Nourishing your vocal health is essential for singers of any skill level. Here are a few ways you can make sure you’re ready for your next vocal engagement.
Drink a lot of water
Drinking water is crucial to sounding your best. When your vocal folds are hydrated, they can vibrate fully and produce a healthy sound. However, when you are dehydrated, the sensitive folds can easily become dry and injured, or in severe cases, even permanently damaged. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and not just right before you sing. Create a habit of regularly hydrating to stay prepared for your next singing lesson.
Eat hydrating foods
The food and drinks you consume in the hours before you sing can have a large impact on your vocal performance. The best foods to eat before you sing are those that assist in hydrating your body and voice, such as fruits and vegetables with a high water content. Foods to avoid before singing are those that are rich in dairy or high in spice level, like hot wings or spicy chips. In addition to lots of water, try drinking warmer drinks that do not contain milk or caffeine.
Get some sleep
Giving your vocal folds time to rest is an easy way to boost your vocal health. Sleeping allows your vocal folds time to recover, staying prepared for your next performance. Lack of sleep can cause your voice to become raspy and may increase your risk of sustaining a vocal injury.
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