How to Get the Hiccups?

by Anthony Carter on April 5, 2011


Hiccups are something that most of us will have to deal with from time to time. They usually aren’t a symptom of anything serious, but they can be a bit annoying all the same. It is hard to imagine that anyone would actually want to get the hiccups, but I’ve produced this guide just in case. Of course, this article might also be of value to those who don’t want to get hiccups because they can just do the opposite of what is recommended here.

What Are Hiccups?

Before we go on to talk about how to get hiccups it is probably helpful if we first discuss what they are. Most of us will know that a hiccup is an involuntary sound we make and that it can make our body jerk as we are making it. Let’s dig a little deeper though to see what is actually going on when we get these. A hiccup is involuntary contraction (also called a spasm) of the diaphragm muscle. When this spasm occurs it causes the vocal cords to shut in a rapid motion and it is this that creates the hiccup sounds. Researchers are still not fully sure what is happening when we hiccup, but we have found out many possible causes. In most instances it is not going to be the sign of anything sinister; unless we experience hiccups that just won’t go away. If we do have prolonged hiccupping then it is advisable to seek medical assistance.

How to Get the Hiccups

Here are just a few suggestions for how you might get hiccups if you really wanted to have them:

  • If you eat too much food then this can cause the stomach to distend and this might trigger the diaphragm to start to spasm. So if you are keen to get the hiccups you might try stuffing your face with as much food as you can get in there.
  • Eating too fast has been shown to cause hiccups; especially if we manage to gulp in large quantities of air as we are eating. These days we live in a fast paced word where a lot of us approach our meals as if it were a race; it is little wonder that we frequently end up having to deal with the hiccups. If you want to encourage hiccups then make sure that you eat your meals as if you only had seconds to live.
  • Certain noxious fumes have been shown to trigger hiccups, but you would want to be really desperate to use this method – you could easily end up with more than you bargain for. Mind you, the fact that there is no so much pollution in our towns and cities means that most of us will easily be able to breathe in enough noxious fumes to start a hiccupping fit.
  • Spicy food and carbonated drinks are two other possible solutions for those who want to have the hiccups – especially if you eat and drink them fast.
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