As part of Wellbeing Week 13-17 May 2019, I gave out 100 apples! Why? Because apples are great for your vocal health.
The juice of an apple has the same PH level as your vocal cords and contains vitamin C which is also hugely beneficial for your larynx. Eat an apple before any vocal performance and the juice of the apple, combined with the saliva you produce from eating will lubricate your vocal cords to give them maximum protection.
But eating an apple isn’t the only thing you can do to protect and strengthen your voice. Here are some other top tips for vocal heath and wellbeing:
- Drink plenty of water to keep your vocal cords well hydrated
- Don’t strain your voice by shouting or whispering for too long
- Try not to use your voice too much if you have a cold or sore throat
- Allow yourself regular periods of vocal rest so that the muscles have time to relax and recover
- Avoid high fat dairy foods before a speaking engagement as these can increase mucus which can clog up your vocal apparatus
- Keep your jaw, neck and throat relaxed. If it’s feeling tense then use relaxation exercises and massage to loosen the muscles before speaking
- Breathe right. Use your diaphragm to draw breath right down into the lower reaches of your lungs not just into the top part of your chest.
- Speak naturally. Use your natural (modal) pitch range and try not to strain out of this range for long periods
If you are using your voice a lot as part of your career it’s worth looking after it!
Here are some exercises to help protect and strengthen your voice: