Drink Up Before You Go Caroling This Season

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If you're planning to hit the streets and sing Christmas carols around the neighborhood during the holiday season make sure to drink plenty--of water, that is.

During cold weather, the air is cold and dry, and in turn, can dry up your voice, explains Thomas Jefferson University Hospital voice specialist Joseph R. Spiegel, M.D., and co-director of the Jefferson Center for Voice and Swallowing.

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"Carolers need to hydrate well before going out and while outside," said Dr. Speigel, associate professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

But that doesn't mean downing egg nog or any alcoholic beverages to prepare to sing O Holy Night, he warned.

"Christmas cheer is for those enjoying the carolers and should only be enjoyed by those caroling when they are finished," Dr. Spiegel said. "Alcohol produces further dehydration.

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