Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Hiccups

What cause hiccups? There is a lot of explanations on the reasons of hiccups. But most experts start their list of hiccup sins with eating too fast and swallowing too much air.

The general goal of all hiccups cures is to either increase carbon dioxide levels in the blood or to disrupt or overwhelm the nerve impulses causing hiccups. However some says most hiccups stop on their own.

But why not try one of these when you are having a bout of hiccups.

A teaspoon of sugar
Some say swallowing a teaspoon of sugar cures hiccups. The sugar probably acting in the mouth to modify the nervous impulses that would otherwise tell the muscle in the diaphragm to contract spasmodically.

Drinking upside down
Some use to bend over forward and drink the water upside down. It may sound weird but it works.

Holding our breath
Holding our breath or blowing air out of our body in a slow, steady stream may work wonders.

Swallowing while the hiccups sensation coming
If we have hiccups while eating, just hold our breath for as long as possible and swallow at the time we feel the hiccup sensation coming. Do that two or three times, then take a deep breath and repeat again.

Tickle and have fun
Just tickle the person who is having hiccups. By tickling, we will make the person gasps for breath and makes his/her diaphragm go back to doing what it is supposed to do.