It’s not just about getting on stage, every time you speak, people make assessments about your knowledge, credibility, authority and much more. Changing your voice for the better has a positive impact on your life. In addition to vocal training, what you eat also affects the quality of your voice.
The larynx is located in the middle of the throat and its external muscles push it out of the way when you swallow food. The larynx directs food to the stomach and air to the lungs for breathing.
Staying hydrated is important for all parts of the body, but it’s especially important for the vocal cords, where dehydration can lead to permanent tissue damage.
So have a glass of ice water on stage when you speak. Or moisten the throat with hot water and lemon (acid) before the concert. Avoid very hot liquids for at least two to three hours before giving a speech.
Juicy fruits are excellent for hydrating the vocal cords. As well as peaches, pears, apples, melon, strawberries, and watermelon.
You can add some vegetables to this list, such as: broccoli, celery, radish, and spinach.
Among the protein sources that help hydrate the throat: chicken, eggs, chickpeas and tuna.
To avoid a negative effect on your voice, reduce or avoid anything that is a diuretic, as it will dry out your throat. Therefore, it is recommended not to drink more than two cups of coffee a day, especially since coffee tenses some muscles in the throat, making it difficult to relax the throat and diaphragm to speak in a soft tone.
Alcohol is one of two substances linked to throat cancer, the other being tobacco.
Milk and other dairy products trap phlegm in the throat. It is recommended to consume plant-based milks such as soy and cashew milk on days when you are participating in a meeting or giving a speech.
Avoid eating too many acidic foods like tomato products or too many citrus fruits. Although squeezing a lemon in warm water can help clear your throat, eating some grapefruit or orange juice before you make a mistake or speak on a TV show can have a negative effect.
This applies to soft drinks such as: sodas, carbonated water, chocolate, fatty and spicy foods.
Other negative impact foods include popcorn, peanuts, and raw, stringy vegetables.