Ten of the Easiest Ways to Maintain Your Professional Voice

Just like the rest of your muscles, your voice requires healthy habits to stay in top shape. Especially if you require the use of your voice for your profession, simple things like drinking water and breathing properly can help keep you off costly and annoying vocal rest…or more severe problems with your valuable pipes.

Here are ten of the easiest ways you can keep your vocals in peak condition every day:

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THE OIL PULL

Although the oil pulling fad seems relatively new, it is actually an ancient Ayurvedic Indian tradition. The practice of oil pulling has been used for thousands of years to improve oral and systematic health, treating everything from sore throats and migraines to gum disease and asthma.

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Bronchitis on Tour? Fight it at the After Party with These Super-Fruit Recipes

 

Bronchitis is a singer’s nightmare. But unfortunately, when you’re on the road-the show (and the party) must go on. Taking your doctor subscribed medicine is a must, but we all know that sometimes you need to keep up appearances…and a bottle of cough medicine cocktail isn’t always on the menu at the after party.

If you are fighting a sore throat, cold, or nasty bronchitis, try this organic and sneaky trick to keep your symptoms down and spirits up.

The secret? Pineapple juice.

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Fresh pineapples and pineapple juice contain bromelain, a powerful protein-digesting, or proteolytic, enzyme that reduces muscle and tissue inflammation, fluid retention in the nasal membranes (for allergy or sinusitis sufferers) and can even be used to aid in digestion.

If you experience any symptoms that are indicative of bronchitis, consult a physician. But for good measure, increase the amount of pineapple juice in your daily diet to ease the inflammation and coughing.

Pineapple juice is particularly handy if you need to keep up appearances and be social. Order a cheeky NON ALCOHOLIC pineapple cocktail from the bar and nobody will know the difference.

Here are some of our favorites:

 

Bay Teeze

•1 & 1/2 oz. non-alcoholic peach schnapps
•3 oz. pineapple juice
•6 oz. cranberry juice
Mix all ingredients together and garnish with slice of lime and strawberry.

 

Breeze

•6 oz. cranberry juice
•6 oz. pineapple juice

Pour, mix, enjoy.

 

Banana Shake

•1/2 banana
•3 oz. pineapple juice
•3 oz. orange juice

Combine all ingredients in a blender filled 1/2 with ice and serve in a large glass. Garnish with banana slice.

 

Understanding & Treating Sleep Apnea

 

Sleep is one of the most important things you can do not only for your professional voice, but your general health–but both are closely related. Breathing and the proper function of your respiratory system are vital to a healthy sleeping pattern. Those who experience difficulty breathing at night may be suffering from sleep apnea and should seek advice from a specialist

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Chicken Soup to Soothe Your Voice…And Fight Bronchitis

Chicken Soup

A study conducted by the University of Nebraska tested 13 brands of chicken soup, finding that all but one successfully fought the flu. Aside from chicken flavored ramen, the study found that chicken soup blocked the migration of inflammatory white cells which cause flu and cold symptoms by accumulating in the bronchial tubes.

 

The study concluded that cooked chicken releases the amino acid cysteine, chemically resembling the bronchitis drug acetylcysteine (Prevention.com). Additionally, chicken soup’s thick broth and salt content keeps your mucus thin and clear from phlegm.

Spicy foods can irritate your throat and the spicier the food, the more irritation…which means the more wear and tear on your throat and vocal chords.

Spicy foods can irritate your throat and the spicier the food, the more irritation…which means the more wear and tear on your throat and vocal chords.

Avoid too much spice but feel free to add garlic to your soup recipe to add additional immune boosting properties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want more advice or need to speak with an ENT specialist, visit us at the ColoradoVoiceClinic.com

 

For a fantastic chicken soup recipe, we recommend this recipe from Tyler Florence.

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Tyler Florence’ Chicken Soup

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

Chicken Noodle Soup
Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
Prep:
2 hr
Cook:
20 min
Yield:4 servings
Level:Intermediate
Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium carrots, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 celery ribs, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
4 fresh thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
2 quarts chicken stock, recipe follows
8 ounces dried wide egg noodles
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Chicken Stock:
1 whole free-range chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds), rinsed, giblets discarded
2 carrots, cut in large chunks
3 celery stalks, cut in large chunks
2 large white onions, quartered
1 head of garlic, halved
1 turnip, halved
1/4 bunch fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

Directions

Place a soup pot over medium heat and coat with the oil. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf. Cook and stir for about 6 minutes, until the vegetables are softened but not browned. Pour in the chicken stock and bring the liquid to a boil. Add the noodles and simmer for 5 minutes until tender. Fold in the chicken, and continue to simmer for another couple of minutes to heat through; season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

Chicken Stock:
Place the chicken and vegetables in a large stockpot over medium heat. Pour in only enough cold water to cover (about 3 quarts); too much will make the broth taste weak. Toss in the thyme, bay leaves, and peppercorns, and allow it to slowly come to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and gently simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, partially covered, until the chicken is done. As it cooks, skim any impurities that rise to the surface; add a little more water if necessary to keep the chicken covered while simmering.

Carefully remove the chicken to a cutting board. When its cool enough to handle, discard the skin and bones; hand-shred the meat into a storage container.

Carefully strain the stock through a fine sieve into another pot to remove the vegetable solids. Use the stock immediately or if you plan on storing it, place the pot in a sink full of ice water and stir to cool down the stock. Cover and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze.

Yield: 2 quarts

Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/chicken-noodle-soup-recipe0.print.html?oc=linkback

RELAX! Vocal Relaxation Techniques

Just like the muscles in your body, your voice also needs to be exercised regularly.

And just like your full body workout, you should properly warm up your vocal chords and supporting muscles to keep your voice performing at peak condition.

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