Wake Up Your Voice With Protein

by Ann S. Utterback, Ph.D. on April 15, 2014

EasterBasketDo you get those 4 p.m. dips in energy?  It might happen just as you have to go into the booth to track a story or to do your voiceover recording.

If there’s an Easter basket around this week, do you reach for the chocolate egg or a hard boiled egg to boost your energy?  Stupid question, right??  But there’s lots to learn about which choice to make.

I have long touted the positive effects of protein in terms of its control of blood sugar.  If eaten with carbohydrates, it slows down the sugar rush of carbs alone.  That rush ups your energy but then it causes energy to plummet.  Now the scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that protein also gives us more energy by increasing our wakefulness.

This has to do with something called orexin cells that are responsible for wakefulness (read more about this in the study report).  Sugar actually limits the release of these cells, which is why we’re groggy and sleepy after a big meal of, say, pasta, and it may be responsible for that sugar crash after eating too many chocolate eggs.

The study used egg whites to test their effect on energy, so why not do the same and reach for a hard boiled egg next time you’re in slump.  That or any protein will do.  Try some of these:

Tuna or salmon fresh or canned (preferably in water)

Slice or piece of turkey or chicken

Beef in any form you like it

Sardines canned in water (preferably low salt )

Natural peanut butter (limit this to 2 tablespoons)

If the scientists are right, you’ll get the energy you need to use your voice well.

My e-book, BROADCASTER’S SURVIVAL GUIDE, is available for only $4.99.  You’ll get great information in this e-book on how to eat well and keep your body healthy so you can sound your best!  And don’t be fooled by “broadcaster’s” in the title.  It’s great for voiceover artists, too.  Ck it out on the “Stress Guide” tab above.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Marc Scott September 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

You don’t ever need to give me an excuse to eat peanut butter! I’m in. 🙂

Thanks Ann for all the great information you provide.

Ann S. Utterback September 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Thanks, Marc! I’m with you on peanut butter. I’d eat it every day if I could!! And the good thing is it’s got ample protein and it provides nuts, which all the research is saying are good for us. I love that! I’m aiming for a small handful of nuts a day. I put sliced almonds on my cereal and snack on a few in the afternoon.

Jason Culver June 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Thanks for the tip Ann, I will try it. 🙂

Ann S. Utterback, Ph.D. June 5, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Hope you find it helpful, Jason.

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