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water

Many singers know that in order to be in good shape vocally you need to stay hydrated. (AKA drink water, pee pale etc.) However, most singers don’t really know why it is important to drink a lot of water. So here are a few things that hydration levels affect.

1. Your vocal chords need water to function properly. They are covered by a thin layer of mucous. To produce this mucous, your body needs to be properly hydrated. If it isn’t then the mucous won’t be there to keep your vocal folds working properly.

2. Staying hydrated makes all of you body secretions thinner. This means that drainage from your sinuses will be thinner and will be less problematic for your voice. It also means that germs trapped in the mucous of your nose will be less likely to stay there and make you sick.

3. Singing well involves your whole body. Being improperly hydrated makes your body function less effectively. Even mild dehydration causes changes in the way your body functions causing it to work less effectively and you to feel less well and work less effectively. For example, mild dehydration can cause the blood vessels in your brain to constrict to keep the blood in your brain. The blood vessels in the rest of your body constrict to keep your blood pressure up. The pressure from the constricted vessels and increased blood pressure puts pressure on your brain which may cause you to have a headache. I don’t know anyone who functions well with a headache. Not drinking enough water will also cause you to feel fatigued which will make it harder to concentrate and to get things done.

So drink up! Your health (and your voice) depend on it.

For more information on hydration, visit this site.

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March 4, 2008 - Posted by | Voice Care

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