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

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Can a cold damage your vocal cords or your ability to sing?


Cold beverages cannot damage your vocal cords or your ability to sing at once, but they will strain your vocal cords and your voice when singing, which may lead to damage. This is because your throat becomes dry and your blood vessels will contract, after drinking cold beverages, such as cold water. Forcing yourself to reach high notes while having a dry throat and at the same time your blood vessels contract can lead to damage vocal cords. Cold water makes your muscles in the vocal area contract. In fact, contracted muscles lead to tension. If you drink cold water before singing, your vocal cords tense up and may lead to a lousy sound. Thus, it will damage your singing voice. Drinking lukewarm water is recommended before singing, because this does not cause any vocal strains.

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Nevertheless, this does not mean that you should not drink cold beverages anymore. You should only avoid cold beverages before and after a rehearsal, performance, etc. Additionally, cold beverages hinder you from reaching high notes. Yet, if you do not have to sing, drinking cold beverages would be OK.

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Care for my vocal cords. I sing in a pop choir and I do an occasional Gospel solo?

I don't smoke or drink alcohol. I sing alto and sometimes need a high note which is a bit "thin" sounding


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