Your voice is a gift that allows you to express and be heard.  It helps you to articulate what’s on your mind.  It makes up a great part of who you are.

Voice makes communication easier.  People’s intellects and great minds are easily seen when they speak up.  Great statesmen, orators, salesmen, teachers, lawyers, artists, singers, and even ordinary folks use their voices to successfully practice their professions or cope up with the day to day demands of living.

Your voice comes from two vocal chords in your voice box.  You need to maintain the health of these organs to keep the quality of your voice.  Here are some of the ways to keep your voice “healthy:”

1. Drink sufficient amounts of water everyday.

Water is important to keep your vocal chords moist and to keep up with the throat’s natural mucus production.  Drinking two liters or six to eight glasses a day would be sufficient to sustain the body’s hydration needs.

But you need to take note that if you are a frequent coffee or alcoholic drinks drinker, you should drink more water because caffeine and alcohol can speed up the loss of water from your body.

If you are also engaged in regular physical activities, you should drink more water to re-hydrate and compensate for the fluids that you lost during the exercise.  You may not know it, but dehydration can affect your voice.

3. Maintain good posture.

Good posture helps to give you an easy, confident voice when you speak.  Improper posture can strain your vocal chords; it can result in a sloppy voice.

4. Practice deep breathing.

Confident speaking needs an adequate supply of air in the lungs.  Deep breathing involves the natural flow of air into your lungs and squeezing them all out in perfect rhythm.

5. Speak naturally.

Avoid speaking too high or too low; this can cause a strain in your voice box and affect your voice.  Be natural when you speak.

6. Avoid prolonged talking

Avoid talking unnecessarily.  Excessive talking can strain your vocal chords and damage your voice.  It is one of the most common causes of voice problems of radio announcers and talk show hosts.

7. Don’t shout, yell or scream.

Voice abuse or overuse your vocal chords by screaming, yelling and shouting.  These can strain your vocal chords and damage your voice.  This is one of the consequences of attending an intense sports competition.

8. Avoid clearing your throat too often.

Frequent clearing of the throat can irritate your vocal chords.  Throat-clearing is induced by a feeling of mucus that is produced in the throat.

You can stop or prevent throat mucus by inhaling steam from a tub of hot water or by gargling with warm water and salt.

9. Treat cough as soon as it infects you.  Coughing can cause irritation in your throat.

10. Quit smoking.

Smoking can cause swelling of your vocal chords and it can adversely affect the quality of your voice.  So if you are a singer or a radio broadcaster, you should avoid smoking to protect your throat, your voice, and your lungs.

11. Avoid spicy foods and late night meals.

Spicy foods and late night meals trigger acidity in your stomach and it can lead to acid reflux which can negatively affect your vocal chords.

Your voice is one of the most important things you need in order to be understood.  You should take care of it.  Keeping a healthy voice is part of maintaining your overall health.