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Singer Needs Congestion Relief

Posted by A on 09/05/2007

Hi, I was wondering. I don't have a bad cold or anything like that but i've tried so many medications for congestion and none of them work. I am a voice major and singing is my life but I have so much drainage that it messes me up no matter what when I try to sing.Which of these cures would be best for that?

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

A: If a bad cold is not a problem but the problems exists with excess mucus and congestion. This can be reduce with the N Acetyl Cysteine 500 mg a day taken for about a week or two.

It is still important at least for me to alkalize and thus reduce toxicity of the body by alkalizing, and also reduce excess congestion. It is done by taking one whole lime (8 teaspoon of lime juice) plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water for a couple of week. It will take some time for the body to raise the immune system such as 2-3 weeks before some improvement is seen. Apple cider vinegar also helps, but it is taken with 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar plus 1/4 teaspoon of bakng soda in 1/2 glass of water taken two times a day.

Liver can sometimes be congested and cannot detoxify and 1 tablespoon of lecithin taken per day will usually help emulsify the fats so the liver can detoxify better and this should help with the throat.

Heavily congested body occurs whenever the liver is congested with excess fats, which was already discussed on the issue of taking some granulated lecitin, but vegetables oils, high fat foods, chocolate and other rich foods also have a similar effects on the voice by doing the exact opposite of what a helium gases does.

In another instances of a dry singing voice where the voice tone are limited in high and low notes. Those are due to capillary constriction which prevents the voice box to obtain range as the its elasticity becomes limited. If that is the case alkalizing as discussed where the lemon and baking soda will remove the calcium buildup as well as increase the capillary circulation so the voice box will have range of sounds. There are other remedies specifically it depends on the condition of the singing voice. If it is dry then it is essential oil imbalances or deficiencies which can be taken briefly with evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil, fish oil and omega 3.

One hint of my own experience with a person who goes to debate club as I remembered frequently had a dry voic whenever he drinks cola. Apparently he was not just limited to the cola, tea, and coffee were also the culprit. Apparently I later found out it was the caffeine and in some cases tannic rich foods can initiate some drying of throat on certain sensitive individuals.

Voices certainly indicate certain conditions and certain range, dryness, voice breaks, heaviness and other conditions can indicate certain deficiencies where certain specific home remedies can help. However, the information is not sufficient for me to actually identify the cause to find a suitable remedy