First things first, yes you should drink water. Of course, we should drink water throughout the day to keep our bodies, especially vocal cords nice and hydrated for all of the singing we're about to bless someone's ears with. But I'm sure you're looking for more advice than just drink water, right? Here are a few recommendations and how they can help you sing in a more healthy manner than just with plain ol' water.
Tea is always a great choice when it comes to your throat and vocal health. Make sure the tea you're going to drink is decaffeinated since caffeine dehydrates you and will likely cause your throat to dry out. No one wants a dry throat while singing! Honey is also an excellent addition to add to your tea that will promote smooth, hydrated vocals thanks to the many antioxidants, antibacterial properties, and lubricating consistency. Another great choice for tea is the popular Throat Coat flavor, often rich in medicinal properties that support proper throat health. Many Throat Coat variations like this can be found on Amazon:
This is a winner here for obvious reasons. As I mentioned, you can't go wrong with the water, honey is from the vocal gods themselves, and when you add a bit of lemon into the mix, the acidic properties can help you clear out any phlegm you may have. Be warned, overdoing the lemon can also cause your throat to get dry similar to the way caffeine would, so keep it light with that added portion of the mix and you'll be fine.
Related Post: Vocal warmups can also help clear your phlegm and make your voice clear for singing.
Here are a few things that you definitely want to avoid before that performance, recording, rehearsal, or lesson.
Why did I list the things NOT to drink? Well, there will always be those good singers out there that aren't always keen on following the rules of only drinking tea or a healthy water concoction :) Either way, it's good to know which drinks will cause what problems at the very least.
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