2 Mar 2011

Mucus producing foods to avoid for Vocal Health

Mucus producing foods to avoid for Vocal Health

Singing, speaking, and presenting is all about producing sounds and energy and moving them freely up and out of the body to reach our listeners. We use our voices constantly. The energy needed to produce sound comes primarily from our own body’s ability to produce the energy. If we are eating foods that are not providing us with enough quality energy, then our singing and speaking will be lackluster, and our cords, throat and sinuses can become covered in excess mucus.


Vocal Health and Mucus Reduction

Our sound certainly will not be representative of our true gifts. For many, this can become an ongoing problem and may affect their general health, their vocal health, and ultimately their career. In addition, we have to deal with the emotional instability and anxiety that can result from consuming processed and chemically-filled “foods.”

There are a myriad of alternatives a voice professional has in choosing the best foods for optimal vocal health and keeping the cords free of excess mucus. Another positive result of avoiding foods that produce mucus is that you will also see a marked improvement in your overall health. Below you may find some of the most common mucus-producing foods to be avoided by the voice professional:

Dairy
Chocolate
Processed foods
Foods high in additives and color dyes
White Flour
Gluten
White Sugar
All Soda (except Seltzer)
Soy (in large amounts)
Artificial sweeteners

Clearly, we also need to get plenty of rest and employ proper technique. If we are tired, we can bet our voice is also tired.

In one of my blog entries at Superiorvocalhealth.blogspot.com, I posted an article entitled, “You sing what you eat”- a take off on the old saying, “You are what you eat.” I truly believe that we sing what we eat.

As always I wish you the best on your quest for Superior Vocal Health.

About the Author:JAN ALAN SCHWARTZ

Voice Professional and Business Owner

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