Hiccups – ugh, so annoying, right? There’s
nothing more aggravating than getting repeatedly interrupted by yourself in the middle of a
conversation. And they’re hard to hide, and never seem to go away – just super awkward
and uncomfortable in any social situation! Is there anything we can do besides just wait
for the hiccups to release their grip?? What even causes this irritating bodily function?
Well, hiccups start in your diaphragm – you know, that sheet of muscle between your lungs
and stomach that makes you inhale and exhale. If your diaphragm gets irritated, it’ll
spasm, causing you to unexpectedly suck in air. The air that’s sent back up hits your
vocal cords, and that’s what creates the distinctive sound. So then what’s so irritating?
For me, it’s Loud obnoxious self-absorbed people. (Oh –we’re still talking about
the diaphragm.) Well in that case, eating too much too quickly, your favorite soda,
feeling nervous or excited (like on a date – the worst time for hiccups!), and even
stress. Luckily, there are some natural remedies you
can use to kick those annoying hiccups to the curb, and some will even work in a pinch!
Ow! Getting rid of the hiccups is all about distracting the brain to stop those spasms
in the diaphragm. 1. Ice Cold Water
Guzzle down a cold glass of water as quickly as you can. The cold water will shock the
system and “distract” it from the hiccups. You can even suck down a piece or two of ice
– it’ll have the same effect. Pro tip: adding honey to your icy glass of water will
stop your hiccups right away! 2. Hold Your Breath
Inhale deeply, and hold your breath for as long as you can. Exhale in a controlled way.
Repeat this cycle until your hiccups stop. This is a great tip to use if you’re out
with friends or on a dinner date – just excuse yourself to the restroom and return
to the table hiccup-free! 3. Sugar
C’mere and give me some sugar! Get a teaspoon of white or brown sugar and hold it in your
mouth for about five seconds. Allow the sugar to dissolve without chewing it. Wash it down
with a sip of water and voila! The great thing about this remedy is that it’s kid-friendly;
they may not be able to hold their breath or chug icy water. And what kid doesn’t
want sugar?! 4. Vinegar – hey kids heh heh
It may not taste as pleasant as sugar, but it’ll do the trick! Swallow ½ a teaspoon
of white, malt, or apple cider vinegar. Wash it down with a glass of water. You could also
mix a whole teaspoon of your vinegar with a little water. Might make it go down easier!
5. Peanut Butter Mmm, delicious! My granny swears by this age-old
remedy! Put one teaspoon of peanut butter in your mouth and hold it there. I know it’s
tempting, but don’t chew it! After a few seconds, swallow it. Got milk? If you need
to, drink some water. Pro tip: if you have a peanut allergy, almond butter will work
too! 6. Lemon
This is another quick fix that’s perfect if you’re out on the town! Grab a lemon
from the table. (You may want to do this one in the bathroom too.) Squeeze the lemon juice
into your mouth (at least ½ a teaspoon). The sourness will make you want to swallow
it hard and quickly, and this will interrupt and stop your hiccups! You can also squeeze
the juice of the whole lemon into half a glass of water, and drink it quickly. Either way,
your hiccups will hit the road! 7. Chamomile
This is an herb with muscle-relaxing properties, so it will relax the diaphragm and stop the
spasms that are causing your hiccups. The deep relaxation that chamomile causes is why
it’s so popular in teas and essential oils! It’s yummy too, so make yourself a hot cup
of chamomile tea! Let the tea bag steep in the hot water for at least 5 minutes. Drink
it slowly, and your hiccups will go away! Enjoy the relaxation too!
8. Pinch Your Nose And Swallow This method may not be the quickest fix, but
it’ll work! Keep your mouth closed and pinch your nose. Continue to swallow normally. Do
this as long as you can, until you need to take a break for air. You may feel the sensation
that your ears are about to pop, but they shouldn’t. This interrupts your normal breathing
pattern, so it should interrupt your hiccups too!
