Water and a Singer’s Vocal Health (and an excuse to post Susan Boyle)

Posted on May 7, 2009. Filed under: antioxidants, Just FYI | Tags: , , , , , |

Singers, like all performers, want to stay healthy and be at the top of their game. To keep their voices in tip-top shape they should maintain good hydration and a healthy diet.

  To keep the vocal chords and throat properly hydrated, it’s been suggested singers drink at least 64ozs., or 8 glasses, of pure fresh and room temperature water daily. This amount can vary, however, due to external temperature variances and the individual’s tendency to perspire. It can also take as long as 20 minutes for the water one drinks to circulate and reach the larynx so drinking water regularly throughout the day is recommended. The singer should increase his/her water intake by an additional 16-32ozs., or 2-4 glasses, a day for the 2-4 days prior to a performance. If, however, the performer still feels underhydrated, gargling with warm salt water can provide rapid hydration for the throat and vocal cords. Eating fresh, non-citrus, fruits, and broth soups with fresh vegetables has been found to be quite helpful as well. 

Visit http://watercure.com, or read Dr. F. Batmanghelidj’s book, “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” to find out more about water and health.

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Everyday Stress Reducers (esp. during the holidays)

Posted on December 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

*Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning.
*Prepare for the morning the evening before.
*Don’t rely on your memory. Write things down. Plan ahead. Write things down.
*Drink more water.
*Make duplicates of all keys.
*Allow 15 minutes of extra time to get to appointments, and one hour extra time to arrive at an airport (for domestic departures).
*Eliminate (or restrict) the amount of caffeine intake.
*Relax your “must do’s.” The world will not end if there are dishes in the sink.
*Drink more water.
*Focus on your blessings. Count them.
*Say “No!” to extra projects, too many social activities, and over-committing.
*Unplug your phone. Take a long bath or read a good book without interruption.
*Drink more water.
*Get up and stretch periodically, especially if you sit for extended periods.
*Get enough sleep. It’s your body’s restoration time.
*When feeling stressed, stop what you’re doing and intentionally take several slow, deep breaths.
*Drink more water.
*Treat yourself to something special like a massage or facial.
*Take a hot bath to relieve tension.
*Do something thoughtful for somebody else.
*Schedule a realistic day by allowing extra time between scheduled events or appointments.
*Become more flexible.
*Drink more water.
*Do one thing at a time. Finish it before you move on.
*Allow yourself time for privacy, quiet, and introspection.
*Learn to delegate what you can. Be willing to delegate.
*Drink more water.
*Take a lunch break every day and take it away from your work area.
*Forget about counting to 10. Choose to keep your mouth shut.
*Have a forgiving view of events and people, and know we live in an imperfect world.
*Have an optimistic view of the world. Believe that most people are doing the best they can.

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Stay Healthy. Stay Hydrated!

Posted on November 22, 2008. Filed under: Just FYI | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The human body is composed of 75% water and 25% solid matter. To provide nourishment, eliminate waste and conduct all the trillions of activities in the body, we need water (not sodas, coffee, tea, wine beer, sports drinks or juices). Alternative liquid choices often lead to dehydration because of their caffeine, alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners or other chemical ingredients. Beverages containing caffeine, for example, trigger stress responses that at first have strong diuretic effects, leading to increased urination. Beverages with added sugar drastically raise blood sugar levels. Any beverage that provokes such a response coerces the body to give up large quantities of water. Regular consumption of such beverages results in chronic dehydration, which plays a part in the body’s effort to rid itself of accumulated toxins.Many people are actually suffering from “thirst disease,” a progressive condition of dehydration because they do not drink water but, instead, drink liquids that promote dehydration. The body becomes unable to remove toxins due to insufficient water reserves and the body is faced with the consequences of their destructive effects. A “diagnosed” illness might be the body’s desperate cry for water. What doctors generally refer to as disease many time is largely an advanced condition of dehydration, and the resulting inability of the body to rid itself of waste materials and toxins.

  Normally, the water ratio inside cells is higher than the one found in the cell environment. Under conditions of dehydration, the cells may lose up to 28 percent or more of their water volume. This imbalance undermines all cellular activities, whether the cells in question are those of the skin, stomach, liver, kidney, heart or brain. Whenever there is cellular dehydration, metabolic waste products are not removed properly. This causes symptoms that resemble disease but could actually be indicators of disturbed water metabolism.

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR DAILY WATER CONSUMPTION NEED:  An easy way to figure out how much water to drink daily is to take your weight in pounds (lbs.) and divide it by 2. The answer is how many ounces (ozs.) of water you should drink per day. For instance, for a woman weighing 160 lbs. and dividing her weight by 2 = 80 ozs. of water intake per day. 80 ozs. is the equivalent of 10 cups (one cup = 8 ozs.)

Stay healthy. Stay hydrated!

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