60 Second Vocal Health Care Episode 1: Hydration

Are you in need of a health care routine that keeps your voice in great shape? You've come to the right place!

Let's talk hydration. Did you know that we need both systemic and local hydration? Coffee, alcohol, dehydrated airplane cabins and some medications can cause our vocal folds to become dehydrated. 

So, everyone knows we are supposed to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day, right? It is especially important for us because the water we drink goes to all the other parts of our body first and only reaches our vocal folds LAST!

We also need local hydration and after searching long and hard I have finally found the steamer of my dreams!  I recommend the Vicks Steam Inhaler available on Amazon and eBay. Five minutes, twice per day breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth and remembering it takes two weeks for the effects to build up in the system. Quick note: Do not use the medicated pads and Eucalyptus oil included in the box. Contrary to popular belief eucalyptus oil is actually very drying to the vocal folds!

Now, you may well ask, "so, why do I need to hydrate my vocal folds?"  Well, because it is a lot easier to vibrate vocal folds that are like paper then it is to vibrate vocal folds that are like sandpaper!

Bonus feature: Steaming also offers great relief for a host of sinus issues!

Stay tuned for episode 2 of the Vocal Health Care Series where I'll be sharing tips and 60 second videos on how singers/actors/professional voice users can cultivate greater vocal resilience and stamina.

So, until next time, happy hydrating!