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.