Coffee, Dehydration, and You

I  am  posting  this  which I  received from  Dr. AW Martin, Martin Clinic.  My problem with this article is two fold:  1. I don’t drink coffee and  2. it says nothing about tea.  Sigh

Does  coffee  cause  dehydration?  This is  a  question that  gets  asked  a  lot. There is plenty of research  that shows  that coffee  has  tremendous health  effects. For  example, here  are a few interesting benefits of coffee according to research:

Coffee and Dehydration

Coffee can:

  •  Reduce the risk of death. According to a large study, drinking three cups or more of coffee a day can lower the risk of death. Of course the study is not talking about “double double” coffees for all of our Canadian friends.
  • Lower the risk of prostate cancer and endometrial cancer.
  • Decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Improve your skin
  • Improve muscle health
  • Decrease the risk of dementia.
  • A recent study suggests that coffee may be the best pre-workout drink due to the fact that it increases fat burning potential.

As you can see, coffee has some very exciting health benefits. Coffee is good for you. However, does coffee lead to dehydration? If you ask someone that question, they will usually answer “yes” very quickly. The reason why we all think that coffee dehydrates is due to a study done in 1928. In that study, coffee was shown to have an increased diuretic effect. Since the study in 1928, 2 studies have been done to try and answer the question and both had mixed results.

Now a new study has shown that coffee hydrates as well as water. The purpose of the study was “…aimed to establish if regular coffee consumption, under normal living conditions, is detrimental to the drinker’s hydration status,”. The results of the study showed that consuming a moderate intake of coffee (4 cups) caused no significant difference across a wide range of hydration indicators when compared to equal
amounts of water.

Bottom  line  is  coffee  doesn’t  seem to  lead  to any dehydration. This does not mean  that coffee can replace water. Water does more than simply hydrate our bodies. Research has shown the  phenomenal benefits  of water consumption. Now  it seems that  drinking  a lot  of water and coffee will help you live a healthier and longer life.

Sound Reasons why Music is Good for Your Health

I read this and thought you might wish to read it, too.

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Sound Reasons Why Music Is Good for Your Health

It’s no doubt that music has a special effect on us. It can relax or excite us, depending on what we choose to listen to. Music stimulates our brains and is a healthy and natural means of expression. Listening to music enhances us cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically.

Personally, my life revolves around music. I wake up to music, I go to work listening to music and I perform music. Like many people, I took piano lessons as a child. I also played the viola in middle school. I had to memorize Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto for a concert and whenever I hear that song, fond memories of my youth return. I love the intricacies of the piece; it’s simply brilliant. As an adult, I teach piano to children. I love seeing their eyes widen and smiles cross their faces when I play for them. Likewise, it’s a joy to watch them learn a new piece and perfect it. Teaching music keeps my mind active.

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”

– Singer and songwriter, Billy Joel

Many Cultures In History Have Believed That Music Has Healing Properties

The Aboriginal people of Australia believed that the use of an instrument called a yidaki (now called a didgeridoo) could heal broken bones, muscle tears and illnesses.1

In ancient Greece, Pythagoras was the father of music therapy. He taught the use of flute and lyre and believed that when used in accompaniment with chant singing, these instruments helped cure anger and aggression. 1

In biblical times, music was a form of praise. People believed that music had the power to perform miracles, to heal and to bring about transformation. Rhythm was the ancient language. In fact, music is mentioned in the Bible more than 800 times.2

Studies Reveal the Effects of Music On Our Health

Listening to music has a way of lifting us from a bad mood, motivating us to work and helping us fall sleep. It can also heal us, I believe.

