness through a healthy immune system is essential. Just as vaccines help with healthy immune systems, so does clean water because it works as an immune system booster and contributes to improved health and overall well-being. Water helps carry oxygen throughout the body, which contributes to a properly functioning system. It also helps remove toxins from the body, which helps prevent them from building up and negatively impacting the immune system. Additionally, small modifications, like adding lemon or drinking tea, can enhance the benefits of water. Lemons are a good source of vitamin C, which helps prevent disease and fight against the common cold. Tea provides antioxidants that can help protect against sickness. Besides drinking, another benefit of clean water is that it can be used to wash away germs that may lead to unwellness.

Both vaccines and clean water are vital to overall health. Getting vaccines to fight off and prevent the spread of dangerous diseases, and drinking clean water to stay hydrated and help ensure the body is functioning optimally are both important and necessary ways for people to maintain a healthy immune system and stay well.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving by Volunteering

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and this year it will be observed on November 26. A favorite day, it is a nonsectarian holiday that has traditions like all of holidays. For Americans, these include family, friends, a turkey feast, and a four-day weekend. But most of all, it is a day for people to be grateful for the things they have and give back to others less fortunate.

The history of Thanksgiving dates back to 1620 when a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England with about 100 passengers seeking a new home to practice their faith and the promise of prosperity in the New World. After a dangerous trip that lasted more than two months, these Pilgrims landed near Cape Cod. About month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay where these Pilgrims established a village in New England. Befriending local Native Americans and eventually forging an alliance with the local tribe Wampanoag, the two groups shared an autumn harvest feast a year later, which became the first Thanksgiving celebration. For more than two centuries, it was celebrated by individual colonies and states until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated every November.

Today, Thanksgiving involves cooking and sharing a feast with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple, has become synonymous with the holiday. Besides to this main course, the meal typically consists of stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Additionally, parades have also become a central part of the holiday. New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade, sponsored by Macy’s department store since 1924, is the largest and most famous. It attracts hundreds of spectators along its route through the city and appeals to a large television audience. It usually features marching bands, decorative floats, personalities, performers, and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

While Thanksgiving is a celebratory holiday without a tradition of exchanging gifts, it does have gift-giving component. In the spirit of gratitude and thanks, volunteering has become a popular Thanksgiving Day activity. Many people serve the community by holding a food drive and helping at a local shelter.

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Not only does volunteering benefit the community, it benefits the volunteer. Offering to help people in need is a heartwarming and satisfying way of giving to those less fortunate. It can also be a wonderful way to make new friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and make a positive contribution. In addition, the gratification of giving to others can assist with mental and physical health by reducing stress and preventing depression.

Volunteering does not have to involve a lot of effort or take a lot of time. For many people, it is an easy and profound way to help those in need and find great pleasure in doing so. On a broader scale, it can help find a sense of purpose, make a meaningful difference, and even transform the world.

Particularly this Thanksgiving Day with the current pandemic impacting jobs, time with family, and emotional wellbeing, it is more important than ever to be thankful, volunteer to help others, and pursue happiness.

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国际素食日 无肉也欢

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此时 你正在撸一根刚烤好的羊肉串
你的体内会发生什么样的变化 … …

等于你消耗了约10克的草 50克的水






# 无肉也欢





素食星期一是由Paul,Mary和Stella McCartney于2009年开始的活动。该活动的目的是提高人们对吃肉所造成的有害环境影响的认知,并鼓励人们帮助减缓气候变化,保护珍贵的自然资源。并且每周至少一次的素食日能帮助改善人们的身体健康。








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Water Scarcity in China

Water supports a country’s development, and China is no exception.

Despite being the world’s fastest-growing economy for years, China has been facing a serious water issue. The problem stems from rapid population and industrialization growth, which have spurred the need for water. With climate change and widespread water pollution contributing to the problem, water is scarce and unevenly distributed throughout the country. The combination of limited quantity, changing conditions, and pollution is making it difficult for China to supply enough consumable water to some provinces. About half of the country’s large cities, including Beijing, face a water shortage.

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Water scarcity in China has been an ongoing challenge for the country. Lenient environmental controls have led to poor water quality and extensive pollution. Although factories are often located on river banks for water supply, the lack of water treatment plants results in wastewater being released back into the rivers without being treated. Besides industrial pollution, land use and degradation contributes to the pollution in China’s water. Fertilizers, pesticides, and animal waste is carried into lakes, rivers, and coastal waters. Also, aquifers are impacted as rainfall and melted snow transport pollutants underground. As a result, most groundwater in urban areas is contaminated and cannot be consumed.

To address the limited supply of water, China has implemented substantial water projects. The most well-known, the South-to-North Water Transfer Project, involves moving water from rivers in the South to the dry areas in the North that have dense population, industry, and agriculture. First proposed by the late Chairman Mao Zedong in 1952, the project was approved by the State Council in 2002 following much research and planning. Once completed, it will link China’s four main rivers – the Yangtze, Yellow River, Huaihe, and Haihe – and disperse water through three diversion routes, stretching south to north across the eastern, central, and western parts of the country.

Despite the importance, need, and benefits of this project, it is years from completion, generating new environmental concerns, and not contributing to resolving China’s immediate issue of water scarcity. To help improve the supply of consumable water in the short-term, it is necessary to prevent water pollution and tackle environmental issues. Cleaning up China’s rivers and lakes is not an easy undertaking. Industrial growth over the years has caused cities throughout China to be blanketed in smog. And, both are continually raising concerns about the safety of food and population health.

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However, efforts are already underway. Earlier this year, The National Development and Reform Commission issued a new policy – to be implemented over the next five years – that reduces single-use plastics across the country, including straws by the end of this year. Non-degradable plastic bags will be banned in major cities by the end of 2020 and in all cities by 2022, with the exception of markets selling fresh produce that are exempt until 2025. Additionally, restaurants will need to reduce the use of single-use plastic items by 30% and hotels will no longer be able to offer free single-use plastic items by 2025.

Initiatives like these that help manage water waste and widespread pollution can contribute to improving water scarcity in China and eventually lead to more consumable water throughout the country.

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11.10  世界青年日





而这一次的活动,是从2018年开始的… …

2018年12月,我们的管理团队从繁忙的日程中抽出一些时间来深入了解Green Initiatives纸回收计划。创始人Nitin Dani向我们的团队介绍了纸回收计划的目的。在水福来,我们对该项目带来的积极影响感到兴奋。





根据Green Initiatives主任Ashley Fernandes的说法,废纸被收集,与其他原生纸浆一起加工,然后重新制成新的工业级纸张,供应给其他纸制品制造商。

该计划的独特之处在于Green Initiatives团队已经在亚洲纸浆和造纸厂位于中国宁波的工厂验证了回收过程。Ashley解释说,“在Green Initiatives,在我们启动任何项目之前,我们会进行尽职调查,我们的合作伙伴是值得信赖的。”



– 26,500升水
– 4,000千瓦能量
– 1,440升油
– 17棵树
– 2立方米垃圾填埋场

团队对我们办公室回收可以节省的自然资源量感到惊讶。我们知道,随着公司数量的增长,我们的纸张消耗量可能会增加。这个为地球带来积极影响的机会是我们决定与Green Initiatives合作进行纸回收计划的主要原因。



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