Hey there, this is John Henny and today I want to talk about one of the bigger problems that singers space in terms of their health and that is reflux.
Reflux is an issue I’m sure you’ve heard about where the stomach acid or Pepcid will come up, up the esophagus and basically burn everything in its path like molten lava, including the vocal folds. And people usually think that they have to feel the reflux that they have to feel that they’re almost choking back. A vomit, if you will. I know that’s a little disturbing, but that that feeling of burping and a little extra comes up with it. That’s definitely refluxed however, it doesn’t take much as a singer for reflux to affect the voice and one of the biggest issues that you will have is eating late at night. If you go to bed with a full stomach, and then you’re laying down as the food is digesting you increase the odds of a bit of reflux affecting your singing.
What makes it even worse, our spicy foods, tomatoes, garlic, wine, coffee, all the things that make life worth living. But as singers, you want to be extra careful about your last meal and when you go to bed and I would suggest giving yourself at least two to three hours from the last food that you have until you go to sleep and will kind of keep that reflux at the bed. If it continues to be a problem definitely see your doctor.
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