A hiccups attack can be very uncomfortable as we cannot speak a full sentence without the funny “hip” in the middle, which escapes at any time and we can not avoid it. Nevertheless, there are many techniques that give good results to end the hiccups, and today we will share some of them. But first, what is hiccup and why it happens? Well, the hiccup occurs when the diaphragm (muscle located below the lungs) contracts involuntarily. Thus there is a sudden air flow, that when passing through the vocal cords, causes the characteristic sound “hip”.
The hiccup may not have an apparent cause and besides can occur when you do any of the following:drink soda or other carbonated beverages; eat a lot, swallowing very fast, having a fit of laughter or crying; eating spicy things, or being exposed to sudden temperature changes. In most cases the hiccup disappears spontaneously after a few minutes without doing anything.
But if you want to get rid of the problem faster, problem or if it persists for a long time, these are some tricks that can give good results:
Remedies for the hiccups
Breath into a paper bag: Take a paper bag and breathe into it repeatedly. This way, you increase your carbon dioxide level in the blood and this will cause the hiccups to stop. Other options that cause a similar effect can be as follows: Take a large glass of ice water and gulping go without breathing or holding your breath as long as possible. It might work or not work, but remember that you have nothing to lose, but you have a lot to thank if it works.
Eat a tablespoon of almond paste soup: You can also make a sugar tablespoon of honey, cocoa butter, peanut butter or Nutella. Take a tablespoon of one of these ingredients, put them in the mouth and leave it there for a few seconds. Then swallow the mixture without chewing. By this time the saliva will have softened butter and will be easy to swallow.
Eating a slice of lemon: Grab a slice of lemon, and if possible; add a few drops of Angostura Bitter. You can also put a little sugar to enhance the flavor. By eating the slice, the body is distracted by the effect of acid on the taste buds and it relieves the hiccups.