Here Is Why You Get Hiccups And How To Get Rid Of Them



Ever since we've been in the dark about what goes on in our body when we get hiccups and how we get them in the first place. 

Well, if you are in for some scientific discovering, some biology and a lot of scientifc gibberish, then here is why you get hiccups in the first place 

Your hiccup is caused by a spasm of the diaphragm muscle, says Eugene Chio, M.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Your diaphragm muscle is a large sheet that separates your chest from your abdominal cavities. When it contracts, the muscle presses down, leading to negative pressure in your chest cavity. This allows air to flow into your lungs. When the muscle relaxes, the elastic properties of your lung cause it to squeeze the air out through your nose and mouth.

The nerve controlling all this action ( the contraction and relaxation of your diaphragm muscle) is called the phrenic nerve, which runs from your brain, down your neck, and alongside your heart and esophagus on its way to your diaphragm.

Anything that irritates the nerve can lead to spasms that disrupt the normal contraction-and-relaxation mechanism of the diaphragm muscle, Dr. Chio says. The result? A series of hiccups.

Although hiccups might be normal, it can go from just a few hiccups that could be stopped to something that goes on for years. Persistent hiccups can last for 48 hours and intractable hiccups can last for more than one month.

How To Stop Them

Hiccups normally go away on their own, but that doesn't mean you can't do something about them. 

Drinking Water

Take a cup of water and raise your head to the ceiling and face upwards. Pour the cup of water into your mouth and drink while you keep facing upwards, drinking as fast as you can. 

Take A Deep Breath

Try taking a very deep breath, then hold it for 10 seconds. Without exhaling, inhale a small amount and hold another five seconds, and then one more short inhale, another five-second hold, and exhale. This may help relax the diaphragm muscle enough that it “resets” and stops the hiccups

So there you have it. 

I remain your favorite health blogger, Paul Samuel FitnessDoctor.



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