Good drinks for the voice:Part7 Coffee

I will now review how the voice relates to specific kinds of drinks, in a series.
This is part 7: “Coffee”.
There are so many people who like a coffee. I personally also like coffee, and I used to only drink coffee from my personal coffee maker. Nowadays, I sometimes drink coffee in a Starbucks or a restaurant.
I’ve tested whether coffee affects the voice or not.
The test subjects are people who are really sensitive about how their voice sounds. I did not disclose to them any details whatsoever of this test, and let them drink only a coffee and a water before singing. I then asked them, after singing a few songs, “How is your voice doing?”
They responded, “yeah, so/so, fine, or, not very good today.” I then asked them, “what do you think is the reason to cause you problems with your voice?”
No one stated that the ‘coffee’ had caused the issue.
I’m not sure this result was completely accurate, because the test subjects were a select few. Based on the results, I don’t think that coffee significantly negatively affected the voice. Or that these results were at all related to the amount caffeine in the coffee.
There are two effects of caffeine in relation to singing.
The first effect being that the caffeine activates the sympathetic, and your singing is going to be aggressive. Which may be good for singing ‘Hard Rock or Heavy Metal.’ The second effect is that the caffeine is a diuretic, and will make you more likely to need to use the restroom shortly after drinking it.
In conclusion, if you don’t drink coffee too often or excessively, it will not have a negative affect on your voice.



Good drinks for the voice:Part6 Tea

I will now review how the voice relates to specific kinds of drinks, in a series.
This is part 6: “Tea”.
Other than soda I think a lot of people prefer to drink tea. Its varied forms and tastes have been around for ages. I’ve surveyed many people by asking,”Have you ever had any problems when you drink tea before singing?” The responses were: “No problem, I never mind, I always get a dry throat if I drink tea, I often feel weird in my mouth and have some problems singing.” So, there were many different opinions.
Tea is a very popular drink, like coffee, all over the world. There are so many varieties such as green tea, black tea, lemon tea, peach tea, raspberry tea, chamomile, and oolong tea, etc. But, the fact of the matter is, all kinds of tea are made by the same tea plant and making different flavors just depends on the process used.
The most famous component of tea is tannin and wine also has this.
The tannin makes a bitter taste and the catechin is part of tannin, like polyphenol.
The catechin combines with the proteins on the tongue, the oral or the pharyngeal mucosa and causes ‘Astringent.’
The Astringent is that which tends to shrink or constrict body tissues by the proteins. People can feel the bitter taste of the astringent, as it is very distinctive.
Therefore, I think the bitter taste may be more of a pain rather than the taste.
It’s known that the tannin tends to suppress secretion from the mucosa.
The vocal cord cannot vibrate properly if it’s not wet. Therefore, the vocal cord must be moist with secretions.
If the secretions gets less in the oral cavity or the pharynx, the vocal cord gets dry and affects the voice negatively.
That’s why, when people say, “I always get a dry throat if I drink a tea,” it is true.
Furthermore, it gets harder to make the vibrato and easier to get a hoarse voice due to the dryness.
Of course, this fact does not apply to everyone. So, if you do not mind, please enjoy a tea.
Many teas even possess components which can relax people and have positive effects on their singing.


Note: Please be aware of the three things if you drink a tea before or during singing:
(1) Choose mild tea
(2)Avoid drinking tea that is too hot, because the speed will intensify the drying of the throat
(3)Drink tea with water(natural water at the room temperature)

Good drinks for the voice:Part5 Milk

I will now review how the voice relates to specific kinds of drinks, in a series.
This is part 5: “Milk”.


Most people have experienced the feeling of having sputum in the back of their throat, when and after drinking milk.
This is because coagulation is made by the casein of milk and the saliva in the mouth, by means of a chemical reaction. Casein is a protein in milk.
I don’t believe that the coagulation comes from the piriform recess, by means of sticking to the vocal cord and obstructing the vocal cord from vibrating. However, it might cause an adverse effect on vocalizing, somewhat, because the coagulation is made in the mouth.
Opera singers and vocalists who are required to sing delicately, especially don’t prefer to have milk soon before singing.
Try this test: Drink milk and then rinse your mouth out with water. If you still feel some coagulation in your mouth even after rinsing, you should definitely refrain from drinking milk before singing.


The above mark is place, which is easy to stick the coagulation of milk(near the pharyngeal wall).

Note:Other dairy products have the same affects on vocalization, such as a yogurt.

