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Wonderful wisdom. However, I don't drink much water. But all day, I have either coffee or Diet Coke. Which is not "correct," I know. However, I have a bottle of water by the bed. And being an old man and having to pee in the middle of the night, I grab a sip of water, then.

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Wonderful wisdom. However, I don't drink much water. But all day, I have either coffee or Diet Coke. Which is not "correct," I know. However, I have a bottle of water by the bed. And being an old man and having to pee in the middle of the night, I grab a sip of water, then.

My understanding is that there's new science showing that perhaps people were wrong about the assumption that caffeinated beverages have a dehydrating effect.

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As corny as the presentation of this video comes across (not sure why, i just get that vibe), the information is mostly correct and I'm glad I watched this. A lot of it we already know but there are some ideas I haven't heard much such as the whole body and brain needing hydration, losing a little water as we breathe, needing about 20 minutes for hydration to kick in, and certain beverages being "hydration-neutral". I'd echo Remy in that I've also read the whole caffeine reduces hydration thing is a myth, but I don't really care because it doesn't apply to my own hydration habits. I am a a water freak and just always using that as the main hydration source takes care of everything. I will drink other beverages occasionally for taste, but I always follow them up with water before singing because I just feel water does the best job getting any icky stuff out of the throat and provides the strongest hydration.

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Here is a good reason to stay hydrated — regardless of singing.

After at least 10 years of feeling very poorly with headaches, feeling like I had mouth and sinus inflammation and ultimately resulting in anxiety and depression I decided to seek out a top UK ENT consultant (I had already spent literally thousands on various other treatments to rid myself of this misery - belief me I was poorly). The ENT consultation cost a fortune and the first thing he did was to look in my mouth and instantly proclaim that my problem was one of chronic dehydration. He told me to go away and drink 2 litres of water each day and cut down on coffee and other 'fluids' which he claimed were not really considered water (debateable I know). He said, the other option is to pay him thousands of pounds to do further tests and possibly he might find something that he could charge me a fortune to operate on. Guess what, I chose the cheaper water option!

I have never felt thirsty (I now know that thirst is not a good indicator of hydration) and started the very next day with a 2 litre bottle. During the first week I felt a bit sickly and a different type of headache - a sickly one - started. By the end of week one that had gone. Just into week two and I found that I had been cured of my ailments. I was so astounded - and happy - that I am now a massive advocate of hydration. I take a tiny bit of celtic sea salt with each glass but it has been 6 weeks now and no return of symptoms.

It's obvious really but an awful lot of people simply ignore hydration. I ignored it for 52 years and so my message to those younger and older is clear — like my pee: ignore hydration at your own peril. It certainly must be one of the most beneficial things you can do to enhance and maintain vocal health and performance.

Get yourself a big bottle of water and make a vow to get through it. It's easy for me now and I urge you all to look at this carefully. PM me if you want to know anything else.

Anyway, I just signed up with Robert Lunte to start my training. No visions of grandeur, just a desire to entertain people.

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Hi Owen,

I know, it sounds ludicrous and I was, up until about 6 weeks ago, ignorant to the dangers of dehydration. You know when you read facts, such as the body is 80 perecent water it kind of feels like and abstract concept becauese we don't feel as though we are made of water at all. Anyway, hopefully this whole topic will generate more awareness of hydration and perhaps even cure people of ailments.

There are also many books that claim water spectacularly cures all sorts of ills. The people behind these books, some of whom have sadly passed away, have been subject to being called bonkers. I would never myself believe that water is some kind of miracle cure but from the rather obvious viewpoint of the fact that humans need good water to sustain life and health it's a no brainer.

I mean you only have to look towards under-developed countries to see the effect that no, little, or dirty water has on human beings and their ability to thrive.

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