I am often asked: “Does ginger tea really help my singing?” And my answer is, yes it can…indirectly.
I think the biggest misconception is singers believing that what you drink directly touches your vocal cords. The only substance that directly has any contact with your folds is smoke and steam. And obviously one is good and the other is not! The other significant influence can be temperature of the liquids that you ingest. Liquids that you consume can affect your voice only after the body has processed them and sends the “goodness” via the bloodstream your voice.
Ginger tea has no caffeine or preservatives and is an invigorating way to hydrate your body, which keeps your vocal folds in top form.Plus, if you inhale a little steam as you sip it, you are moistening your vocal folds directly.
The spiciness of the ginger may bring on a little healthy sweating, and we know that hydration helps thin the phlegm that your body is producing. Often you may feel a slight burn once you swallow the ginger- that’s the spice, and provided it’s in moderation, is harmless. An added advantage is that it’s a great immune booster to help keep the colds at bay.
How much should you drink? To get 1 gram of ginger into your body by via ginger tea, you would need to drink about four mugs, according to Examine.com, a new resource on supplements and nutrition. Try avoid more than 3 grams – otherwise your stomach might not be too happy with you. What’s the best way to drink it? If you struggle with the taste like I do, I use half a sachet, 1 teaspoon honey and throw in a rooibos teabag to help dilute the strength. If you can do a full sachet with boiling water – awesome!
The ginger tea I recommend is Eve Instant Honeyed Ginger Tea, available at most supermarkets.
So grab a cuppa, breathe it in and keep pushing the passion #VocalcoachSA #Healthysinging