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

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Does salt water aid in the cleansing of your singing voice?

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Yes, it does. Salt water can help restore moisture and improve osmosis. Gargling salt water regularly flushes out any bacteria that are present in your throat. Aside from flushing out, salt water draws can also prevent bacteria from growing. Remember, salt is not just to add taste but it has a bacteria-fighter factor. The purpose of gargling salt water is to hydrate your throat. Hence, too much salt can also dry your throat. Add just enough salt to make the water taste salty.

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Yes, gargling with saltwater efficiently aids in the cleansing of your singing voice due to these factors:

1. Saltwater has good antibacterial properties which greatly helps reduce bacterial infection in the throat. Some throat problems are associated to bacterial infections which makes singing more difficult. By gargling with saltwater, you are reducing the bacterial growth and flushing them out on your throat making your voice more clearer.

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2. Studies shows that gargling saltwater helps to properly loosen mucus secretions in the throat. Mucus secretions could also affect your singing voice which makes the sound more dull.

3. Salt is water absorbent making it to absorb moisture in the swollen throat relieving swelling and sore throat. The rationale behind it is that salt promotes osmosis in the swollen tissues relieving inflammation and swelling and it also draws out moisture from the bacteria preventing or minimizing their growth.

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In general, gargling salt water greatly helps in the cleaning of your throat making your singing voice more clearer.

Will smoking cigarettes, cigars, or other unfiltered smokes hurt your singing voice?

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Yes, when smoking you are releasing toxins into your throat which will cause you to harm your singing voice. Smoke also causes stress to your lungs, throat and vocal chords which will harm your singing voice. It is not only recommended to stop smoking to help you sing better but also for your overall health for smoking causing lung cancer.

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Cigarette Induced Vocal Cord Damage

Cigarette smoke, although filtered, causes tremendous damage to your voice. The damage occurs from repetitively exposing your vocal cords to toxic chemicals found in cigarettes. The filter helps, but cannot eliminate the damage from daily smoking abuse typical with a smoking habit. Consider using a nicotine patch and saving your voice. Over time your voice will recover, but it may take several months.

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Cigar Induced Vocal Cord Damage

Cigars are usually smoked less frequently and thus are less damaging to your voice. Of course some people smoke cigars as much as cigarettes in which case same damage would be incurred.

Other Unfiltered Smokes and Vocal Cord Damage

Some people will smoke almost anything. Popular mood altering cigarette alternatives are, sorry to say, bad for your voice. The amount of damage relates directly to exposure time, and ingestion methods.

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What is good to lubricate your voice before singing?

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Lubricating the vocal cords prior to singing will help prevent dryness, which is brought about by evaporation of the moisture within the vocal cords as breath or air passes through it. Lubrication also allows the muscles of the vocal cords to glide smoothly during adduction and abduction. Water is considered to be the best lubricant for the vocal cords. Plain water, especially tap water that is warm, is ideal. Keep in mind, however, that nothing beats consistent water intake. Drinking at least eight glasses of water in a day will be able to keep all parts of the body hydrated. Rushing to consume a lubricant only prior to singing is alright, however, it cannot be relied upon for long-term benefits to the body.

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The best thing you should drink is water. Being properly hydrated is the best thing you can do for almost all aspects of life.

Does Bulimia hurt or affect your singing voice?

The pressure to be skinny is perhaps the greatest for performers. Singers often fall victim to Bulimia. Unfortunately many performers eat because they are nervous then purge just before performing to cleanse themselves of their supposed sin. Repeated vomiting releases stomach acid into your throat. Stomach acid, as it was designed to do, is very good at digesting flesh. Your stomach has a special lining to protect it from acid damage. Your vocal cords do not! Although vomiting is a natural process our body uses to eject unwanted contents in your stomach, it is not meant to be done several times a week. Repeatedly exposing your vocal cords to stomach acid will cause damage. Seek help (and read Stop Bulimia: Stop Binge Eating and Purging), and at the very least, avoid vomiting just before a performance. Singing with fresh stomach acid on your vocal cords is a sure way to accelerate vocal cord damage.

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Yes, by constantly throwing up a lot your throat will start to hurt or cause bleeding in the throat from the constant throwing up. It is very important to not engage in bulimia for your health as well as your singing voice that you are trying to maintain.

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Does eating ice effect your singing?

