Mark Gusew Thursday Jan 31, 2019
Who knew that music can heal?
In today's hectic world, with busy lifestyles and tight deadlines, our health can easily take a hammering. I know that my own blood pressure is on the high side and I'm not alone.
What can be done to lower the risk of hypertension and its associated problems? Well, there is heaps of great information on dietary methods that can have meaningful benefits, such as the DASH diet. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Here is a summary:
Eat more fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods. Cut back on foods that are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and trans fats. Eat more whole-grain foods, fish, poultry, and nuts. Limit sodium, sweets, sugary drinks, and red meats.
Research studies tell us that people who were on the DASH diet lowered their blood pressure within 2 weeks! So results are possible, quickly and effectively. Evidently, the DASH diet has been ranked as the best diet, the healthiest diet, and the best diet for diabetes, 7 years in a row! For more information visit http://dashdiet.org/
But wait,.. isn't this a Hi-Fi website? Yep! That's why I'm going to suggest the DASH diet with a side serving of your favourite music! I don't mean just put the ear buds in and listen to music from your mobile phone. No, that won't help you in quite the same way. Sit down in a quiet room, alone with your thoughts and with a quality Hi-Fi system.
Remember that it's not about the actual equipment, It's simply the mechanism to take you away and transplant you in the room, concert hall or stadium with the composer, artist, or band. Shut the rest of the world out and take slow deep breaths. Let the music wash over you.
Dont let the ordinary distract you. Close out your disquieting thoughts from your mind and take some more slow, deliberate, deep breaths. Continue to allow the beautiful sounds to stir you from within. Let the sound from the loudspeakers envelope your whole body, in a way that headphones can never achieve. The deeper bass notes will pysically seem to pass right through your legs and body. It can seem surreal.
Personally, I love to hear Mozarts Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K.467. Every time that I make improvements to the system and the noise floor is lowered, or the naturalness or musicality is improved, I feel more connected to the performance and find it easier to focus on the sound of the piano and the orchestra. Importantly, I find myself in a state of calmness and tranquillity. This is what I call therapy! I can feel my blood pressure easing.
So, whether you are into the classics, or enjoy Floyd, the Stones or Lana Del Ray, enjoy it on a good sound system, please.
There should be a place in everyones lives for quality sound reproduction. Regardless of how busy we are, sit down and block out the world, for just a little while. Take a deep breath and listen to your favourite music, the kind that reaches deep inside you and affects you personally, for the better!
Good health to you!