Note: Inducing vomiting is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women as well as children under 12 years of age. Also, it is not recommended as a mechanism for weight loss.
If someone swallows non-corrosive poison, toxins or a harmful food substance, inducing vomiting can help get the substance out of the person’s system to some extent.
However, throwing up is not a solution when you have swallowed corrosive poison or chemicals. The New Zealand National Poisons Centre (NPC) does not recommend vomiting as first aid for toxic substance.
Throwing up is a natural mechanism that should be practiced as a last resort and only after consulting your doctor.
Before you try to induce vomiting, it is important to be aware of the side effects. Forced vomiting can be harmful to the body.
Throwing up forcefully can cause dehydration, burns in the esophagus, swelling in your airways, tooth enamel erosion, tears in the esophagus and deprive the body of minerals.
Never use throwing up as a weight-loss method. Doing so can lead to eating disorders, such as bulimia, that can cause severe malnutrition, and can even endanger your life.
Pregnant women should not make themselves throw up, as it can cause dehydration and deprive the baby of important nutrients.
Here are some of the effective methods to make you throw up.
You can use your fingers to activate the body’s natural gag reflex, which will make you throw up easily.
Note: Do not use any hard objects like sticks or spoons to induce vomiting.
The toothbrush trick also uses the gag reflex to induce vomiting.
Mustard water is another option that can make you throw up quickly.
The unpleasant taste and unappetizing smell of mustard sauce and water make you feel like throwing up.
This home treatment is effective for many people, but not everyone. You will need to try it to know whether it works for you.
If you suspect of eating some rotten food that can cause food poisoning, apple cider vinegar is a good remedy to try at home.
It is the strong odor of raw, organic apple cider vinegar that can make you throw up. Plus, bacteria and other pathogens are very sensitive to the acidic property of apple cider vinegar. It helps cleanse your body of harmful toxic substances.
Consume 1 to 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. The strong odor and taste of it will lead to instant queasiness and vomiting.
Salt and water, two ingredients that you can find readily at home, can help induce vomiting if you suspect you ate something toxic or poisonous.
Salt water can make you vomit, but be aware of the risks. The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day.
Note: When following this remedy, it is important to keep in mind your salt intake. It is not recommended for those who are on a sodium restricted diet.
The sensory stimulation of the human body reacts to different situations in different ways. In fact, certain stimuli can induce nausea and make you throw up immediately.
For instance, when you watch someone throwing up, it creates a nauseous feeling that can lead to vomiting. Similarly, the offensive smell of vomit can activate the gag reflex and lead to vomiting.
As asking someone to vomit for you is not a feasible solution, you can always look for videos of vomiting. Watching a gross medical procedure or some horror movie can also do the trick.
Even exposing yourself to unpleasant smells, such as rotten fruits or vegetables, can also make you throw up very quickly.
It is not necessary that sensory stimulation always work, but there is nothing wrong in giving it a try at least.
The act of spinning can also make you very dizzy and make you vomit the contents of your stomach fairly quickly.
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