By Stephanie Ciccarelli
May 7, 2010
Before you reach for lozenges, throat elixirs or a quick fix from the drug store, why not try consuming some of nature's candy prescription free?
After a few mornings of consecutive avocado snacking, I came to realize that not only was the fruit tasty and full of omega 3s, it also appeared to have some healing properties that seemed to benefit my throat, and consequently, my voice.
Hear from other voice pros and learn more about which fruits give their voice a boost!
Have you ever thought about how certain fruits, minus their vitamins, can benefit your voice from a usage point of view?
I'm not a nutritionist or doctor but I do know when something feels like it's helping. Avocados, perhaps due to their natural oils and properties, seem to moisturize the throat and give it an extra layer of protection like a balm. The effect is immediate and the physical effect lasts for a short while, perhaps long enough to record a short spot or a page of script... maybe more, depending on how much you consume or how often you have some.
Some of our friends on Facebook chimed in with the fruits that soothe their voices while working away in studio. Here are some of their thoughts.
"I take a jar of lemon curd in the studio and it works wonders!"
"Well, they say some lemon honey before you sing."
-- Kathy Birkett
"Chamomile tea with lemon. You gave me another reason to plant that avocado tree, for those sore throats."
-- Suzanne Reardon-Mulhall
"I have heard that a mixture of orange juice and cayenne pepper can banish a sore throat."
"Apples are great too, I've also been told that eating a banana before a vocal audition is great for calming your nerves but never actually tried it."
"I second the apples. Also grapes."
-- Jim Feldman
"Not all apples are the same. Some are drier, others more juicy. Some are soft, others are firm. Some kinda flat tasting, others very tart. Go apple hunting in your local store and try different varieties to find one you like. My favorite used to be Granny Smith, but in recent years it's Braeburn."
"One day I mistakenly drank part of a Banana Colada FUZE before recording some voice over work I needed to get done. It actually worked better than an apple as far as voice clarity and it made my throat feel great, too!! Strawberry Guava FUZE's also work. Who would think?"
"Ever tried pineapple? Talk about soothing... simply outstanding!"
-- Reuven Halevi
"Not a fruit I know, but sage tea is absolutely brilliant for all things throaty! (it's an ancient herbal remedy I swear by)"
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