How to Keep Your Voice Healthy
Did you know you can damage your vocal cords? You’ve probably experienced this after going to a football game or any other event where you yelled loudly for a period of time. Your voice can become sore and hoarse, and you can lose it completely. Here are a few tips on how to keep your voice healthy:
1) Drink plenty of water – this keeps your throat and vocal cords hydrated and pliable.
2) Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and smoking, which can all dry out the vocal muscles.
3) Avoid yelling or shouting – yelling is actually the “slamming” together of your vocal cords, which is very damaging to the vocal muscles.
4) Give your voice a rest! Just like all the other muscles in your body, your vocal muscles can become fatigued. Teachers, coaches, and others who speak for a living need to given their voices regular “down time” for proper recovery.
If you do all of these things and still have persistent loss of voice, consult your physician to be checked out for more serious issues like vocal polyps, ulcers, and even laryngeal cancer. After ruling out any serious issues, you may be recommended to have speech therapy to help improve your voice.