9. Cough or Burp – choose your weapon wisely! Try to count how many seconds there are between
your hiccups. When you anticipate the next one, cough or make yourself burp. This will
cause your diaphragm and the muscles around it to start working in a different way, which
will interrupt your hiccup pattern! Repeat until your hiccups are gone.
10. Swallow with Your Mouth Open The sensation will feel weird at first, but
you’ll get used to it quickly. Sit down and get comfortable, and also be sure that
you aren’t wearing any tight clothes that might restrict your diaphragm. Open your mouth
wide. As soon as you feel the need to swallow, do so, but make sure to keep your mouth open!
You may have a hiccup or two escape, but repeat every few seconds, and your hiccups will disappear
in a few minutes! 11. Scare Those Hiccups Away
Does this old wives’ tale work? Well, in theory it does, but the scare must be genuine
– you can’t know it’s coming! When you get startled and jump, the release of adrenaline
and your body tensing up both affect the diaphragm, which will interrupt your breathing pattern.
Similarly, your sharp intake of breath as you gasp will interrupt your breathing pattern
too, and in turn, your hiccups! I’m sure you’ve got a friend or two who would love
to give you a good scare! 12. Swallowing Three Times
See how much time you have between hiccups. When you’re ready, try to quickly swallow
three times in between them. This takes a lot of muscle control in your throat and abdomen,
and it may be difficult at first, but it’ll pay off! The muscle control that’s required
to do this little exercise gets your diaphragm back under control, which will stop your hiccups!
13. Take a Hot Bath Run yourself a nice, warm bath – heat is
a good way to relax any muscle, including the diaphragm! Pro tip: Add a muscle soak
to your bath, and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to promote deep, relaxing breathing.
Aaah, sounds groovy! By the end of your luxurious bath, your hiccups should be gone.
14. Breathe Essential Oils Speaking of essential oils, add some drops
of eucalyptus, bergamot, or lavender to your diffuser and breathe deeply. You can also
use incense, if you prefer. These scents will have a calming effect, and should relax your
diaphragm and restore your normal breathing pattern, and your hiccups will leave to go
find their own bliss! 15. Warm Milk
Love it or hate it, warm milk has a calming effect as good as any essential oil, which
is why it’s associated with good sleep for children. Milk also contains magnesium, which
is known to relax muscle tissue. This warm drink will relax your diaphragm and the rest
of your body, and your hiccups should subside. 16. Stand on Your Head
Wait, what?? Seriously? Yes! If you can, and ONLY if you’re well-practiced, standing
on your head turns the diaphragm upside down, shocking it out of spasms. It’s also a good
distraction for you that’ll completely change up your breathing, which is good for interrupting
that hiccup pattern! You probably shouldn’t do this one in public though…
17. Stick Your Tongue Out – Hard! Yep that’s another non-public one…
Sticking your tongue out as far as it will possibly go will work a nerve that’s connected
to your diaphragm. Stimulating this nerve will get your diaphragm’s spasms under control,
stopping your hiccups in their tracks! If you’re lucky enough to find someone else
with the hiccups, then maybe you both can have a contest…
18. Distract Yourself This may not be the quickest fix, but it’ll
work even before you realize it! The more you think about your hiccups, the more intense
they seem to get, and the longer they seem to stick around. So try reading a book, watch
your favorite TV show, play a video game…before you know it, a couple hours will have gone
by and you’ll notice that your hiccups have gone away along with the time! This method
is all about putting you in relaxation or “happy place” mode. If you’re doing
something you enjoy, your diaphragm will relax and stop spasming.
19. Hot Sauce While consuming a lot of spicy food can cause
hiccups, swallowing just a drop or two of hot sauce will totally distract the body from
your hiccups. Though it might be unpleasant (or maybe you love hot stuff, I don’t know…)
the heat will certainly change up your breathing pattern, and your body will be busy doing
some serious temperature control. You and your diaphragm will forget all about your
hiccups! Whew-hooo! If you learned something from this video,
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