A vocal student sits on a sofa and stays hydrated with a glass of waterThe foods and drinks you consume will affect not only how you sound but also the health of your voice. And while there is not a magical potion or beverage you can drink that will improve your voice, there are a few guidelines to follow that can help.

Here are a few tips on what to drink before singing:

1. Drink plenty of water.

Staying hydrated is not only good for your body, but it’s also great for your voice. So, it turns out that that the best drink for your voice is also the simplest. Water! By drinking plenty of water, your voice and all the muscles and tissue supporting it will be able to function properly.

2. Avoid alcohol.

As far as what not to drink before singing, it’s a good idea to avoid alcohol. Drinking alcohol before singing can cause dehydration and dry out your throat. At the same time, it acts as an anesthetizer so you can no longer feel what’s going on with your voice. So it’s best to avoid drinking alcohol before singing.

3. Pay attention to what works for you.

You might be wondering if certain teas will make your voice sound better. Or you’ve been told to avoid drinks that contain dairy because it causes phlegm. When it comes to drinking tea or avoiding dairy, it really comes down to individual differences. You might find a tea that works great for you. Or that dairy doesn’t affect you.

The best thing you can do is pay attention to what you consume and how it affects your voice. And then, drink what you like and what works best for you. Avoid the things that seem to create a negative response to how you sound or feel.

If you’re interested in getting started with voice lessons, Fox Music can help. We have professional voice teachers who are well-trained, experienced instructors and role models. Contact us at either our Chesapeake or Virginia Beach locations to learn more about what we have to offer.