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Yesterday night I was having a bad case of the <STRONG>HICCUPS</STRONG>. You always hear stuff like holding your breath, or breathing into a bag, or even having someone scaring you will help get rid of your hiccups. Since it went on for more than a hour I decided to look online for some info, cause as you know hiccups are incredibly ANNOYING!
So one of the best medical websites out there in my opinion is WebMD. Here`s what they say on the topic...
<STRONG>What is it?</STRONG>
Hiccups occur when a spasm contracts the diaphragm, a large sheet of muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. This spasm causes an intake of breath that is suddenly stopped by the closure of the vocal cords (glottis). This closure causes the characteristic "hiccup" sound.
<STRONG>What causes it?</STRONG>
A very full stomach can cause bouts of hiccups that go away on their own. A full stomach can be caused by:
Eating too much food too quickly.
Drinking too much alcohol.
Swallowing too much air.
A sudden change in stomach temperature, such as drinking a hot beverage and then a cold beverage.
Emotional stress or excitement.
<STRONG>How to treat it at home?</STRONG>
Many home remedies are used to treat hiccups. Most of them involve increasing the level of carbon dioxide in the blood, which usually stops hiccups. Some of these remedies include:
Holding your breath and counting slowly to 10.
Breathing repeatedly into a paper bag for a limited period of time.
Quickly drinking a glass of cold water.
Eating a teaspoon of sugar or honey.
=== source: http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/hiccups-topic-overview ===
So I tried the holding your breath remedy and it... WORKED! Yeah for WebMD! I think I got the hiccups from eating too much and quickly at <A HREF="http://t.luuux.com/SH4qU?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.luuux.com%2Ffood%2Fcuban-guantanamera-pic-heavy%3Ftid%3D%7Btransaction_id%7D%26aff_id%3D%7Baffiliate_id%7D">Guantanamera</A>. =D
Talk the TALK
1) What do you usually do when you have the hiccups?
2) What`s more annoying than a hiccup?
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