“Vomiting” refers to expelling food involuntarily which is either in your stomach or in your gut through your mouth. It is a bad experience for most of us. However, in some situations, it is very important as it can help expel unwanted food and harmful substances.
Vomiting can also help relieve the upset stomach, nausea, and weakness after taking too much alcohol or a bad meal. Especially when you eat toxic or sleeping pills, this is the quickest and most effective method for relief.
Although it has so many benefits, most of us do not know the right way to induce vomiting. If done incorrectly, it may cause dehydration, burns in your esophagus and swelling in the airways. Here are 12 methods which you can use to make yourself throw up immediately. Keep in mind that forced vomiting should only be done when necessary.
12 Easy Ways to Make Yourself Throw Up
1. Fingers Down Your Throat
This is the most common method which you can use to make yourself throw up. Moreover, this method is quite simple to implement. Just insert one of your fingers into the mouth, and push it down to the throat.
When your finger reaches the throat, you will feel like gagging. This gagging feeling will make you vomit and empty all the contents of your stomach.
If you don’t vomit immediately, you can repeat this process till you puke. However, before you use this method, you must make sure that your fingers are clean.
Also, make sure that your nails are trimmed short because long nails may cause an injury to your throat or mouth. Furthermore, don’t use this method if you’ve worn a ring on your finger; or if you have applied nail polish to your nails.
Since this method is quite easy, many people utilize it to make themselves throw up. However, some people may find this method to be disgusting; and such people will always look for alternative ways to puke.
2. Utilize a Toothbrush
If you don’t want to use the fingers down the throat method, then you can opt for a toothbrush. Just take your toothbrush and insert its head to the back-end of your mouth until you feel like gagging.
If you don’t vomit the first time, you can repeat this method till you vomit. You should make sure that you thoroughly clean your toothbrush before inserting it in your mouth.
3. Mustard Water Solution
When you drink mustard water solution, you will cause an imbalance in the pH levels of your body system. Mustard is rich in sodium, and when you introduce large amounts of sodium to your bloodstream; you will feel nauseated, and you may vomit quickly.
For you to use this method, take two spoonfuls of mustard and dissolve it in one glass of water; then drink the mustard-water mixture in one gulp. When using this method, pay due regard not to consume large amounts of mustard; since high amounts of sodium may cause you some adverse health effects.
4. Hot or Warm Salted Water
Just like mustard, salt can cause an electrolyte imbalance in your body system and help you puke quickly. For you to puke using this method, take two spoonfuls of table salt and dissolve them in a glass of warm or hot water, then drink the salty solution in our gulp.
Of course, you may have that unpleasant, bitter taste in your mouth after drinking the salty solution; but this method is quite effective. When you use this method, you may vomit after 25 – 30 minutes.
However, if you want to vomit more quickly, you can insert your finger deep down your throat after using this method. This way, you will vomit within two seconds after taking the salty solution.
5. Gargle with Egg Whites
Of course, you may not want to gargle with egg whites which may appear runny, slimy, and snot-like to you. Gargling with egg whites may seem quite disgusting to you, but it is one of the quickest methods which you can use to make yourself throw up.
Just take a handful of egg whites and gargle them. When you use this method, you will be irritated with the funky smell of the egg whites, and you will throw up instantly.
6. Drink De-carbonated Coca-Cola
Just like mustard and table salt, de-carbonated Coca-Cola can affect the electrolyte levels of your bloodstream and make you throw up instantly. Coca-Cola is a widely known soda brand which is manufactured with carbon dioxide. For you to throw up, you should take Coca-Cola which is de-carbonated.
You should drink this sugary syrup after every thirty minutes. You can also take a large glass of water in addition to Coca-Cola at the time when you want to vomit. This way, you will throw up immediately. Also, you should always go for the sugary Coca-Cola brands such as Fanta.
7. Use Bloodroot Herb
Most native Americans utilized the bloodroot herb as medicine for fever and cancer, as well as a drug to induce vomit. For you to vomit after using this method, take two spoonfuls of bloodroot herb and dissolve them in water. Then, boil the bloodroot herb-water mixture for at least twenty minutes.
After boiling the mixture, drain it and take the bloodroot herb water solution when it is still warm. However, bloodroot herb can be poisonous so you should only use it in small quantities. Also, you can buy the medically moderated version of bloodroot herb from the chemist.
Make sure you consult your doctor for medical advice before you use this method to induce yourself to vomit. Also, breastfeeding and pregnant women should not utilize this method to make themselves throw up.
8. 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.
9. Eat Too Much Food
If you are a foodie, then you will definitely opt for this method to make yourself puke. However, this method is not entirely practical.
For you to succeed with this method, consider starting to overeat starchy foods first. Then, you can top up your already filled up stomach with vegetables and fruits. When you utilize this method, you should expect to vomit within one hour after overfeeding.
You can combine this method with the other nine methods so that you can vomit much more quickly and easily. However, don’t overfeed on junk and oily foods. Overeating junk and fried foods will only bring you diarrhea, abdominal pain, and stomach discomforts.
10. Expose Yourself to Unpleasant Sights and Smells
When you expose yourself to unpleasant smells and sights, the neurons in your brain will react to unpleasant smells and sights and lead to nausea.
These conditions include puke, poop, phlegm, mucus, dead and decaying matter. The foul sight and smell can cause you nausea and vomit fast.
