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

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What happens to the voice box when you stop singing?

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Just like with every part of the body, the voice box also will experience aging and tearing will also be experienced, but the proper maintenance and having the right habits will be beneficial in maintaining the great quality of the voice despite of the aging process. Having the proper techniques and healthy habits is essential in maintaining voice quality, even when a person has stopped singing.

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Just as any other muscle in the body when you ignore it for a certain period time it will become lazy or not be as strong as it were if you practice or used it more often. Your voice box will not become damaged but it will in fact become lazy.

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Will sugar help you restore your voice after drinking alcohol?

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No, sugar and alcohol are one of foods that every singer should avoid if a good singing quality of voice is wished to be maintained. Intake of sugar as a remedy after drinking alcohol is a big no-no. Although sugar can give a momentarily relief or highness from consuming the sugar, the downside will cause more fatigue after the sugar rush has faded. Since alcohol has a diuretic effect, it is not considered beneficial to consume it since it dehydrates the body and dries up the throat. Given the fact that alcohol has a diuretic effect, taking up sugar after drinking alcohol will be like pouring vinegar over the wounds. Simply put, taking up sugar after drinking alcohol will only aggravate the irritation and possible damage that it can cause to the vocal chords.

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The sugar can't help you restore your voice after drinking an alcoholic drink. The sugar will not help but it will affect your voice by creating a phlegm, so when you are going to sing, your voice is a little bit not good or it sounds cracky. One of the drinks that should be avoided if you are a singer or who wants to maintain their good voice is an alcoholic drink. Since sugar is not good for your voice, also the alcoholic drink is not good, and if we combine them, drinking an alcoholic drink then eat sugar is more worse.

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Can cough medicine help get a singing voice back?

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There is an underlying reason for a loss of voice. If you lost your voice because of severe coughing brought on by common cold or nasal congestion, cough medicine can help get your singing voice back. For example, laryngitis can cause loss of voice due to "barking" cough and sore throat. You can treat laryngitis and get your voice back, if you take cough medicine with eucalyptus and antibacterial properties in it. Many cough syrups and lozenges (Strepsils brand) have eucalyptus, and these can help relieve or soothe a sore throat and a "barking" cough.

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Cough medicines can help soothe your throat, which will help your voice recover from a temporary loss of voice. The recovery may take longer time, depending on your condition and uncontrollable exposure to risk factors. However, you should only use cough medicines, only when you experience severe coughing as one of the signs and symptoms. If you are not experiencing coughing, then there is no reason to take cough medicine. It will not help get your singing voice back.

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If your loss of voice is due to vocal polyps or other reasons, then other medicines should be considered and consumed. Your doctor can prescribe an appropriate medication for your condition.

It's not good to be taking cough medicine if you really don't have cough and you intend to use it to get your singing voice back. Cough syrup is to be used for certain functions, and that is to alleviate the symptoms of cough. Other than that, the components may not be good for your body.

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In essence, it helps to get the singing voice back because it relieves your throat of the itchy feeling as it takes out the phlegm.

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Is milk good for a child who is singing? Does it help or hurt the voice?

Milk does not cause any harm to the vocal cords, but some people think that it can affect the quality of your voice, whether it be in kids or adults. Drinking milk, especially before singing, seems to create phlegm or lumps in the throat, producing a cracking sound. Milk only affects the quality of one's voice when he or she has not had enough water to drink to clear the throat. You can drink milk, so long as you hydrate your throat well enough to get rid of the "phlegm."

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Luckily, the milk does do some effects. But, milk are just some drinks that a child needs to grow. It won't hurt your child's voice, but due to most diary products he/she can get a thick layer of phlegm in which can get in the way of the vocal sounds. However you can get rid of the phlegm by just drinking a lots of water.

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How can I make my singing voice more resilient?

You need to sing from within your stomach and not just with the vocals. This requires hard-work and practice. Drink lots of water and indulge in breathing exercises.

You can make your singing voice more resilient by practicing your singing which will help to strengthen your vocal chords. Along with making your singing voice more resilient you can partake in taking Vitamin A,C and E which can be found in many juices.

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Does accidentally swallowing your snot effect your singing voice?

If this happens once in a blue moon (which should be the case) it is alright. If this happens time and again, your snot will turn into phlegm and damage your throat.

No, it should not affect your singing voice. The only way I can find that it might is if it is continuous nasal drainage. Even then the amount it affects your voice should be minimal. Just look into an over the counter decongestant

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What vitamins can I take to help my singing get better?

Foods that contain Vitamins A, E & C will help you to improve your singing voice. Also if you were able to get your hands on Vitamin A, E & C pills then you will be able to help your singing voice.

