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

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How does hot water, tea or coffee affect your singing voice?

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Hot water is good for your singing voice because it relaxes your vocal cords and is soothing. Tea is also good although some experts say caffeine is not good for your voice. Of course you can drink decaffeinated or herbal teas. One caution, for herbal teas, is that adding too much sugar or lemon is not advisable. Coffee is not recommended by many voice experts, but it is arguable that it is no better or worse than tea.

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I want to be a singer but my voice is awful. What can I do?

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There is only one thing that can be done to try and become a singer, and it is through practice. Taking voice lessons will help you learn things about being a singer, and that may help as well. Always keep in mind that every success story is filled with hardships along the way; the same thing applies among famous singers. Every person who's at their best with the talent of singing, has gone through trials and tribulations to get where they are today.

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Singing lessons will be your best option in order to help you to improve at singing. Check in your local area for any places that have singing classes. There are some schools online also but the best option will be for you to go into a school in order to receive live help

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Can not sleeping enough and not drinking enough fluids cause you to lose your voice?

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No, lack of sleep and dehydration do not make you lose your voice right away, but these can increase the risk of injuring and straining your voice while singing. If you lack sleep, your voice gets tired as well. If you force yourself to shout or sing loudly when you have a tired voice, you will injure your vocal cords, which can lead to vocal cord nodules. You may even lose your voice temporarily, so instead, you need to rest in order to recover. If you don't, you will damage your voice.

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Dehydration, or not drinking enough fluids, can damage your voice when you sing with a great force. In order to sing well, your throat should be hydrated and moisturized when singing. That is why singers should drink plenty of lukewarm water to keep their throats moisturized and to ward off excessive mucus. If your throat is dry and you sing forcibly, you will strain your vocal cords, and this will lead to vocal problems, possibly including temporarily loss of voice. A loss of voice is only temporary if you rest well. If you still continue singing or shouting loudly and forcibly while having strained vocal cords, you will increase the risk of permanent loss of voice.

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It is very possible. Not sleeping or drinking enough fluids can cause a vast array of problems for the human body. Sleep deprivation and dehydration are two of the worst thing you can do to your body.

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Does drinking coffee ruin a singers voice?

Coffee contains caffeine. This substance has a drying effect on the entire body, so it also makes our vocal fold (also known as vocal chords) drier. Well-hydrated vocal folds are less likely to get hurt from singing. Cutting back on caffeine makes your vocal fold more hydrated.

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I think coffee is really only harmful to your throat simply because it is most often hot when you drink it. Excessive heat can damage your throat and make it easier for singing to cause a strain on it.

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Will drinking apple cider vinegar give you thick voice?

The Apple Cider Vinegar concoction is actually a relief for voice hoarseness. Therefore it will not make your voice thick. It will relieve you of your hoarseness.

Nope, there are some issues using these apple cider vinegar. It can be used as a helping drink for vocal cords, and same way it could also damage your cords if not used properly or taken properly. There are no options that it would give you a thick voice though.

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No, it has not been proven that by drinking apple cider vinegar your voice will thicken but by drinking this combination or drink you will in fact destroy mucus that has been forming in your throat which can help you to sing better.

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Which vitamin makes singer voice sound best?

Vitamin C.

Professional singers should always try to take good care of their singing voices. The larynx or voice box contributes a lot to a nice singing voice. Yet, if your larynx is unhealthy, your voice is also affected. To keep your voice box healthy, there are certain vitamins (not only one) that work wonders for your voice. These can protect your larynx which helps you sing proficiently. Below are some of the excellent vitamins for your singing voice:

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  • This helps protect your overall well-being from harmful substances. Sore throat, common colds and flu can affect your larynx negatively. In order to prevent all these, you should take adequate vitamin C. This can be in the form of Tablet or fruits and vegetables.
  • This is a very important vitamin to take for singers. Vitamin B12 can help relax your muscles and ward off stress and anxiety before a performance. Singers are advised to take 50 percent of vitamin B12 before singing on stage, so that they will be able to sing well and with confidence. If you lack vitamin B12, you will be prone to some health problems that may affect your singing voice.
  • What can vitamin A do for your throat and larynx? Well, vitamin A can replace the worn-out tissues in your body with newer tissues, which is very vital for your singing voice. If the tissues in your larynx are damaged, the possibility is that you will also experience strained vocal cords, which can badly affect your voice. However, vitamin A can help rejuvenate the tissues in your larynx that enable you to sing proficiently.
  • Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that can fight against harmful chemicals, which can damage your healthy cells. This vitamin can also aid in muscle regeneration and can protect you from dangerous antigens. If you expose yourself to smoke and other chemical fumes, then you should consider taking vitamin E supplements to protect your health as well as your voice. Remember that you should not take more than 400 IU of vitamin E per day.
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You do not have to take vitamin supplements to keep your larynx and voice healthy. You can find the aforementioned vitamins in fruits and vegetables, too. These are excellent alternatives to consume above all. With these vitamins, you will be able to sing perfectly.

You should make your vocal cords healthy instead of vitamins that will make it sounds best. To attain such best sound produced by your vocal cords, they must be always healthy. And the Vitamins you will need are Vitamins C, E and A.

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Vitamin's in general will not inherently make you sound better. Now vitamins mixed with a proper diet and good hydration will allow for a healthier body and in turn a better throat and vocal chords. The best way to sound better is, exercise to strength the abdomen and diaphragm, and then vocal chords exercises to increase your pitch and range.

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Should I drink tea to help my singing voice?

Alongside orange juice and cola, caffeinated tea is one of the drinks which will not do good to your singing voice. It is a myth that this drink is good, especially with honey, but it can produce some grabs in the throat. Tea with lemon can be helpful after you sing, but not before, and it should be decaffeinated. It helps soothe the throat after you have overused your voice.

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Those tea's with caffeine in it are must be avoided if you are a singer or who wants to maintain a good voice. Those tea's that is only good for your voice are lemon tea, green tea and herbal tea because it soothes the throat. You can take it after you practice singing or you are done singing because it helps to soothe the throat. If you want the tea tastes sweet, you can add honey in it and avoid putting sugar because it will build mucus or phlegm in your throat.

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Fruits that improve the voice of a minor singer?

All fruits, except for the citrus ones, help in keeping the vocal cord's health, in general. The acid from such fruits can dry the lining of your throat, and thus, would not do any good for your voice. Be sure to keep your throat hydrated for the vocal cords to easily produce the right quality of sound.

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All fruits are good for us, but there are no fruits that can improve a voice of a minor singer. There are fruits that you must not eat before and after your performance or when you practice, those citrus fruits should be avoided like lemon and lime because the acid from it can make your throat dry, so it is itchy and can affect your singing. You can still eat citrus fruits, but just a little, then after eating those citrus fruits, you have to drink a lot of water.

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How does eating a raw onion affect a hoarse voice?

Raw onions can worsen the condition of your already hoarse voice, or may cause it to be raspy. Onions contain some components that react with stomach acid. This can cause acid reflux (GERD), and when this occurs, it may reach up to the throat and could affect the vocal cords, and thereby affect the voice. Raw onion irritates and increases acids, which is not good for the voice box.

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If you don't have a Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or other known as GERD which is a chronic digestive disease, eating a raw onion can help your hoarse voice to get better. A person's lower esophageal sphincter with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (located between the stomach and the esophagus) fails to tighten efficiently making the reflux of the stomach content. In normal individual, their lower esophageal sphincter efficiently closes to prevent the reflux of the stomach content. In regards to your query, eating raw onions can greatly help your hoarse voice due to these factors:

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1. Contains anti-inflammatory substances like the sulfur and quercetin which helps in the inflammation of the throat or in laryngitis.

2. Has antibacterial properties which helps in inhibiting the proliferation of bacteria in the throat.

Here's a good onion recipe to treat hoarseness of voice:

Cut two to three onions in small bits and simmer it in about 4 cups of water until it thickens. Then mix five tablespoons of the onion syrup to a warm glass of water with a tablespoon of honey and sip slowly.

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The use of onion in managing voice problems dates back to the ancient Romans, Greeks and Chinese. There are also studies that shows eating a raw onion helps to break down phlegm which is also a cause in the hoarseness of voice.

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In general, eating a raw onion greatly helps in managing hoarseness of voice, but it is not always practical to eat, instead, make it into an onion syrup for easier absorption in the body and easier to take.

