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PHLEGM (PART 2)

HOW TO GET RID OF MUCUS:
*Always sleep with your head lift up.
*Inhaling of steam by covering your head with a tick towel.
*Prevent dryness at home by using humidifiers especially when you’re living in a dusty environment
*Smoke and smoking should be avoided.
*Medically proven herbs helps in the breakage of mucus
*Drink a lot of water because water is life.

PHLEGM OR THROAT MUCUS

Phlegm or throat mucus is one of the dangerous things that can destroyed  the voice yet looks insignificant. I decided to talk about it becuase I have recieved so many questions about it this week. As a singer or speaker, you need to be getting it out of your system by daily exercise. My name is GINA DOE and you can call me the VOICE ANATOMIST. On Facebook, YouTube, Google, Quora, Pinterest and Instagram it’s GINA DOE. On Twitter it’s GIDOE’S WORLD and on Snapchat it’s VOICEANATOMY.

Our bodies produce up to 1.5 litre a day whether you are sick or healthy. The mucus clog in our throat when we are sick and that make a lot of people think that our bodies produce mucus only when we are sick.

CAUSES OF THICK THROAT MUCUS:

*Allergies and sore throat can cause thick throat mucus.

*Post-nasal drip can cause mucus to drop from the back of our nose down the throat which will cause the throat mucus to thickens over time.

*Croup is a viral infection which causes the voice box and the windpipe to widen up. As a matter of fact, all kinds of infections for example LARYNGITIS, PHARYNGITIS, PNEUMONIA, SINUSITIS?TUBERCULOSIS, TONSILITIS, EPIGLOTITIS to mention but a few cause throat mucus to thickens.

*Pregnancy is one of the main causes of throat mucus. Why? Because pregnancy causes the blood flow in your mucous membranes to increase. In response to the additonal blood volume, the lining of your sinuses and nasal passageways tends to sxell, sometimes restricting your airflow. Have you ever wondered why the noses of most pregnant women swollen? Very practical!

SYMPTOMS OF THROAT MUCUS: throat congestion, coughing out mucus, phlegm and shortness of breath.

*Some foods can cause throat mucus to thicken. For instance:

*Caffeine especially the variety found in soda.

*Alcohol

*Foods with gluten. Avoid such foods especially when you are allergic to them.

*The eating of too much banana. I remember as a kid I was told banana makes you sing good. So I used to eat that too much. But as I was growing I started noticing of accumulated throat mucus which was making my singing gets bad. Then I went to my doctor and he told me that I eat too much banana. So I wasn’t shocked when I was told at school that too much banana makes throat mucus thickens.

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To be continue…

 

LOSING YOUR VOICE IS A SYMPTOM AND NOT A CONDITION

 

 

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Losing your voice is a symptom and not a condition itself, says Paul Bryson, MD, Laryngology Section Head and Director of the Voice Center at Clevelend Clinic.

Before I studied Voice Physiology, I knew this fact. Why? because losing my voice is always a warning to me that I’m not healthy. I remember sharing in one of my blogs how I discovered that I had developed stomach ulcer years ago. It was through losing my voice on a regular basis which was unusual of me.

Some singers think that losing voice is a condition and this makes them believe that that is who and how they are. This is never true. Nobody is or was born with a losing voice condition. Losing your voice should rather be a signal to you that something is wrong with you. I woke up last week and realised I couldn’t talk. My voice was gone. I rushed to my doctor for a check only to discover that I had an infection which I’m still recovering from. I’m following my doctor’s advice and praying to recover fully after some days.

When a child is born the medical assitants expect the baby to cry with a clear voice. When they hear something else, they suspect that something isn’t right with the baby. They examine the baby and treat the baby after diagnosing. This is the best way to explain to you that losing your voice isn’t a condition.

STEPS TO FOLLOW TO PREVENT OR RECOVER FROM LOSING VOICE

*ENOUGH REST: your biggest weapon to fight losing voice is by sleeping more than enough. Every part of your body is tired too when you are tired including your vocal cords.

*KEEP SILENT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE: try your very best not to talk at all especially when you have a concert. Keep yourself away from noisy area because it might cause you to be shouting.

*CANCEL EVERY PERFORMANCE: it’s better not to sing at all and recover than to try to sing to please people and end up destroying your music career and your vocal cords forever. I did cancelled a big concert in Brussels with Joe Mettle last week when I felt sick.

*DRINK WATER: keeping our bodies hydrated is more than necessary to our health which includes our vocal cords.

*SEE YOUR DOCTOR!

 

PERFORMANCE PREPARATION (PART TWO)

So as I said the last time preparation before a singing performance entails a lot. I would want to continue. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Google, YouTube, Quora, Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram (GINA DOE). On SnapChat is VOICEANATOMY.

We gonna discuss the next two point which are very crucial. These are:

*PREPARING ARTISTICALLY: Becuase some singers would want to please the organiser or the crowd, they are pressurised to choose songs above their range. They are forced by themselves to choose difficult songs. Some even choose a new song that they don’t even know the lyrics or aren’t familiar with it. For it is better to choose a very simply but nice songs which you are familair with the lyrics and would be able to deliver even more than your best than to choose complicated songs and embarrass yourself. Never think that there’s an easy song. Learn it when it’s new. If it’s an old song, listen over and over again as if it’s a new song. Rehearse with your band to be sure you have it in your head.

