Archive for January, 2016

Rock Formations Become a Tourist Attraction

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Rock Formations become a tourist attraction in Far North Queensland. We spend our days travelling around Far North Queensland taking care of our clients filtered water coolers. We love our job and some days are extra special like yesterday. It was a beautiful day in Far North Queensland and we had to make a trip to Port Douglas to install a cooler and service many of our other coolers in the area. After seeing something on Facebook about the rocks that had appeared along the coastal road between Cairns and Port Douglas, we decided to look out for them. It didn’t take us long to spot them, the cars along the roadside were an instant giveaway.

Wow, the sight was a lot bigger than we expected. Due to the dangers of just pulling over and having to cross the road we decided to wait until the return trip to stop, that way we would be travelling in the correct direction to pull over safely.

It really has become quite the tourist attraction, there would have easily been more than a dozen cars stopped with people taking pictures and posing with these man-made structures. Each day as more and more people stop the amount increases. Well, who would stop and not add their little piece of art to the collection. I think this is just wonderful. Everyone was smiling with sheer delight and posing with the beautiful natural beauty of Far North Queensland.

The Cairns post has written an article on the formations that are growing by the day, that is until nature decides they will be no more and removes them with a high tide or storm. They are located on the Captain Cook Highway between Pebbly and Ellis Beaches.

Here are some of the pictures that we took of the wonderful rock formations. Click on each picture to enlarge it.

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How Much Water Should I Drink?

Friday, January 8th, 2016

waterThis is a question we often ask ourselves, “How much water should I drink?”  There are many factors to take into consideration when working out how much water you need to drink daily. Fluid intake needs can vary quite dramatically from one individual to another. There are many factors to be taken into account including things such as:

  1. The height and weight of the individual: Your height and weight will have a direct affect on how much you need to drink to stay hydrated. This is the main factor for each individual. The chart at the bottom of the page will give you an indication as to how much you need, however, the below 3 factors should also be taken into account.
  2. The Environment: Climates around the world vary greatly and where you live will have a direct impact on whether or not you need to increase your fluid intake. Please do not take thirst as an indicator that you need to drink, by the time you are actually thirsty your body is telling you that you are in fact already dehydrated. This is generally around the time that you will start to get a headache. This is important to know as someone living in a tropical climate would need to drink far more than someone in a cool temperate climate, they would also become dehydrated much more quickly regardless of the level of activity.
  3. Exercise and physical activity: Different types of exercise affect the body differently and can make a huge difference on how much we need to drink to replace the fluids lost when the body sweats. Exercise also causes the body to lose salts and electrolytes when we sweat so these also need to be replaced. A pinch of salt to your water will help do the trick. Do not just use any salt, sea salt  contains 84 minerals and nutrients that our body needs each and every day and will help to replace minerals that the body loses in sweat. Himalayan pink salt is wonderful too but please never, never use table salt, this has been processed and will actually do you more harm than good. This calculator will help you to work out how much extra you should drink by taking into account the type of exercise and many other factors.
  4. Health and wellness: When we are unwell we often need to increase our fluid intake. Often our temperature rises as our bodies try to fight off infection this causes a loss in bodily fluids. Sickness and diarrhoea will cause us to dehydrate quite quickly also. It is in these times we really need to ensure we keep up our fluid intake.

 

Weight in Kg Litres Per Day
55 2.29
60 2.5
65 2.71
70 2.92
75 3.13
80 3.33
85 3.54
90 3.75
95 3.96
100 4.17
105 4.38
110 4.58

You can work out how much you need by using the calculation below which is promoted  by  Paul Chek  http://www.chekinstitute.com/. This is calculated on our body weight in kg’s, which is then divided by 0.024. This level of water intake works out at 1.250 litres (1250ml) for each 30kg of body weight.

Example –
A 90kg person would require 3.750 litres per day

calculated as 90kg divided by 0.024 = 3.750 litres per day