When it comes to singing, your diet plays a crucial part in how good or bad your voice will sound. The truth is that everything we eat and drink has an effect on our bodies. this is why as a singer it is crucial to have a good diet and to drink the right stuff. If you follow famous singers and artists on social media you have probably already noticed that most of them eat pretty clean and stay well hydrated especially before they have to sing.
The best drinks for your singing voice are water, decaffeinated tea, throat coat tea, peppermint tea, cucumber water, honey and lemon water, wild white moss tea, aloe vera drink, licorice root tea, ginger tea, onion syrup, maple syrup, and even steam inhalers.
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Some would even claim that what you drink as a singer is even more important than what you eat, although this is true in some cases not all of them. If you lead a relatively healthy lifestyle and have a good diet than drinking the right stuff will only help your singing voice even further. However, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle with a bad diet, no matter what you will drink you might find that your singing voice is not improving as fast as it should.
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Let’s get down to basics, water is by far one of the best drinks for singers. Although many singers know how important water is for the singing voice most have no clue why it is so. Water when it is ingested it will be absorbed fairly fast and your body doesn’t have to waste almost any energy on digesting it, so not only water hydrates you but it also conserves a lot of energy which you will use for singing.
On the other hand, if you drink sodas all day long your liver will have to break down all the sugar contained in it and your stomach will use up a lot of energy to absorb it. Drinking sodas in addition to putting a strain on your energy levels it also dehydrates you as digesting the contents of a soda actually uses up much more water than the soda contains, this is why you get even thirstier after you drink a soda.
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Drinking warm decaffeinated tea is ideal for singers but you have to keep in mind that it has to be decaffeinated as caffeine tends to harm your singing voice. My personal recommendation is to drink warm green tea and to avoid at all cost tea mixes as most of them do have teas in them that have caffeine in them. Do note that the green tea should be consumed without any sugar, if you do not like the taste of it you can add some honey and lemon to spice it up a bit.
Throat Coat Tea
If you are not familiar with throat coat teas than you should definitely try them out as it can do miracles for your singing voice. Usually, these teas contain a mix of marshmallow root, slippery elm and licorice root which all have coating properties, meaning they will make a protective coat on your vocal cords. These teas are especially useful if you have long sections of singing and especially during the cold season.
Peppermint tea is one of my favorite teas for singing, it not only hydrates you but it also clears your throat and nasal area as well. Although not everybody is a fan of the peppermint tea due to the spiciness of it, but if you can handle it your voice will sound a lot better after having it. A simple trick which I picked up a few years ago is that the warmer or hotter the tea is the spicier it feels, so if you do not like the spiciness than you can drink it lukewarm and still get all the positive benefits for your voice.
Cucumber water is especially good for singers who have an active lifestyle and are prone to dehydration due to their lifestyle. Cucumber water has a lot of health benefits but for singers, one of the best benefits is that it will keep you hydrated a lot longer than a simple cup of water. The trick is to also consume the cucumber in the water, just make sure you slice them up in small pieces. Once you drink the cucumber water and ingest all of its content your body will absorb the water and the water contained in the cucumber itself, which will lead to you being hydrated for a longer period of time.
Honey and lemon water
This is by far one of the easiest drinks for singers, organic honey doesn’t really have an expiration date so you can store it almost indefinitely. Just add a tablespoon or two of honey in a cup, add a couple of slices of lemons and add warm water. While you are stirring it to make sure to crush the lemons so the vitamins and minerals get released in the water, in addition to this it is also a good idea to eat the lemon slices after you have had your drink.
The honey in the water will make a protective coat on your vocal cords and the extra vitamin C from the lemons will help your voice to sound a lot clearer than before.
Wild white moss tea
If you are a fan of teas you ill find this one especially useful for your singers, while this does not make a protective coat on your vocal cords it has other health benefits which come with it when ingested, it is especially beneficial for your throat and lungs. Do note that wild white moss tea comes from the Himalayan region and keep an eye on the region where it is produced as there are a lot of teas claiming to have wild white moss in them when they actually don’t.
Aloe Vera drink
Aloe Vera has a lot of health benefits, it is extremely good for your stomach, lungs and for your throat. If you wake up one day with a sore throat and drink an Aloe Vera drink and you will find that within minutes your voice is a lot clearer and your sore throat is no longer hurting. My personal recommendation is to get the ones which have chunks of Aloe Vera in them, usually, these ones are thicker than water but that is normal.
Most shops sell these directly from the fridge, while it will maintain all of its benefits even if it is cold, but if you are a singer my recommendation is to drink it when it has room temperature.
Licorice root tea
Licorice root tea when ingested makes a protective coat on your vocal cords, protecting them from strain and dehydration. While most people are not a fan of its taste, it is still a very good drink for singers due to its protective qualities. Do note that the hotter the tea is the more powerful the licorice taste it has, so if you are not a fan of its taste try to drink it lukewarm.
I have been using ginger tea for years, especially before a long singing session. Ginger tea can do miracles for your voice and it even helps you avoid injuries to your vocal cords. If you need more information about how beneficial is ginger-tea for your voice, check out my recent article Is ginger good for the voice.
If you are a beginner singer you have probably not heard of onion syrup. The truth is that there are a lot of successful singers who use onions in one form or another for making their voice better. Onions are especially healthy for your lungs, it not only helps you breathe easier and better but it also eliminates the mucus-forming in your lungs and even vocal cords after long periods of singing.
You can find onion syrup in herbal remedies shops or you can create your own by chopping the onions adding some honey and crushing them together.
Maple syrup combined with decaffeinated teas is excellent for sore throat, in fact, it is very similar to the health benefits of honey, which is the protective coating and a very strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The maple syrup is especially good for new singers who often force themselves to sing higher notes and thus end up straining their voice.
While this is not an actual drink, but by using a steam inhaler you will in fact hydrate yourself. Some singers do have a daily routine which has the usage of a steam inhaler incorporated, some singers swear it makes their voice better while others think it is only a placebo effect. Everybody reacts differently and if you are a beginner singer you should try it out and see if it works for you or not.
When it come s to the best drink for the singing voice, there is not only one magical drink. Most singers experiment with a lot of different drinks before they can see noticeable effects on their voice, once they find which drinks work the best for their voice they usually incorporate it in their daily diet, and so should you.