5 Music Health Benefits for a Healthier You

Music Health Benefits
Music Health Benefits for a healthier you

Ever heard of the term Music Therapy? It helps you heal. Wonder Why? Read this post on 5 Music Health Benefits to understand how and why music helps.

Music transcends all boundaries. Music has been a binding factor throughout the history of man. Whether it is chanting of ritualistic verses and healing ceremonies across cultures or the singing of lullabies by mothers to calm their babies down, music has been omnipresent.

Who doesn’t love listening to music? Whether it is on our way to work, while working out – in gym, while running, jogging – or in our free time, we just love to plug in some cool music and relax. Many of us also list it as our hobby. The choice of music might differ but it is a big part of our life.

Ever wondered why is listening to music, such a soothing experience? Music affects us in many ways and at many levels. Music can affect our mood, our outlook towards life and in turn, our health. Music health benefits can surprise you.

Music affects our health at different levels – altering our stress levels, reducing anxiety, accessing different states of our consciousness, aiding in development of brain, meditation and relaxation of the body. In short, it can improve our health in a number of ways. Listed below are five of them.

5 Music Health Benefits for a healthier you

1. Enhancement of Verbal and Visual abilities

Several studies have shown that infants who undertake musical training be it vocal or instrument based, develop better linguistic abilities. Musical training of any sort stimulates a child’s brain and enhances a child’s verbal and communication skills. Such children also possess better visual abilities and higher IQs than their counterparts who don’t take such musical training.

2. Reduction in Stress and Anxiety

Soothing music has therapeutic effects. Research has shown that patients who undergo music therapy (yes, it exists) report better blood pressure levels and slower heart rates in turn leading to lower stress and anxiety levels. Music can affect our moods positively, soothe our nerves and improve our quality of life.

3. Brain booster

Listening to music is akin to exercising the brain, especially in the old ages. Research shows that having a musical training, playing a musical instrument or just listening to music engages the brain and acts like a brain booster. Hence, the benefits of listening to music as one ages are similar to brain exercises – keeping our brain sharp and active.

4. One for the heart

Studies have shown that listening to music helps in strengthening the heart and improves recovery time in heart patients. Listening to one’s favorite music releases endorphins in the brain. Now these endorphins have a lot of positive effects ranging from reducing the perception of pain to making us feel happy and euphoric. Infact, these endorphins have an effect similar to the drug morphine without all the harmful effects.

5. Improved Sleep

Lastly, music can aid in sleeping as it has a relaxing effect; reducing our anxiety and stress levels. Listening to music can promote better sleeping patterns and peaceful sleep. In some cases music can also be used to treat insomnia.

So now you know that music can have so many positive effects on your health, go ahead, listen to some of your favorite music and relax. By the way, don’t forget to share and spread the positivity!

Best Medicine For Sore Throat

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Sore throat can occur either due to allergy or infection. With change in external environment, reactions to certain type of allergens in the air can lead to a sore throat. Infection can be either bacterial or viral. While sore throat is usually due to viral infection, followed by cold which goes away in two-three days, it can be due to inflammation of tonsils or strep throat also (caused by bacteria streptococcus). In case of bacterial infection, antibiotics work but in case of viral infection, antibiotics don’t work. So, the treatment varies. There are Allopathic (pharmaceutical) medicines as well as natural remedies available that can provide relief in sore throat. In this post, I start with natural ways to soothe your throat and then discuss some Allopathic medicines.

Saline water
Take a glass of warm water with two pinches of salt and gargle with this solution. Don’t swallow. Doing this regularly will help in providing relief.

Hot water
Drink a glass of hot water as you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed. Avoid chilled water till the time your throat is healed.

Hot milk with turmeric powder
One glass of hot milk with one-fourth tea spoon turmeric powder will help in soothing your throat as well as in treating cold.

Honey
This is an age old remedy for sore throat. Honey has anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties. Needless to say, it helps!

If we talk about Allopathy medicines, then in mild sore throat bacterial infection, antibiotics such as Amoxicillin work. In case of severe bacterial infection, Cephalexin can be taken. These will not work in case of viral infections. You can take anti allergic medicines such as Cetirizine to get relief from sneezing, cold and sore throat.

In the end, I would urge you to always consult a doctor before consuming over the counter drugs for identification of the cause and proper treatment.

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Blue Light and Sleep

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Blue Light and Sleeplessness explained

Human beings have a biological clock (Circadian Rythm) and there are enough external stimuli that lead to altercation in this. One such thing is the Blue Light that our Smart Screens emit.

We have a Pineal Gland in our brain which releases melatonin (a hormone) in alignment with our biological clock. This hormone aids in our sleep. However, any light, especially the blue one, prevents its release, affecting our sleep. Prolonged exposure to such light can result in early morning dizziness apart from strain in our eyes.

Why am I telling all this? Because, most of us own smart screens these days – smartphones, tablets, laptops etc. When the day ends, we like to cuddle up in our beds, glued to these screens. Time goes by, we sleep quite late and are never fresh in the subsequent mornings. It’s like a hangover. Our productivity takes a hit and health goes for a toss.

What can we do to mitigate the effects of blue light? For one, we can reduce the time we are glued to our smart screens. Sounds tough in this age and date of information. What else? We can tweak with our smart screens and reduce the levels of blue light emitted. I discuss the second option in my post on “Blue Light Filter Apps”. Stay Tuned!