Oil and Water

I decided to check the oil in my car today. I probably should have done it months ago, but it's just not something I think about.

Apparently you're suppose to have your oil checked or changed at roughly 5000 km… For me, it's been… oh, probably 40,000.

I'm not joking.

Anyway, I won't go into great detail about the grunge and grime that came up on the dip stick. It wasn't a good sign. In my defence, the oil light never came on…

Well, on my drive into work, I got to thinking about the importance of a well oiled body. Just as I neglected my car, too many of us neglect our bodies by depriving it of water.

Up until this year, I used to make it my New Year's resolution to drink more water. I never drank enough. Sure, I drink coffee, herbal tea, and maybe 500ml while working out, but it never amounted more than about 2 litres a day, and that's not enough.

Why water?

  • water makes up about 75% of our body weight
  • you can survive up to 4 weeks without food, but no longer than 3 days without water – my poor car went months upon months without oil, yikes!
  • water forms the bulk of blood and tissue fluid in our bodies, which makes it essential for transporting nutrients, hormones and waste products
  • our brain consists of 90% water – my poor car!!
  • helps with our metabolism – great for losing weight!
  • protects and moisturizes joints – again, I'm so sorry car 😦

Not sure how much water you should drink? Checking the colour of your urine is a pretty good determination. It should be pale yellow or clear. Dark yellow or a strong odour usually indicates you need to drink more. General recommendations are between 8-12 glasses a day, more depending on the duration and intensity of your workouts. You can find water consumption calculators online – and in the Useful Tools section of my blog.

Benefits

  • weight loss: drinking more helps flush by-products of fat breakdown, reduces hunger, and acts as an appetite suppressant
  • cures headaches: the next time you have a headache, it could be just a symptom of dehydration. Try drinking more water.
  • relieves fatigue: drinking 1 pint of water upon waking helps flush out toxins and waste products. It “oils” your heart, which helps it pump oxygenated blood to all cells and vital organs – it's the first thing I do when I get up in the morning!
  • healthy skin: see the first point above – our body is made up of 75% water, we need it to stay hydrated
  • brain function: with our brain being mostly made up of water, does this point really need explanation?
  • improves workouts: water regulates our body temperature, and fuels muscle
  • less cramps and sprains: water hydrates joints
  • reduce the risk of cancer: studies show that drinking a healthy amount of water ay reduce the risks of bladder or colon cancer-causing agents in the urine and shortens the time in which they are in contact with the bladder lining – sounds good to me!

Just as I've learned a valuable lesson in making sure I check the oil in my car, I've also learned that water consumption is an important and vital need for healthy living. So, no more resolutions that I end up breaking. I ensure I drink the required amount of water daily, which always starts with a pint of room temperature water first thing in the morning.

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This is my water bottle – it holds just over 2 litres. I try to drink at least two of these a day – on top of the large coffee, herbal teas and pint of water I consume.

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4 thoughts on “Oil and Water

  1. As I dig out my water bottle from the kitchen cupboard..;) Thanks for the kind reminder of how vital water is and the many advantages of consuming enough on a regular basis. Three cheers for Water!

    • I have a huge collection collecting dust – I even bought one once that kept track of my intake?!? I’m a Total gadget geek. The boy just shook his head at me lol.

      I’ve purged them and now carry my mini “jug” EVERYWHERE!

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