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|Vocal Tip of the Month!
Spring is here and so
is the allergy season. Seasonal allergies shamelessly sneak up on us;
affecting our breathing and consequently our voice, moods, and of
course, our overall energy level. Although airborne allergens are impossible
to avoid, there are ways to at least lessen triggers and hopefully make the
body a little less vulnerable to them.
Probably the easiest and most popular solution to seasonal allergies is antihistamine
medication. It is usually effective but dries out the vocal cords.
Drink lots of water if you do opt for that option. Instead, I'd
like to suggest a few alternatives that do not involve taking over-the-counter
1) Sinus Flush: use a Neti Pot or the Neil Med Sinus Rinse to wash off allergens such as pollens, dust particles, pollutants and bacteria stuck in the delicate mucous membrane of your nose. Click on the links for more info!
2) Laundry Matters: do not hang your laundry out to dry. Use a
clothes dryer instead; especially during your seasonal peak to avoid breathing
in allergens stuck on your clothes and carrying them around all day long!
Another tip is to buy special laundry detergent such as Allersearch Allergen Wash that washes off allergens.
3) Feed your voice against allergies:
to fight allergens, our defense mechanism
produces histamine. Histamine is a protein also contained in food.
To keep histamine levels low in your body, choose your food carefully
during your seasonal peak period. A few foods to avoid are citrus fruits,
chocolate, cheese, whole wheat bread, food preservatives and table leftovers.
Avoiding coffee is a must as it encourages your metabolism to overreact to
allergens by overproducing histamine and mucous. Include lots of fresh
raw vegetables to your diet; all vegetables have low histamine levels.
4) Plan time with your class to clean: I
wish I could tell you to keep your classroom windows closed so that
dust and pollens don't get in and collect on your walls, drapes, blinds
and furniture but considering that most schools don't have air
conditioning, that would be a pretty hard thing to do
especially as the weather warms up. That is why it is so
important to clean your classroom often to get rid of these as much as
possible. If you ask your students to help, it can become a
useful and fun end of the week activity.
5) Check your local pollen report:
this might be a useful approach to help you plan ahead your day
accordingly. Watch this short clip about how rain affect
pollen release for example:
ABC News: What Impact Does The Weather Have On Seasonal Allergies?
I will explain in more details how I
discovered the consequences of histamine in food on allergies and how to
decrease your body's vulnerability to any kind of allergens via other home
remedies, organic products and modern technologies you can use in your home or
at school. You will find all of that and more in my upcoming book: "Voice Yourself in the Classroom". Additional information coming soon!
spores. Even though generally not life threatening,
untreated seasonal allergies can lead to serious health problems such
as asthma or sinusitis and should not be taken lightly. Hay
fever is in fact the cause of over 15 million doctor visits in the
United States. Workers suffering from sinusitis take about four days off
work each year* while asthma is responsible for over 10
million sick days** yearly. Allergy sufferers may experience
a runny nose (with a clear mucous discharge), frequent sneezing,
wheezing, coughing, nasal congestion, shortness of breath,
itchy eyes and ears popping during allergen exposure. Other related
causes of allergies include difficulty concentrating and sleepiness
due to medication.
half of the population in the United States suffers from food induced
or airborne allergies. The latter are commonly triggered by tree, weed and grass pollen, and
Check out these websites for your local pollen forecast:
The Weather Network (Canada)
The Weather Channel (USA)
Pollen Info (Worldwide)
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Yourself in the Classroom
|Inspiring Quotes and Stories...
|What did you do or will you do today to better yourself?
couple weeks ago, I read a fantastic new motivational book on how to
use your thoughts and the power of vibrations to achieve your goals in
life. The title of this book is: Mindset: Programming Your Mind for Success
and it was written by my good friend and mentor Jaime Vendera.
There are many things to gain from this book but there is a
strategy that particularly resonated with me and which I thought I'd
share with you. As you start your day, either as you get up or as
an opening exercise with your class, ask yourself and/or your students:
What will I do today to better myself? Try
to follow through with your plan and
reconvene at the end of the day to ask again: what did I do today to
better myself? Ask students to share if they were able to meet
their expectations or if something else unexpected but equally positive
have happened. This can also be done silently as well as an
exercise. I've already started doing this and I find that
it really pushes me and my students to go out of my way to do good
around me. Doing good feels good and
makes everybody happier!