Braving the Cold Weather? 5 Ways To Protect Your Voice During Winter Outdoor Activities

Whether you are a weekend warrior on the slopes or heading out to watch Sunday night football, even a few minutes of exposure to cold winter temperatures can be harmful on your pipes.

So, if you are planning on heading out in this upcoming cold snap, venturing to a football game or hitting the high altitude Rocky Mountain resorts, you should definitely pay attention.

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Homemade Vapor Rub – Natural Congestion Relief

There is nothing worse than being plagued by chest congestion and a blocked respiratory system. A common cold can feel like it is literally sucking the air and life out of your chest, making breathing a chore, and sleep nearly impossible.

Over the counter medication and that ultra-strong minty rub are some of the most effective ways to clear congestion and give your body relief, but the abundance of chemicals and manufactured ingredients can be less than desirable. Luckily, the natural alternatives can be just as effective as the over-the-counter products, and you can even have fun with different scents if you don’t want a nose full of pure menthol.

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Professional Voice Blog | Super Herbs & Spices - Mint

SUPER HERBS & SPICES – MINT + BEST SMOOTHIE TO BOOST YOUR MOOD, IMMUNE SYSTEM & BEAT THE BELLY BLOAT

It is one of the most popular breath fresheners, a regular accompaniment to lamb, a go-to dessert garnish, and an effective indigestion remedy. The herb that we are all familiar with, yet know so little about is mint.

There are over twenty species of mint, the most common being peppermint and spearmint, however hybridized forms of the herb can range from fruit-flavored varieties to chocolate mint…most commonly used for after-dinner mints and in dessert applications.

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Five Things You Can Do to Combat High Altitude’s Harmful Effects on Your Voice

Even if you live in high altitude environments, your body is not immune to the harsh conditions of the mountain air. Artists, speakers, or professionals who make frequent trips to climates like the Rocky Mountains have experienced first hand the drying effects of high altitude. The air is thinner, the humidity is low to non-existent, and the lack of oxygen can naturally cause you to develop some harmful habits that leave your throat, nose, and mouth feeling like the Arizona desert – not ideal at all for professionals speakers or singers.

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LARYNGITIS – At Home Treatment to Help Soothe Symptoms

As winter descends upon us, so does the influx of cold and flu causing viruses, which lead to more severe illnesses like laryngitis or bronchitis.

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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

TOP ORAC-RATED SUPERFOODS TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY THIS WINTER

Winter is upon us, which means the dreaded cold and flu season. For most of us, a simple cold is just a nuisance, but for a professional vocalist or speaker, that pesky cold can be a serious problem. The best way to get prevent a cold is to keep your immune system healthy and fueled to combat germs and bacteria introduced during these upcoming cold weather months.

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