Hiccups are caused by a sudden and involuntary contraction of your diaphragm. The diaphragm is that fun muscle that separates your abdomen/stomach from your chest and helps control your breathing. You can try it right now. Put your hands on your stomach and take a deep breath in, focusing on pushing the air into your stomach. The expansion you feel is your diaphragm working! Cool, right? What’s not cool is when that muscle spasms on its own, making you look or feel ridiculous. Now that you know what hiccups are, let’s figure out how to get rid of them.
1. Why Me?
You might be wondering “why do I have the hiccups all of a sudden?!” Well, like many bodily functions, the answer can vary. Maybe you ate a large meal or a big fizzy drink way too fast. It could be that you took in a sudden gulp of air without realizing. Or it could be that you got the hiccups from some sudden excitement or shock. In some rare cases, hiccups can be an indication of a more serious underlying condition. But most of the time they are just a momentary inconvenience.