How To Cure Hiccups

What are hiccups?

Hiccups are involuntary spasms of the diaphragm and vocal cords. The diaphragm is a large, flat muscle that runs transversely through your body, separating the chest and abdominal cavities. During a hiccup, this muscle contracts quickly and involuntarily and is followed by a quick squeezing shut of the vocal cords.

Hiccups can be embarrassing, especially when on public transportation, in rooms with loud acoustics, or during job interviews.


How To Cure Hiccups

Bottoms up!

How do I get rid of hiccups?

Like all muscle spasms, the goal is to break the cycle of contractions. Get a big glass of water- at least 8 oz. is preferable. Hold the glass up to your lips and take a gentle breath in through your nose. Now drink as much of that glass of water as fast as you can. Gulp it down. If you can’t hold your breath that long, keep the water on your lips and take a small breath in-and-out through your nose. Then keep drinking.

I have never known it to fail!


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