Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Singing Prevents a Cold!
The catch: You have to belt it out with other people.
Group singing increases levels of SIgA, or secretory immunoglobulin A, the fancy name for an antibody that serves as the first line of defense against bacterial and viral infections.
Studies found that choir singers have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and better moods overall, which probably plays a role in the immune system boost.
"There's something about having to coordinate your actions with those of others that brings particular health Benefits," says Daniel Levitin, PhD, a professor of psychology, neuroscience, and music at McGill University in Montreal.
(source: Readers Digest, October, 2016)