As a singer, you have to absolutely take care of your voice and you do that by making sure your throat is healthy for singing. Food and drinks can have a big impact on how you sing. Since you have to be aware of what you’re eating and drinking, here is a list of things to avoid for the best performance.
What does it do? It gives you a lot of mucus. This is great if you’ve got a sore throat, but if you’re singing, you want your throat to be clear. I love cheese as much as the next guy, but you don’t want mucus clogging up your pipes in the middle of the falsetto. Sidenote: you should also avoid sugary foods and drinks because they also coat the throat in mucus!
What does it do? It makes your throat dry. You probably shouldn’t drink before any performance because you want to be sharp, but did you know alcohol can also make you dehydrated? Dry mouths and throats are no good for when you’re trying to hit those high notes.
What does it do? Carbonated drinks will make you feel all sorts of gassy and you might want to burp. Unless you’re specifically trying to burp out the A-B-C’s, you want to avoid carbonated beverages at least until after the standing ovation.
Cold drinks on the other hand will cause the muscles in your throat to tense up and this will make it more difficult to reach your full singing range. This doesn’t mean don’t drink anything. A rule of thumb is to drink room-temperature water before singing anything. Yum.
What does it do? Like alcohol, caffeine will dehydrate you and that’s the last thing you want as a singer. Nobody can sing with a dry throat. Plus, you might be overly hyper from the caffeine and that could impact your energy.
What does it do? Spicy foods will irritate not just your mouth and stomach but also your throat. It can cause you to cough or force your body into producing more saliva and mucus and again, that’s not what you want before taking the stage. Save the fire sauce for after the final note.
Protip: One of the best ways to clear your throat is to gargle warm salt water.
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