Having a young voice is almost as important as trying to look young to many women. I myself fear having a raspy, froggy voice when I’m older, and my voice now is a little on the deep side, even though I still sound young. How do you keep your voice sounding young naturally even when your body betrays you?
My grandmother had a young voice her entire life. Even at the age of 73, she could answer a phone and people would think she was me. She attributed her youthful voice to never smoking (which can wreak havoc on your vocal chords over time), never shouting, and having a natural diet. What other ways are there to keep your voice sounding young as long as possible?
Men and women tend to lose their youthful voices due to the cartilage in their vocal chords hardening as they age. IN men, this typically makes their voices higher, and in women this aging process tends to make their voices deepen, especially after menopause, where progesterone and estrogen are lacking to protect the vocal chords against hardening.
Keeping hydrated is one way to keep your voice sounding young. Constantly clearing your throat due to dryness can weaken your vocal chords over time, and lend to that “old” sounding voice. Of course, not smoking is again a key factor in keeping a youthful voice. So is avoiding spicy foods, or any foods that cause heartburn, as the acids in your throat can create damage to your voice over time.
Speak more often. Older people tend to become home bound, so they don’t exercise their vocal chords as often and they start to lose their youthful tone. Talk often, but not in a loud or high voice- and never whisper. whispering actually causes more vocal damage than shouting does, so speak in an indoor or church voice at all times. Even if talking to yourself, keep those vocal chords active.
Sing- it’s exercise for the larynx. Singing in the shower is especially effective, as the steam helps stretch out the vocal chords and your singing glory helps keep that youthful voice of yours young longer.
Drink tea and other hot beverages that soothe a sore throat, like lemon, chamomile, peppermint, and cinnamon. Add honey for an added boost to your vocal chords. Take care of your throat, and your voice will take care of you in the long run.
Try talking with more of a lilt to your voice, like you did when you were younger. As we age, we lose the influctuations in our speech (I know, RIGHT?) and we tend to sound more monotone and drop our voices to a low level. Don’t go all valley girl, but don’t talk like a robot. This will help keep your voice younger, longer.