The Many Health Benefits of Pumpkin

 

 

Fall is here! That means pumpkin is taking over everything from our grocery stores and pantries to coffee shops and holiday gatherings. We cook with it, make our houses smell like it and even put it on our bodies – we can’t get enough of the delicious orange fruit (yes, it’s a fruit).

Which is a good thing, because the health benefits of pumpkin are equally as good as the taste and smell.

Here are just a few of the reasons we’re stocking up on pumpkin this year…

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Healthy Summer Detox Water – Recipes & Benefits

Summer is here! What better time to kick your health into high-gear?

Try adding some of these fresh fruits and herbs to your water and be sure to have it on you at all times.

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The Top Professions At Risk For Vocal Trauma

Speaking is a part of our every day lives, but for some, the voice is paramount to your profession. For those of us who rely on our voice for more than the average daily conversation, maintaining vocal health should not be overlooked.

And just like we exercise to keep our bodies fit and healthy, proper diet and exercise is just as important for keeping our vocals healthy. Proper vocal maintenance can help prevent you from losing your voice or a vocal trauma that could sideline you from your job — which can be a hit to both your career and wallet. Just ask artists like Adele and Sam Smith, who have had to cancel major performances and tour dates to treat vocal traumas.

So who is the most at risk?

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Homemade Singer’s Spray

A staple inside recording studios, green-rooms, hotel rooms, and tour buses — singer’s spray is almost always in a vocalist’s arsenal. However, the wrong mixture of ingredients can also mean that your beloved singer’s spray is either a giant waste of your time and money, or potentially harmful to your precious pipes. Averaging between $5 and $25 a bottle for commercial products, and containing a laundry list of ingredients you have no idea how to pronounce – let alone what they do – is a gamble you shouldn’t take with your voice.

Always consult an ENT specialist if you are experiencing chronic or severe throat pain.

Always consult an ENT specialist if you are experiencing chronic or severe throat pain.

For example, some throat-soothing sprays contain alcohol, which can be drying and damaging to your vocal chords and throat, or some sprays (chloroseptic) contain powerful anesthetics in which dosages can be overlooked by vocalists who use sprays frequently throughout the day or extend the use far beyond the recommended dosage. *Always consult a physician before using a throat spray to treat pain, infection, or swelling.

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To avoid potentially harmful effects from commercial throat sprays, do your body and your wallet a favor by mixing up your own natural throat spray. Not only will you be in control of the ingredients, but you can also keep the cost down by making your own and avoid having to drive out of the way to find these sprays at drug stores – all you need is a local grocery store and one shopping trip a week at the most!

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The Professional’s Power Breakfast

We’ve heard it over and over again – “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Well, there’s truth to that, especially if you are a professional who works ten-to-fifteen hours a day, an artist on tour, a politician on the campaign trail, a teacher lecturing all day, or a lawyer burning the midnight oil preparing to speak in court. Breakfast is the meal the fuels our day, but most importantly for the professional, provides our bodies with essential vitamins and nutrients to keep everything working on all cylinders…especially our professional voice.

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Getting to the Root of Ginger – 5 Reasons This Superfood Should Be In Your Diet

There are few things in life that deserve as much praise as the humble ginger root. For thousands of years, civilizations have discovered the natural healing properties, dietary rewards, and even cosmetic benefits of ginger.

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Beauty & The Voice – Five Household Items To Keep Your Voice in Shape…And Keep Your Skin Looking Amazing

Let’s face it, the bulk of professions that employ top-notch vocals also require a flawless complexion. From broadcasters to politicians, musicians to actors, even lawyers and teachers, your skin is under as much stress as your voice.

So why not kill two birds with one stone? A healthy diet of vocal-friendly foods, and a few household items can not only keep your valuable pipes in shape, but your skin glowing…and chances are, you already have everything you need at home.

Here are five household items that every professional vocalist and speaker should have on hand.

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