WHAT YOUR MORNING COFFEE MAY BE DOING TO YOUR VOICE

Vocal Health Tip—Limit Your Caffeine Intake

For professional vocalists or public speakers, caffeine may seem like a necessary evil to help you keep up with your busy schedule. However, caffeinated drinks have a tendency to cause dehydration, which can leave the mouth, throat and vocal chords dry and parched — NOT good for professional voice.
Caffeinated beverages can also aggravate acid reflux, which is extremely harmful to your professional voice. Acids leaving the stomach and traveling up through the esophagus to the larynx can cause a condition called laryngopharyngeal reflux, or LPR. LPR causes chronic cough, sore throat and other symptoms that can lead to voice disorders.

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Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is comparable to — GERD — that results from the contents of the stomach backing up (reflux). The symptoms of LPR are often different than those that are typical of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
With laryngopharyngeal reflux, you may not have the classic symptoms of GERD, such as a burning sensation in your lower chest (heartburn).

Stomach acid that pools in the throat and larynx can cause long-term irritation and damage to your voice. Without treatment, it can be serious.
In infants and children, laryngopharyngeal reflux can cause:
• Narrowing of the area below the vocal cords
• Contact ulcers
• Recurrent ear infections from problems with eustachian tube function
• Lasting buildup of middle ear fluid

Silent reflux can scar the throat and voice box, and increase risk for cancer. Additionally, silent reflux may irritate conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or bronchitis.

Common symptoms include:
• Excessive throat clearing
• Persistent cough
• Hoarseness
• A “lump” in the throat that doesn’t go away with repeated swallowing
• A sensation of postnasal drip or excess throat mucus
• Trouble swallowing
• Trouble breathing
• Sore throat

If you think you may have the symptoms for Laryngopharyngeal Reflux or are concerned about acid reflux effecting or damaging your throat and/or vocal chords, contact the Colorado Voice Clinic to make an appointment: 303.844.3000

Elderberries- Nature’s Most Potent Anti-Viral Fruit

ELDERBERRY- The anti-viral superfood to help you fight the flu and respiratory inflammation this season.

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Health Benefits of Elderberry

Immune Boosting
Anti-Oxidant Boost for fighting viruses/cancer
Anti-Inflammatory
Flu Fighter

Compounds in Elderberries 

Anthocyanin – A specific class of immensely powerful anti-oxidants.
Vitamins – Vitamins C, E and A.

Carotenoids – Organic compounds that exhibit anti-oxidant properties.


Antioxidants – Flavonoids and organic pigments that rid the body of free radicals and protect from cellular damage.

(SuperFoods.org)

 

Here is a delicious way to get elderberry into your diet:


ELDERBERRY JELLY
SimpleRecipes.com


Elderberry jelly made from wild elderberries, foraging tips and step-by-step instructions.

Do not double this recipe. Make one batch at a time.
Yield: Makes 5 8-ounce jars.
INGREDIENTS
3-4 lbs ripe (not green) elderberries (after de-stemming)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 packet MCP pectin*
4 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon butter

*If using a different brand of pectin, follow ratios on package instructions for making blackberry jelly.

METHOD

1 Rinse elderberry clusters thoroughly. Working over a large bowl, work on one small cluster at a time, gently raking your fingers across the clusters to dislodge the berries from the stems. Only use berries that are completely blue or black. Do not use green berries or partially green berries as they are not ripe. For each batch of jelly, collect 3 lbs of de-stemmed elderberries. Once de-stemmed, rinse again.

2 Place berries in a large pot and crush with a potato masher to release some of the juices. Turn the heat to medium and continue to crush as the mixture heats up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

3 Place a large fine-mesh sieve, or 4 layers of cheesecloth, over a pot. Slowly transfer the mashed berries and juice over the sieve to strain the juice out into the pot. Let strain for several hours.

4 Prepare jars for canning. You’ll need 5-6 8-ounce canning jars and lids. Rinse out the jars and place on a baking sheet, top up, in the oven. Heat for 10 minutes at 200°F to sterilize the jars. To sterilize the lids, bring a kettle of a couple cups of water to a boil. Place lids in a shallow bowl and pour the boiling water over them.

5 Measure out the juice. You will need 3 cups of juice to make one batch of jelly if using MCP pectin, 3 3/4 cups of juice if using SureJell pectin**. Any amount more than that you can reserve for making syrup, or add to another batch for jelly. Place 3 cups of juice into a large, wide pot (8-quart). Add the lemon juice and pectin.

6 Bring to a boil. Add 4 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of butter. Stir with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil again. Watch the pot as the mixture will foam up considerably. As soon as the mixture reaches a rolling boil that you cannot diminish by stirring, watch the clock. At exactly 2 minutes, remove from heat and pour mixture into canning jars to 1/4-inch of headspace from the rim.

7 Wipe rims with a damp paper towel. Place lids on jars and rings to secure. If you want, to ensure a good seal and to protect against mold (any potentially harmful bacteria will already be destroyed by the sugar concentration of the jelly), you can process the jars in a water bath for 5 minutes. To do so, put a steaming rack at the bottom of a large, tall pot. Fill the pot halfway with water (enough to cover jars with an inch or two of water when in the pot), bring to a boil, gently place the jars in the pot (helps to use a jar lifter, tongs, or be wearing rubber gloves), boil for 5 minutes, and remove.

Let cool. As the jelly cools you should hear a popping sound as the lids seal.

