We’ve all had our share of throwing up, and almost everyone would agree that it is one of the worst experiences we’ve had to go through. That feeling of queasiness, a violently heaving digestive system, and most often a meal you’ve probably just had forcing its way back up and out are all unpopularly common symptoms of throwing up.
While we’ve agreed it is not fun, it is definitely a blessing in disguise for your body.
A reflex action, vomiting or throwing up, allows your body to get rid of harmful substances, toxins, and other unhealthy substances you may have unknowingly ingested. In alternative medicine, vomiting is often considered as a solution to purify the body.
A Word of Caution
You do not have to visit a doctor each time you throw up if it occurs every once in a while. Having random episodes of vomiting is harmless and while it is terribly uncomfortable, it leaves you feeling much better and lighter immediately after.
However, frequent vomiting can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. If left untreated, it can cause extreme dehydration and other complications. If you’ve been vomiting multiple times a day for over 24 hours, you need medical attention. If medical help is not immediately available, remember to have plenty of fluids because you need to replace the fluids your body has been throwing up. It would be wise to consult with your family physician or a registered medical practitioner at the earliest – especially if you are also having pain in your chest or stomach.
Common Reasons for Throwing Up
The most common reasons that cause adults to throw up include:
- Medical Conditions – including pregnancy, vertigo, migraines, motion, and seasickness.
- Overindulgence – eating too much, especially oily or greasy foods, consuming too much alcohol, or even smoking too much weed.
- Allergies or Reactions – a reaction to the ingestion of any harmful substances or toxins. It could also be a reflex reaction to an odor or a nauseating sight.
- Intense pain – caused by an injury, a medical condition, a medical procedure like chemotherapy, or even mensuration in women. Intense pain triggers the release of a chemical substance P, which releases a signal to the brain to throw up.
- Viruses or Bacteria – like gastroenteritis or stomach flu, food poisoning, etc.
While these are all involuntary causes of throwing up, where you have little control over your action, many doctors or wellness practitioners also encourage throwing up voluntarily due to its many health benefits.
Is It Healthy to Force Yourself to Throw Up
Too much of anything, including throwing up voluntarily, can definitely cause more harm than good to the body. However, forcing yourself to throw up or vomiting voluntarily is considered healthy for the body when done judiciously.
It is healthy to force yourself to throw up:
- To get rid of stomach acidity
- To detox the system
- To fix digestive disorders
- Traditional Indian Yoga involves internal cleansing processes called Kunjal Kriya or Vaman Dhauti, which involve throwing up.
- To lose weight
Before you start throwing up voluntarily, ask yourself why you are doing it? If you plan on forcing yourself to throw up merely for weight loss it is advisable to first consult a doctor. You may end up harming your health otherwise. Throwing up can cause serious damage to your body if you end up overdoing it. So, better beware!
10 Safe Ways to Make Yourself Throw Up
While we established that throwing up voluntarily can benefit your health, you cannot get to it in an ad hoc manner. Listed below are the 10 ways to throw up safely without causing any damage to your body.
Experts advise throwing up only after the regular bowel movement is over. So, here’s how you can empty your stomach in the safest way possible.
#1. Follow Traditional Yoga Practices
Vaman Dhauti also known as Kunjal Kriya, is an effective practice followed by yoga practitioners. It is the detoxification and cleansing of the body, according to traditional Indian yoga, and is generally considered safe and extremely beneficial.
What you need to do:
Get up early in the morning, and freshen up. On an empty stomach, drink lukewarm water, preferably saline water. Drink slowly and steadily as much as you can. The more you can drink, the better, but do not push yourself too much. After you are done, sit calmly for a while and relax. Focus on your breathing. Then, wash your hands with soap and gently insert a finger into your mouth. Make sure it touches the roof of the mouth, around the region where your tongue meets the former.
Try doing this a few times. This will naturally induce a puking sensation followed by vomiting, draining out all the toxins from your body along with the vomit, usually fluidic in nature.
The safest and healthiest way to throw up, indeed! You can practice it twice a week.
#2. Drink Soda Water with Low Sugar Content
Drink 2-3 glasses of sugar-free soda water or soda water mixed with plain water in one go. This will trigger the feeling of throwing up. It will also detox the body and help you get rid of unwanted calories. However, it should not be done more than once a week.
#3. Use your Toothbrush
You can also use your toothbrush to make yourself vomit. Just try to touch the back of your tongue with it a couple of times. This will induce the urge to throw up. It’s easy and safe.
#4. Mustard Powder and Warm Water
Make a solution by mixing mustard powder (made from dry grinding mustard seeds to dust) and warm water, and drink it at one go. The pungent smell and taste of the warm drink will make you throw up. Mustard is also known for its ability to protect the body from cold and minor infections.
#5. Fenugreek Powder and Warm Water
Mix fenugreek powder with lukewarm water and drink it early in the morning. It detoxes your entire system and boosts your immunity by fighting all kinds of infections. If drunk in a considerable quantity, it can also make you throw up easily.
#6. Baking Soda and Water
Put some baking soda into a glass of water and drink it as fast as you can. The smell of baking soda, when consumed in this manner, will induce a vomiting sensation. This is a safe and easy way to help yourself throw up.
#7. Unpleasant Smells and Sights
Another simple way to make yourself throw up is to expose yourself to unpleasant odors or sights. It could be anything from the smell of milk for some to the smell of unwashed socks for another.
#8. Egg Whites and Hot Water
Put some egg whites into tolerably hot water. Either try to drink it a little or gargle with it. The ghastly smell will definitely make you puke instantly.
#9. Brood Over the Act of Vomiting
If you keep thinking deeply about the very act of vomiting, you will surely end up vomiting in due course. Your mind is so powerful that it can make you do anything it wants to.
#10. Imagine you are Surrounded by Filth
Imagination is a potent faculty of the human mind. If you close your eyes and really make an attempt to imagine that you are in a filthy place, you will certainly be gripped by an urge to throw up in no time!
Throwing up to be Healthy
If you are inclined to practice the art of throwing up to purge yourself naturally for a healthy body and mind, you may go ahead with it. But if you experience an obsessive compulsion to throw up especially after every meal this could be signs of an eating disorder or a mental aberration.
You must seek medical help and treatment under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Timely medical intervention can put you on the road to good health.
Frequently Ask Questions about Throwing Up
Can I throw up daily?
Ans. It is advisable not to throw up daily. Twice or thrice a week is fine. If you want to do it frequently, you need to seek medical advice first.
Should I throw up immediately after a heavy meal?
Ans. You should wait for at least half an hour to one hour so that your body can absorb the necessary nutrients from the food.
What is the ideal time of the day for throwing up?
Ans. Go for it in the early hours of the morning after your regular bowel movement.
What should I do if I feel like throwing up after every meal?
Ans. Please consult a good doctor or therapist.
Does throwing up make you lose weight?
Ans. It usually does unless you are critically bulimic. Please consult a good dietician even if you have the desire to lose weight. And if you are bulimic or suffering from any eating disorder, you need immediate medical attention.