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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Fast and Easy Ways to Cure Hiccups -- Yes, They Work!

Fast and Easy Ways to Cure Hiccups

Everyone gets hiccups, but what are they? Hiccups are actually spasms of the diaphragm, and they will not hurt you. But they are annoying and most people want to get rid of them quickly.

How to stop hiccups

#1 - A spoonful of sugar - the graininess of sugar will slightly irritate the esophagus, causing the phrenic nerves to "reset" themselves.

#2 - A teaspoon of vinegar - this one works, too, but it doesn't taste as good!

#3 - A spoonful of peanut butter - if you love peanut butter, this one might be for you. It's actually not so much the peanut butter itself but the process of chewing and getting it off your tongue and teeth, along with swallowing and breathing patterns that are interrupted, that stops the hiccups.

#4 - A teaspoon of honey - another delightful cure for hiccups that tickles the vagus nerve to make the hiccups stop.

#5 - Hot sauce - works by distracting hiccups with it's heat and burning sensation.

#6 - A spoonful of chocolate - this one is probably every one's favorite. But note that it is not easy to eat a spoonful of powdered chocolate drink mix.

#7 - Breathe into a paper bag - you've probably heard of this one, and it works by increasing the carbon dioxide level in the blood, making the diaphragm contract more deeply to bring in more oxygen, which stops the hiccup spasms.

#8 - Drink through a paper towel - place a paper towel over the top of a glass and drink the liquid through the paper towel. Sucking up the water through a paper towel counteracts spasmodic muscle movements of hiccups.

#9 - Chew a teaspoon of dill seeds - swallowing the seeds stimulates the vagus nerve to make the hiccups stop.

Not all remedies work on all people, so you may have to try a few before you find one that works for you.

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