If you know something that can cause you to vomit, just go for it. If this doesn’t work quickly, you can speed up this process by putting your hand in your mouth.
11. Just Think about Vomiting
This method sounds weird, but many people report it is useful. The power of self-suggestion will trigger nausea and induces vomiting. By just thinking about vomiting can activate your gag reflex.
Look for a place where you can vomit comfortably, such as a toilet or bucket. Kneel or sit down. Make sure that you are not pressing your abdominal area.
Focus your thoughts on the thing that make you sick and nausea. You can think about the sights, sounds smell of disgusting food or medicine you have eaten.
This method works for many people, but it does not prove that it works for every people. If it is difficult to focus your mind, you can try other methods.
12. Use Medicines
Medicines which are mainly used to induce an individual to throw up are referred to as emetics. Typically, these emetics are available in almost all local chemists. The most popular type of emetics is Ipecac Syrup.
The best way to take Ipecac is to dissolve it in a glass of water then you drink the Ipecac-water solution. You should expect to vomit within 30 minutes immediately after taking the Ipecac syrup. If you don’t vomit within this time, you can repeat the dosage. If repeating the dosage fails to make you puke, you should consult your doctor for medical advice.
However, most emetics have some side effects such as a reduction in the blood pressure levels, light-headedness, short breath, and heart-related problems. Moreover, breastfeeding and pregnant women are restricted from taking emetics. Also, children who are below 12 years old are not supposed to take emetics.
What You Should Do After Throwing Up
When you throw up, you may lose a lot of minerals and water. Furthermore, you may experience adverse side effects such as itchy throats and abdominal discomforts. Also, you may be fatigued after vomiting. Here is what you should do after throwing up to regain your health;
1. Hydrate Yourself
After vomiting, you may feel dehydrated because you lost a lot of water. For you to compensate for this lost water, you should take plenty of mineral water and fresh juice after vomiting. However, you should avoid drinks like coffee, tea, and carbonated and canned juices after throwing up.
2. Clean Up
After vomiting, there will be many remnants of partially digested food stuck up in your throat or in between your teeth. You must remove these remnants to prevent all the possible bacterial infections. Also, some stomach acids may have remained inside your mouth after vomiting; and they can corrode the enamel of your teeth.
Therefore, brushing your teeth and taking water is not enough to get rid of these remnants and the stomach acids. You should gargle with salty water or just plain water so that your mouth can be well cleaned.
However, don’t brush your teeth immediately after puking. When you brush your teeth immediately after vomiting, the stomach acids which are present in your mouth will corrode your teeth’s enamel. Also, you should clean up the place where you have puked to prevent contamination.
3. Compensate For the Lost Nutrients
You should compensate for the lost nutrients after throwing up. Most doctors advise that you should take at least two ripe bananas immediately after vomiting to make up for the lost nutrients. This way, you will get enough carbs and vitamins to last you till the time you have a decent meal.
When to Avoid Vomiting
You should only vomit to get rid of a harmful substance from your body system. Don’t use vomiting as a method to clean your stomach regularly. Also, before you make yourself throw up; you must always consult with your doctor. Here is when to avoid vomiting;
1. When you Have Ingested Acidic Chemicals and Sharp Objects
If you have accidentally taken acidic chemicals, don’t force yourself to throw up in a bid to get rid of them from your body system. Some of these acidic chemicals include detergents, bleach, paint thinners, and solvents.
When you make yourself vomit after taking acidic chemicals, these chemicals may corrode the inner lining of your mouth, throat, and gut. In such a situation, you should rush to the nearest hospital for help.
Also, don’t make yourself vomit if you have ingested sharp objects such as rings, coins, toys, or buttons. Such objects can easily scratch your gut or block your airways.
2. When Your Child Has Swallowed Something Poisonous
It is not prudent to force your child to vomit without being given the go-ahead by your doctor. Typically, children who are below 12 years old have a weak immune system. These kids may not be able to cope up with the adverse side effects that come after they have been forced to vomit.
Also, when your child has swallowed some coins, pebbles, or small toys; you shouldn’t force him or her to vomit. When you force your child to vomit in such a situation, these small substances may block your child’s airways and cause him or her to have breathing difficulties.
3. Throwing Up as a Weight Loss Method
Some people may decide to force themselves to throw up so that they can lose weight. Such people usually overeat, then later attempt to get rid of the excess food through vomiting. However, this method is not a healthy practice; and it can result to serious eating disorders and some long term negative emotional and physical side effects. Also, this method will not help you lose weight.
Typically, people who use throwing up as a weight loss method develop an eating disorder called Bulimia Nervosa. This eating disorder will make you practice binge eating, excessive exercise, and unnecessary fasting. Also, Bulimia Nervosa may cause you to have low self-esteem and to indulge in hard drugs, diuretics, and laxatives.
Signs of Danger – See Your Doctor if You Experience:
- Dizziness and nausea for more than a few days
- Persistent vomiting and with blood in your vomit
- Signs of dehydration, such as increased thirst and very little or dark urine
- Fever higher than 38 C (100 F)
- A stiff neck or a severe headache
- Confusion and lethargy or severe abdominal pain
When you practice self-induced vomiting frequently, your body may become prone to it. Therefore, you should use these methods of throwing up cautiously.
Forcing yourself to vomit may help you feel better after you have ingested excessive alcohol, food, or a harmful substance. However, you should only force yourself to throw up as a last resort; and after you have consulted your physician.