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Dos and Don’ts for a Healthy Voice

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Just like with any other instrument, you need to take proper care of your voice. Unlike other instruments, your voice is irreplaceable and if you don?t take care of your voice, you could lose it.

Here are some dos and don?ts for a healthy voice.

DON?T: Clear your throat! Ever! That means when you feel like something is in your throat or your voice sounds scratchy, resist the urge to clear your throat. Instead, drink or eat something acidic to help break down the phlegm like pineapple or lemonade.

DO: Wear a scarf! You know when you have a sore throat and drinking warm liquids soothes it, it?s because your vocal chords need to stay warm to maintain clear sound. Your throat should also stay warm since when your body is cold, your muscles constrict.

DON?T: Drink caffeinated drinks or alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol dehydrate you and that is the worst thing for a voice. You want to make sure and steer clear of any foods or drinks that will dehydrate you.

DO: Drink lots of water! Since dehydration is the worst thing for your voice, water is the best. You want to make sure and drink lots of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. You can also get hydration from fruits and vegetables that have high water content. Just be sure not to eat too many acidic fruits.

DO: Rest! Singing is a workout for your voice and just like after any other workout, your body needs rest. Make sure and get 6-8 hours of sleep each night so you are fully energized throughout the day. If your voice gets tired mid vocal session, take a break and rest your vocal chords.

More about vocal health:
Singing Lesson Myth: Singing should hurt since it?s building the muscles.
10 Foods and Drinks Not to Consume Before a Vocal Performance
Tips for a Healthy Singing Voice

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