For those of you old enough to remember Mr. Hiccup, he was just a simple guy troubled by one of the most irritating conditions: a hiccup. And he just couldn’t handle it. There was nothing he could do to treat his hiccups. As you can imagine, it put him in some serious awkward and funny situations.
Imagine you are on a date with your partner, you are just about to kiss, and a hiccup stops you. Who wants that happening to them? I sure don’t want a hiccup stopping me from enjoying a night with my partner. So, why do hiccups happen and what can you do to prevent/stop them?
What are hiccups?
Simply said, hiccups are involuntary contractions of the diaphragm, the muscle that separates your abdomen and chest area. The muscle plays one of the most important roles in breathing.
Hiccups are sudden contractions, and as the muscle contracts, the opening between your vocal cords shuts down so that the muscle can check the inflow of air, causing the hiccup sound. Hiccups are usually harmless. However, they can sometimes be associated with serious and severe diseases like pneumonia or kidney failure. If they happen suddenly, then the cause is probably something else. Let’s take a look at some of the causes of hiccups.
What causes hiccups?
Here are some of the causes associated with hiccups:
- Smoking or chewing gum cause you to swallow more air.
- Eating too fast can also cause hiccups, as you swallow air with the food you are consuming.
- Drinking too many carbonated drinks and/or alcohol can also irritate the diaphragm and make you prone to hiccups.
- Liver problems, like infection and swelling, also cause hiccups.
- Anxiety and stress cause short- and long-term hiccups.
- Damage to the phrenic nerve (this nerve runs from the neck down between the lung and heart to the diaphragm).
- Sometimes, hiccups are your body’s preventive measure to choking, especially as a reaction/in relation with eating and drinking.
- Medications that cause acid reflux can also result in hiccups as a side effect.
What can you do?
There are two ways you can use apple cider vinegar to treat hiccups.
The first one is by grating horseradish. You need approximately six teaspoons of horseradish, poured into ½ liter of apple cider vinegar. Keep the solution in a closed bottle/jar in a warm room for six days. When you have a hiccup, warm up the solution and inhale after 3 minutes of warming. You can also dip a cloth in the solution and press it over your nose.
The second way to treat hiccups is with yarrow and apple cider vinegar. You need one teaspoon of yarrow leaves and ½ liter of apple cider vinegar. Get one large bowl, fill it with water, and bring it to boil. Put another bowl with apple cider vinegar into the boiling water. Add yarrow and leave it to boil for two hours. Strain, and then pour into a 1 liter bottle. Fill it up with water. You can freeze the solution in small jars. When you need it, just defrost one jar, dip a cloth into the solution, and press it over your nose, over your eyes, and on your sinuses. You can use this remedy for sinus relief, common cold treatment, and constant migraines. The solution has both short-term and long-term benefits. If used constantly, migraines and sinuses should be a thing of the past.