Trigger warning: This article contains detailed information on how to make yourself throw up, so if you suffer from an eating disorder/Bulimia, this could be very triggering for you. I highly recommend looking at the side effects given at the end of the article and seeking the help of a medical professional instead.
Emptying the contents of your stomach is never a fun experience; especially when coupled with dehydration, weakness, acid reflux, throat irritation and so much more (details of side effects given below)! Unfortunately, there are times when forceful vomiting is the only solution. These could include food poisoning, accidentally taking the wrong medication, ingesting a toxic substance, etc.
However, please note that under any circumstances, before making yourself throw up, it’s always recommended to call a doctor instead. If the doctor does give you the green light then we have a list of safe and easy methods to throw up. Keep in mind that these should only be used in case of an emergency. If you find yourself forcefully throwing up out of habit or for weight loss, get help immediately.
How to make yourself throw up:
#1 Using your fingers
This is the most common way of making yourself vomit and involves using your fingers to stimulate your gag reflex. Before proceeding, always make sure that your fingernails are cut short and your hands have been thoroughly washed to avoid bacterial infections or scratches.
All you have to do is use your finger of choice to gently press at the back of your throat and tap a few times. Then, take your finger out and repeat until the gag reflex kicks in.
An alternate is to slide your finger down to your glottis then bring it back up until your tonsils. If it doesn’t work with one finger, then try with 2 instead.
#2 Massaging your uvula
Instead of shoving your fingers down the back of your throat, you could also try massaging your uvula to stimulate the gag reflex. Once again, do make sure that you’re not scratching it to prevent irritation or possible infection.
#3 Using the back of a toothbrush
Often, using our fingers to make yourself throw up is uncomfortable, damages the skin on your fingers, and isn’t very hygienic. So, try using the back of a sanitized toothbrush instead. To avoid harming yourself, make sure the back is rounded rather than pointed. Then simply start moving it to the back of your throat until you stimulate that gag reflex. You might need to do this a couple of times before you actually throw up!
Gargling with salt water has always been known to help with mucus buildup, throat inflammation, and cleaning out your nasal cavity. However, gargling with warm water or egg whites can also lead to nausea which helps in throwing up.
- Gargling with warm water
Take a few sips of warm water, tilt your head back at a 45 degrees angle and let the water move down to the back of your mouth. Then simply exhale for about 30- 40 seconds through your mouth. You’ll know you’re doing it correctly when you sound like you’re breathing underwater through your mouth!
- Gargling with egg whites
Yes, it’s as disgusting as it sounds! However, that’s also exactly why it’s successful. The taste and smell of raw egg whites are so revolting that attempting to gargle them should make anyone nauseous enough to throw up. However, be wary of not swallowing any of it because raw eggs do carry a risk of salmonella.
#5 Drinking certain fluids that stimulate nausea
For this, you’ll need to mix about one tablespoon of mustard with a few ounces of water and drink. Mustard has natural emetic properties which makes it easy to throw up. However, this mixture should not be consumed habitually as too much mustard can be bad for your health.
Add about half a teaspoon of baking soda to a cup of water, mix, and gulp it down. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate which is known to cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Be very careful with this and make sure you’re not consuming an excess amount of baking soda because that can lead to dehydration, seizures, and kidney failure due to the imbalance of electrolytes in your body.
Mix a teaspoon of Bloodroot powder with water and drink to stimulate nausea. Once again, while a single dosage of bloodroot herb will only make you nauseous, when used continuously, it can lead to multiple side effects such as drowsiness, low blood pressure, eye problems, and possibly even death.
Add a teaspoon of salt to the water, mix, and drink in one go to induce nausea.
#6 Manifesting it by watching people vomit or thinking about it!
Most people can’t help but run to their own sink after watching someone else throw up. This is especially true for people with a very sensitive gag reflex. So if you’re looking for a very safe method of inducing vomiting, simply put on a YouTube video of people throwing up and you’ll be soon to follow!
If you’re not a fan of watching other people throw up, try surrounding yourself with things that make you nauseous, focus on them, and think about throwing up. This could be anything from the smell of certain foods, sickeningly sweet candles, or a trusty old dumpster. The more you think about wanting to vomit, the more likely you’ll be to do it!
Side Effects of Throwing up habitually for Weight Loss
Other than taking a toll on your mental health, making yourself throw up constantly can also affect your physical health. The stress of vomiting constantly can tear your esophagus which leaves it vulnerable to infections and irritation.
Every time you vomit, the acid that comes up from your stomach to your mouth can cause various gum diseases, erode tooth enamel, and discolor your teeth. Additionally, it also messes up the electrolyte balance and hormonal balance in your body, leading to dehydration. There’s also the risk of the vomit going back into your lungs which can be lethal.
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