It’s that time of year when our H2O levels begin to drop off and the need to be ever vigilant regarding our water intake takes on a renewed focus.
For my students the following sermon on water consumption is nothing new...I can hear many of them whining, “here we go again...drink more water...Daniel get a real job”. Hehehe!
The truth is that you simply can’t escape the need for high hydration levels as a singer. Our body is over 3⁄4 water, put simply without the clear stuff we cease to function. I heard an alarming stat in the late 90’s that suggested over 85% of Australians exist dehydrated...i.e. most of us are not consuming the 2-3litres of water that our bodies need to function efficiently. If my group of students are anything to go off, I would offer that many of us drink less than half of our daily required intake of the ole H2O.
As I write this article, Brisbane is on level 4 water restrictions which means our ability to water gardens, wash cars and hose pathways have been all but eliminated. When you don’t have enough water to go around, you make sure whatever reserves you do have go to the places that need it most. Your body functions in much the same way. We have primary organs which you must have to live—your brain, heart, lungs etc.
When we have less than ample reserves of water to call on our body rations to the primary organs first and then dishes out the leftovers (if there are any) to secondary organs...and you guessed it...your larynx is one of these. Now here’s the catch. I don’t know many singers who could survive without their voices—to us it is a primary organ! So it stands to reason that we must remain hydrated to ensure that our body can distribute enough H2O to our larynx.
There’s a great saying in the classical world of singing, “Pee clear, sing clear”. Are you drinking enough water? If your wee has any tinge of yellow you’re probably not drinking enough water which means you’re probably dehydrated...which means your voice is not getting enough water to remain well lubricated. Water water water...yes please!
A link to the original article (and many more that delve deeper into the world of vocal care) can be found here, courtesy of Dr.Dan: http://www.djarts.com.au/articles/water-water-water/