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

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Can I recover my singing voice after smoking continuously for 3 years?

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Yes, but this will not bring back your singing voice to the point before you started smoking. By not smoking at all you are already aiding your lungs and throat. From here you will need to consume lemon water or juice to break down the mucus and other obstructions in the throat so that your throat will begin to repair itself.

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Although recovery is possible if you will really adhere to a healthy diet and overall change in lifestyle, expect that it will take much longer as compared to when you don't actually smoke. Non-smokers, in general, are really healthier.

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Also, even if you have stopped smoking but your lifestyle remains the same, it will still not create significant improvements in your singing voice. For example, you may have stopped smoking but you continue to deprive yourself from sleep or subject yourself to too much stress. In that case, your healthy and your voice condition will remain the same. Overall, lifestyle change is the most important thing to do here.

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You also have to consider what kind of damage had been done to your singing voice. If the damage is structural in nature, you may want to consider surgery or other modifications that you doctor will advise. Simply stopping from smoking will not be able to address these structural defects like polyps but once you begin the repair process after you stop smoking the results will be permanent.

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    Warm Up.To recover your singing voice to it's maximum potential it is important to develop vocal warm up regimes that work for clearing the mucous from your throat.
    The first 6 months after smoking you will produce more mucous but eventually you will learn with a warm up routine like humming that you can clear the mucous far better than when you were smoking to reach notes you previously struggled with. Practice warm ups in your nasal region to clear your sinuses because they will be unstable for a bit after you quit smoking.
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    Retrain.
    Knowing when to retrain and when to refrain will be the best thing you can do for your voice during this recovery period. If you are practicing your warm ups and notice that suddenly you can't hit that high note from the day before, relax and refrain from pushing your voice beyond it's capability. Do not panic but drink warm water with honey and lemon and the next day you will most likely be able to hit that note again. You will have to navigate between several training methods sometimes when you quit smoking and start singing again because your voice will change and what worked before may not work later so you will have to come up with different solutions and vocal exercise.
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    Reduce inflammation.
    Smoking causes edema or swelling of the vocal chords. Avoid eating foods like gluten that can cause inflammation and consider taking Tumeric and magnesium supplements to reduce your swelling. Drink Licorice Root tea but remember to drink it warm and not super hot or super cold. The tea has been shown to reduce swelling. Gargle with sage, cayenne pepper, and honey several times a day for several months until you notice that you not longer can notice any restraint from swelling when you sing.
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How to recover my singing voice as I have been a smoker for a long time?

I'm a smoker and now my singing voice is dry and notes escape me & are hard to reach

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That's because smoking ruins a good singing voice. Unless you want a raspy one. If you want to get your good singing voice back, you must quit smoking so your vocal chords will heal back.You will need to do the following to get your good voice back:

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  • do not sing for a while, rest your voice
  • avoid singing for a few days or weeks
  • refrain from drinking cold drinks
  • reduce your smoking habits until you finally kick the habit
  • take ginger tea
  • once voice is healed do not over use it
  • have enough sleep
  • drink water
  • vocalize and practice
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Use these videos for practicing:

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Will my singing voice repair itself if I quit smoking?

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Yes, the effects of smoking can damage a person's lung as well as their singing voice. If a person stops smoking their singing voice will repair itself over time with the aid of drinking the right fluids and taking in vitamins A,C &E that can help strengthen their vocal chords.

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How to avoid damaging my singing voice while smoking?

There really is no way to avoid damage to your singing voice if you smoke. You can try the suggestions in this VisiHow article to soothe your voice and slow down the damage but quitting smoking will be the most effective method to keep your voice pure.

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

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I feel lost and don't know to do?

I am in my mid twenty and feel as if my life dream is in shambles....I want to sing better like I used to after taking some hits from losing my voice Pneumonia and asthma I was wondering how I could do that.

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Most likely your vocal chords are inflamed and stressed out from your illness. Excessive coughing can also cause nodules on your vocal chords or strain them. You can make a natural remedy to help repair your vocal chords here. Gargle if you have to use an inhaler for your asthma. Inhalers leave a film on your throat after use and you will want to remove as much as you can of that sediment.

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Will my vocal cords heal after smoking cigarettes every day for a year?

I've been smoking for quite some time now but I didn't get addicted until a year ago. I'm 16 and quitting. Will my singing voice repair itself?

You are young still and most young people heal faster and are still developing their voice, even at the age of 16. If you listen to an older Justin Bieber song and compare it to his new song "Sorry". You will hear that his voice has matured and sounds a touch different. Read this VisiHow article Repair a Damaged Throat from Smoking so that you can start to heal your throat.

