How to Take Care of Your Vocal Cords

How to Take Care of Your Vocal Cords


How to Take Care of Your Vocal Cords. If you’re lucky enough to have a great voice,
be smart about taking care of it. You will need Water Slippery-elm lozenges
A humidifier Marshmallow-root or licorice tea Salt and baking soda. Step 1. Drink lots of water. Singers need more water than the average person
in order to keep the vocal cords and the mucous membranes surrounding them moist. Aim for eight to 10 glasses every day. Always drink water at room temperature; cold
water can damage vocal cords. Step 2. Warm up your vocal cords frequently. Just as a pitcher needs to warm up his arm
before taking the mound, a singer needs to loosen up his vocal cords to keep them in
optimal shape. Just don’t overdo it. Step 3. Limit dairy products, which can cause mucus
to build up in the throat, leading to irritation. Resist the urge to clear your throat; doing
so causes the folds of the throat to slam together, causing irritation. Step 4. Take the herb slippery elm, which singers
discovered more than a century ago was a good way to coat the throat and soothe tired vocal
cords after a performance. Slippery-elm lozenges are available in health-food
stores. Whispering to save your voice? Don’t! Studies show whispering actually makes your
vocal cords work thirty percent harder. Step 5. Turn off the AC. It can dry out the air–and your vocal cords! Step 6. Sleep with a humidifier by your bed, especially
before an audition or performance: vocal cords work best when moist. In fact, you need to keep the surface of the
cords slippery enough to vibrate up to 1700 times per second! Steam your throat regularly by holding your
head over a pot of hot water, covering your head with a towel, and inhaling deeply. Step 7. Sip hot tea, especially marshmallow-root or
licorice tea. Both contain mucilage, which has been proven
to coat the throat and soothe vocal cords. Drink it preventively and for relief when
you get a sore throat. Don’t add lemon to hot tea. It can be drying. Step 8. Gargle with a mixture of warm salt water and
a quarter-teaspoon of baking soda to help keep the vocal cords moist. Gargle in a high pitch; it forces your cords
to contract, making gargling more effective. Step 9. Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can be drying
to vocal cords. And if you have a cough or cold, avoid antihistamines
and menthol cough drops, which dry out and irritate vocal cords. Did you know Like a fingerprint, every person
has a unique “vocal print” that belongs only to him.

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