Can drinking water improve my voice?

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Daniel McCabe, DMA, CCC-SLP
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Drinking water is always a good idea. Your vocal cords open and close to regulate airflow in and out of your lungs. As such, they react to the relative humidity of the air you breathe. In very dry places your vocal cords can get drier and stiffer, making it harder to make them vibrate easily (think of dried leather). You can feel this effect of the air on your voice. However, drinking water does not ‘water’ or moisten the vocal cords. It never even touches them (if it does, you’ll know it!). Instead, drinking enough water keeps your whole body hydrated, including the vocal cords. However, you can also ‘water’ your cords by inhaling steam or water vapor through an open mouth. That’s one reason you might sound so good in the shower!

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