Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

**Protecting Your Voice

A Coworker shared this with regards to voice care.
Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke.  Family members who smoke should not smoke in the house or in the car.  Smoking and being exposed to smoke can make your condition worse.
Avoid Exposure to things that make your problem worse.
Common things that can cause irritation are:
Pet dander
Certain foods and food dyes
Wood smoke from a fireplace or wood stove
Cigarette smoke
Cold air
Damp moldy areas

There are several ways to relax your throat, tongue and lips before singing or talking for a long time
These exercises will help prevent throat strain:
Yawn.  Yawning helps relax your throat.
Sigh.  Try sighing on different vowels: ah, ee, eye, oh.
Stretch your tongue by sticking it our as far as possible and holding it there a few seconds.  Relax and repeat several times.
Use your tongue to count all your teeth.  Touch each tooth with your tongue going around the inside of the teeth first.  Repeat but touch ech tooth on the outside.
Purse your lips as tightly as possible.  Then grin as widely as you can.
Purse you lips and then force air through them to make a "raspberry" sound.
Use your finger to massage your lips, cheeks and jaw

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