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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.

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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 lemon affect my singing?

Lemon is very acidic. Too much of it may have an effect on your singing, especially if it starts to irritate your vocal cords. Also, if you consume too much lemon before singing, it may cause your stomach to become acidic. Add that with a bit of stress because of the performance and you'll end up with acid reflux that may hamper your voice. If you'd still want to get the health benefits of lemon without causing direct damage onto your vocal cords, it may be best to mix it with other things like honey or cinnamon. You still get the vitamin C that you need from it, yet it becomes rather basic as it passes through your vocal cords.

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Yes, it does affect your singing as well as your throat but in a good way. The acid in lemons will help to clean your throat out of all mucus which can help your singing voice to sound stronger and healthier. Mucus in your throat will cause you to sound raspy or throw the tone of your singing off but lemons will help to eradicate that issue.

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Can salt cure your hurting singing voice?

Plain salt does not cure your strained singing vocal cords, but it can relieve the pain brought on by your strained vocal cords. This is only when you dissolve the salt into a glass of lukewarm water and then gargle. Like ingesting spices, consuming a great deal of plain salt is also harmful for your voice. It can be harsh on your throat, as it inflames the vocal cords and throat. So, if you try to ingest plain salt, it can make your condition worse. Hence, it can cause a lot more inflammation in your throat.

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Most natural methods are not likely to cure a strained singing voice. However, they can prevent and reduce signs and symptoms brought on by the ailment. When using salt for treating your strained vocal cords, you should always dilute it with water and gargle, but do not drink it. This can also trigger mucus build-up in the throat, causing you to experience coughing.

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Yes, you can try mixing some salt in a glass with water, and gargle it. It would help your throat to ease the hurt while you are singing. However, you should also consult your doctor regarding your throat to know if it's just a minor injury or it's worst.

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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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Will red wine ruin my singing voice?

All alcoholic drinks are bad for the singing voice in general. They dehydrate your vocal cords, so that it will be hard for you to make that perfect tone. However, you can enjoy everything in moderation, including red wine. While it will not really cause the worst vocal cord damage, it is advisable not to drink red wine or any kind of booze just before a performance, to prevent your throat from getting dry.

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No, red wine will not outright ruin your singing voice. If you are excessively in drinking it, then it is slightly possible it might hurt or ruin your voice. Alcohol can cause dehydration and some vocal cord constriction. The dehydration can cause your throat to dry out and overtime it can damage it.

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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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I'm vomiting mucus after singing, what should I do?

This means that you are straining your voice with mucus being in your throat so it will be a great idea to first clear your throat of all mucus before trying to sing in the future. Also you can drink warm fluids so that you will be able to get rid of all the fluids in your throat.

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All you have to do is to clear your throat by drinking a lot of warm water, drinking a warm water can also help in clearing the mucus in the throat, you can also consult your doctor and follow what your doctor says, take your medicine and you should stop singing, so it means you have to take a rest. And if you are feeling good and you feel that you can sing again without worrying that in the end you will vomit again, start again singing. And every time after you are done singing, you must drink water, so that your throat will not dry.

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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

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For better singing I have stopped smoking, cold drinks, alcohol, and everything, but I can not stop fry food and ice cream. Give me a solution not to stop at least ice cream?

If I take water to clear my throat from ice, will it be OK?

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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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