Top Tips To Help Voice Teachers Stay Health
In part two of my series to help you become a healthier, happier teacher I am going to talk about nutrition. I am sure you will lose count if you try to of the number of times you've told your students about the importance of getting drinking enough water, getting enough rest etc. But do we heed our own advice and look after ourselves in the same way.
Long days in fluorescent lit rooms with no natural light or fresh air can really take it's toll on the brain and body - even if it's only for one day a week. As a trained natural medicine practitioner, experienced singer and vocal coach here are two top tips that could dramatically change the way you feel through the day.
COFFEE, SUGAR & BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
No, I am not going to be the one to tell anyone to stop drinking coffee. I do not want to be the recipient of hoards of hate mail. However, there are a few things you can do help yourself if you are a coffee drinker or if you grab for sugar at those classic 11:00am and 3:00pm moments.
The best way to liven yourself up and energise your body and brain is to drink a pint of water, and to keep yourself continuously hydrated throughout the day. We all know this. However there are times when the good old H20 just is not enough at the climax of an eight hour teaching day
If you have the luxury of having it available to you try adding a table spoon of coconut oil or grass fed butter to your coffee. Ideally you want to blend the hot coffee and coconut oil/butter together for it to emulsify so you don't get a film of fat on top of your drink. The fat helps to slow down the absorption of caffeine giving you a longer lasting, cleaner and healthier release of energy with no crash. I realise this may not be possible for everyone in the situation they're in at work, but it's definitely possible for your morning coffee at home. It is an acquired taste that not everyone likes. I personally love it. Give it a go and see what you think.
Another option while you're at work is to add half a teaspoon of Cinnamon to your coffee. This has the effect of balancing out the blood sugar imbalance effect of coffee, preventing you from crashing after the hit has finished. You could also take two capsules of a Licorice Root root supplement which has a similar blood sugar balancing effect to Cinnamon. Another good blood sugar balancing supplement to try is Chromium. Taking Licorice Root and Chromium half way between meals will massively help in reducing sugar and coffee cravings, helping you to get through the day without the inevitable crash. If you do have an intense craving for coffee or sugar for energy try opening two Licorice capsules on to your tongue, swish it around with water, swallow, then down the rest of your water. You'll be amazed at how the craving disappears within minutes or even seconds.
Most people in the UK and many parts of America are Vitamin D3 deficient. This is simply due to a lack of sunlight exposure at peak times of day. Over use of sun creams and unjustified 'sun scare' have all added to the reduction in the amount of Vitamin D3 we absorb from the sun. Please read my FULL SCIENTIFIC BASED ARTICLE on Vitamin D3 deficiency for all the ins and outs on the matter - it's quite fascinating.
The bottom line is, if you're spending most of your day in doors teaching the you probably need to take a Vitamin D3 supplement. Vitamin D3 does many jobs but for you the most obvious will be a huge boost in energy and immune function, happier moods and increased protection for the muscular and skeletal system. For all information on how to take Vitamin D3 effectively and safely pleas read my article above, and always talk to your doctor before starting.
If you missed part 1 of my series on posture and structural health then check it out here...