If you're anything like me, there's a part of you that dreads the hay fever season. The good news is, there are a couple of really simple things we can do to keep our voice in shape while our body is fighting off allergies.
Step One: Track Your Water Intake
Tracking your water intake is the first thing you should do if you start finding that your voice is agitated by hay fever symptoms. Water is essential for keeping your voice hydrated - while not drinking enough can lead to excess mucus production. (Which is exactly what we don't want when we already have hay fever to worry about.
Download your water tracker from the link above, then each day write down how much water you drink and give your voice a rating out of ten. You may be surprised at just how effective drinking water can be!
Step Two: Be Aware of Substances That Can Be Dehydrating
If water is our best friend, then things that undo the good that water does are our enemies. This doesn't mean you can't have any of these, just that if you do you may need to drink more water to make up for it.
Things that can be dehydrating include;
- Caffeine (found in coffee, tea and some cola & energy drinks)
It's also worth being aware that antihistamines (used in the treatment of allergies) can also have a drying effect for some people.
Step 3: Still Got Mucus? Bring in the Pineapple!
If your water intake's great and you're still feeling the mucus, then it's time to bring in the pineapple. Pineapple contains an enzyme which is known to break up mucus, so it can be used in conjunction with plenty of water to really hit that mucus hard.
But keep in mind -
If just drinking water is enough, you don't need to worry about the pineapple!