Results from a study performed by researchers at the University of Maryland demonstrated that when listeners heard music that they found joyful, their blood vessels dilated, resulting in lowered blood pressure. Researchers speculated that the music experienced as joyful is somehow connected to the brain’s natural painkillers known as endorphins.3

Researchers of a study led by David H. Bradshaw, PhD, from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City found that, “Engaging activities like music listening may be most effective for reducing pain in high-anxiety persons who can easily become absorbed in activities.” The study did not look at different types of music and whether soothing music worked best. Dr. Bradshaw says the type of music isn’t as important as how well it holds the patient’s interest.4

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Berthold Auerbach

Music has been shown to lift the moods of depressed patients. Researchers in Finland concluded that individual music therapy combined with standard treatment is effective among working-age people with depression. Researchers believe the addition of music therapy allows people to better express their emotions and reflect on their inner feelings. Music therapy also appeared to provide a method to allow people to let go, or to release suppressed feelings.5

The elderly can benefit from music therapy, particularly patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Care programs incorporate music therapy for patients after discovering that music seems to invoke memories and responses thought to be buried and gone forever, as well as restore some cognitive function.6

Music Can Calm the Mind

In a study from Tzu Chi University in Taiwan, new nurses with high stress levels were randomly assigned to listen to slow, soothing music or to simply rest quietly. Those in the music group reported feeling less stressed, and they also had lower blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormone levels.7

When I need to wind down from a busy day or fall asleep, I plug into my iPod where I have several songs that have a BPM (beats per minute) of less than 70. Sixty bpm is the ideal rate of a resting heart. Music with low bpm will synchronize with your heart beat and brainwaves.

Some of my favorite songs to relax to are: “Be Here Now” by Ray LaMontagne; “Watermark” by Enya; and “Marconi Union” by Weightless.

Music that Motivates

On the flip side, I also have music that I listen to when I exercise. Songs with  140-160 BPM of are ideal to get your heart pumping.

To find out the BPM of your favorite songs, simply go to http://songbpm.com/. Type in the name of the song and it will give you the beats per minute.

Some favorite songs that I like to listen to while briskly walking or dancing include: “Wake Me Up” by Avicii; “Kill the Moonlight” by Spoon; “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” by Billy Joel and “Get Down Tonight” by KC and the Sunshine Band. I also like the following country music: “Turn on the Radio” by Reba McEntire and “Undo It” by Carrie Underwood.

Music Is Powerful

Listening to music can reduce stress by calming and soothing us. It can help us exercise by motivating us to work out longer and harder. And, it can promote sleep. Next time you have a surgical procedure, ask your doctor if you can have pleasant music played in the background. See if it doesn’t help you relax and recuperate faster. Also, play relaxing music in your workplace and see if it helps you be more productive. Give it a try.

How does music affect you?  When do you listen to music and why? Do you have a favorite playlist? We would love for you to share your favorite songs with us and spread the joy of music.


1http://www.tokenrock.com/sound_healing/sounds_of_the_ancients.php

2http://hubpages.com/hub/Music-Of-Biblical-Times

3http://umm.edu/news-and-events/news-releases/2008/joyful-music-may-promote-heart-health

4http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20111227/music-may-ease-pain

5http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/08/04/music-therapy-aids-in-depression-treatment/28357.html

6http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748704538404574540163096944766?mg=reno64wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052
748704538404574540163096944766.html

7http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21645041

Our Flagship product – in English, not scientific techno babble!

In the early 1990’s Mannatech had access to a carbohydrate product called Mannose (from the Aloe Vera plant).

Further research found that this carbohydrate was one of 8 necessary for our health, and one of the 6 generally missing from our diet.

At first Mannatech was laughed at for even suggesting that the field of glycoscience was important.

But this all changed in 2012 when the National Academy of Science stated in a 209 page report, that not only are these carbohydrates necessary, this topic – glycobiology – is now being taught in Universities in North America.  And they expect it to be a new science subject into the High Schools within 10 years.

Mannatech has been validated.

Dr. Nugent gives a succinct explanation on our product – Ambrotose – in this 8 minute video:

This fantastic product – and we own it – is what makes our Uth (skin care cream) unique and so exciting.  It is what scientists/companies are working hard to synthesize for the wellness/drug industry.  And we own the only plant sourced product on the market.

And what makes it the most exciting is that the sale of this product provides nutrition for the children – our M5M business.

I encourage you to take a serious look at this product.  It is nutrients that your body needs and is not in most of our food anymore.

Thank you for your time here today.

~ Peggy from Porcupine

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