Food and Drink That Supports the Body and Voice
Choosing the right things to put into your body will strengthen your voice and keep it healthy.
Yesterday, we discussed the disadvantages of taking certain medications and how they negatively affect the voice. Today, I am going to share how food and drink can positively affect your body and voice for healthy singing and performance.
Drink Lots of Water
Of course, this is common sense. Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of room temperature water. If you are hydrated, your vocal folds are hydrated.
Some herbal teas like green tea do contain caffeine. However, the caffeine in green tea works in a different way than coffee, as green tea also contains tannin and L-theanine. These have a calming effect on the body and allow the caffeine to be absorbed more slowly. Green tea only contains half the caffeine content of coffee anyway, so it probably does not need to be avoided. However, some people find that green tea does affect them vocally; if that is you, steer clear of it if you need to sing.
If you have a problem with green tea, try peppermint tea. Peppermint tea can be one of the best herbal teas to use if you suffer from a lot of phlegm, as it can help clear the sinuses and throat. It is a safe natural remedy if you have a throat cold.
This tea has anti-inflammatory properties and is also an expectorant, which is helpful if you have a chest infection or cough.
Honey is known to have healing abilities. It has antibacterial properties and can break down the mucus that causes congestion. Tea tree or Manuka honey is especially high in antibacterial agents. Honey and lemon mixed with hot water makes a soothing drink. It tastes nice too!
Throat Coat is an excellent herbal tea if you have a cold or sore throat. It is not available in all parts of the world, but if you can get it, I recommend having it in the pantry so that it is available when needed. Throat Coat contains slippery elm, which can help relieve minor pain and inflammation.
I hope you are feeling empowered to create the best voice that you can with the information in this lesson. In the next lesson, I’m going to cover natural remedies that heal and help the voice.
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