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Put That Back

No seriously! Put it back! Did you know certain foods and drinks can be harsh on the vocal cords and should be avoided or consumed in moderation if you want to maintain good vocal health? Dairy products (such as milk, cheese, and ice cream) can cause excess mucus production, which can lead to phlegm and congestion in the throat. Caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate the vocal cords, making them more prone to injury. Spicy foods can cause irritation and inflammation of the throat. Fried and processed foods can also cause inflammation in the body. It's also important to avoid smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, as these can damage the vocal cords over time.


Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and ice cream can cause excess mucus production in the body. This mucus can accumulate in the throat and lead to phlegm and congestion. When there is too much mucus in the throat, it can make the vocal cords feel heavy and harder to control, which can make it harder to speak or sing. When the mucus gets thick, it can also create a barrier that muffles the sound of your voice, making it harder to project your voice. Additionally, when you have phlegm or congestion in your throat, it can make it more difficult to take in a deep breath, which is necessary for proper singing technique. It's not that you should completely avoid dairy, but consuming it in moderation is better for your vocal health.


Fried and processed foods can cause inflammation in the body, which can also affect the vocal cords. Inflammation can cause swelling and irritation of the tissue in the throat, making it more difficult for the vocal cords to vibrate properly. This can result in a hoarse or raspy voice, and make it harder to speak or sing. Eating a diet high in fried and processed foods can also contribute to weight gain, which can put extra pressure on the vocal cords and make them more prone to injury. Additionally, consuming too much fried food can lead to high cholesterol, which can increase the risk of developing conditions such as laryngitis, a common condition that causes inflammation of the vocal cords. It's not necessary to avoid fried food completely, but consuming it in moderation and balancing it with a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables is better for your vocal and overall health.


Spicy foods can cause irritation and inflammation of the throat, which can be harmful to vocal health. The capsaicin in spicy foods can cause a burning sensation in the throat, which can make it difficult to speak or sing. This irritation can also cause dryness in the throat, which can make it more difficult to produce sound. Eating spicy foods can also cause excess mucus production, which can lead to phlegm and congestion in the throat, making it harder to control your voice and project your voice. Additionally, when you have phlegm or congestion in your throat, it can make it more difficult to take in a deep breath, which is necessary for proper singing technique. It's not necessary to avoid spicy food completely, but consuming it in moderation and balancing it with a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables is better for your vocal health. If you find that spicy foods are causing you problems, you may want to consider cutting back on them or finding ways to mitigate the effects such as drinking water, eating milder food or taking an anti-inflammatory.


I know you are ready to take the next steps and invest in your vocal health today. Visit our website at www.lovemoremusicllc.com to schedule your FREE consultation. Love More Music is ready to UNLOCK YOUR SOUND!


Happy Singing!

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