CARSON — Like the physical parts of the body, your voice requires some care. You can keep your vocal cords running smoothly by taking a few simple steps, according to Sally Etcheto, a music instructor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, who gives the following tips:
- If you detect symptoms of a cold or other respiratory ailment, increase your consumption of fluids and vitamin C.
- When you come down with a cold or strain your voice, avoid any situation where you might have to overwork your voice. Don't hesitate to coddle it.
- If your throat is sore, avoid public speaking and smoky rooms.
- Trying to talk above someone else's loud voice can strain your voice.
- Keep your throat moist. If you are in a dry environment, such as in an airplane, compensate for the lack of humidity by drinking extra fluids. Using a humidifier at home will also help.
- Eat soothing foods, such as chicken soup, when your throat is scratchy. Avoid milk products, which produce a lot of mucus.