Superior Vocal Health Blog

I remember growing up with the saying,”You are what you eat.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. However, today that saying has changed for me. Now it goes, ” You sing what you eat.” I have found that the food I choose to eat has a direct impact on the way my voice sounds, my ability to produce a quality focused sound, and the clarity of my sound. Our body has more than 50 million cells in it. Each...

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What happens when, the night before a performance, audition, or presentation, we feel that “something” coming on? That feeling that can’t be ignored. The “semi-sore throat” that is starting to itch and feel a bit ragged. The small but persistent aches through out the body. The headache that only comes when we feel like we are getting sick. What can we do, knowing we cannot pull out from the next days event? As voice professionals we usually do not have...

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Most Voice Professionals, when asked for the one thing they could always use more of, would probably answer “ENERGY.” I know for myself, singing is an entire body workout. Whether it is a performance, coaching, lesson, or simply doing daily warm ups on my own, I use my entire body and always need a full supply of energy. Adequate daily supply of Vitamin B12 is an absolute must for the working voice professional. B12 provides the body with much needed...

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One of the most pressing dietary issues for a Voice Professional is what I like to call “The Dairy Issue.” Almost any teacher, coach or ENT you ask, will tell you to stay away from eating dairy products before performing or close to a performance, audition, presentation, lesson or coaching. I agree with this advice, however, I take it a step further; eliminate all dairy products from your diet entirely. The first reaction I get when I tell this to...

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I just recently read an article in this months Week Magazine about the effects of “Junk food” on the brain and it’s ability to function and perform at optimum levels. It was very interesting. It mentioned a number of things very important to the Voice Professional concerning diet and it’s effect on our brain and bodies as it relates to the voice. Firstly it was noted that research from scientific studies at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida, that rats...

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What do we do, as Voice Professionals, when we have to sing a concert, give a presentation or speech, if we wake up the day of our event and have an excess of mucus on our vocal cords and in our throat? This is one of the many challenges of the Voice Professional. Excess mucus is almost always due to one thing. Diet. That’s right, Diet. Some people may say that it’s allergy season, or their house is moldy or...

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