Dairy and Your Voice

Posted in: Voice News  |  December 14, 2012 
Dairy and Your Voice

 

Maybe you’re in a choir this season. Maybe you’re getting ready to cheer at a big football game. Or maybe you’re just prepared to talk non-stop about the past year with friends and family at holiday parties. In any case, you’ll want to save your vocal cords.

One of the prime culprits that wears at your voice? Dairy.

Milk, cheese and ice cream (all of which tend to make appearances around the holidays) can leave you sounding distorted. Dairy products can clog your vocal passages, and they can also lead to the production of excess phlegm in your throat.

If you’re a singer and you have a performance coming up, then consider avoiding dairy directly before. And if you’ve already had a dairy product, you can gargle with water and spit at the end.

Other basic ways to help protect your voice include:

  • Wearing a warm scarf while walking outside
  • Getting lots of rest
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Sipping warm, decaffeinated tea

If you have any questions about your vocal health, feel free to visit us for help. We’re here for you during the holidays and beyond