why do we get hiccup ?...is that a sign of improper digestion??

Asked by keshav krishna | 8th Jun, 2013, 10:43: AM

Expert Answer:

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.
Causes of hiccups:

  1.     Eating too much food too quickly.
  2.     Drinking too much alcohol.
  3.     Swallowing too much air.
  4.     Smoking.
  5.     A sudden change in stomach temperature, such as drinking a hot beverage and then a cold beverage.
  6.     Emotional stress or excitement.

Answered by  | 14th Jun, 2013, 11:13: AM

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