Some say coffee is bad for your voice. Why do I feel like it makes me sing better for a short while?

Some say coffee is bad for your voice. Why do I feel like it makes me sing better for a short while?

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  1. The lovely warm liquid probably is nice on your throat and vocal chords. The caffeine is probably a mild stimulant to help you get going. I personally have experienced no ill effects from coffee on my voice. Pay attention to yourself and be aware, but coffee is not the worst thing compared to let’s say smoking…

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  2. Since there’s no scientific study, every comment you hear is anecdotal. When someone says coffee is bad for your voice, there are a load of questions to ask.
    Do they have personal experience to back up the claim? If so, was the coffee:
    * strong or weak?
    * black or milky?
    * hot, lukewarm, cold, or iced?
    * instant or ground?
    * immediately before singing or hours before, or during?
    * taken with or without other food and drink?
    * taken before or after other food and drink?

    Can you see how many variables there are that could validate or invalidate the blame for vocal problems being placed upon the coffee?
    In general, people with a problem will look for a scapegoat and a quick fix. If they can blame something and cut it out, they think they get confirmation of their self-diagnosis when the problem doesn’t occur later. Usually, they’re way off. Coincidence is usually at work. The placebo effect works in reverse as well – if you believe in your self-diagnosis and abstinence cure strongly enough your confidence will rise so the problem goes away.
    If you find that after drinking coffee your voice feels more free and strong, then that is confirmation to YOU that coffee helps. It might be unconnected, but if you believe it works, that’s fine.
    There are some real logical and scientifically valid considerations for what is good and bad for your voice. The effect of certain classes of food and drink upon muscl…

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  3. Hot coffee opens up your sinuses which is necessary for proper singing….long term, it can lead to dehydration which is not good for your voice. Lastly coffee has many antioxidants and is essentially good for you-I went to nutritionist school. However, milk, cream, and sugar are all bad for your singing voice-phlegm and added thirst to break down the sugar is not good. Sugar should be eliminated except in it’s natural form (ie., fructose in apples, bananas, figs) milk is ok if you use skim or 1% but not when you are going to sing. Keep it strong and black. This is my personal experience and knowledge. Your experience may be different.

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  4. Any liquid is either going to be good for your voice or bad for your voice, depending on your physiology. You have to experiment to see how different liquids affect you. When I was on the road, I knew that certain alcohols were not drinkable because they dried my throat out. Some liquors were too syrupy and coated my throat too much. A lot of singers won’t drink cold water. I generally drink ice water with some lemon or lime in it, because that works for me. Find what works for you.

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  5. Do what ever makes you feel well about your voice. Your opinion may be as good as the fluctuating public opinion – within reason.

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  6. There is conflicting research on this issue.
    Coffee provides warm, hydrating fluid, which is good for the singing voice, thus you feel you sing better after drinking it.
    However, coffee also contains caffeine, a known diuretic: a substance which dries the body’s tissues internally; it makes you urinate more. Thus it can cause vocal dryness, which is very, very bad for singing.
    It depends on YOU – if you feel good singing after coffee, then do it, enjoy it, and don’t worry about it. Me, I notice the dryness so I avoid coffee before singing, but I still drink a good amount in the morning.

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