We do not like to throw up, but there are instances that doing so will provide us relief from stomach pain and other digestion problems. For example, excessive consumption of alcohol and eating foods that take time to digest can make you feel sick, making it necessary expel these substances to get rid of the feeling of weakness and nausea.
Throwing up is the body’s natural way to get rid of unwanted food and other substances from the body. While inducing vomit can alleviate upset stomach, cramps, and nausea, keep in mind that forced vomiting should be done as a last resort.
Vomiting forcefully can cause swelling in the airways, dehydration, burns or tears in your esophagus, and dehydration. Do not use this method to lose weight as it can result in severe malnutrition, eating disorders, and other life-threatening conditions. Inducing vomiting is also not recommended for children under 12 years of age and pregnant or nursing women.
How to Make Yourself Throw Up
Before you start, make sure that it is necessary for you to vomit. Some signs that a person is about to vomit are:
- Pale lips
- Sweating and feeling hot
- Extreme pain or discomfort in the stomach
Here are some methods to induce vomiting.
1. Use Your Fingers
You can active your gag reflex by using your fingers, allowing you to throw up faster. Look for a place where you intend to vomit. You can also sit in a comfortable position or kneel to help your body throw up. This technique is also useful when you are drunk as it will make it easier to throw up by making you dizzy.
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Insert your middle and index fingers into your mouth, placing them over your tongue.
- Move toward the back of your throat so you can touch the palatine uvula, the little thing that hands down from the back of the mouth’s palate.
- Gently press your fingertips downward. You will soon feel stomach cramps and start vomiting.
- Once you are done expelling the contents in your stomach, wash your hands and rinse your mouth.
You can repeat this method a few times until you throw up.
2. Salt Water
Saltwater can help you throw up especially if you suspect that you ingested something poisonous or toxic. This treatment can induce vomiting, but keep in mind that you can only consume no more than 1.5 g or ¾ teaspoon of sodium per day. Also, this procedure is not recommended for individuals who are on a sodium-restricted diet.
- Add three teaspoons of salt in a glass of lukewarm water.
- Stir it well and sip the solution slowly until it starts to make you feel nauseous.
- Wait for about 20 to 30 minutes for the solution to work.
- The salty taste of the solution will make you throw up.
Note: Consuming more than 1.5 g of sodium can cause hypernatremia. This condition occurs when the sodium content is almost the same as the water level in the body. It causes neurons to shrink and may cause seizures and brain damage.
3. Sensory Stimulation
Because the body’s sensory stimulation reacts to certain situations in different ways, watching someone vomiting can make you feel nauseous and result in vomiting. The foul smell of someone’s vomit also activates your gag reflex and cause vomiting.
In this case, you will need to look for foods or objects that produce unpleasant smell to help you throw up quickly. You can try to smell rotten vegetables or fruits. Prolonged exposure to the foul scent will make you vomit.
If that does not help, you can watch videos of people vomiting online and put your finger in your mouth to help your body expel stomach contents.
Another easy way on how to make yourself throw up quickly is by taking mustard mixed with water. The unappetizing and unpleasant smell of this solution will make you vomit right away.
- Add one to two tablespoons of mustard in a glass of water.
- Mix it thoroughly and drink this solution in one gulp.
- Wait for about 20 minutes for it to work.
The mustard treatment is effective in many people. You will have to try whether this solution will also work for you or not.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
If you are at home, one simple way to induce vomiting is consuming apple cider vinegar. This treatment is an excellent remedy if you suspect that you ingested rotten or contaminated food. The strong scent of organic apple cider vinegar can make you feel nauseous and help you throw up immediately.
To use this treatment, simply consume one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. The strong taste and scent of it will make you vomit instantly. This solution will also help in cleansing your body as it can combat bacteria and other unwanted pathogens, thanks to its acidic properties.
6. Egg Whites
Getting remedies when you are at home is easy as most ingredients are available in your kitchen. One of the useful ways to induce vomiting is egg whites.
Most people cannot bear the taste and feel of raw eggs, making them vomit once they swish it in their mouth. If you or someone you know needs to vomit, here’s how to make yourself throw up using egg whites.
- Separate two to three egg whites from yolks.
- Beat the egg whites in a small bowl.
- Gargle using the whipped egg whites. W
- Wait until you feel like vomiting. Spit it out as you throw up.
- If you are unsuccessful on your first try, repeat this process until you vomit.
You may need to follow this procedure a few times to induce vomiting.
Drinking Coca-Cola can alleviate stomach discomfort and also encourage vomiting. This technique is also ideal in cases of food poisoning. To use this treatment, simply drink some Coca-Cola and water alternately.
This technique will help you feel better by relieving pressure and trapped gas that may be causing you to feel dizzy and nauseous. It can also break down blockages caused by indigestible matter.
8. Think About Throwing Up
By just thinking about vomiting can activate your gag reflex. It is the simplest way to make yourself throw up and has been effective for many people.
- Look for a place where you can vomit comfortably, such as toilet or bucket.
- Kneel or sit down. Make sure that you are not pressing your abdominal area.
- Think that you are about to throw up. You can also focus on very disgusting thing you have eaten, drank, or seen.
Additional Tips to Prevent Nausea
Forcing yourself to vomit can be painful and uncomfortable. To prevent the need to throw up, it is best to make sure that you won’t feel nauseous.
- Avoid foods that are difficult to digest, such as fried, spicy, dairy, fatty and acidic foods.
- Eat your food slowly before swallowing it. This will make it easier for your stomach to digest food.
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption. If you are attending a celebration or party, drink moderately.
- Instead of one or two big meals at long intervals, eat small portions throughout the day.
- Drink water in between meals rather than during meals. Consume at least six glasses of water per day.
- Consider eating cold meals if the smell of hot food makes you feel nauseous.
Lie or sit down as standing and any other physical activity will make you feel worse if you are already dizzy or feeling nauseous. Drinks with sugar can help you calm your stomach.
Signs of Danger
Vomiting is normal as it is the body’s way to expel unwanted substances and foods that are difficult to digest. In some cases, inducing vomiting may be necessary. However, experiencing this situation often could be a sign of a medical problem. One of the common causes of vomiting is gastroenteritis. This condition is the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract caused by ingesting contaminated water or food.
See your doctor if you experience:
- Dizziness and nausea for more than a few days
- Persistent vomiting
- Signs of dehydration, such as increased thirst and very little or dark urine
- Fever higher than 38 C (100 F)
Seek immediate medical attention if you have a stiff neck or a severe headache, you notice blood in your vomit, if you experience confusion and lethargy or severe abdominal pain.
While vomiting will help you expel unwanted substances from your stomach and give you relief, forced vomiting should only be done when necessary. Self-induced vomiting may cause esophageal tear, burning of the mouth, throat and esophagus. Make sure that you drink plenty of water after throwing up to stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and other acidic fluids that could cause stomach discomfort. If the problem persists, see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment as this could be a sign of another health problem.