you are feeling fragile, full of infection or the voice is tired …then
rest it! You can damage your voice if you continue to use it as usual
when it is already under strain. Too much coughing and clearing of the
throat can cause more damage so try to cough only when absolutely
in the throat is a sign that there is inflammation and throat sweets
will numb this pain luring you into a belief that you can continue to
use the voice as usual but the sweets have merely masked the damage.
However, sucking the sweet will lubricate the voice and a couple of
good sweets a day may be helpful such as Vocal Zones, Fisherman’s
Friends or Nigroids.
is well known in show business that one should avoid dairy before a
performance. Dairy products can encourage the secretion of phlegm and
increase the viscosity of mucus produced, which interferes with the
natural working of the vocal folds. Professional broadcasters are told
never to drink milk before going on air. Too much dairy can cause a
nasal quality to the voice and spicy foods can be harsh on the throat,
causing acid reflux.
Feed the Voice
foods include: lemon, ginger, honey, pineapple, cinnamon essence, thyme
and peppermint and drink plenty of water drunk at room temperature. Try
Clear Ease Enzymes.
as an athlete will gently warm up the body before a long run then the
speaker / singer should warm the voice up before prolonged use. Warming
down is just as vital so that you don’t get a rush of blood to the
larynx, causing swelling (oedema) and fatigue.
Less is More
to say less so that you can preserve your voice. Often we can say what
we need to using half the amount of words.
Free the voice
your body language open and free and maintain a well balanced posture.
Breathe deeply and project the voice from the diaphragm.
you are in a noisy environment such as at a concert or a football match
then avoid shouting to be heard above the din. This strains the voice
and can cause lasting damage to the vocal folds. This also applies to
arguments as when we experience heightened emotions then we tense our
muscles, causing stress to the throat.
excessive intake of caffeine and alcohol as these are dehydrating. If
we become dehydrated then we lose vocal fold tissue which can then lead
to further injury. Smoking seriously affects the quality, strength and
resonance of the voice as well as the other well known effects to