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Singing after smoking from the age of 11?

I have been smoking since I was 11 - about 15 years ago to help my breathing I only drew cigarette smoke down as far as my throat - I now sound like a man but if I knew for sure I could sing nearly as good as Frankie Valli I would pack up tomorrow - because after smoking Frankie Valli vice is the next best thing - is there somewhere on the internet I could log into to practice my voice - I am out of work so can not afford lessons or training? thanks a lot

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Voice Lesson Youtube Channel has tons of videos that you can use to practice your voice. You also should be using the natural remedies found in these VisiHow articlesFix Strained Vocal Chords and Repair a Damaged Throat from Smoking. The best thing you could ever do vocally is to quit smoking. You will notice a remarkable difference after you quit and give yourself time to heal.

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Change in the structure of my vocal chords?

I went to see an oral surgeon about two years ago and he advised me to stop smoking after it was discovered that my vocal chords had changed from normal shape. After two years of not following doctor's orders, I finally decided to quit. It's been a week. Will my vocal chords change back for the better?

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Use the information provided on this page to heal your vocal chords. You may need surgical intervention since you already consulted a surgeon two years ago for vocal issues. Try the natural remedies first and see if that will be enough for you.

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I smoke and sing, it effected my voice in the past, but in less than a month I recover. my voice has been horse for about 1 1/2 months and itchy / scratchy. I plan on quitting but have smoked this week. Besides quitting, how can I gain my voice back?

My voice is horse, throat feels strained and itchy. I also have mucus or drip in the back of my throat.

Follow the advice on this VisiHow page. Keep your fight to quit smoking, Your voice may sound worse at the beginning but do not panic. Vocally you will improve dramatically after you quit smoking.

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Vocal damage use to have a Streisand voice, vocal chords inflamed had to have surgery, didn't quit smoking when I should have many years ago; took it for granted?

Use to have a Streisand voice, vocal chords inflamed had to have surgery, didn't quit smoking when I should have many years ago; took it for granted. Recently stopped smoking and would like to know what I can do to heal the pipes as much as possible!

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Natural remedies are listed here. Bravo for quitting your smoking habit! That is the first step to sounding like Streisand again!

Is it possible to build a great voice even when you are 22?

I never really was a fan of great voice when I was a kid and in my teens. so I never really cared for my voice. Now I have this great need for it. But when I try I start out very well but in the middle I start cracking up and start getting this second voice like two different people singing I'm not asking for an awesome voice. I just want to be able to sing well to record my songs and mixing will do the rest. what can I do I have just less than a week to record this new song. please help

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Thinly slice raw ginger and dip the ginger slices in honey. Eat these several times a day and rest your voice as much as possible. You are stressing your vocal chords too much so make sure you are singing in your correct vocal range. There is no point trying to hit high and low notes that are unattainable to you.

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Does jogging after quitting smoke help heal the lungs and the vocal chords?

Does jogging after quitting smoke help heal the lungs and the vocal chords?

Any activity that increases oxygen levels in the body will help your organs to heal and that includes your lungs. Your lung capacity has a great deal to do with your ability to sustain and hold a note and jogging is a great way build that capacity so that your singing and speaking voice is capable of more power and volume. If you find it hard to breathe while jogging, start out with walking and then progress to speed-walking. Activities such as swimming, rebounding and biking can also help you oxygenate your bloodstream so that organs are able to restore themselves from injury or illness at a faster rate. Note that it may take several months of regular daily exercise before you see improvements in your lung capacity after adopting a program of aerobic movement.

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My throat is sometimes in pain. Like it has a phlegm, but I don't have cough. Any remedies?

I smoke about 3 months, then I stopped since Dec., so its been 7 months when I started quitting . My back is aching sometimes and its hard to breath .. I have tried: I smoke cigarettes only for 3 months. The first month 2-3 sticks a day. Then about 2 months I've been smoking half a pack. I think it was caused by: Think its because of cigarette or maybe because I smoke menthol

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When smokers quit, their lungs begin kicking up tons of phlegm. Going back and forth quitting like you have been will confuse your body even more. You also are smoking more than you were before which causes throat irritation and your throat will produce phlegm to protect it. Avoid dairy products for now and gargle several times a day.

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Hi, man, voice started to crack a lot since I started smoking, any cures to that?

Hi, man, voice started to crack a lot since I started smoking, any cures to that?

The only cure will be to quit smoking. You can treat your symptom of voice cracking here. The keyword is treat, you will just be trying to patch damage up over and over if you continue the behavior that is causing the damage.

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