Throwing up can be a healthy vomit or an unhealthy one. On the one hand, throwing up the contents of your stomach is good for you because it flushes out bad bacteria and can help alleviate nausea.
On the other hand, vomiting too often may cause damage to your throat and esophagus. It could even lead to acid reflux which commonly causes legions legions of throat problems like sore throats, hoarseness or burning sensation when breathing. In rarer cases, long-term and repeated vomiting (colloquially known as bulimia) can lead to serious internal organ damage and even death.
How to easily throw up?
When you vomit, it can either be intentional or unintentional. While throwing up intentionally sounds malignant, it is common among bulimics because they want to lose weight.
Whatever the reason, if you are trying to throw up for recreational purposes or to lose weight by purging, there are specific steps you can take to ensure you are successful.
Steps to throw up:
- Empty your stomach completely of everything – not just food but also liquids. You can do this by drinking large amounts of water or carbonated beverages before purging.
- Suck on a lemon wedge or chew up a couple of mint leaves to stimulate your gag reflex.
- Relax by taking deep breaths and remaining calm. It might tempt you to tense up and squeeze your abdominal muscles, but this can actually prevent contents from leaving your stomach and it could end up causing pain and discomfort – not throwing up!
- Use the back of your tongue to push up against the back of your throat by gently pushing air out through your mouth as you swallow repeatedly (You can also try this by covering your nose with one hand as you swallow). This intense reflex is what causes you to throw up everything in your stomach’s contents.
- A partial cure for throwing up is to wet your mouth with saliva before you start. As you are swallowing, keep some water in your mouth. This will moisten the back of your throat, making it less likely that you will throw up.
Causes of throwing up
- Any food can cause you to throw up if it contains eggs or raw fish. You may think that only raw fish can make you sick but in fact any food containing raw fish or egg protein can be vomited back up. The reason for this is because they each contain a protein known as “antinukin” which helps trigger the vomiting reflex by binding to the natural yolk protein present within egg white and liver proteins within fleshy proteins found in both meat and fish.
- The most common foods that cause people to throw up are: -Bread -Meat -Fish -Eggs -Raw vegetables.
- Another cause of throwing up is if the food has been eaten too fast. This will over-stimulate the nerves in your brain causing it to panic and send a signal to your stomach to let all its contents out before it has even been digested. The result is a violent vomiting.
- Throwing-up can also be caused by eating too much carbonated drinks or drinking alcohol while eating certain foods which can trigger an episode of vomiting.
- The popular myth that chocolate causes people to throw up is not true. The only cause of this myth was that in the past some flavours of chocolate contained cocoa powder which some times contains milk.
- For some people food poisoning will cause them to throw up while others will suffer severe diarrhea. This can be due to different reasons like bacteria getting into their system but it may also be due to chemicals in the food causing your body to react faster than usual causing these unwanted reactions.
- One very alarming sign is if you suddenly begin throwing up water (not saliva). This could be a sign that you have ingested a bacteria, or that your body is trying to prevent you from eating more food.
- Another common symptom of food poisoning is abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting which can all be caused by a bacteria known as Shigella.
- Once the symptoms of food poisoning have passed you should try to avoid eating any potentially harmful foods until you have been given a clean bill of health by your doctor (though many people find this hard to do).
When and when not to throw up?
Wretching can sometimes be seen as a sign of sickness, and while it may seem like there’s nothing wrong with throwing up on occasion, this is not the case.
Nearly everyone has had food come back up at some point in their life. But there’s actually a time and place for vomiting, and it typically doesn’t involve when you’re feeling sickly.
Vomiting is a perfectly normal reflex. It feels awful when it happens, but it’s a recognised defence mechanism in which you vomit in an effort to protect your body from noxious stimuli.
In most cases, the reflex is triggered by a problem with your gut. But in rare cases it can be a sign that something else is going on in your body. You may need to seek medical assistance if you’re vomiting up blood, for instance.
Some people vomit by choice, usually after a night of drinking. But this is not a good idea. When you feel nauseous, it can seem like a good idea to make yourself feel better – but it may lead to more vomiting and dehydration.
This can be particularly dangerous if you’re suffering from food poisoning or if you have recently eaten something very hot or spicy. It may seem that vomiting will make you feel better – but it’s actually your body’s way of telling you that something has gone wrong. While this is happening, your stomach can’t tell the difference between normal food and harmful bacteria, so it will try to eject the contents quickly. This may lead to more vomiting over time, which can be dangerous. If you’re having an adverse reaction to medication or another substance, then vomiting can expose you to chemicals that are harmful for your body.