My voice seems to lose something when I need to
speak all day. So when I surfed and found Paola
Singer’s article, “How to preserve your voice for a
business presentation,” my interest picked up.
Our voice is an eseential tool that we should take
good care of. In fact, researching this has given me
some thoughts about things I should do better…
- limit fluids that dry out our voice tools, including
alcohol containing mouthwashes and caffeine. Alcohol
also irritates the throat membranes.
- drink sufficient water (6-8 glasses daily)
- limit exposure to smoking (and second-hand smoke)
- breathing, breathing techniques that use the diaphragm
and breathing exercises are helpful in reducing voice
- avoid spicy foods which can move stomach acid up
to the throat
- use a humidifier in the home, especially in cold months
keeping the % humidity above 30.
- consider limiting voice use when you are hoarse.
- wash frequently during cold season
- include whole grains, fruits and vegetables in your
diet as they contain vitamins that are helpful for mucous
membranes in the throat.
- exercise regularly, rest sufficiently and avoid constricting
your neck (as in holding a phone without hands)
- avoid mouthwashes that contain irritating
- use microphones to amplify your voice
- consider voice therapy with speech pathologist.
The site was helpful.