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15 Simple Ways To Stop Hiccups Quickly

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15 Simple Ways To Stop Hiccups Quickly

One of life’s most annoying small scale problems is the hiccup. Uncomfortable and sometimes even a tad painful, this physical abnormality is something that none of us enjoy having to deal with. If you’re suffering from hiccups and just can’t stand them anymore, try some of these simple remedies to get rid of them.

Hiccups are generally caused by diaphragm spasms. As such, the ways in which to stop them generally involve stimulating the vagus muscles or constricting your diaphragm muscles. Here are some of the best ways to do that:

1. Stick out your tongue

This is maybe the only time it won’t be considered rude.

2. Massage the roof of your mouth

This should be done very carefully with a cotton swab. If you have a steady hand and a decent gag reflex you can also try massaging the back of your throat and stimulating your uvula (the cone shaped tissue that hangs there).

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3. Eat a spoon of peanut butter

Any excuse for a delicious snack, right? Sticky foods are perfect for stimulating the vagus muscle.

4. Eat A spoonful of sugar

Sugar helps the medicine go down as well as make those pesky hiccups disappear. I swear it’s not just an excuse for me to mainline sweets

5. Hear no evil

Surprisingly, branches of the vagus muscle reach all the way into your auditory system. As such, it can be stimulated by sticking your fingers into your ears. Just be careful not to push too far or hard.

6. Drink or gargle some water

Having a big old glass of water can interrupt the nerves and thus end your hiccuping.

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7. Hold your breath

Take a deep breath and hold it for as long as possible. Don’t forget to hold your nose!

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    8. Scare yourself

    It may sound like a myth, but being frightened can actually overwhelm the nerve and cure your hiccups. Just don’t go walking down any dark alleys or into abandoned buildings.

    9. Breathe into a paper bag

    Yep, just like on an plane. The theory behind this is that the increase of carbon dioxide in your bloodstream distracts your body from the hiccups because it will be too focused on getting rid of it.

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    10. Use an antacid

    Antacids, particularly ones that are high in magnesium, help to contain hiccups because they calm the nerves and decrease irritation.

    11. Cough, burp and sneeze

    If you can manage to do any of these things, they can help alleviate your hiccups. The belief is that these actions cause your diaphragm to constrict and thus stop them in their tracks.

    There are also some preventative measures that you can take to avoid.

    12. Don’t stuff yourself full

    I’m sorry to say it, but pigging out has been known to cause hiccups. One theory is that it’s your body’s way of telling you to slow down so your digestive system has a chance to play catch up.

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    13. Slow down

    Similar to the above, eating too fast can also cause those pesky hiccups. This is because air can get trapped between pieces of food and thus irritate your vagus nerve. Chew deliberately and slowly, people.

    14. Don’t Eat spicy food

    I know, this one upsets me too. Even worse, there are two reasons why it can cause hiccups. Firstly, because some types of spices can irritate your oesophagus and stomach lining. Secondly, spicy food can cause extra stomach acid which can then leak into the oesophagus. Personally, I’ll take my chances.

    15. Don’t Drink alcohol

    I swear, I’m not trying to ruin all of your fun. Unfortunately, excessive drinking can cause hiccups for the same reasons as above. Furthermore, drinking to excess over a long period of time can permanently damage your food pipe lining.

    Featured photo credit: Tim Pierce via flickr.com

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    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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    Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

    During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

    But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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    Simplify

    I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

    Absolutely.

    And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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    If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

    • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
    • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
    • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

    Be Mindful

    You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

    Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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    Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

    Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

    Reflect

    As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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    Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

    But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

    So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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