What causes hiccups?

A customer came in and asked me what causes hiccups and how can I get rid of them. A hiccup, is medically known as SDF (synchronous diaphragmatic flutter). Experts are not sure what the mechanisms are that cause hiccups, or why they occur. According to studies some circumstances, conditions and illnesses have been associated with a higher risk of developing hiccups

  • Hot food can irritate the phrenic nerve, which is near the esophagus.

  • When there is gas in the stomach, which presses against the diaphragm.

  • Eating too much food or eaten too rapidly.

  • Fizzy drinks.

  • Some people get hiccups after eating spicy foods.

  • Or after eating dry breads.

  • Many people anecdotally report hiccups after consuming alcoholic beverages.

  • Some medications, are known to cause hiccups.

  • Some medical conditions are linked to a higher incidence of hiccups, such as gastrointestinal conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, a small bowel obstruction, or GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) and respiratory conditions.

  • Even psychological reactions, including grief, anxiety, stress, hysterical behavior, excitement, or shock conditions which affect metabolism, including hypoglycemia, or diabetes

    Hiccups treatment

    One remedy that works very well is a tablespoon of apple-cider vinegar. That is also good for heart burn believe it or not. And we have an old Amish remedy called “Stop Acid Reflux in About One Minute” here at the store that works very well for both heart burn and hiccups.