How to Look After Your Voice: Top Vocal Tip #9 of 12

How to Look After Your Voice: Top Vocal Tip #9 of 12

#9. Diet and Lifestyle

Often the routine of a singer is very erratic – if there is a routine at all. You may often be going to work when others are finishing work or going to bed. It is very easy to eat on the run – which usually means a lot of fatty, sugary, high-sodium foods which will either dry out your system or cause you to retain water, in effect ‘bloating’ your vocal folds. This bloating can effect the female voice at certain times of the month and is harder to avoid, I recommend taking a woman’s vitamin supplement to help keep the hormonal balance.

Try not to eat less than 2 hours before singing, as pressure on your stomach from your diaphragm or vice versa can cause nausea and definitely hampers your breathing. Avoid eating after the gig or less then 2 hours before bed. If you lie down with a lot of undigested food in your stomach, your stomach acid will leak up into your oesophagus causing heartburn or worse; ‘pickling’ your larynx.

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