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Hiccups are the worst!
I’m sure that you’ve come across many manners of home remedies for hiccups cures. Here are a few that I’ve come across: Sipping water, holding your breath, getting scared or surprised, pulling on your tongue, and dissolving a spoonful of sugar on your tongue.
…I’m here to tell you to ignore all of that.
Before I get into my hiccups cure, I want to tell you a bit more about what hiccups are and why they happen.
What & Why Do I Get The Hiccups?
Although hiccups are sometimes caused by esophageal spasms, hiccups are typically due to an involuntary spasm of the diaphragm. No matter what is causing your hiccups, they are always irritating. There are lots of specific causes for hiccups. Indigestion and reflux, spicy foods, and illnesses can all cause hiccups.1
For me, stress is the number one reason I get hiccups…especially if I am feeling stressed when I eat. Ever since I was a child, if I got myself worked up, I would get hiccups.
Even though I got the hiccups so often, I am lucky…because I know how to get rid of them fast. This is a tried and tested remedy that my family has used for years and years. My grandmother had ‘hiccup radar’ when I was a kid. She could tell I had hiccups from a mile away.
As soon as I began in with the hiccups I would hear grandmother yell…
Come get some peanut butter!
I bet you’re wondering why she would ask me to get peanut butter when I had hiccups. It was the first thing she did. Get your organic peanut butter down from the cabinet (or out of the fridge) and make sure it’s well stirred. Scoop out a big spoonful (about 2 tablespoons for adults). Pop it in your mouth and swallow it quickly.
The peanut butter will coat your throat and esophagus, calming down the spasms. Many times that is all you need to do to get rid of hiccups. Sometimes you will need to swallow a repeat dose a few minutes later, but your hiccups shouldn’t last beyond the second spoonful.
It’s really that easy. Just a spoonful of peanut butter is all it takes to rid you of most cases of hiccups.
On rare occasions I get a persistent case of hiccups that peanut butter, alone, cannot cure. That’s when I add deep, relaxing breaths to the prescription. I mentioned before that I get stress induced hiccups. When I am very stressed, I take a spoonful of peanut butter, leave the stressful situation, then take deep, relaxing breaths. I close my eyes and slowly count to 4 while inhaling through my nose, then slowly count to 4 as I exhale the breath out of my mouth. After one to two minutes of relaxed, mindful breathing after a spoonful of peanut butter and my hiccups have vanished. It always works. I have never had a case of the hiccups that couldn’t be resolved through peanut butter and deep breaths.
In this photo my daughter is modeling how to take deep, relaxing breaths. Her eyes are closed and her face is relaxed. She is sitting quietly outside in a relaxing setting.
I can’t wait for you to give this hiccups cure a try for yourself. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!