Anything cold - drinks and foods, including ice - can constrict your throat. It could also contribute to phlegm buildup, making your vocal cords harder and making it more difficult to reach higher notes when singing.

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Ice is too cold and it may cause your vocal cords to become stiff. Therefore, overall, it can affect your voice quality. It is not advisable to take before singing and especially not after singing when your vocal cords are too tired. In most cases, singers prefer drinking only plain tap water. If they would like to soothe tired vocal cords, they would be taking hot ginger tea.

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I was shouting at an idiot now my cords won't make any sound singing?

Talking is lower & phlegmy ? like I've got a cold but there is no pain this was yesterday & I'm worried

This usually happens when you shout excessively. Give your throat a day or 2's rest and you should be back to normal.

Since you shout and you shout in an angry way (too loud), it will really affect your throat and vocal cords. To feel better and recover your voice, you must rest, don't talk too much and don't again shout or yell so that it won't happen again. Drink a lot of warm water, don't drink cold beverages and avoid eating sweet foods. You can also take lemon tea with honey or herbal tea to soothe your throat.

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How to prepare peppermint tea at home for singing?

To prepare it, you must have:

  • peppermint leaves
  • water
  • honey or sugar or any sweetener of choice

Procedure:

  • rip the leaves several times
  • spread the ripped leaves on a tray for at least 24 hours
  • when leaves are dry and crunchy, they are ready
  • boil some water
  • once water is boiling, add the dried leaves
  • cover it and let it steep for 10-20 minutes
  • you can add freshly bruised peppermint or spearmint to the boiling concoction
  • get a strainer and pour the concoction over a cup to get rid of the leaves
  • add your preferred sweetener and enjoy

To prepare it, you must have:

  • peppermint leaves
  • water
  • honey or sugar or any sweetener of choice

Procedure:

  • rip the leaves several times
  • spread the ripped leaves on a tray for at least 24 hours
  • when leaves are dry and crunchy, they are ready
  • boil some water
  • once water is boiling, add the dried leaves
  • cover it and let it steep for 10-20 minutes
  • you can add freshly bruised peppermint or spearmint to the boiling concoction
  • get a strainer and pour the concoction over a cup to get rid of the leaves
  • add your preferred sweetener and enjoy

Hi, I've been singing for twenty years but I'm having throat pain?

Is it normal to feel pain when stretching my neck upwards?

It is not normal to feel throat pain when stretching your neck upwards. The most common cause of throat pain when stretching your neck upwards is an oncoming infection, which will cause your lymph nodes to swell. However, if you are doing other things, such as smoking, this can also be a contributing factor. Even if you are singing in a smoke filled area, such as a local club, you can still experience symptoms like those of people who quit smoking.

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If you aren't performing in venues like that, you'll want to take a quick trip to your doctor to make sure it's nothing serious. Almost every throat issue you could be experiencing is easily diagnosed and treated by your physician if caught early.

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You should make a website that explains all the defects of singing, please do I need it for my speech which is dancing is better than singing. Thanks

I NEED MORE INFO BECAUSE I HAVE AN ESSAY TO DO PLEASE

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Dry mouth is sometimes a problem, what do you recommend prior to singing what liquid should I use?

I sometimes have dry mouth prior to singing, I am 72 and a disabled veteran thank you. I think it was caused by: I have asbestosis and on 2 of oxygen

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What is the strongest voice spray for singing. What would you suggest that I do? It was the kind that Carlotta used in Phantom of the Opera at the beginning?

I want to make my voice sound like an opera singer and I am trying to find out if I can order it online, it was the kind that Carlotta used in Phantom of the Opera in the beginning to make her voice sound strong, clear and able to reach higher notes. I sing in a church and community choirs and I am having trouble keeping my voice clear for almost 2 hours, I usually drink a couple of bottles of water a day. What would you suggest that I do? This is something that I am trying to do when I get ready to retire from the oil and gas industry and I am wanting to become a professional singer and right now I am singing in 2 choirs and I am having trouble finding a way to keep my voice strong, clear, and able to reach higher notes. Can you help me find a solution? I have tried: I have tried drinking water, I have sprayed voice spray after I get up in the morning my throat is dry, I have tried vocal warm ups, I feel like it is not doing enough for me. I think it was caused by: Do you have any suggestions that would help me, I have used 1 vocal coach he didn't get a lot of time to train me, he had things going on with his daughter and he got sick.

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