Good drinks for the voice: Part4 The facts of Soda

Sodas are a good beverage choice for refreshment. I think a lot of people prefer to drink soda when singing Karaoke.
After much research I have figured out how soda affects the voice.
I have said before, that drinking liquids does not impact the vocal cord directly. Sodas contains one thing that other drinks do not, and that is ‘carbonation.’
Soda enters the body through the mouth, travels through the esophagus, and finally isolates the carbon dioxide in the stomach.
The carbon dioxide comes back out of the mouth from the stomach, through the esophagus, and makes a burp.
I’ve investigated before how to move the throat when people have to burp.
Generally when swallowing, they move the thyroid cartilage up, and any food then transfers to the stomach by using the epiglottis. Meanwhile when burping, most people expel out the air from the stomach by moving the thyroid cartilage down.
In some cases (not often) people never move the thyroid cartilage when burping.
If the thyroid cartilage is moved down, it causes the Sternohyoid muscle and the Sternothyroid muscle to contract and obstructs movement of the cricothyroid muscle.
When I say ‘obstructs,’ I mean that it is hard to let out a high-pitched sound or loud voice.
If you burp so much before singing, it causes an adverse effect on singing.
Please try to sing with burping. Then you can know and feel, that it is difficult to let out a high-pitched voice.
In addition, if you sing with burping, you may have to train harder. This is because the air has to come out from the trachea and the esophagus at the same time.


Note:The conclusion is as follows:
1.You should refrain from drinking soda soon before singing.
2.You should not cool down or freeze the soda too much before drinking it.
3.You should try purchase soda which has a lowered or weakened carbonic acid content.
4:Be careful about burping if you have cardioesophageal relaxation or reflux esophagitis.

Good drinks for the voice:Part3 Hot Drinks

I will now review how the voice relates to specific kinds of drinks, in a series.
This is part 3: “Hot Drinks”.

winter beverage guy

I have said before that if you heat your throat too much, soon before singing, the muscles become flabby and you cannot sing normally.
This is basically the same concept but with different circumstances.
When warming the skin directly it is easy to become warm, but when warming the muscles located deep under the skin the effect is not as immediate or direct. When warming the larynx muscles, which are relevant to vocalization, the heat condition is less. Therefore, I think that hot drinks do not make problems or have a negative affect with vocalizing.
I believe that a hot drink is better than a cold drink on the throat and its muscles, because moderately warming relaxes the muscles. This warming and relaxing effect, such as hot drinks or a warm compress, makes the muscle’s ability to move “better.”
But, you have to watch and consider one condition.
You should avoid drinking a drink that is too hot which could burn you. Also, please do not drink hot drinks excessively, if you have a throat which is easy to get thirsty or dry.
Humans have four vocal cords, although only 2 are active and used to produce sound. These vocal cords must stay moist with fluid. Vocal cords usually have a high water content. If a vocal cord gets dry it is not able to vibrate properly, causing the voice to sound hoarse and making it impossible to let out high-pitched sounds.
Furthermore, drying causes the fluid in the throat and around the vocal cord to become thicker in consistency. This thick liquid is referred to as, ‘sputum.’ This sputum could lead to a cough.
You need to be careful if your throat is dry often, because it impairs blood circulation between the extrinsic muscles and the instrinsic muscles.

Good drink for the voice:Part2 Cold Drinks

I will now review how the voice relates to specific kinds of drinks, in a series.
This is part 2: “Cold Drinks”.


I find the summers here are too hot, everybody prefers cold drinks during this season. The throat get chilled, if you have a cold drink before singing.
The kinematic performance can become worse though, if the related muscle gets cold “too rapidly.” This is because vocalization is generated by muscles, including the vocal cord.
If a soccer or baseball player takes an icy shower before playing, they shiver, their muscles contract and they cannot move very well. This is the same concept, when relating to muscles used in vocalization.
Please be careful when having a cold drink before or during a concert, or when recording in the studio. Temperature should be cold, but not freezing.
However, guidance on this issue is only for singing, you do not need to worry about having a cold drink for reasons other than this.
The next subject is “Hot Water”.
Please don’t miss it!

Good drinks for the voice: Part1 Flat Coke

I will now review how the voice relates to specific kinds of drinks, in a series.
This is part 1: “Flat Coke”
A TV station called me and wanted to use me as a reference. They asked me, “It is often heard that if you drink Flat Coke, you get a better voice to sing a song, because the vocal cord is engorged. Is that true?”
This question has crossed my mind as well in the past, and this call prompted me to do some research. Is that true or not? At first thought, the coke would never reach the vocal cord directly. Here is why.

Green “O” is the esophagus and “X” is the bronchi.

Food and drink enter through the mouth, which will then diverge from the epiglottis to the esophagus. The drink liquid cannot travel to the vocal cord after absorbing in the stomach and the intestine.
Even if the coke has some particular ingredients for the voice, it’s not likely to affect only the vocal cord.
As a result of my research, I do not believe that it is true. Flat Coke does not directly affect the vocal cord.


Note:Their question was Flat Coke but not normal coke, I thought that sounded a little special. Because if it’s not flat, it inhibits carbonation, which would affect the voice – by make you belch during singing, lol.