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Good Advice from Dan East

Hey, We've seen this so many times and, given that it's come up again lately, I wanted to send this to friends. As you've heard me say at some point or another, drink two glasses of water twenty minutes before stage and warm up the voice a bit (for those I've toured with, you know the vowel sounds bit). Vocal fatigue is something we hear about more every day and in the winter months, it can be worse. Even in the South... This report just in regarding water consumption for everyday people so you know that singers need more. Sent with the best and warmest intentions! Take care of your instrument. Your voice. Please send this to a singer you care about. Best regards, Daniel East-----

=========================== Good Reasons To Drink Water ===========================

75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%. One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of dieters studied in a Univ. of Washington study. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or printed page. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 79%, and bladder cancer by 50%. Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?

The NIDCD offers info on "vocal misuse" at http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/pubs_vsl/vocalabuse.htmTo further help prevent vocal and hearing fatigue, you can also check out a company like Future Sonics who invented and make Ear Monitors which help further and they now offer a very affordable universal fit model for almost any venue.

 





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