*TECHNICAL PREPARATION: This is the stage most singers take lightly and end them up in a big mess. Since you are not singing acappella, you must make sure the instruments are good. In the part one, I recommended having a manager. Because he would do this part for you. Good intruments including the microphones are very much important as they can spoil your well-planned concert. The stage must be of a good quality because accident is bound to happen when an anyhow stage is been used. Good lighting really lightings the performance. So it should be considered.

Don’t forget to wake your voice an hour before singing with voice warm-ups and to drink something warm (caffeine-free) right before climbing the stage.

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PERFORMANCE PREPARATION (PART ONE)

What the BIG STARS do that we don’t is what we call preparation. Whether it’s a big or small concert, time has to be putted into it. The professionals know that it’s their job to deliver since that is what gives them money. Most singer do singing as a part-job. This makes them not putting in much effort which is more than wrong. Never take any singing performance for granted. Because you don’t know what would come out of it.

Here are a few tips to help you through your preparation.:

*PHYSICAL PREPARATION:

Be concious of all the activities you do at least a week before the concert. Anything that drains you of energy shouldn’t be encouraged. Make sure you eat enough to give you energy. DON’T OVER EAT TOO as it will cause your vocal folds to be lazy. Drink more water and soup. Sleep enough at least 8 hours a day especially in the night. Alloow your body to be massaged by professionals. Being in warm bath can also help.

*GOOD PLANNING:

Here is where a good manager comes in. When there’s a poor organisation from your rehearsals to your trip to the location to your accomodation, you’ll be stressed out which will affect your performance seriously. When you don’t have a manager, delicate some of your duties to a friend or family. My brother Prince Robert Doe has being doing a lot of things for me and it’s for free. Never try to do everything alone. You will get crushed.

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GASTRIC REFLUX

So this is a continuation of the last section about EFFECTS OF GASTRIC REFLUX ON THE VOICE. I made I decision to study vocal and do much more research into it even though it’s very expensive.

The consequences of GASTRIC REFLUX on my voice was terrible. I even lost strength to stand on my feet to even sing. I could hardly open my mouth to talk not to talk of singing. I suffered worse even in the night. The heart burns was more than worse in the night. The pain and the tears was increasing.

After been able to enrol in a vocal school and started the study of the PHYSIOLOGY OF THE VOICE, I realised that health plays a major role in our voices. The state of your health determines the state of your voice. Believe or not but that’s the truth.

Take in Citrus juice such as orange juice are very good for Vitamin C. But I always ask my students to dilute with water. Everything is good. But the abuse of it is harmful. Even honey is very good as it soothes the throat. Yet dilute it with water. Water is life remember.

If you are already suffering from GASTRIC REFLUX follow these tips and see your doctor for more:

*Avoid late eating

*Water at least 2 litres of water a day

*Avoid drinking coffee and the eating or drinking of cholate

*Sleep with your head raised on pillows (as if you are sitting)

*Don’t eat too much especially when you having a concert in a few days times.

*See your doctor.

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CAN GASTRIC REFLUX (HEART BURNS) AFFECT YOUR VOICE?

Every teacher was the best in the class when he/she was young. Nobody wants to share their failures in life with others. Everybody wants everyone to think that they were never losers. But I want to share my personal experience with gastric reflux. Most of the things I teacher are from experience. I even go far to the extend of experimenting the things I learned at the vocal school.

Anyone who really knows me, knows that I’m addicted to singing. I can sing for three or more hours provided the musicians are good. I mean really good. But in 2011 after the birth of my second child, I realised that my voice was always gone after singing whether it was longer time or shorter. I would rest by sleeping to recover. This kept on for a while. But because I’d not studied vocals then, I couldn’t figure what the problem was.

I remember telling my Mama one day and her response was that “you sing too much. You need to reduce the time of singing.” But the truth was that I’d not change the time of singing. I suspected something was wrong with me. Then I told my husband since he studied music. He then asked me to consult a Voice Anatomist. It was the first time of hearing that word. I went to my Music Director then Rev. Ebenezer Acheampong who asked to study myself for a week and if I don’t figure the problem out, I should come back to him. I did just that and on the fifth day I realised that I’d had GASTRIC REFLUX for some time. I wrote it down. The day before singing in the church which was a Saturday evening, I’d a serious heart burns. I wrote it down again. Then comes Sunday, I couldn’t sing for even  thirty minutes and my voice was gone.

After discussing with Rev. Eben (Music Director), we concluded I should see a doctor. I made an appointment with my Doctor. She prescribed a medicine for me and the heart burn stopped. The following week, I could singing for more than 3 hours without having any difficulties or loosing my voice.

The problem came back after the medicine was finished and it was even worse. I got a new stronger drug which also helped till it was finished. Then I got to the level of anti-biotics. I took it for some time. But I decided to find a natural to solve that problem and that was what made me study voce physiology when I got to Belgium.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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