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Vitamins A, E & C will help you to take good care of your singing voice by keeping the mucus lining of your throat healthy. These vitamins can be taken daily in order to keep your voice healthy for singing.

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I strained my voice singing now throat scratchy and coughing, what should I do?

The best you can do is to rest your vocal chords. You can make a Ginger concoction to help you recover faster. Just boil some ginger and drink it while it is warm.

All you have to is rest, so stop singing and stop talking too loud. Take some rest, go outside and have some fresh air, drink a lot of warm water, avoid sweet foods, avoid cold drinks and don't smoke. You can soothe your throat by drinking lemon tea with honey.

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What does Dr oz say must I do to open up my voice for singing?

Avoid drinking very cold liquids as that will make your vocal cords stiff and unsuitable for singing. The best option is to drink hot liquids, particularly the one with honey. You may mix honey with green tea, as those two things are rich in antioxidants that will prevent inflammations.

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Keep yourself relaxed as well and have enough rest the night before you sing. Stress can make your vocal cords stiff and that will make singing difficult.

Can rum beer alcohol help to remove cough or clean throat?

On the contrary, rum beer alcohol can be rather irritating to the throat. It is not advised to take it if you have sore throat or cough. Juices with vitamin are better advised to drink if your intention is to recover easily from the cough. Even plain tap water is good, because it will help loosen and hydrate the phlegm for easy excretion.

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Fast/quickest step to develop ones vocal cavity or sweet singing voice?

The quickest way that I have been able to find would be for you to take singing lessons. I wish there was an easier way for you to do it yourself. The best bet would either be to find a singing coach or find some online assistance.

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Here are some tips I can provide 1. Sit or stand up straight 2. Breathe from your diaphragm 3. Do warm ups before singing, making different repeating consonant sounds and vowels 4. Practice singing scales, gradually increasing the pitch/tone 5. Remember to stop before you strain your voice

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Some extra tips I can provide are to work on your posture, get into shape to increase lung capacity, and develop your facial flexibility.

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Alcohol temporarily helps you sing?

The answer is no, alcohol will not temporarily help you sing. Drinking alcohol will only make your voice worse. Some of these negative effects of drinking alcohol on voice are:

  • Alcohol dries your throat resulting to increase in irritation and swelling leading to hoarseness of voice.
  • Alcohol has a diuretic properties which dehydrates your body and reduces the moisture in the mucosal lining of your throat resulting to irritation and inflammation.
  • Alcohol dilates blood vessels and impairs mucosal secretions resulting to excessive mucus production.
  • Alcohol is a muscle relaxant and depressant which greatly affect the muscles of your throat especially in the control of your vocal cords which reduces their flexibility.

In general, alcohol will not temporarily help a person sing because of its various negative effects on the throat.

How to improve the vocal cord to soft and long lasting voice while singing. Please give some tips and videos?

You will need to make sure that you do the following:

  • do not overuse your voice
  • avoid smoking and drinking cold beverages especially before and after singing
  • do not over practice
  • always have adequate sleep
  • take ginger tea to sooth your voice

You can also watch this how-to videos:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jExkenbRm2c

You can watch this vocal practice for soft and long lasting voice for singing:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvb4Rl21-UY‎

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Hi, my voice is hoarse and cranky?

I have flu, my voice is hoarse but have a performance on Tuesday, what can I do to make it Better quickly?

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How do I take care of my throat before concert tomorrow?

My throat is a little scratchy and phlegm tonight at practice. Haven't had any alcohol in the last few days, but I do drink too much coffee. Also, could the Throat Coat tea I drank that has slippery elm in it be affecting my voice negatively?

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When you state antibacterial for alcohol solution are you speaking of alcohol from the pharmacy?

I would like to restore a more youthful voice of my younger years and need to know about the alcohol solution mentioned...thank you

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I stopped singing and tried to continue after 2 months....but I can't sing well. Why? Can I fix it?

I was a nice singer and I used to compose my own songs. I could easily sing in 6-7 voices of different pitch.. Then I stopped singing for 2 months.. Now, I am trying to song again but my voice is like gone. I can no longer produce different pitched voices. Even in my normal voice pitch, I now sing very bad as compared to earlier.. . P.S. - I suffered from cough last month....it lasted approximately 10 days. But, only that didn't affect my voice because even before cough started, I couldn't sing as well as earlier.. . Please help.. Thank You. I have tried: I tried some cough relief candy.....Vicks - Somewhat relieved for ONLY 10-20 minutes.

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I drank a lot of water for some days - no relief.. I think it was caused by: I think its because I discontinued singing for sometime.

But it might also be because of cough I suffered from last month....but it was a month ago.

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