Nov 5, 2013

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Power Quote for November 2013

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VOICE: You Are Never Truly Yourself Until You Are Healthy

Because your voice is an instrument of flesh and blood, the physical health of a singer is more important than for other types of musicians.  As we head into that time of year when we are particularly susceptible to colds and flu, here is some good advice to keep you healthy and strong through the winter months!

  • First, BE healthy: eat and drink enough, get adequate sleep, exercise regularly and avoid stress as much as possible. Stress can weaken your immune system and make you more vulnerable for the cold virus.
  • Second, minimize the potential for contagion: wash your hands several times a day, especially before touching your face (monitor that you don’t touch your face unnecessarily or habitually).
  • No matter how warm you think it “feels” outside, be sure to dress right for the season.  Scarves, hats and jackets, please!
  • On the active side of prevention, take Vitamin C, about 500-1000 mg a day in divided doses during cold season.  At the first sign of a cold, double your Vitamin C intake, always divided over the course of the day.
  • Be aware of “singer friendly foods” especially on the days before a performance.  Herbal teas, non-citrus fruits, vegetables, eggs, pasta, lean meats, and water, water, water!
  • If you do get sick, get extra rest, stay warm, drink lots of fluids and let your body heal itself. You do not need antibiotics unless the viral cold leads to a secondary bacterial infection, which manifests with mucus that is green or yellow.
  • If you do need to sing through cold or flu symptoms, you can “steam” yourself to release a blocked nose.  Do your very best to avoid coughing and clearing your throat: Use a mild cough suppressant to relieve the urge! If your throat is hoarse, you can drink honey and lemon tea (use real honey and real lemon) which helps a lot!  Stay away from food and drink that can either produce too much phlegm (mucous) or, dry you out such as:  milk products, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, junk food and caffeine.
  • Take into account that we all have different body chemistry.  You’ll have to experiment to know what truly works best for you, but whatever you do, persevere!  Singer’s get sick sometimes and we all have to sing through it at one time or another.  With good technique and care, you can manage it and even discover exciting new sounds you never would have tried without your cold!

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