Hi Singers. I just got a great question about keeping your vocal cords hydrated, and thought I’d share it with you along with my reply.
A friend of ours who is currently finishing her degree in voice asked:
I have heard several times a singer must drink water to keep the voice hydrated. My question is, along with drinking a great deal of water should a singer also spray the nasal passages to achieve hydration in this area as well?
Vocal Coach Reply:
That’s a very good question, and here are my thoughts. Drinking water (1/2 your body weights in ounces. 150lb=75 oz) is systemic hydration and absolutely necessary. Did you know that during a full concert a singer can loose as much as a gallon of water just through the breath and perspiration? If you’re in a dry environment (heated/air conditioned) even more moisture is pulled from you body and your water intake needs to be increased.
As for adding a topical lubricant to the sinuses and nasal passages I recommend Entertainer’s Secret which is what we sell. We know the ENT who invented it and it’s great. It helps with dryness from lots of vocal use as well as the drying side effects of most medications. So, there you have it. Systemic and topical. Both necessary.
One more critical thought on the topical moisturizing is this: When you are dry and crusty in the nasal passages and sinuses those areas don’t sympathetically vibrate and resonate when you use your voice. That makes you tend to push because you’re not “feeling” the sensations of a moist and supple “speaker cabinet.” Spraying the Entertainer’s Secret into the nasal passages gives and instant suppleness and vibrance you can feel. That, in turn, gives peace even in stressful situations when adrenaline is making you even more dry.
Hope this helps. Sing well, and let my know your questions.