Read more: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/elderberry_jelly/#ixzz3GtYLt1Ov

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VOCAL HEMORRHAGES – DIAGNOSING AND TREATING

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Famous for briefly taking down Grammy-winning artist Adele–Diagnosing the Vocal Hemorrhage.

Adele opened up about her vocal polyp surgery in 2012. Adele opened up about her vocal surgery in 2012.

What is a Vocal Hemorrhage?

A hemorrhage is a bleeding into the vocal fold or vocal chord tissue.

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What are the Symptoms?
1. The most common symptom of a vocal hemorrhage is a sudden voice change or abrupt “cutting out” or “dropping out” of the vocals.2. Hearing two pitches simultaneously3. Hoarseness in your voice (fairly severe)

4. Hearing a flutter in your voice

5. Significantly decreased range, particularly higher notes on your register.

6. Difficulty holding pitch

7. Neck pain

8. Throat discomfort, pain or tightness

Diagnosing a Vocal Hemorrhage-

Here is a great video on diagnosing a hemorrhage from VocalHealth.Org

Self-Check
As quietly as possible, try to sing a basic five note scale in the middle of your range. You may have a vocal…

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VOCAL HEMORRHAGES – DIAGNOSING AND TREATING

Famous for briefly taking down Grammy-winning artist Adele–Diagnosing the Vocal Hemorrhage.
Adele opened up about her vocal polyp surgery in 2012.

Adele opened up about her vocal surgery in 2012.

 

What is a Vocal Hemorrhage?

A hemorrhage is a bleeding into the vocal fold or vocal chord tissue.

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What are the Symptoms?
1. The most common symptom of a vocal hemorrhage is a sudden voice change or abrupt “cutting out” or “dropping out” of the vocals.2. Hearing two pitches simultaneously3. Hoarseness in your voice (fairly severe)

4. Hearing a flutter in your voice

5. Significantly decreased range, particularly higher notes on your register.

6. Difficulty holding pitch

7. Neck pain

8. Throat discomfort, pain or tightness

Diagnosing a Vocal Hemorrhage-

Here is a great video on diagnosing a hemorrhage from VocalHealth.Org

Self-Check
As quietly as possible, try to sing a basic five note scale in the middle of your range. You may have a vocal hemorrhage if:1. This task is difficult to impossible
2. This task is painful or causes discomfort
3. Your vocals crack or drop out
4. You drop down in your range to adjust for the discomfortA clinical diagnosis of a hemorrhage will reveal a pool of blood inside the vocal folds.

How to treat a Vocal Hemorrhage

First and foremost–if you think you have a vocal hemorrhage…STOP SPEAKING OR SINGING. REST.
Another great video from VocalHealth.Org
Arnica

Arnica


Start resting your voice and consult a vocal doctor immediately-the sooner a hemorrhage is discovered and treated, the more simple the treatment and the faster the recovery. In addition to vocal rest, a doctor may prescribe arnica (a natural plant native to Europe and Russia also produced by early North American settlers to treat sore throats, as a febrifuge, and to improve circulation. Homeopathic uses included the treatment of surgical or accidental trauma, as an analgesic, and in the treatment of postoperative thrombophlebitis and pulmonary emboli). The use of arnica is so that blood can absorb more quickly. Steroids may also be used in treatment to decrease inflammation of the vocal fold.

If the hemorrhage is severe, you may require surgery.

If you believe you may have a vocal hemorrhage, contact the Colorado Voice Clinic at ColoradoVoiceClinic.com.

Cold weather season is here. Protect your vocal chords with some of these helpful tips.

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1. Wear a scarf to keep the throat and neck warm.

The muscles in the neck surround the larynx which houses the vocal folds. Sudden cold temperatures or walking in cold weather without a scarf causes the body to hunch in an effort to keep warm, causing the muscles in the neck can squeeze inward, hence their name of constrictor muscles. Wearing a scarf also gives you that extra bit of fabric to bring up over your mouth and nose, which warms the air before it reaches your pharynx (throat) and lungs.

2. Breathe only through the nose and out through nose and mouth.

Breathing through your nose warms the air traveling through your vocal folds and adds more moisturize before hitting your larynx and lungs.

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3. Stay hydrated

Cold air is typically much more dry than warmer climates or seasons, so you need to drink even more water than usual to stay hydrated.  Aim to consume half of your body weight in ounces of water. 100lbs = 50 ounces of water for your daily target.

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4. Invest in a  humidifier

Heated air from a furnace or fireplace is drier can dry out the air in your home.  Any time your environment’s humidity is lower than 35% it’s too low for singers and very drying to the vocal tract.  Using a humidifier is a great way to counter the drying effects of your furnace or fireplace.

5. Drink warm liquids

A warm drink will help warm the areas around the larynx.

hot tea

6. Acclimate

Acclimate yourself to its surroundings and allow your body, larynx and lungs to get up to temperature.

7. Warm Up Properly

Just like an athlete needs extra time warming up their muscles in cold weather, so does a singer when it comes to warming up your vocals when the temperature dips.

 

If you need to see vocal doctor or ENT specialist, contact the Colorado Voice Clinic.

Sorry Chocolate Lovers…

 

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If you are suffering from acid reflux, contact the Colorado Voice Clinic – ColoradoVoiceClinic.com

Acid reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (the circularmuscle that acts as a gate between the esophagus and stomach) loosens too easily or does not maintain its tone. This loosening allows caustic gastric acid to backwash into the esophagus, causing difficulty swallowing, wheezing, shortness of breath, persistent dry cough, hoarseness, and the feeling that you have a lump in your throat (Health.USnews).

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