Okay, y’all. This is serious. Hiccups. We all get them. No one likes them. A hiccup is the “involuntary contraction of the diaphragm” according to the Mayo Clinic . It’s not necessarily a big deal but it sure as hell is annoying.
There are so many myths about getting rid of hiccups. They pretty much don’t work. You can drink water upside down, hold your breath, get scared. It’s all a bunch of BS if you ask me. Mainly, they just don’t work for me. If they work for you, don’t fix what ain’t broke.
Recently, I read a tidbit online that mentioned a new option for hiccups. It’s existed forever but I’ve never used it for this before. Apple Cider Vinegar. You’ve probably heard by now about the many wonders of ACV. It can be used for so many things. I’ll do another post about all of the wonderful benefits of ACV and why I incorporate it into my diet every single day.
For now, let’s discuss our hiccups.
I wish I had heard of this sooner. Andrew had the hiccups the entire weekend over New Years and he definitely could have used this trick.
I’m not a fan of taking shots of ACV. I think it’s gross. It burns my throats which is just not worth it. It’s also really bad for you. Shots of ACV are super acidic and can burn your esophagus. I created a little concoction that makes it not only bearable and safe but actually taste good!
I use one of the shaker cups that a lot of people use for post workout shakes. You know, the ones with the silver wired ball inside. I fill it up to the 4oz (1/2c) mark with pineapple juice. This helps tone down the vinegar flavor. Be sure to buy a brand that’s 100% juice. No added gunk in there.
Next, add 1 TBSP of apple cider vinegar and a squeeze of lemon juice. Any brand will work but I like Bragg or Thrive Market’s ACV and for the lemon, I just get a squeeze bottle of lemon juice to make it easy and add just a little bit. No measuring there.
Shake it up, pour the drink into a glass and drink up! It’s like a healthy little cocktail.
I’ve also heard mixing the ACV in a glass of hot water with a bit of lemon works too. Personally, the taste wasn’t for me. It would be good in a pinch if I don’t have juice on hand. It also removes the sugar factor from the pineapple juice.
The reason this tip works is because the ACV causes over-stimulation to the nerves in the throat and mouth which are causing the hiccups.
Last weekend I could not get my hiccups to go away and as soon as I used this trick they were gone. It was incredible and I just had to share.
My only con? I don’t carry ACV with me, so if I get hiccups at work or when I’m out and about I’m SOL and have to just drink tons of water and hope they go away in a timely manner.
As always, this is what works for me but you should do what’s best for you and your body. If your body doesn’t react well to ACV, this may not be the best solution for you.