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Prevent vocal cord damage and protect your singing voice by drinking the right liquids

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Caffeine's Effect on Vocal Cords

Caffeine can irritate your vocal cords, especially if you drink too much of it just before a performance. Caffeine dehydrates the body. This is something that you don't want to happen when you have to perform. When vocal cords are dry and not lubricated, they will be itchy and painful, and will adversely affect the quality of your voice.

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If you absolutely must drink caffeinated beverages, make sure you do not consume them close to your performance.

Caffeine is a diuretic. It will not cause permanent damage to your vocal cords, but it will dehydrate you, resulting in an irritated, scratchy throat that will not improve the sound of your voice at all. These same things can be said of any caffeinated drinks, including soft drinks. If your voice is your instrument, it is best that you avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee, cola, etc. If you must drink coffee, it is best you drink one that's decaffeinated.

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Fats Coat the Vocal Cords

Yes, it somehow coats the vocal chords. Consume fat foods in moderation, including mile, because a coated throat does not produce a clear voice.

Thinning Vocal Cords Make Singing Difficult

It may be true when singing certain styles of music, that thinning vocal cords make it more difficult. There are techniques to strengthen vocal cords. For thin vocal chords you can strengthen them by simply humming. The vibrations from humming will strengthen the muscles in your throat.

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Here is a link for more help:

https://sites.google.com/site/vocaltechniquetips/how-the-voice-works/the-vocal-cords/thin-and-thick-vocal-cords

Does Milk Tighten Vocal Cords?

Milk, as well as any other dairy product like cheese, yogurt or ice cream, are not good for the voice, and it is not recommended you consume any dairy products before, or during a vocal performance. Milk products can exacerbate or trigger excessive mucus production, resulting in phlegm in the throat, which makes singing difficult, and the voice foggy. Milk can tighten or constrict the vocal cords if you drink it ice-cold; but mainly it coats the vocal cords with mucus, which restricts your singing ability and vocal strength. Drink water – not to cold – maybe warm with a bit of honey, anything but caffeinated drinks and dairy.

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