What are hiccups?
When the dreaded hiccups kick in, it’s because your diaphragm—the big muscle that helps your lungs pump—spasms or contracts briefly followed by your vocal cords quickly closing and triggering the signature hiccup noise, according to US National Library of Medicine. Anything from overeating or drinking carbonated beverages to swallowing air while chewing gum could cause hiccups. Although science knows what a hiccup is, scientific hiccup remedies are more of an enigma. There isn’t a ton of research on the effectiveness of hiccup remedies, but many have years of anecdotal evidence behind them. Some of the popular treatments could stimulate nerves connected to your diaphragm. Here are the tricks for how to get rid of hiccups that might be worth a try.
Swallow something sweet
A spoonful of sugar is a popular hiccup cure, and here’s why that might be: It’s believed that the graininess could stimulate the vagus nerve, interfering with the hiccup reflex, according to an old report in the New England Journal of Medicine. In this small study, a spoonful of sugar was effective in 19 out of 20 patients. With this easy hack in mind, keep in mind that more than the occasional hiccup could also be warning signs of these other health problems.