Food for the mind:
What you eat can make you more relaxed and more resistant to hoarseness
How stress affects your vocal organs
In a state of stress, your brain releases hormones which cause an excessive contraction of all your muscles and blood vessels, including those supplying your voice box. This abnormal blood circulation also disturbs the normal muscle tonus, which excessively contracts your vocal cords.
All this makes you more prone to hoarseness.
As an immediate treatment, we recommend using TMRG’s TVT Device, for inhalation and vocal exercise. This treatment will boost your circulation, relax your voice box muscles and vocal cords release, relief your stress, disinfect your vocal zone, and will have many other beneficial effects.
The effects of food on your mental and physical health
Regular consumption of complex carbohydrates, such as whole rice, oats, buckwheat, bulgur, quinoa, can lower your stress level. This is because they help your body absorb tryptophan, an amino acid responsible for releasing the hormone serotonin, known as “happiness hormone”, which helps you calm down. The other is melatonin, which helps you sleep better. Complex carbohydrates also help you keep your blood sugar stable. Therefore, we recommend consuming complex carbohydrates one every 2 to 4 hours. For a better tryptophan absorption, you should also make sure to eat foods containing the vitamins C and B6, and minerals such as magnesium and zinc.
You should also a avoid simple carbohydrates, found in cakes, chocolate, and other sugar-rich foods, which dramatically drop your blood sugar, and as a result, stimulate negative feelings.
For an instant blood sugar boost, better eat a date, a walnut and a piece of carob chocolate, or a raw tahini with date honey. Avoid white sugar.
Animal proteins are also to be avoided since they contain other amino acids which compete for absorption with tryptophan.
List of healthy foods:
Sources of tryptophan:
- Animal sources:
- Mustard leaves
- Legumes: soybeans, lentils, beans, broad beans, hummus, peas;
- Brussels sprout
- Unpeeled sweet potato
- Unpeeled cucumber
- Whole wheat
- Nuts and seeds: almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts.
Sources of vitamin B6:
- Yellow beans
Sources of vitamin C:
- Red pepper
- red currant
- cauliflower, non-cooked
- citruses: grape fruits, oranges, lemons
Sources of magnesium:
- pumpkin seeds
- nuts: almonds, cashew, peanuts.
- whole rice
Sources of zinc:
- Dairy products
- Sunflower seeds, non-roasted
In order to maintain your vocal quality, you should do the following:
- Handle your vocal cords gently and carefully, performing release exercises using a TPV Device;
- Inhaling TMRG’s natural solutions, using TPV device, for disinfection, balancing and strengthening of your vocal cords.
- Leading a healthy lifestyle, lowering the inevitable stress of your daily life
So keep safe and sound (pun intended!)
A TMRG voice specialist