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How to Stop the Annoying Hiccups in 30 Seconds or Less

How to Stop the Annoying Hiccups in 30 Seconds or Less

Hiccups are sudden, rhythmic, involuntary movement of the diaphragm which may last from a few minutes to hours. Hiccups are rarely serious and have no clear reason for occurring. They result when the vagus nerve, or one of its branches, which runs from the brain to the abdomen, is irritated. Hiccups usually resolve themselves in a short period of time, but imagine being in a meeting or a class and, out of nowhere, you start hiccuping. You need them to subside as soon as possible. Here are some of the tried and tested methods to stop the annoying hiccups in 30 seconds or less.

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    1. Hold your breath and put your fingers in your ears. Branches of the vagus nerve also reach into the auditory system, and by creating pressure in the nerve endings there, the vagus nerve goes into action and hiccups may stop immediately. Be careful not to stick your fingers far too inside your ears.

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      2. Get your friend to surprise you, tickle you, shock you, or make you angry or frightened all of a sudden. The key point here is that you shouldn’t be aware of this. Doing this will distract you and overwhelm your vagus nerve and the hiccups will stop. Yay!

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        3. Gulping down a glass of water quickly is an age old remedy for hiccups. This interrupts the hiccup cycle and resets the vagus nerve. It seems to work best for children; adults might have to drink a few more glasses to do the trick. Gargling with plain water has also been known to help.

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          4. Sit on a chair. Close your ears with your hands and, keeping your lips tightly sealed, make a humming sound. While you do this, bend your upper body towards your knees as much as possible, stay in that position (while still humming) and return to your original seating position when you feel like catching your breath. Do this a few times to stop the hiccups.

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            5. Keep a spoonful of sugar or salt under your tongue and allow it to dissolve completely. This is usually enough to stimulate the vagus nerve and stop the hiccups. You may use water to help dissolve the sugar.

             

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              6. Drink one teaspoon of lemon juice (either freshly squeezed or packaged), or a teaspoon of vinegar. This will stimulate the nasopharynx (connects the back of the nose to the back of the mouth), which in turn interrupts the vagus nerve impulse pattern, which should stop your hiccups. Make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly after, since lemon is acidic and is harmful for your teeth in the long run.

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                7. A little peanut butter also helps in stopping the hiccups. Its texture (sweetness and stickiness) helps to relax the breathing rhythm, just like salt and sugar.

                 

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                  8. Hiccups are a result of decreased carbon dioxide in the blood stream. Breathe into a paper bag for a few minutes. The carbon dioxide that you exhale gets trapped in the bag, which you inhale again. This increases the levels of carbon dioxide in your body and, thus, stops the hiccups.

                   

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                    9. You can try acupuncture therapy yourself. Apply pressure in the hollow between the end of the clavicle and the ball of the shoulder joint on your left shoulder. This will get your diaphragm to relax and stop the hiccups.

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                      10. If none of the above works, try taking a homeopathic medicine, called cuprum metallicum, which helps to relieve sudden spasms and hiccups. Refer to a doctor before using.

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                      Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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