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How can I resolve my constantly cracked voice and maintain my voice as a singer?

Maybe you are not hydrating your throat adequately. Drink as much water as you can. Also, try to stay away from eating too many sweets. If you can't resist your craving for a bar of chocolate, make sure to drink a lot of water after. There are foods that also cause the voice to constantly "crack". Foods that aggravate GERD or acid reflux, like tomatoes and raw onions, should be avoided. When acid from the stomach reaches the throat, it could damage the vocal cords and may cause that cracking sound.

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If you want to maintain your voice as a singer, you must know that your voice must rest also. Rest your vocal cords, don't sing since your voice is cracking. Every singer has a partner and their partner is a warm water. Drink a lot of warm water and when you start practicing or singing, after it you must drink a warm water and take a rest. Avoid eating sweet and spicy foods. If you want to eat sweet food, eat a little and after it, drink a lot of warm water. Avoid drinking cold drinks and alcoholic drinks.

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Dairy replacement for professional singers?

.Diary replacement is a good idea but it isn't absolutely necessary. You can continue with all milk products. Only that you will be substituting animal milk with Soya milk, coconut skimmed milk and almond milk. These are any day much more healthier than regular milk.

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A good replacement for dairy is almond milk, and soy milk. Both have large amounts of nutrients and dairy, they also both taste very similar to milk.

Can drinking cold liquids affect my pitching?

Yes, drinking cold fluids will cause your voice pitch to not be as high as it would before drinking cold drinks. A scientific study was conducted in regards to this situation and it was proven that you will be able to reach a higher pitch before drinking cold liquids rather than after drinking cold liquids.

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Yes they can. The cold can cause your vocal chords to constrict and not have the full range you normally would.

Drinking too much phenylalanine can burn your tonsil?

It will not really burn your tonsil but since it's a chemical, it can definitely cause some irritation later on. This is even more the case if you are allergic to that particular chemical. Always remember that chemicals are inorganic, and more than normal levels will have adverse reactions to your body.

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Singers can eat raw rice?

Singers usually don't eat raw rice because raw rice contains a natural insecticide compound called lectin. Lectin is a protein found mostly on raw rice and beans which has a natural insecticidal properties. According to some research, lectin is one of the top ten causes of food poisoning resulting to diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. When a person vomits, the gastric contents contains acid compound which irritates the vocal cords resulting to swelling and hoarseness of voice. Moreover, when raw rice have been chewed to tiny bits, they can also cause irritation to your throat making you to forcefully cough damaging your vocal cords. In general, eating raw rice will not actually make singers to improve their voices, but rather, eating raw rice may put them at risk for damaging their vocal cords making their voices hoarse.

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How do I naturally tighten my throat so I can sing better?

Here is the weird thing; I sing better when I have coffee due to my throat being tighter. However, since caffeine does damage it, I want to find an alternative for this. What is recommended?. I have tried: Coffee, tea, hot water/sugar. I think it was caused by: No problem; only looking for a better alternative

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I am feminizing my voice and was just reading this article. I didn't know that adding too much lemon to tea could have a negative effect, how much lemon should I use during my voice feminizing practice? It is hard on the voice but I stop right when it starts feeling uncomfortable. I usually don't put a lot of lemon juice in my water...but I do drink a lot of water during my practice. As long as I drink a lot of water can I keep adding small amounts of lemon juice to it or should I limit the lemon juice even when I have a lot of water with it? In other words is there a maximum recommended amount of lemon juice you would recommend per half day? (I do practice twice a day) Also I usually do a throat coat of a tsp - tbsp of honey before the practice. Which would you recommend; doing a pure throat coat (eating the honey by itself) or adding it to the lemon/tea/water?

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Developing and keeping my vocal cords healthy?

I am new for singing, not sure which drinks are good or not good for voice

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Hello Sir, I'm from Pakistan. I just need some tips for a beginner. Can you give me?

I again started my singing practice since 3 months. For now I'm practicing pillow talk song by Zayn Malik. Last whole year I practiced story of my life by one direction. My voice was becoming better and better day by day. But now my voice is changed. Can you give me some tips for keeping my vocal cords healthy?. Thank you very much!. I think it was caused by: I guess because of not giving any attention!

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