30 DAY SINGING CHALLENGE WITH LAURA ETEMAH – DAY 4: HYDRATION: THE IMPORTANCE

Water is essential to life and each person’s requirement of water differs from another because everyone has a unique body makeup.
By hydration, I mean water intake. Hydration helps your vocal cords to remain flexible.

Well hydrated vocal cords are protected from the friction that occurs when singing or speaking takes place. Lack of moisture can cause swelling in the vocal cords, there by leading to stiffness in the throat which in turn hinders the voice’s potential.

If vocal cords get swollen, this could lead to further injury or permanent vocal damage. Hence, it is very important for a singer to be hydrated. But take note of this, when you drink, the fluid does not go directly to hydrate your cords. They first go through your system and it takes about 20 minutes more or less before the vocal cords get hydrated.

So if you are going to be on stage for a show or something, don’t take a gulp of water and jump on stage! Make sure you have a drink of water at least 20 minutes before you go for the microphone.
Another important point to note is that you will have a clear pee when you are fully hydrated. If your wee looks yellowish, chances are that you are dehydrated and need to take some water.
Too much of any good thing usually has a negative effect. So it is with water. Drinking a gallon of water will rather cause discomfort while you are on stage and will not guarantee a good performance because at some point, you will have a full bladder. Not a good situation to find yourself in right? You don’t want to go overboard with water. Seize the opportunity to go for a wee before going on stage.

Do you experience dry mouth after drinking water? Note that water does not stimulate the salivary glands not immediately hydrate the vocal cords, hence, you want to add some fruit juice. Fruit juice will counter dry mouth and lubricate the vocal cords.

Some singers have contacted me about pain and swelling in the throat. If you overuse your voice, this is inevitable. Shouting, speaking loudly, singing outside of your range for long periods and all that can result to swelling and a buildup of lactic acid in the vocal folds. Drinking a generous amount of water can flush out the lactic acid and help to restore your voice back to normal.

In conclusion, remember that fluid intake is a handy vocal remedy. Do not hesitate to get a bottle of water when you feel vocally stressed.

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